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Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Bank of America ROVAL 400

Charlotte Motor Speedway
Road Course Data

Season Race #: 32 of 36 (10-12-20)
Playoff Race #: 6
Track Size: 3.67-kilometers / 2.28-miles
Track Type: Road Course
Number of Turns: 17
Elevation Change: 35 degrees
Race Length: 109 laps / 400 kilometers
Stage 1 and 2 Length: 25 laps (each)
Final Stage Length: 59 laps

Top 10 Charlotte RC Driver Ratings
Chase Elliott……………………….. 122.0
Kevin Harvick………………………. 111.7
Jimmie Johnson…………………… 105.0
Clint Bowyer……………………….. 103.5
Martin Truex Jr…………………….. 101.3
William Byron………………………… 98.6
Brad Keselowski……………………. 97.6
Ryan Blaney…………………………. 96.1
Kurt Busch……………………………. 85.9
Joey Logano…………………………. 85.9
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2019 races (two total)
among active drivers at Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course.

NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Race #6 Fast Facts: Charlotte Road Course

  • The 2020 season marks the first time the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff’s sixth race has been held at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course.
Sixth Race of the Playoffs – Race Winners
Season Track Playoff Race Winners
2019 Kansas Denny Hamlin
2018 Kansas Chase Elliott
2017 Kansas Martin Truex Jr
2016 Talladega Joey Logano
2015 Talladega Joey Logano
2014 Talladega Brad Keselowski
2013 Talladega Jamie McMurray
2012 Kansas Matt Kenseth
2011 Talladega Clint Bowyer
2010 Martinsville Denny Hamlin
2009 Martinsville Denny Hamlin
2008 Martinsville Jimmie Johnson
2007 Martinsville Jimmie Johnson
2006 Martinsville Jimmie Johnson
2005 Martinsville Jeff Gordon
2004 Martinsville Jimmie Johnson
  • The Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course is the fourth different track to host the sixth race of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs joining:
    • Martinsville Speedway (2004-2010),
    • Talladega Superspeedway (2011, 2013-2016)
    • Kansas Speedway (2012, 2017-2019).
  • The last two seasons the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course has hosted the third race in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs – Ryan Blaney won the event in 2018 and Chase Elliott won in 2019.
  • A total of 10 different drivers have won the sixth race in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs, led by Hendrick Motorsport’s driver Jimmie Johnson with four victories – all at Martinsville Speedway (2004, 2006, 2007, 2008).
  • Four-times the winner of the sixth race in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs has gone on to win the title later that season; once at Kansas Speedway and three-times at Martinsville Speedway:
    • In 2006, Jimmie Johnson won at Martinsville, then the sixth race in the Playoffs, and went on to win his first NASCAR Cup Series title later that season.
    • In 2007, Jimmie Johnson won at Martinsville, then the sixth race in the Playoffs, and went on to win his second consecutive NASCAR Cup Series title later that season.
    • In 2008, Jimmie Johnson won at Martinsville, then the sixth race in the Playoffs, and went on to win his third consecutive NASCAR Cup Series title later that season.
    • In 2017, Martin Truex Jr. won at Kansas, then the sixth race in the Playoffs, and went on to win his first NASCAR Cup Series title later that season.
  • The worst finish by a driver in the sixth Playoff race that went on to win the series title was:
    • At Kansas Speedway (2012, 2017-2019) – Brad Keselowski in 2012 and Joey Logano in 2018 each finished eighth in the sixth race of the Playoffs at Kansas Speedway and then went on to win the title later that same season.
    • At Talladega Superspeedway (2011, 2013-2016) – Jimmie Johnson in 2016 finished 23rd in the sixth race of the Playoffs at Talladega Superspeedway and went on to win the title later that season.
    • At Martinsville Speedway (2004-2010) – Jimmie Johnson in 2010 and Kurt Busch in 2004 each finished fifth in the sixth race of the Playoffs at Martinsville Speedway and then went on to win the title later that same season.
  • Last season’s Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course winner, Chase Elliott, finished the season 10th in the final championship standings and the 2018 Roval winner, Ryan Blaney, finished the season 10th in the 2018 final standings.
  • Three non-Playoff drivers have won the sixth race in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs:
    • Jeff Gordon (2005) won the Playoff race at Martinsville Speedway he was ranked 15th in the series standings at the time of the win.
    • Clint Bowyer (2011) won the Playoff race at Talladega Superspeedway he was ranked 13th in the series standings at the time of the win.
    • Jamie McMurray (2013) won the Playoff race at Talladega Superspeedway he was ranked 14th in the series standings at the time of the win.

