There will probably be chaos on Sunday as 39 cars are standing for the final race of the NASCAR Cup Series Play-off Round of 12.
Bank of America Roval will 00 on the road to Charlotte Motor Speedway will be the last chance for 11 of the 12 playoff drivers to go round advance. He is ahead in the playoff standings with 3,116 points. Kyle Larson dropped to second place after an accident in Taladega. He is 19 points behind Hamlin.
Chase Elliott, ranked seventh in the standings, has won over Charlotte’s 2.2-mile walk in the last two years. His other win on Sunday will give Hendrick Motorsport a perfect boost. The team has just one win in the playoffs (Larson) and two Hendrix drivers have had to face elimination. William Byron and Alex Bowman are both out of the top eight.
Chaos ensues as play-offs become more competitive. Monday’s weather-short race in Talladega, which was won by non-play-off driver Bubba Wallace, increased the chances of chaos in Charlotte Sunday.
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Highlights from NASCAR, ROVAL 400 in Charlotte Live Update
East all the time.
5:45: Kyle Larson went even further in the playoffs and crossed the checkered line and won the seventh race of his season.
5:43: Byron goes through two laps on the grass and between the walls. Buescher takes third and takes Larson to the final lap in nine seconds.
5:40: Trax Jr. spins behind the packet, at the risk of his playoff standing.
5:37: Larson extends away from Reddick and has a two-second lead over Byron who has four laps.
5:35: Byron reached third when Chris Busher aggressively pushed Hamlin into the corner.
5:33: Larson took the lead from Hamlin when he passed from the inside. Redlinic Hamlin fell to the front in third place.
5:29: Be careful to go with 10 times. Keseloski is in the final spot above the cutline.
5:26: Harwick misses a corner at Turn One and hits the wall. Harvick got out of his car because his hood was burning. The accident ended his chances of winning the playoff spot as he fell far below the cutline.
5:25: Larson enters Reddick and fights a second time.
5:23: Kurt Bush is forced to graze on the grass because he misses the chicken. Radick Larson passes to put pressure on Hamlin.
5:20: Hamlin leads following the green flag. Larson pressed his bumper into the six. Hamlin benefits by following the chicken.
5:14: Warnings have been issued for the wreckage after the wreckage.
5:11: Byron contacts the back, forcing him to miss the chicken and taking him back to 18th place.
5:10: Keselowski spins out and the track is closed after rubbing a rear tire. Following Chicken, he was forced to return to ninth place in the playoffs.
5:08: Hamlin leads the pack to the green flag after Radick. Larson is battling Byron as third.
5:04: Bowman was forced to retreat after speeding on Pitt Road.
5:00: Elliott’s bumper loose lollipop and caution was brought out with 223 people. Keseloski is five points ahead of the cutline and Harvic is five points down.
4:56: Elliott’s bumper slammed into his back after breaking the repair cover. He reportedly rubbed a left rear tire to go 26.
4:52: Hamlin leads Byron as he heads towards Pile Road. Following the pit stop, Hamlin returned to eighth place.
4:48: Danny Hamlin led after Buescher moved to Pitt Road. DiBenedetto nine seconds behind, then Byron. Two points above the Harvick cutline and two points below the Elliott Pitt stop.
4:45: Byron leads to Pitt Road. Kurt Bush is led by Chris Busher and Danny Hamlin.
4:40: Byron is two seconds ahead of Reddick and has 35 laps left.
4:34: Elliott confirmed he was losing in the lap for about a second and was running in 33rd place, with 39 points, 11 points below the cutline.
4:30: Danny Hamlin dropped to sixth after missing the back stretch chicken.
4:25: Larson passed the 1st Bush and returned.
4:20: Elliott reports three ads four rubbing a tire. He is ranked 36th out of 109th.
4:17: Almender goes to the side and falls backwards. He goes to Pitt Road and determines the engine failure of his car, which prevents him from running. Elliott is trying to meet the minimum speed.
4:12: Elliott fell below the cutline on his way to Pitt Road to assess the damage. Harwick appears to have suffered some damage to the front of his car.
4:10: Chase Elliott suffered severe damage to his track bar after Harvick’s contact that sent him to the wall. Cole Custer gets caught in the path and falls on the grass. Joey Logano escaped unharmed.
4:09: William Byron started the third phase followed by Austin Dillon and Danny Hamlin.
3:57: Elliott left Harwick behind in second place. Kyle Bush wins second round.
3:56: Larson returns until the seventh, and lands on the cutline in the final lap. Harvick falls below the cutline.
3:54: Bush proceeded towards Pitt Road to go to the second stage with three laps. Several cars follow and the crowd pits the road.
3:38: Christopher Bell turned around a lot and went off-track at turn 6.
3:36: Larson fell below the cutline with 13 seconds left in the second leg. He is struggling to hold his position in the middle of the pack while tackling the alternator belt issue.
3:34: Kyle Bush led Harvick and Byron cautioned.
3:32: Larson and Alex Bowman will go to Pitt Road to replace the batteries. Bowman changes his tires and turns green after his crew advises replacing the main battery at the end of the second phase. Larson changed his battery, but could not solve the problem with his crew alternator belt.
3:28: Ricky Steinhouse Jr. pushes Chase Briscoe, and turns him to the front. He has been warned to go again.
3:26: Kyle Larson cleared Almender and Harwick in third place.
3:20: Kyle Bush led from the first round and then William Byron. Kevin Harwick has fought Almender for the third time.
