Result from the Roval 400: Everyone Lived
NASCAR wanted a bitta hype for their Chase for the Cup playoffs this season, and damned if they didn't get it.
All they needed was for the Charlotte Motor Speedway to go hybrid.
Full marks for their trying something new, and it seemed like their devising a racetrack that's a cross between your basic vanilla speedway and a road course.
It'd been in the works for a minute, and now, officially, as of this weekend ...
Yes. Yes it is.
And we also discovered via the Bank of America Roval 400 that it's also part demolition derby.
A quick look at the layout of this road course + oval = roval make it obvious to see why:
If this event wasn't gonna be sponsored by a bank, the next most logical option would be a body shop.
Kinda looks like fun when you're the only ride on the track.
Add a few other moving vehicles, though, and fun is where you find it.
Amid the carnage were the Chase hopes of Jimmie Johnson, obviously.
Among the seven drivers eliminated here were:
- Austin Dillon, who had the distinction of crashing twice in this race;
- Erik Jones, who won the all-wheels airborn division:
Another crash into the tire barrier, this time all four wheels are off the ground! 😳— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) September 29, 2018
It's a ROVALition derby in the practice sessions so far this weekend. This time it's Erik Jones. #NASCARPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/nqPbW9GZy7
- and Denny Hamlin as the Beaver.
The four Chase favorites -- Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, and Brad Keselowski came through relatively unscathed and continue to have their sights set on the Homestead-Miami Speedway in November.
No doubt they'll all be thankful there won't be any right turns between now and then.