NASCAR Cup Series 2020 Top 12 in the Driver Standings at Charlotte RC

Rank Driver Races Poles Wins Top Fives Top 10s DNFs Average Finish Driver Rating
1 Denny Hamlin 2 0 0 0 0 0 15.5 66.9
2 Kevin Harvick 2 0 0 1 2 0 6.0 111.7
3 Chase Elliott 2 0 1 1 2 0 3.5 122.0
4 Brad Keselowski 2 0 0 1 1 1 18.0 97.6
5 Martin Truex Jr 2 0 0 0 1 0 10.5 101.3
6 Alex Bowman 2 0 0 2 2 0 3.0 84.9
7 Joey Logano 2 0 0 0 2 0 10.0 85.9
8 Kyle Busch 2 0 0 0 0 2 34.5 79.0
9 Austin Dillon 2 0 0 0 0 1 31.0 63.7
10 Kurt Busch 2 1 0 1 1 0 12.5 85.9
11 Clint Bowyer 2 0 0 2 2 0 3.5 103.5
12 Aric Almirola 2 0 0 0 0 0 16.5 77.0

* – Based on two races at Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course (2005 – 2019).

At Charlotte Motor Speedway:

HISTORY

  • Construction began on Charlotte Motor Speedway (CMS) in 1959.
  • The track’s first NASCAR Cup Series race was held on June 19, 1960 – won by Joe Lee Johnson in a Chevrolet.
  • In 1961, there were two 100-mile qualifying points races held the week before the May race. The first six fall races at Charlotte were 400-mile events (1960-65).
  • The track was repaved midseason in 1994.
  • The track name changed from Charlotte Motor Speedway to Lowe’s Motor Speedway in 1999. It changed back to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the 2010 season.
  • The track was re-paved again before the 2006 season.
  • In 2017, the track underwent renovations to add what is now known as the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course (ROVAL) a 3.67-mile, 17-turn, multi-elevational road course.
  • The NASCAR Cup Series made its track debut at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course in 2018 and the event was won by Ryan Blaney (Ford).
  • There have been 124 NASCAR Cup Series points races at Charlotte Motor Speedway (includes road course figures), two races per year since the track opened in 1960. A total of 122 races on the oval track and two races on the road course.

STARTS

  • A total of 48 different drivers competed in at least one NASCAR Cup Series points-paying race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course.
  • A total of 32 drivers have competed in more than once at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course in the NASCAR Cup Series and all 32 are tied for the series-most starts.
  • No driver has made their first career start at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course.
  • Hendrick Motorsport’s driver Alex Bowman leads the series in average starting position at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course with a 2.5 in two starts.

Top 10 in Average Starting Position at the Charlotte Road Course

Rank All-Time Drivers Avg Starting Position Races
1 Alex Bowman 2.5 2
2 Jimmie Johnson 5.0 2
3 Clint Bowyer 6.0 2
4 Kyle Larson 6.0 2
5 Joey Logano 9.0 2
6 Ryan Blaney 9.0 2
7 Martin Truex Jr 10.5 2
8 Chris Buescher 11.0 2
9 William Byron 11.0 2
10 Chase Elliott 11.5 2

POLES

  • A total of two different drivers have won the pole in the two NASCAR Cup Series races at Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course.
  • Kurt Busch won the pole for the inaugural Playoff race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course driving for Stewart-Haas Racing in a Ford; his third pole on a road course in the NASCAR Cup Series.
  • William Byron won the pole for the second Playoff race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course driving for Hendrick Motorsports in a Chevrolet, his first on a road course in the NASCAR Cup Series.
  • Two manufacturers have won poles at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course – Ford won the 2018 pole with a speed of 106.868 mph, 76.805 seconds and Chevrolet won the 2019 pole with a speed of 103.198 mph, 80.932 seconds.
  • Youngest series pole winner at the Charlotte RC: William Byron (September 29, 2019 – 21 years, 9 months and 0 days).
  • Oldest series pole winner at the Charlotte RC: Kurt Busch (September 30, 2018 – 44 years, 1 month and 26 days).
  • Seven different active drivers have posted at least one pole on a road course in the NASCAR Cup Series.
  • Kurt Busch leads all active NASCAR Cup Series drivers in road course poles with three – each at a different track.

