Charlotte Roval Fantasy NASCAR Top Tier Elite Picks
Charlotte Roval Fantasy Spin – 7-time road course winner, Chase Elliott will be tough to beat at the Charlotte Roval. Elliott was robbed of the win here last fall and “Performance Wise”, Elliott could easily have 4-straight Charlotte Roval wins. I’ll assure you; the rumors of Elliott’s road course racing demise are greatly exaggerated. In 2023 on this track type minus Watkins Glen, Elliott is 3 for 3 at finishing in the top five and has a 3.3 average finish. With Elliott going all out for the win and not points racing like a third of the field, look for Elliott to be a top five contender who’ll be a factor to win.
Charlotte Roval Track History – Chase Elliott has been the premier performer at the Charlotte Roval and “Performance Wise”, Elliott could easily have 4-straight wins. That said, Elliott only has 2-wins and currently has back-to-back asterisk mark results. Over the five combined Charlotte Roval races, Elliott has the best average finish (8.0, among drivers who competed in every race), the best driver rating, the best average running position (9.3) and he’s averaged leading the most laps per race (18.8). Last year, Elliott was the class of the field but finished an asterisk mark 20th. In the race, Elliott led 30 laps but while leading late and having the race all but won, late cautions broke out which eventually led to Elliott getting spun out and finishing 20th. In the race, Elliott had the 3rd best driver rating, the 3rd best average running position (5.3), ranked 2nd for Speed Late In A Run and had the 4th best Total Speed Ranking. In 2021, 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. 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 – At the Charlotte Roval, look for William Byron to be a contender. Byron’s been one of the best at the Roval in recent races and at Watkins Glen the most recent road course visited, Byron smoked the field and raced his way to victory lane in dominant fashion (Best Total Speed Ranking, led 66 laps). For the season over the five road courses visited, Byron has the 7th best Total Speed Ranking. Another perk for picking Byron is that he can go all out for the win and not have to points race like many of the top contenders.
Charlotte Roval Track History – William Byron has been one of the best at the Charlotte Roval and in 3 of the last 4 races, he’s been a top 6 contender. Last year, Byron finished 16th, had a 15.4 average running position and had the 13th best Total Speed Ranking. On lap 103 before late chaos ensued, Byron was back in 18th. It just wasn’t a real competitive showing from him. Over the three Charlotte Roval races prior to that, Byron had a 7.7 average finish and the best driver rating. In 2021, Byron looked great, 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, Byron lost control of the #24 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 2019, Byron started on the pole, led 23 laps, finished 6th and had a 6.5 average running position. In 2018 in Charlotte Roval race #1, Byron finished 34th but take note he was running in 8th at the time he was collected in the late restart “Big One.”
Charlotte Roval Fantasy Spin – At the Charlotte Roval, Tyler Reddick should be on your short list of favorites. Reddick’s one of the premier road course racers in NASCAR, and at the Charlotte Roval, he’s been a standout performer. This year at road courses minus Chicago and Sonoma, Reddick has 1-win and a 4.3 average finish. In terms of 2023 Track Type Total Speed Rankings minus Chicago, Reddick ranks 2nd. On Sunday, look for Reddick to be a top five contender who’ll be a factor to win.
Charlotte Roval Track History – Tyler Reddick has been one of the best at the Charlotte Roval and over his three combined starts, Reddick has a 7.3 average finish and he’s 3 for 3 at finishing in the top 12. Last year, Reddick was a top 4 performer but finished a slightly misleading 8th due to the wild ending. In the race, Reddick had the best average running position (3.1), earned the 2nd best driver rating, led 21 laps and was running in 4th on lap 103 before late chaos kicked into gear. In terms of Total Speed Rankings, Reddick ranked 2nd. In 2021, 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. In 2020, Reddick finished 12th.