Roval 400 Preview: The Inaugural Race on the Roval
Roval 400 Preview: The Inaugural Race on the Roval

This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.

We've reached the cut for the first round in the Chase for the Cup. This weekend's event at Charlotte Motor Speedway is race number three of 10 in the playoff format which crowns the Monster Energy Cup Series champion, and signals the beginning of the end of the Round of 16 as four drivers will be eliminated from the field of 16 after this race. For this very crucial race NASCAR and Charlotte Motor Speedway offer a first-ever road course race at the North Carolina oval. The track has constructed a 2.28-mile, 17-turn road course that incorporates most of the 1.5-mile oval and additional twists and turns on the infield for what the track calls a "roval" course. The configuration and type is very similar to the road course that Daytona International Speedway uses for some of its racing series such as IMSA. The roval features This new wrinkle in the Chase lineup of tracks will be a real curveball for the drivers this weekend, as most are out of their comfort zone on a road course as opposed to a true oval. The fact that this roval is brand new and there are several unknowns also adds additional complexity. When we add the newness of this event and course with the fact that it's a "cut race" in the Chase, the pressure will be enormous. Those drivers that don't find bad luck, or crack under the pressure will move on in the playoffs.

Since this is a completely new

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Mark Taylor
Taylor is RotoWire's senior NASCAR writer. A nine-time FSWA finalist, Taylor was named the Racing Writer of the Year in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2016 and 2017. He is also a military historian, focused specifically on World War II and the U.S. Navy's efforts in the Pacific.
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