Active Road Course Pole Winners in the NASCAR Cup Series

Active Road Course Pole Winners Total Sonoma Watkins Glen Charlotte
Kurt Busch 3 1 1 1
Kyle Busch 2 0 2 0
Denny Hamlin 1 0 1 0
Jimmie Johnson 1 0 1 0
Joey Logano 1 1 0 0
Chase Elliott 1 0 1 0
William Byron 1 0 0 1

WINS

  • A total of two drivers have won the two NASCAR Cup Series races at Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course.
  • In 2018, Ryan Blaney won the inaugural Playoff race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course; his first win on a road course in the NASCAR Cup Series.
  • In 2019, Chase Elliott won the second Playoff race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course; his third of four career road course wins in the NASCAR Cup Series.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon leads the NASCAR Cup Series in overall road course wins with nine (Sonoma, five; Watkins Glen, four);
  • Tony Stewart has the second most road course wins all-time in the series with eight (Watkins Glen, five; Sonoma, three).
  • Nine active drivers have won at least one race on a road course in the NASCAR Cup Series.
  • Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott and Martin Truex Jr. lead all active drivers in NASCAR Cup Series road course wins with four each. Elliott is the only one of the three to win on more than two different road course tracks.

Active Road Course Winners in the NASCAR Cup Series

Active Road Course Winners Total Wins Sonoma Watkins Glen Charlotte Daytona
Kyle Busch 4 2 2 0 0
Martin Truex Jr 4 3 1 0 0
Chase Elliott 4 0 2 1 1
Kevin Harvick 2 1 1 0 0
Clint Bowyer 1 1 0 0 0
Jimmie Johnson 1 1 0 0 0
Joey Logano 1 0 1 0 0
Kurt Busch 1 1 0 0 0
Ryan Blaney 1 0 0 1 0
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison holds the series record for the most wins at a single road course track with six victories at Riverside International Raceway.
  • Youngest race winner at the Charlotte RC: Chase Elliott (September 29, 2019 – 23 years, 10 months and 1 day).
  • Oldest race winner at the Charlotte RC: Ryan Blaney (September 30, 2018 – 24 years, 5 months and 30 days).
  • Two manufacturers have won in the NASCAR Cup Series at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course – Ford in 2018 and Chevrolet in 2019.
  • Ryan Blaney won the 2018 Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course race from the ninth starting position.
  • Chase Elliott won the 2019 Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course race from the 19th starting position.

ADDITIONAL FINISHING POSITIONS

Runner-Up Finishes:

  • Two different drivers have finished runner-up in the two NASCAR Cup Series races at the Charlotte Road Course.
  • Jamie McMurray finished runner-up in the inaugural Playoff race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course in 2018 and Alex Bowman finished second in the 2019 event.

Top-Five Finishes:

  • A total of 10 different drivers have finished in the top-five in the two NASCAR Cup Series races at the Charlotte Road Course.
    • The inaugural Playoff race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course (2018) top five are Ryan Blaney (first), Jamie McMurray (second), Clint Bowyer (third), Alex Bowman (fourth) and Kurt Busch (fifth).
    • The second Playoff race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course (2019) top five are Chase Elliott (first), Alex Bowman (second), Kevin Harvick (third), Clint Bowyer (fourth) and Brad Keselowski (fifth).

Top-10 Finishes:

  • A total of 19 different drivers have finished in the two NASCAR Cup Series races at the Charlotte Road Course.
  • Joey Logano leads the NASCAR Cup Series in top-10 finishes at the Charlotte Road Course with two (2018, 2019).

Average Finish:

  • Alex Bowman leads the series in average finishing position at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course with 3.0 in two starts.