3:12: Elliott clears Almender and takes a win in the first round.
3:11: Blaney and Elliott became close with Almeddinger, who held the lead to the final lap.
3:10: Ryan Press rolls up and climbs over the wall. After evaluation, he can continue.
3:08: Almander and Blaney are fighting for the lead with caution.
3:05: Danny Hamlin gets a penalty for speeding on Pitt Road which forces him to start at the tail end of the field with four laps to go to the first stage.
2:59: Ryan Newman is suffering from a tire problem that caused him to spin and hit the wall, leaving only Kesselsky missing. Once back on Pitt Road, he’s sure for the day.
2:56: Blaney, Logano and Elliott increased their lead with eight laps from the pack to advance to the first round.
2:53: Kesselowski was pushed out by Alex Bowman. He is able to go again from behind.
2:49: Ryan Blaney led with caution. Joey Logano and Chase Elliott fought second in the pack.
2:44: Joey Logano was led by Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott during the caution.
2:42: Bell gets a penalty for speeding on Pitt Road.
2:41: Christopher Bell arrives at Pitt Road early for tires without fuel. Hamlin took to Pack Road before the competition alert.
2:38: Almirola takes a hit and goes for a short spin, but the pack goes behind.
2:32: Danny Hamlin went ahead early. Joey Logano and Brad Kesselski have fought for the second time.
2:30: The Roval 400 race is underway.
2:20: The engine is shot in front of the green flag.
2:10: The flyover begins the process of starting on the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
1:45: Drivers are being introduced before the race this afternoon. Charlotte is one of the most popular here.
1:30: NASCAR has confirmed that Garrett Smithley is moving backwards after multiple technical failures.
NASCAR starts today
- Time: 2 p.m.
- TV channels: NBC
- Live: NBCSports.com, NBC Sports App, fuboTV
The green flag for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series playoff race at Charlotte Motor Speedway will go down at 2:30 p.m.
How to see NASCAR in Charlotte
- TV channels: NBC
- Live: NBCSports.com, NBC Sports App, fuboTV
- Radio: PRN
NBC’s programming will begin at 1 p.m. Rick Allen will handle the play-by-play call of the race. Dale Arnhard Jr., Jeff Burton and Steve Letert will provide analysis.
Snyder, Dave Burns and Parker Kligerman will be Pete’s reporters. Routledge Wood will provide additional reports during the competition.
NASCAR Cup Play-off Standing
Danny Hamlin advanced to seventh place in Talladega. He defeated Kyle Larson, who dropped to second place after finishing 37th due to a wreck. Larson also lost a lot of his cushions between his place and the playoff cut line. He will enter Sunday, 22 points ahead of ninth-ranked driver Kevin Harwick.
Lots of pressure on the play-off bubble after Taladegar. The difference between sixth place (Ryan Blaney) and ninth (Harwick) is only 15 points. Among the bird stands, the fact that 11 of the 12 drivers are still fighting for 8 rounds and the history of the destruction of the Roval, NASCAR reduced the playoffs by four drivers before promising more chaos on Sunday.
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NASCAR start lineup in Charlotte
The full NASCAR start lineup for Sunday’s play-off race at Bank of America Roval Char00’s Charlotte Motor Speedway.
|Start the pause.||Driver||Car no||Team|
|D||P-Danny Hamlin||11||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|2||P-Brad Kesselowski||2||Team Penske|
|3||Logano in P-Joe||22||Team Penske|
|4||P-Christopher Bell||20||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|5||P-Martin Trux Jr.||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|6||P-Ryan Blaney||12||Team Penske|
|7||P-Kevin Harwick||4||Stuart-Hass Racing|
|8||P-Chase Elliott||9||Hendrik Motorsports|
|9||P-Kyle Bush||18||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|10||P-Kyle Larson||5||Hendrik Motorsports|
|11||P-William Byron||24||Hendrik Motorsports|
|12||P-Alex Bowman||48||Hendrik Motorsports|
|13||Kurt Bush||D||Chip Ganasi Racing|
|14||Austin Dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|15||Bubba Wallace||23||23XI Racing|
|16||Chris Boucher||17||Roush Fenway Racing|
|17||Eric Jones||43||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|18||Ricky Steinhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|19||Michael McDowell||34||Front row motorsport|
|20||Anthony Alfredo||38||Front row motorsport|
|21||Arik Almirola||10||Stuart-Hass Racing|
|22||Chase Briscoe||14||Stuart-Hass Racing|
|23||Cole Custer||41||Stuart-Hass Racing|
|24||Ryan Newman||6||Roush Fenway Racing|
|25||Picture of Daniel Suarez placeholder||99||Trackhouse racing|
|26||Corey Lajoi||7||Spire Motorsports|
|27||Ross Chestain||42||Chip Ganasi Racing|
|28||Queen Hauf||00||Starcom Racing|
|29||Tyler Reddick||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|30||Matt de Benedetto||21||Wood Brothers Racing|
|31||Ryan Press||37||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|32||Cody Ware||51||Petty Wire Racing|
|33||AJ Almender||16||Kaulig race|
|34||Garrett Smithley||53||Rick Wire Racing|
|35||Scott Hackart||78||Live Fast Motorsports|
|36||Joey’s hand||52||Rick Wire Racing|
|37||Josh Biliki||15||Rick Wire Racing|
|38||Justin Haley||77||Spire Motorsports|
|39||Timmy Hill||66||Motorsports Business Management|