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Fast Ride at the Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Later this year, Charlotte Motor Speedway will introduce the first banked road course in stock car history.

What's a roval?


Later this year, in NASCAR's Championship Chase, Charlotte Motor Speedway will introduce the first banked road course in stock car history. Long-standing fans might point to tracks like Sonoma Raceway or Watkins Glen International as road courses (or even Daytona International Speedway which incorporates a road course within its famous 2.5 mile oval for the Rolex 24 Hour sports car race), but the Charlotte Roval is unique. The 17-turn, 2.28-mile course has banked turns inside the track not relying on NASCAR banked turns.


Charlotte's roval will be the first road course to be included in the sport's championship playoffs. The 137-lap 312-mile/500k race will take place on September 30, 2018. The unique track design will make passing very challenging; and for now, it's anyone's guess where to pass or make last-minute aggressive maneuvers.


Rumble Strips | Fast Ride at the Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway | by Lewis Franck

Rumble strips on Charlotte Motor Speedway's roval circuit keep cars inside the track.


Everything about this track is completely different (compared to) any road course that we run, Martin Truex, Jr. the reigning NASCAR champion said. The crew chiefs are going to pull their hair out trying to figure this place out because it's so unique.


We're going to bring racing action that fans have not seen before in a speedway setting, said Marcus Smith, the president and CEO of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. Here at Charlotte, you're going to see all the racing [of an oval] in the form of a road course. It's going to be a huge challenge for the drivers.



Steve O'Donnell, the executive vice president and chief racing development officer for NASCAR, said the race promises to be a wild-card event for drivers and teams. I think the operative word for us is 'excitement,' O'Donnell said. I applaud Marcus for coming up with something that is unique in that you can see the entire course ... I couldn't be more excited, not only about the possibilities that we're going to see here during the playoffs but also for the industry coming together and working on this.


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We don't like wildcard races, so to speak, but definitely it's neat and interesting, Truex Jr. told reporters at the track. If you can't make it to Charlotte, be sure to visit Texas Motor Speedway which has its first NASCAR race weekend April 6-8.


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NASCAR champ Dale Jarrett takes us on the Roval Ride along with Dale Jarrett as he describes passing zones at the Charlotte Motor Speedway roval. NASCAR champ Dale Jarrett takes us on the Roval
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