Top 10 in Average Finishing Position at the Charlotte Road Course

Rank All-Time Drivers Avg. Finish Races
1 Alex Bowman 3.0 2
2 Chase Elliott 3.5 2
3 Clint Bowyer 3.5 2
4 Ryan Blaney 4.5 2
5 Kevin Harvick 6.0 2
6 Jimmie Johnson 8.5 2
7 Joey Logano 10.0 2
8 Martin Truex Jr 10.5 2
9 Matt DiBenedetto 12.0 2
10 Kurt Busch 12.5 2

LAP LEADERS

  • A total of 14 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have led at least one lap at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course.

All-Time Lap Leaders at Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course 

Rank All-Time Lap Leaders Led Completed % Led Races
1 Kyle Larson 52 218 23.9% 2
2 Chase Elliott 35 218 16.1% 2
3 Kevin Harvick 34 218 15.6% 2
4 Brad Keselowski 32 212 15.1% 2
5 William Byron 23 212 10.8% 2
6 Ryan Blaney 16 218 7.3% 2
7 Kurt Busch 7 218 3.2% 2
8 Martin Truex Jr 6 218 2.8% 2
9 Joey Logano 4 218 1.8% 2
10 Clint Bowyer 2 218 0.9% 2
11 Daniel Hemric 2 218 0.9% 2
12 Paul Menard 2 212 0.9% 2
13 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 2 209 1.0% 2
14 Jamie McMurray 1 109 0.9% 1
  • Kyle Larson leads the NASCAR Cup Series in laps led at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course with 52 laps led in two starts.
  • Chase Elliott leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series in laps led at the Charlotte Road Course with 35 laps led in two starts.
  • The most laps led by the race winner in a single NASCAR Cup Series race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course was 35 laps led Chase Elliott on Sept. 29, 2019.
  • The fewest laps led by the race winner in a single NASCAR Cup Series race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course was 16 laps led Ryan Blaney on Sept. 30, 2018.
  • The most laps led in a single NASCAR Cup Series race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course by a driver that did not win the race was 47 laps led by Kyle Larson in the 2018 event – he ultimately finished 25th in the race.

TRACK / EVENT STATS

  • The all-time margins of victory in the NASCAR Cup Series at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course:
Margin of Victory Winner Runner-Up Date
0.792 Ryan Blaney Jamie McMurray Sunday, September 30, 2018
3.024 Chase Elliott Alex Bowman Sunday, September 29, 2019

Previous Series Races at the Charlotte Road Course

Categories Last Race Most/Largest Fewest/Smallest
Cars: 40 40 – 2 Times (10/10/2021) 40 – 2 Times (10/10/2021)
Lead Changes: 13 13 (09/29/2019) 10 (09/30/2018)
Leaders: 9 9 (09/29/2019) 8 (09/30/2018)
Cautions: 10 10 (09/29/2019) 8 (09/30/2018)
Caution Laps: 23 23 (09/29/2019) 16 (09/30/2018)
Lead Lap Finish: 33 33 (09/29/2019) 26 (09/30/2018)
Running at Finish: 35 35 (09/29/2019) 30 (09/30/2018)

