Result from the Roval 400: Everyone Lived

Published on 1-Oct-2018 by Biff BoJock

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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.

Here's Christopher Bell of Joe Gibbs Racing serving as a 360º tour guide back in January 2018:


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.

When all was said and done, Ryan Blaney emerged victorious:


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:


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.

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