NASCAR Cup Series race results from the Charlotte Roval on September 30th, 2018
Today, the NASCAR Cup Series runs the Charlotte Roval for the very first time. The Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway features a 2.28-mile road course with 17 turns and 35 feet of elevation.
View full 2018 Roval results below.
109 laps is set for the round 1 cutoff race in the NASCAR playoffs. Kurt Busch and AJ Allmendinger set the front row and lead them to the starting line.
Green flag, Kurt Busch is clear into turn one. Kyle Larson slips by Allmendinger for 2nd. Larson is all over Kurt Busch for the lead in turn 12. The front two check out from the field.
Lap 5, Kurt Busch opened a gap to Larson. That’s now closed again. Meanwhile, Chase Elliott is in 3rd and running them both down.
Lap 7, Kyle Larson looks to the outside of Kurt Busch off turn 14. He has the inside into the turn 15 chicane. Larson is clear. Lap 8, Larson stretches the lead to 7 car lengths.
Chase Elliott is all over Busch for 2nd. He looks inside into turn 1. Kurt Busch lets him go.
Lap 13, the yellow is out. Stanton Barrett locked of the brakes in turn one. He slammed the tire barrier and has come to a stop.
The top seven remain on the race track. AJ Allmendinger is the first car off the pit lane. He’ll restart just outside the top 10.
Green, Larson leads Busch out of turn one.
5 to go in stage 1, Larson leads Busch by 1.5 seconds.
Kyle Larson wins stage 1 at the Charlotte Road Course!
Charlotte Roval Results – Stage 1: 1. Kyle Larson; 2. Kurt Busch; 3. Clint Bowyer; 4. Martin Truex Jr; 5. Chase Elliott; 6. Jimmie Johnson; 7. Kyle Busch; 8. AJ Allmendinger; 9. Alex Bowman; 10. Ryan Blaney;
Pit road is open. It’s a split decision on whether or not to come to pit road. The leader stays out, many others do as well. Kurt Busch leads the field off the pit lane of those who did pit. Kurt Busch will restart in 23rd! Many cars pitted at the tail end of stage one.
Green, Larson leads Truex run even into turn one. Larson wins the battle off turn one.
Lap 31, Blaney is all over Kyle Busch for 3rd. Blaney is through, he takes the position. He trails Truex and Larson by 2 seconds.
Lap 36, Kyle Busch is on the pit lane. Lap 37, Larson heads for the pit lane. That passes the lead to Ryan Blaney.
Lap 42, Blaney leads Harvick by 4 seconds.
Lap 45, Kurt Busch is up to 7th. He flying through the field after pitting at the start of stage two.
Trouble for William Byron! He’s slow off turn twelve. He can’t turn into turn 15. Almirola tried to get back on the outside, Byron clipped him on the way by. Almirola bounces off the wall, no caution. Almirola already has a bent frame after practice yesterday, the started the race with the tweaked chassis.
Byron heads to the pit lane with a flat tire. Harvick heads to the pit lane under green.
Lap 48, Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch are around Joey Logano. Johnson to 2nd.
Lap 49, trouble in turn 16! Keselowski looked to the inside with late braking maneuver. Keselowski wheel hopped into the corner and clipped Truex. Keselowski and Truex are around. Keselowski has a major tire rub.
Ryan Blaney wins stage two on the Charlotte Roval!
Charlotte Roval Results – Stage 2: 1. Ryan Blaney; 2. Jimmie Johnson; 3. Kurt Busch; 4. Joey Logano; 5. Clint Bowyer; 6. Austin Dillon; 7. Chase Elliott; 8. Alex Bowman; 9. Daniel Hemric; 10. Kyle Larson;
The field heads for the pit lane. Blaney is first in, Joshson is first off. 4 tires for all. Kyle Larson and Daniel Hemric will lead them to the restart in stage three.
Green, Larson leads out of turn one. They run three wide deeper in the field. Hemric is dropping through the field quickly. They pass him on the right and left. Hemric has trouble with the drive off turn 17, Johnson gets into the back of him and Dillon gets into the back of Johnson. Hemric is in the way but all cars continue.
Lap 58, debris is on the race track. That has brought out the yellow. Several cars head for the pit lane.
Green flag, Larson leads off turn two. Kyle Busch has heavy pressure on his back bumper. Allmendinger drives 3 wide on the bottom into turn one. He cooked the braking zone. Allmendinger doors Hamlin, who had no idea he was there. All cars continue.
Lap 65, Austin Dillon is hard in the wall off turn 17. He pulls to the pit lane and then the garage. The yellow is out.
Erik Jones leads the takers to the pit lane, he was 7th. He’ll restart outside of the top 25.
