Charlotte Roval Fantasy Spin – Chase Elliott is the premiere road course racer in NASCAR and at the Charlotte Roval, I think the road to victory lane will likely go thru him. Elliott hasn’t added to his 7-win tally at road courses in 2022, but he’s come extremely close to victory lane on numerous occasions. Over the five combined road course races this year, Elliott has a series best 6.8 average finish, a series best 7.6 average running position, the best driver rating and he’s averaged leading the most laps per race (18.2). When it comes to speed at road courses in 2022, Elliott has the best Total Speed Ranking. Now that Elliott is locked into the next round courtesy of his Talladega win, he’ll be able to use the optimal pit strategy and won’t have to worry about points. On Sunday, look for Elliott to finish in the top five and compete for the win.
Charlotte Roval Track History – Chase Elliott has been a phenom at the Charlotte Roval and there’s no debate, he’s been the class of the field here. Over the four combined Roval races which includes his misleading result last year, Elliott has a series best 5.0 average finish, the best driver rating and in 3 of the 4 races he’s finished in the top 6. Last year, Elliott had a great car but finished an asterisk mark 12th. In the race, Elliott won Stage #1, finished 2nd in Stage #2, led 2 laps but then on lap 55 while he was in the process of working his way up thru the field because of pit strategy, Harvick wrecked him which did a lot of damage to the #9. There was no quit in Elliott though and he battled back up to a 12th in a destroyed car. In the first two segments prior to the #9 getting damaged, Elliott had speed rankings of 1st and 5th. In 2020, Elliott didn’t have an incident free race either, but he still managed to race his way to victory lane. In the race, Elliott finished 2nd in Stage #2, but right when the final Stage was going green, he came to pit road because of a loose wheel. Despite his problem, Elliott led 27 laps, had the best driver rating and had the 4th best Total Speed Ranking. Over the final segment when it was closing time, Elliott had the fastest car on the track. In 2019, Elliott crashed while leading in the final Stage, but wouldn’t be denied the win and put on a display of domination. In the race, Elliott started 19th, finished 9th in Stage #1, won Stage #2 and led the most laps (34). On lap 66 while leading during a restart he locked up his brakes and went nose first into the tire barrier. He bounced back from that and had no problems racing his way to the front. Elliott’s strength was being fast late in a run, and in that speed analytic he ranked #1. In 2018 in the tracks debut, Elliott finished 6th.
Charlotte Roval Fantasy Spin – Tyler Reddick finished runner-up last year at the Charlotte Roval and on Sunday, he’ll be looking to finish one position better. At road courses, Reddick has won 2 of the last 3 races and for the season minus Sonoma where he had problems, Reddick has a 3.5 average finish. In terms of Total Speed Rankings over the combined events, Reddick ranks 4th. On Sunday, look for Reddick to finish in the top five and compete for the win.
Charlotte Roval Track History – Tyler Reddick has run well at the Charlotte Roval and over his combined starts his average finish is 7th. Last fall, Reddick was racy and finished 2nd. In the race, Reddick’s primary strength was speed late in a run, and in that analytic he was the fastest. In terms of Total Speed Rankings, Reddick ranked 4th and his speed over the final two segments were 2nd (3rd) and 2nd (4th). In 2020, Reddick finished 12th, had a 16.5 average running position and had the 16th best Total Speed Ranking. In the lower series at the Charlotte Roval, Reddick is 2 for 2 at finishing in the top ten. In 2019, Reddick finished 2nd, in 2018 he finished 9th.
Charlotte Roval Fantasy Spin – William Byron is up for elimination, so look for him to race in “Hero Mode” as he tries to fend off a Playoff bounce (Points penalty rescinded, so won’t have quite the level of desperation as he did earlier in the week). At the Roval, Byron has been elite. Byron had one of the best cars last year, and then in the two races prior to that he had back-to-back 6th’s. This year at road courses, Byron has had a fair amount of bad luck but his Total Speed Ranking ranks as the 13th best. On Sunday, look for Byron to finish in the top ten and potentially compete for a top five.
Charlotte Roval Track History – William Byron has been one of the best at the Charlotte Roval and if last year’s race would’ve been incident free, Byron would have three straight top 6 results on his resume. Over the last three combined events, Byron has the 7th best average finish (7.7), the best average running position (6.7) and the best driver rating. Last year, Byron had his best Charlotte Roval performance, but finished an asterisk mark 11th. In the race, Byron had the best Total Speed Ranking, led the most laps (30), had the best average running position (5.2) and the best driver rating. The final Stage was unfortunately anything but incident free for Byron. On lap 90 while battling for 2nd he missed the chicane which dropped him back to about 11th (had to stop on the track) and then on lap 107 after he battled back up to 3rd he had an out of control moment and spun into the grass which led to his 11th. In the two Charlotte Roval races prior to that, Byron had back-to-back 6th place finishes. In 2020 en route to his 6th, Byron finished 4th in Stage #1, 7th in Stage #2, had an 8.5 average running position, had the 3rd best driver rating and was tied for leading the most laps (27). Additionally, Byron was tied for having the best Total Speed Ranking and his speed late in a run ranked as the 2nd best. In the middle of the race was when the #24 was at its best. In terms of speed by segment, Byron had speed rankings of 3rd, 1st, 4th and 9th. In 2019, Byron had a great performance and ran well throughout the race. In the event he started on the pole, led 23 laps, finished 6th, had a 6.5 average running position, he was tied for running the 2nd most Fastest Laps (13) and his speed late in a run ranked as the 3rd best. In 2018, Byron looked competitive but finished a misleading 34th. On lap 45 he had a tire go down, made an unexpected pit stop and got a commitment cone violation. Right before his first problem, Byron was running in 6th. Then right at the end he was caught up in the “Big One” restart. On lap 100 which was shortly before the end he was running in 8th.