Today, the NASCAR cup series will be racing at the Roval in Charlotte, N.C. The Roval is a 2.28-mile track that is a half road and half speedway course. This track is in its third year of being on the NASCAR cup series schedule. It has also been scheduled every year as a cut-off race in the second round of the playoffs which makes it a very important race.
This race has always been action-packed. In the first year, Jimmie Johnson and Martin Truex Jr. wrecked each other on the final turn, so Ryan Blaney could win the inaugural race. Last season Chase Elliott crashed into the wall only to come back and win the race. With two great races at Roval, so many things can happen this time around. Unfortunately, there is an 80 percent chance of rain in the forecast which means that we could see rain tires being used unless it rains so much that there are puddles, which would put the race of happening today in jeopardy.
This race is the final one of the Round of 12. After this race, we will be down to eight drivers eligible for the championship. The playoff situation heading into today’s race is with Kurt Busch’s win at Las Vegas, Denny Hamlin’s win at Talladega, and Kevin Harvick’s points, they have clinched three of the eight spots for the next round of the playoffs. Meanwhile, Elliott, Truex, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, and Alex Bowman are all above the cut off line. However, they are not safe as an early wreck or a bad day could cause one of the four drivers at the bottom cut off line can steal a spot and advance into the next round.
The bottom four drivers under the cut off line are Kyle Busch (2019 NASCAR cup series champion), Clint Bowyer, who is retiring at seasons end to move into the booth for Fox, Aric Almirola, and Austin Dillon. The Bank of America 400 is set to take place at 2:30 P.M. est on Sunday and can be seen live on NBC.
For those of you who like to play fantasy on NASCAR.com, racers you should get into your lineup include Kyle Busch, Truex, Bowman, Blaney (2018 winner), and Elliott (2019 winner). Also, you should have Johnson in your garage. Lastly, you should pick Elliott to win both stages and the race while Chevrolet as the winning manufacturer. Best of luck to everyone this week.
The NASCAR Cup Series is in Charlotte for the second time this year. However, this race is on the “ROVAL” track, which uses the infield road course in conjunction with part of the oval track. This unique circuit has produced some exciting moments and plenty of beating and banging. Add in the strategy element of the road course, and this is an unpredictable event.
There’s even one final twist — rain is likely at points during the race. Unlike oval events, NASCAR will race in the rain at road courses. That makes it even more likely that crashes, strategy and rain-racing skill come into play to shake things up.
The potential for rain makes betting the favorites quite perilous. Instead, I’m looking at elite drivers who have also performed well at road courses in their career. There is plenty of value in this group of drivers, but here are three I particularly like.
NASCAR at Charlotte Odds, Betting Picks
Kyle Busch (+1600) to Win at Charlotte
Kyle Busch is an elite road racer with four wins and 11 top five finishes in 33 career starts on road courses. He has struggled overall in 2020, coming in to this race winless on the year. However, he has come close to wins several times, so the speed is there.
Busch is also 21 points outside of the playoff picture. Because this is a playoff cutoff race, he’ll almost surely need to win to advance. That means this team is going to take whatever strategy options they have to give Busch the best shot at winning. Second place or a top five doesn’t do enough for him.
It’s rare to find one of the Series’ all-time best drivers, and a great road course racer, at this price. Busch is listed at +1400 on DraftKings and FanDuel, b