NASCAR IN NORTH CAROLINA

  • There have been 827 NASCAR national series races held in the state of North Carolina among 32 different tracks.
  • The very first NASCAR Cup Series race all-time was held in the state of North Carolina at Charlotte Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina on June 19, 1949. The track is a 0.75-mile dirt oval, and the race was won by Jim Roper in a Lincoln.
NASCAR National Series Tracks in the state of North Carolina
Rank Track Name City Cup Xfinity Truck Combined First Year
1 Charlotte Motor Speedway Concord 122 75 18 292 1960
2 Rockingham Speedway Rockingham 78 42 2 122 1965
3 North Wilkesboro Speedway North 93 4 2 99 1949
4 Hickory Speedway Hickory 35 42 0 77 1953
5 Asheville-Weaverville Speedway Weaverville 34 0 0 34 1951
6 Occoneechee Speedway Hillsboro 32 0 0 32 1949
7 Bowman Gray Stadium Winston-Salem 29 0 0 29 1958
8 Orange County Speedway Rougemont 0 27 0 27 1983
9 Southern States Fairgrounds Charlotte 17 0 0 17 1954
10 Charlotte Speedway Charlotte 12 0 0 12 1949
11 Concord Speedway Concord 12 0 0 12 1956
12 Wilson Speedway Wilson 12 0 0 12 1951
13 New Asheville Speedway Asheville 8 0 0 8 1962
14 Dog Track Speedway Moyock 7 0 0 7 1962
15 Raleigh Speedway Raleigh 7 0 0 7 1953
16 Cleveland County Fairgrounds Shelby 6 0 0 6 1956
17 Charlotte Motor Speedway RC Concord 2 2 0 4 2018
18 Champion Speedway Fayetteville 4 0 0 4 1958
19 Caraway Speedway Asheboro 0 3 0 3 1982
20 Greensboro Agriculture Fairgrounds Greensboro 3 0 0 3 1957
21 North Carolina State Fairgrounds Raleigh 3 0 0 3 1955
22 Tar Heel Speedway Randleman 3 0 0 3 1963
23 Forsyth County Fairgrounds Winston-Salem 2 0 0 2 1955
24 Harris Speedway Harris 2 0 0 2 1964
25 Jacksonville Speedway Jacksonville 2 0 0 2 1957
26 Tri-City Speedway High Point 2 0 0 2 1953
27 Asheville Speedway Asheville 0 1 0 1 1982
28 Gastonia Fairgrounds Gastonia 1 0 0 1 1958
29 Harnett Speedway Spring Lake 1 0 0 1 1953
30 McCormick Field Asheville 1 0 0 1 1958
31 Salisbury Super Speedway Salisbury 1 0 0 1 1958
32 Star Lite Speedway Monroe 1 0 0 1 1966
Totals 532 196 22 827
  • A total of 463 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as North Carolina. 54 of the 463 have won (11.6%).

North Carolina Race Winners In NASCAR

Rank Driver Cup Xfinity Truck Combined
1 Richard Petty 200 0 0 200
2 Dale Earnhardt 76 21 0 97
3 Lee Petty 54 0 0 54
4 Ned Jarrett 50 0 0 50
5 Junior Johnson 50 0 0 50
6 Herb Thomas 48 0 0 48
7 Buck Baker 46 0 0 46
8 Bobby Isaac 37 0 0 37
9 Dale Jarrett 32 11 0 43
10 Rex White 28 0 0 28
11 Dale Earnhardt Jr 26 24 0 50
12 Jim Paschal 25 0 0 25
13 Benny Parsons 21 0 0 21
14 Speedy Thompson 20 0 0 20
15 Buddy Baker 19 0 0 19
16 Harry Gant 18 21 0 39
17 Bob Welborn 9 0 0 9
18 Kyle Petty 8 0 0 8
19 Ryan Blaney 4 7 4 15
20 Morgan Shepherd 4 15 0 19
21 Bill Blair 3 0 0 3
22 Austin Dillon 3 9 7 19
23 Gwyn Staley 3 0 0 3
24 Brian Vickers 3 3 0 6
25 Billy Myers 2 0 0 2
26 Jimmy Pardue 2 0 0 2
27 Richard Brickhouse 1 0 0 1
28 William Byron 1 4 7 12
29 Phil Parsons 1 2 0 3
30 Leon Sales 1 0 0 1
31 Buddy Shuman 1 0 0 1
32 Donald Thomas 1 0 0 1
33 Jack Ingram 0 31 0 31
34 Tommy Houston 0 24 0 24
35 Sam Ard 0 22 0 22
36 Robert Pressley 0 10 2 12
37 Austin Cindric 0 7 1 8
38 Scott Riggs 0 4 5 9
39 Harrison Burton 0 2 0 2
40 Hank Parker Jr 0 2 0 2
41 Johnny Rumley 0 2 0 2
42 Dennis Setzer 0 2 18 20
43 Ronnie Silver 0 2 0 2
44 Ed Berrier 0 1 0 1
45 Ty Dillon 0 1 3 4
46 Justin Labonte 0 1 0 1
47 Stephen Leicht 0 1 0 1
48 John H. Nemechek 0 1 6 7
49 John Settlemyre 0 1 0 1
50 Timothy Peters 0 0 11 11
51 Andy Houston 0 0 3 3
52 Todd Gilliland 0 0 1 1
53 Ricky Hendrick 0 0 1 1
54 Shane Hmiel 0 0 1 1
Totals 797 231 70 1,098

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