StatChat - NASCAR Cup Series @ Charlotte Roval

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The NASCAR Cup Series returns to Charlotte Motor Speedway to run the Roval circuit this weekend.  The Roval is 2.28 miles long, has 17 turns, and utilises both the infield and parts of the oval.  The Roval only started hosting NASCAR races in 2018.

 

This weekend’s race is called the “Bank of America ROVAL 400,” and is set to be 109 laps (252.88 miles).  Stage breaks will occur at 25 – 50 – 109, with a competition caution at lap 10.  The fuel window is approximately 32-35 laps.

 

NASCAR has run 10,870.57 miles so far this year.  Denny Hamlin has completed 99.91% of them, the most of any driver.

 

Top 5 Career Average Finishers at the Roval:

Chase Elliott

2.67 over 3 races

Ryan Blaney

4.67 over 3 races

Alex Bowman

4.67 over 3 races

Joey Logano

7.33 over 3 races

Kevin Harvick

7.67 over 3 races

 

Bottom 5 Career Average Finishers at the Roval:

Josh Bilicki

35.50 over 2 races

Kyle Busch

33.00 over 3 races

Corey LaJoie

27.00 over 3 races

Bubba Wallace

27.00 over 3 races

Austin Dillon

27.00 over 2 races

 

 

The Roval is a Road Course

 

Top 5 Career Average Finishers at Road Courses:

Chase Elliott

5.72 over 15 races

Kurt Busch

12.09 over 45 races

Denny Hamlin

13.20 over 35 races

Ryan Blaney

13.44 over 15 races

Joey Logano

13.65 over 29 races

 

Chase Elliott is the winningest driver at the Roval, with 2 wins.  Ryan Blaney has won once.  The Roval has only hosted 3 Cup Series races.

 

Notable drivers who have not won at the Roval:

Kyle Busch

(has won at 23 other tracks)

Kevin Harvick

(has won at 22 other tracks)

Denny Hamlin

(has won at 18 other tracks)

Kurt Busch

(has won at 17 other tracks)

Brad Keselowski

(has won at 17 other tracks)

 

No one has won their first Cup Series race at the Roval.

 

Alex Bowman lists the Roval as his BEST track, and no drivers list it as their WORST.

 

Milestone Watch!

Kevin Harvick

This will be his 750th Cup Series Start

Brad Keselowski

Currently has 224 Top 10s

 

 

 

 

Based on their point pace, let’s have a look at who’s having a better year than last year.

 

Drivers Faring Better than in 2020

Daniel Suarez

+266 pts

Tyler Reddick

+194 pts

William Byron

+175 pts

Christopher Bell

+169 pts

Denny Hamlin

+159 pts

 

Drivers Faring Worse than in 2020

Aric Almirola

-344 pts

Kevin Harvick

-279 pts

Erik Jones

-235 pts

Brad Keselowski

-166 pts

Matt DiBenedetto

-147 pts

 

While some drivers may be doing better this year than they did in 2020, how does this year stack up against their entire career?  This statistic does not include rookies, as this is their first full year in the Cup Series.

 

Drivers Having their BEST Career Year

Denny Hamlin

8.26

Kyle Larson

9.97

Ryan Blaney

11.68

William Byron

14.52

Austin Dillon

14.61

Ross Chastain

18.23

Bubba Wallace

18.84

Michael McDowell

20.58

Ryan Preece

22.19

Corey LaJoie

24.61

 

 

 

 

 

Drivers Having their WORST Career Year

Ryan Newman

21.13

Erik Jones

20.00

 

 

 

In 2017, NASCAR introduced the concept of Stage Racing, which pauses the race at certain intervals and awards bonus points for the top 10 at that moment.  Here are the Top-5 Stage Point earners so far this year:

 

Stage Point Leaders:

Denny Hamlin

361 pts

Kyle Larson

342 pts

Chase Elliott

235 pts

Kyle Busch

221 pts

William Byron

212 pts

 

For those that aren’t aware, the Manufacturer Standings are calculated by awarding points to the highest finisher for each manufacturer according to their finishing position.  (40 for 1st, 35 for 2nd, 34 for 3rd, etc.)  No stage points or playoff points count.

 

Manufacturer Standings

Chevrolet

1,137

Toyota

1,072

Ford

1,069

 

Here is the same formula, but used on a team-vs-team basis:

 

Chartered Team Standings

Hendrick

1,090

Joe Gibbs

1,055

Penske

1,007

Stewart-Haas

906

Chip Ganassi

823

Richard Childress

802

JTG-Daugherty

706

Roush-Fenway

699

Wood Brothers

611

23XI

570

Front Row

555

Richard Petty

530

Trackhouse

513

Spire

460

Rick Ware

300

Live Fast

218

StarCom

157

 

 

 

The race is Sunday, October 10th at 2:00pm EST (11:00am PST) – Enjoy the races everyone!

 

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