TV channels, schedule, playoff standings, best bets, driver changes, weather

The NASCAR Cup Series playoff field will be cut down from 12 to eight this weekend as the tour shifts to the treacherous Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval.

The Roval – a unique facility that utilizes about 95% of CMS’s traditional 1.5-mile dogleg oval, the track’s infield section and two artificial chicanes – has hosted a playoff cut-down round each season since it joined the calendar in 2018. On two occasions, the winner of the event has gone on to claim the Cup Series crown: Hendrick Motorsports’ Chase Elliott in 2020 and Kyle Larson in 2021.

This year, Larson and another HMS teammate, William Byron, enter the Roval weekend on the positive side of the cut line, with Byron already guaranteed a spot in the Round of 8.

Here’s what you need to know ahead of the Bank of America Roval 400:

Bank of America Roval 400 TV/streaming schedule

All times Eastern

Noon-1 p.m.: Practice (USA after 12:30 p.m., NBC Sports app)
1-2 p.m.: Qualifying (USA, NBC Sports app)

2-5:30 p.m.: Bank of America Roval 400 (NBC, NBC Sports app)

Bank of America Roval 400 details

Track: Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval (2.28-mile, 17-turn hybrid course) in Concord, North Carolina
Length: 109 laps for 248.52 miles (400 kilometers)
Banking: Oval turns – 24 degrees | Oval straights – 5 degrees
Stage lengths: Stages 1-2 – 25 laps | Stage 3 – 59
2022 winner: Christopher Bell (20), Joe Gibbs Racing

NASCAR Cup Series playoff standings

1. William Byron – 3,135* (-)
2. Ryan Blaney – 3,078* (-)
3. Denny Hamlin – 3,107 (+50)
4. Christopher Bell – 3,079 (+22)
5. Chris Buescher – 3,076 (+19)
6. Martin Truex Jr. – 3,074 (+17)
7. Kyle Larson – 3,072 (+15)
8. Brad Keselowski – 3,059 (+2)
______________________________ Cut line
9. Tyler Reddick – 3,057 (-2)
10. Ross Chastain – 3,050 (-9)
11. Bubba Wallace – 3,050 (-9)
12. Kyle Busch – 3,033 (-26)
*Clinched entry in Round of 8

Bank of America Roval 400 top drivers and best bets

Elliott has won two of five races on the Roval, and seven of his 18 career wins have come on road courses, so it’s not a surprise that he enters with the best odds (6-to-1) of anyone in the field, according to BetMGM. The three drivers with the next-best odds are all in the playoffs: Tyler Reddick (+700), Byron (+725) and Larson (+800).

Best odds to win
• Chase Elliott +600
• Tyler Reddick +700
• William Byron +725
• Kyle Larson +800
• Michael McDowell +1000

Yahoo Sports’ Nick Bromberg wrote earlier in the week on the betting forecast and likes a pair of playoff drivers with middling odds in Christopher Bell (+1400) and Chris Buescher (+2000). In terms of long shots, Bromberg notes Ross Chastain (+3000) will have plenty of motivation to get to the front as he enters the weekend nine points on the wrong side of the playoff cut line.

Sep 27, 2019; Concord, NC, USA; Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Chase Elliott (9) drives through the chicane during qualifying for the Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Hendrick Motorsports’ Chase Elliott has won twice on the Charlotte Roval since its debut on the schedule in 2018. (Photo by Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports) (USA TODAY USPW / reuters)

Bank of America Roval 400 entry list

It being a road course race, there are several specialists in the field. Chandler Smith will pilot an extra Kaulig Racing entry, driving the No. 13 car this weekend. Andy Lally hops back into the No. 15 Rick Ware car for the third time this season, the ride usually occupied by J.J. Yeley. Mike Rockenfeller will drive the No. 42 Legacy Motor Club Chevrolet, which has been driven by Craftsman Truck Series competitor Carson Hocevar since Noah Gragson was released in August. Josh Bilicki will pilot the No. 78 Live Fast Motorsports Ford usually driven by B.J. McLeod for the ninth time this season.

Ross Chastain (1), Trackhouse Racing Chevrolet
Austin Cindric (2), Team Penske Ford
Austin Dillon (3), Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
Kevin Harvick (4), Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
Kyle Larson (5), Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
Brad Keselowski (6), RFK Racing Ford
Corey LaJoie (7), Spire Motorsports Chevrolet
Kyle Busch (8), Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
Chase Elliott (9), Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
Aric Almirola (10), Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
Denny Hamlin (11), Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
Ryan Blaney (12), Team Penske Ford
Chandler Smith (13), Kaulig Racing Chevrolet
Chase Briscoe (14), Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
Andy Lally (15), Rick Ware Racing Ford
A.J. Allmendinger (16), Kaulig Racing Chevrolet
Chris Buescher (17), RFK Racing Ford
Martin Truex Jr. (19), Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
Christopher Bell (20), Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
Harrison Burton (21), Wood Brothers Racing Ford
Joey Logano (22), Team Penske Ford
Bubba Wallace (23), 23XI Racing Toyota
William Byron (24), Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
Justin Haley (31), Kaulig Racing Chevrolet
Michael McDowell (34), Front Row Motorsports Ford
Zane Smith (38), Front Row Motorsports Ford
Ryan Preece (41), Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
Mike Rockenfeller (42), Legacy Motor Club Chevrolet
Erik Jones (43), Legacy Motor Club Chevrolet
Tyler Reddick (45), 23XI Racing Toyota
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (47), JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
Alex Bowman (48), Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
Cole Custer (51), Rick Ware Racing Ford
Ty Gibbs (54), Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
Ty Dillon (77), Spire Motorsports Chevrolet
Josh Bilicki (78), Live Fast Motorsports Ford
Daniel Suárez (99), Trackhouse Racing Chevrolet

Bank of America Roval 400 weather

Conditions should be pretty optimal for racing, with no chance of rain forecast and daytime high temperatures in the upper-60s and low-70s. That should produce track temperatures warm enough to get the tires in the ideal operating window but cool enough to prevent oil from seeping up and making the surface more slippery.

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