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The 2018 Bank of America Roval 400 was a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race that was held on September 30, 2018, at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. Contested over 109 laps on the 2.28-mile (3.67 km) road course, it was the 29th race of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, third race of the Playoffs, and final race of the Round of 16. This was the first race to use Charlotte's "Roval" road course layout.

2018 Bank of America Roval 400
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10]
Race 29 of 36 in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Date September 30, 2018 (2018-09-30)
Location Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina
Course Permanent racing facility
2.28 mi (3.67 km)
Distance 109 laps, 248.52 mi (400 km)
Average speed 82.125 miles per hour (132.167 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Stewart-Haas Racing
Time 76.805
Most laps led
Driver Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing
Laps 47
Winner
No. 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske
Television in the United States
Network NBC
Announcers Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte, Dale Earnhardt Jr. (booth) and Parker Kligerman (on-track)
Nielsen Ratings 1.95/1.99 (Overnight)[11]
Radio in the United States
Radio PRN
Booth Announcers Doug Rice and Mark Garrow
Turn Announcers Nick Yeoman (1, 2 & 3), Mike Jaynes (4, 5 & 6), Doug Turnbull (7, 8 & 9), Pat Patterson (10, 11 & 12) and Rob Albright (13, 14 & 15)


Contents

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

 
An aerial view of Charlotte Motor Speedway

For 2018, deviating from past NASCAR events at Charlotte, the race will utilize a road course configuration of Charlotte Motor Speedway, promoted and trademarked as the "Roval". The course is 2.28 miles (3.67 km) in length and features 17 turns, utilizing the infield road course and portions of the oval track. The race will be contested over a scheduled distance of 109 laps, 400 kilometres (250 mi).[12][13][14]

During July 2018 tests on the road course, concerns were raised over drivers "cheating" designated chicanes on the course. The chicanes were modified with additional tire barriers and rumble strips in order to encourage drivers to properly drive through them, and NASCAR will enforce drive-through penalties on drivers who illegally "short-cut" parts of the course. The chicanes will not be used during pace laps, nor will they be used during restarts.[15][16]

Entry listEdit

No. Driver Team Manufacturer
00 Landon Cassill (i) StarCom Racing Chevrolet
1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford
3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford
7 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
8 Daniel Hemric (i) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford
13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet
14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
15 Justin Marks (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
23 J. J. Yeley (i) BK Racing Toyota
24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford
34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford
37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford
41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet
47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
51 Stanton Barrett Rick Ware Racing Ford
66 Timmy Hill (i) MBM Motorsports Toyota
72 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet
78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota
88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
95 Regan Smith Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet
96 Jeffrey Earnhardt Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota
Official entry list

First practiceEdit

Kyle Busch was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 77.145 seconds and a speed of 106.397 mph (171.229 km/h).[17]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 77.145 106.397
2 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 77.156 106.382
3 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 77.345 106.122
Official first practice results

QualifyingEdit

Kurt Busch scored the pole for the race with a time of 76.805 and a speed of 106.868 mph (171.987 km/h).[18]

Qualifying resultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer R1 R2
1 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 77.292 76.805
2 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 76.956 76.846
3 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 77.130 76.854
4 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 77.133 77.001
5 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 77.184 77.017
6 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 77.140 77.098
7 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 77.227 77.192
8 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 77.257 77.358
9 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 77.350 77.493
10 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 77.138 77.760
11 8 Daniel Hemric (i) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 77.126 77.796
12 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 77.308 77.868
13 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 77.390
14 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 77.575
15 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 77.589
16 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 77.618
17 19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 77.663
18 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 77.668
19 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 77.947
20 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 78.031
21 24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 78.082
22 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 78.101
23 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 78.258
24 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 78.389
25 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 78.435
26 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 78.455
27 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 78.561
28 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 78.657
29 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 78.665
30 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 78.898
31 15 Justin Marks (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 78.972
32 95 Regan Smith Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 79.267
33 72 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 79.489
34 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 79.910
35 7 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 79.940
36 23 J. J. Yeley (i) BK Racing Toyota 80.444
37 96 Jeffrey Earnhardt Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota 80.510
38 00 Landon Cassill (i) StarCom Racing Chevrolet 81.196
39 51 Stanton Barrett Rick Ware Racing Ford 81.871
40 66 Timmy Hill (i) MBM Motorsports Toyota 82.022
Official qualifying results

