NASCAR qualifying results from The ROVAL at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Next up, they’ll set the ROVAL starting grid for the NASCAR Cup Series. It’s ROVAL qualifying in Charlotte, North Carolina.
View the full 2019 Charlotte ROVAL starting lineup below.
Michael McDowell appeared at the track this morning. He went to the infield care center and then to the hospital with abdominal pain. He sat out the first practice session and will now be making his first laps of the weekend in qualifying.
Denny Hamlin, Bubba Wallace and Parker Kligerman all had off-track excursions in the opening round of practice. Hamlin and Kligerman have unloaded the backup.
The Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL stretches 2.28-miles. 17 turns include almost all of the oval in addition to an infield road course.
This Bank of America ROVAL 400 will concluded round one of the NASCAR Playoffs. 16 drivers come into this race with a shot at a championship. Only 12 will advance to the next round.
Group qualifying returns at the Charlotte ROVAL. The first round is 25 minutes in length and the top 12 advance.
Round 1 – Report
Duration: 25 minutes (Top 12 advance)
7 minutes into round one, Daniel Suarez wheel hops into the backstretch chicane. He skids across the curb before heading to the pits.
12 minutes in, Chase Elliott is trending into the green as he comes into the final corner. He wheels hops into turn 16 and turns around backwards. It’s near identical to what his teammate Jimmie Johnson did on the final corner in the race last year.
Halfway in round one, Kyle Larson sits at the top of the board.
Jimmie Johnson is all over the curb into turn 16. He made it work though as the left side wheels lifted a foot off the ground. He lands and falls 2nd on the board.
9 minutes remain in round one, Daniel Suarez is back on track for a 2nd attempt. His last attempt was 34th. He cooks the back stretch chicane once again. He stays out for another lap and lands 11th.
2 minutes remain, Martin Truex Jr is 9th quickest but he’s back on the track to make another run. Chase Elliott is back out as well. Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski are on track for his first laps.
Final seconds, Daniel Suarez is back on track for a third run in this session alone. He’s 13th on the board, one spot out. No improvement in this run for Suarez.
William Byron is quickest at the conclusion of round one in NASCAR qualifying!
Charlotte Roval Qualifying – Round 1: 1. William Byron (80.901); 2. Kyle Larson (80.950); 3. Jimmie Johnson (81.394); 4. Clint Bowyer (81.426); 5. Brad Keselowski (81.495); 6. Alex Bowman (81.570); 7. Chris Buescher (81.686); 8. Joey Logano (81.712); 9. Kevin Harvick (81.721); 10. Martin Truex Jr (81.740); 11. Ryan Blaney (81.761); 12. Paul Menard (81.823);
Duration: 10 minutes (Run for pole)
Joey Logano is the first car to the track in round two. 81.058 for Logano, that’s almost a full second quicker than his time in round one.
Clint Bowyer overshoots the backstretch chicane as the backend steps out. He drives over the curb and coasts to the pits without completing his lap. They’ll need to cool it off and send him back out.
3 minutes remain, Kyle Larson steps it sideways into the backstretch chicane! He heads to the pits.
2 minutes left, Byron to the top of the board! All of Team Hendrick are hard on the curbs through the chicanes but they’re making it work.
William Byron will start from the pole position at the Charlotte ROVAL!
View full Charlotte ROVAL qualifying results for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series below.
September 29, 2019
NASCAR Cup Series
Pos | Driver | Time
1. William Byron
2. Alex Bowman
3. Joey Logano
4. Jimmie Johnson
5. Clint Bowyer
6. Kevin Harvick
7. Kyle Larson
8. Martin Truex Jr
9. Ryan Blaney
10. Paul Menard
11. Brad Keselowski
12. Chris Buescher
13. Daniel Suarez
14. Ryan Preece
15. Erik Jones
16. Aric Almirola
17. Kyle Busch
18. Matt DiBenedetto
19. Chase Elliott
20. Daniel Hemric
21. Ricky Stenhouse Jr
22. Michael McDowell
23. Kurt Busch
24. Ryan Newman
25. Bubba Wallace
26. Corey LaJoie
27. David Ragan
28. Denny Hamlin
29. Ty Dillon
30. Austin Dillon
31. Cody Ware
32. Landon Cassill
33. Timmy Hill
34. Josh Bilicki
35. Garrett Smithley
36. Matt Tifft
37. Ross Chastain
38. Reed Sorenson
39. Joe Nemechek
40. Parker Kligerman