The first practice on the Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the NASCAR Cup Series
Multiple spins from the NASCAR Cup Series drivers in their first attempt on The Charlotte Roval
Today, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will take to the track for the first practice session on The Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It’s the first official timed session for the MENCS on NASCAR’s newest race track.
View 2018 Roval practice times below.
The Roval is a 2.28 mile road course. It uses most of the oval configuration in addition to a brand new road course portion on the infield. The entire course features 17 turns.
Roval Practice – Report
It’s a brief 50 minute session at The Roval.
4 minutes in, Bubba Wallace is the first car around. That’s directly followed by Aric Almirola. Both cars spun in different areas of the track, all by themselves.
6 minutes in, Denny Hamlin has clipped the curb off turn 13. He jacked the right side of his front splitter up several inches as a result. Those blue curbs sit 6 inches high.
9 minutes in, Ricky Stenhouse Jr has spun. He’s parked in the grass after making contact with the wall. At the same time, Bubba Wallace is around for the 2nd time.
13 minutes in, Jeffrey Earnhardt and Austin Dillon are around. Earnhardt spun in turn one, no contact. Dillon spun in turn five.
Roval Lap Times at the halfway mark in the first practice session: 1. Kyle Busch (77.988); 2. Chris Buescher (78.183); 3. Jimmie Johnson (78.871); 4. Martin Truex Jr (78.921); 5. Michael McDowell (78.987); 6. Trevor Bayne (79.013); 7. Brad Keselowski (79.043); 8. Jamie McMurray (79.054); 9. AJ Allmendinger (79.189); 10. Kyle Larson (79.242)
20 remaining, the pace car has spun.
Chase Elliott is heading to the garage area after catching a bit of damage.
Jamie McMurray jumps to the top of the board.
15 minutes remain, Denny Hamlin has returned to the race track. It’s his first time back to the track after making repairs. Hamlin jumped the curb and caught splitter damage in the early minutes of the session.
8 minutes remain, Ryan Blaney has clipped the tire barrier at the exit of the chicane in turn 13. The impact was enough to crack the panel between the nose piece and the left side fender.
At the same time, Michael McDowell adds his name to the list of drivers that have clipped too much curb through the chicane. Light splitter damage on the right front.
Kyle Busch has returned to the top of the board. He’s still using the maximum amount of curb possible to do it. Multiple cars are up on two wheels as they exit the chicane in 3rd gear at 140mph.
Big damage for Austin Dillon. As the session comes to a close he made heavy contact with the wall exiting the chicane in turn 13. It ripped the left front fender clean off.
Kyle Busch wins the opening round of practice on the Roval!
Many cars are in the garage area with damage on all corners of the race car. NASCAR has gone to work on the tire barrier that Austin Dillon clipped at the end of the session.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams will return to the track later today for their final round of practice. That will be followed by qualifying for the Bank of America Roval 400.
View NASCAR Cup Series practice times from The Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway below.
Roval Practice Times
NASCAR Cup Series
September 28, 2018
Pos | Driver | Time
1. Kyle Busch
2. Erik Jones
3. Joey Logano
4. Daniel Hemric
5. Clint Bowyer
6. Kyle Larson
7. Jimmie Johnson
8. Chase Elliott
9. Jamie McMurray
10. Trevor Bayne
11. Brad Keselowski
12. Chris Buescher
13. Kurt Busch
14. Alex Bowman
15. AJ Allmendinger
16. Michael McDowell
17. Martin Truex Jr
18. Daniel Suarez
19. Denny Hamlin
20. Paul Menard
21. David Ragan
22. Ricky Stenhouse Jr
23. Ryan Blaney
24. Aric Almirola
25. Austin Dillon
26. Justin Marks
27. Kevin Harvick
28. Ty Dillon
29. Regan Smith
30. Ryan Newman
31. Matt DiBenedetto
32. William Byron
33. Bubba Wallace
34. Cole Whitt
35. Ross Chastain
36. Timmy Hill
37. JJ Yeley
38. Jeffrey Earnhardt
39. Stanton Barrett
40. Landon Cassill
Roval Practice 1
NASCAR Cup Series
September 28, 2018
Pos | Driver | Average Speed | laps
1. Bubba Wallace
98.418 | 5-14
Bubba Wallace was the lone car to make a 10-lap run in the opening round of Roval practice.
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