Practice (post-qualifying)Edit

Second practiceEdit

Jimmie Johnson was the fastest in the second practice session with a time of 78.043 seconds and a speed of 105.173 mph (169.260 km/h).[19]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 78.043 105.173
2 8 Daniel Hemric (i) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 78.200 104.962
3 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 78.262 104.878
Official second practice results

Final practiceEdit

 
Final practice

Brad Keselowski was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 77.730 seconds and a speed of 105.596 mph (169.940 km/h).[20]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 77.730 105.596
2 24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 78.118 105.072
3 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 78.175 104.995
Official final practice results

RaceEdit

Stage ResultsEdit

Stage 1 Laps: 25

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 10
2 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 9
3 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 8
4 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 7
5 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 6
6 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 5
7 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 4
8 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 3
9 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 2
10 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 1
Official stage one results
 
Kyle Larson leads during the second stage of the race

Stage 2 Laps: 25

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 10
2 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 9
3 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 8
4 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 7
5 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 6
6 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 5
7 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 4
8 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 3
9 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 2
10 8 Daniel Hemric (i) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 0
Official stage two results

Final Stage ResultsEdit

Stage 3 Laps: 59

 
Ryan Blaney drives to the finish line in the opposite direction after winning the 2018 Bank of America 400.
Pos Grid No Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 9 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 109 51
2 8 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 109 35
3 7 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 109 48
4 3 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 109 38
5 1 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 109 49
6 4 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 109 42
7 2 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 109 33
8 6 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 109 43
9 19 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 109 28
10 15 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 109 34
11 29 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 109 26
12 27 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 109 25
13 28 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 109 24
14 13 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 109 30
15 32 95 Regan Smith Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 109 22
16 30 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 109 21
17 10 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 109 20
18 18 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 109 19
19 20 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 109 18
20 33 72 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 109 17
21 17 19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 109 16
22 26 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 109 15
23 11 8 Daniel Hemric (i) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 109 0
24 35 7 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 109 0
25 5 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 109 24
26 37 96 Jeffrey Earnhardt Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota 109 11
27 31 15 Justin Marks (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 108 0
28 36 23 J. J. Yeley (i) BK Racing Toyota 108 0
29 38 00 Landon Cassill (i) StarCom Racing Chevrolet 108 0
30 12 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 108 7
31 25 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 103 6
32 14 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 103 9
33 22 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 103 4
34 21 24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 103 3
35 16 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 103 2
36 34 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 103 1
37 23 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 100 1
38 40 66 Timmy Hill (i) MBM Motorsports Toyota 70 0
39 24 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 65 5
40 39 51 Stanton Barrett Rick Ware Racing Ford 11 1
Official race results

Race statisticsEdit

  • Lead changes: 8 among different drivers
  • Cautions/Laps: 8 for 16
  • Red flags: 1 for 14 minutes and 27 seconds
  • Time of race: 3 hours, 1 minute and 34 seconds
  • Average speed: 82.125 miles per hour (132.167 km/h)

MediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

NBC Sports covered the race on the television side. Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte and Dale Earnhardt Jr. had the call in the booth for the race. Parker Kligerman called from different locations around the 17-turn ROVAL. Dave Burns, Marty Snider and Kelli Stavast reported from pit lane during the race.

NBC
Booth announcers Pit reporters
Lap-by-lap: Rick Allen
Color-commentator: Jeff Burton
Color-commentator: Steve Letarte
Color-commentator: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
On-Track Analyst: Parker Kligerman
Dave Burns
Marty Snider
Kelli Stavast

RadioEdit

The Performance Racing Network had the radio call for the race, which was simulcast on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.

PRN
Booth announcers Turn announcers Pit reporters
Lead announcer: Doug Rice
Announcer: Mark Garrow
Turns 1, 2 & 3: Nick Yeoman
Turns 4, 5 & 6: Mark Jaynes
Turns 7, 8 & 9: Doug Turnbull
Turns 10, 11 & 12: Pat Patterson
Turns 13, 14 & 15: Rob Albright
Brad Gillie
Brett McMillan
Jim Noble
Wendy Venturini

Standings after the raceEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  6. ^ "Second Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. September 29, 2018. Retrieved September 29, 2018.
  7. ^ "Final Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. September 29, 2018. Retrieved September 29, 2018.
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  9. ^ "Points standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. October 1, 2018. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
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