Green, Larson leads Kyle Busch off turn one. Hamlin is dropping through the field. He was inside the top five. A
Lap 69, Almirola and Buescher both slide through the grass in separate self spins. The caution is out as Buescher drags track signage with him on his way out of the grass. It’s lodged into his rear bumper.
Most of the field heads for the pit lane. William Byron wins the race of the pit lane. Larson is off in 2nd. Ricky Stenhouse Jr and Paul Menard lead them to the restart.
Green, several cars bang fenders in turn one. Jones got into the back of Stenhouse to get it started. Kyle Busch cuts the corner completely. Stenhouse and Menard run side by side off turn one. Menard is looking for the lead into turn two, Stenhouse pinches him and holds the lead.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr gets sideways in turn five! He missed corner entry completely and runs wide, into the grass he goes. Menard to the lead! Larson has moved to 3rd.
Lap 74, Ryan Newman is around. He had a little help, no caution.
Lap 75, Keselowski has a run on Menard out of turn 8. Keselowski swings to the lead off turn two of the oval.
Lap 80, Keselowski leads Larson by 3 seconds. Some teams are playing a fuel millage game at this point. Ricky Stenhouse Jr has cut the course. He has to come to a complete stop, per the rules. He was inside the top five.
27 to go, Larson has caught the rear bumper of Keselowski. Larson has a look into turn one. He crosses him out of the chicane. Larson looks low into turn one. They run side by side off turn one. Larson clears him.
Keselowski gets into his bumper! Larson is loose. Keselwoski looks to the outside through the road course section of the track. Still side by side! They bangs doors for the lead! Keselowski retakes the lead as they head into turn 8 and rejoin the oval portion of the track.
Keselowski has opened the gap. He leads by several car lengths. Larson might be saving his tires, he appears to be just riding.
23 to go, Larson has climbed back to the bumper of Keselowski. 21 to go, Keselowski works the lap car of Johnson into turn 1. Larson takes a wider entry and comes off a car length behind. Keselowski holds him off.
20 to go, Bowyer and Menard head for the pit lane. These cars need fuel to make it.
16 to go, Keselowski opened the lead back to a 10 car length gap. Larson has closed that once again. Larson is trying to save as much fuel as he can.
10 to go, Keselowski leads Larson by a full second. Team Penske says the #2 can’t make it on fuel. Larson is in fuel saving mode.
8 to go, Stenhouse is around. Heavy contact, the caution is out! He cooked turn one and smacked the tire barrier. Many cars head for the pit lane. The front two stay out.
Green, Truex gives a shove to Keselowski on the restart. Keselowski completely cooks the corner! He slides straight and into the tire barriers! He takes Larson with him. Kyle Busch, Menard and Byron are also destroyed. Keselowski took a narrow entry into the corner. He was also late on the brake. He had no chance to make the corner.
“Sorry my fault,” Keselowski radio.
Truex has been handed the lead. Johnson runs 2nd and Chase Elliott will restart in 3rd. The red flag is out. NASCAR is going to repair the turn one wall.
Green, 3 laps remain as they cross the line. Truex gets the jump into turn one. Johnson slots into 2nd.
2 to go, Johnson closes the gap to Truex. Two car lengths separate the leaders.
1 to go, Truex leads by two car lengths at the start finish line.
Johnson is on his bumper off turn 8. Johnson is still there off turn 12. Bumper to bumper heading into the final chicane. Johnson cooks turn 15! He spins, he collects Truex!
Ryan Blaney slips by and takes the win!
View full 2018 Bank of America Roval 400 race results below.
NASCAR Cup Series
September 30, 2018
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
Pos | Driver
1. Ryan Blaney
2. Jamie McMurray
3. Clint Bowyer
4. Alex Bowman
5. Kurt Busch
6. Chase Elliott
7. AJ Allmendinger
8. Jimmie Johnson
9. Kevin Harvick
10. Joey Logano
11. Ryan Newman
12. Denny Hamlin
13. Matt DiBenedetto
14. Martin Truex Jr
15. Regan Smith
16. David Ragan
17. Chris Buescher
18. Michael McDowell
19. Aric Almirola
20. Cole Whitt
21. Daniel Suarez
22. Ty Dillon
23. Daniel Hemric
24. Ross Chastain
25. Kyle Larson
26. Jeffrey Earnhardt
27. Justin Marks
28. JJ Yaley
29. Landon Cassill
30. Erik Jones
31. Brad Keselowski
32. Kyle Busch
33. Paul Menard
34. William Byron
35. Trevor Bayne
36. Bubba Wallace
37. Ricky Stenhouse Jr
38. Timmy Hill
39. Austin Dillon
40. Stanton Barrett
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