The NASCAR Cup Series will compete in their seventh road course race at home in Charlotte. We have a lot of data to use for our lineups this week. I am looking at the drivers road course history at the Roval since this is a unique track. The results from the Daytona Road Course and Indianapolis Road Course should also translate into success Sunday. It will be fun to see how it all plays out. The Bank of America Roval 400 can be seen Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on NBC.
Here are my picks for the Bank of America Roval 400…
Chase Elliott (4): Chase Elliott has been the best driver on the road courses and it is not even close. He has won 6 of the last 11 road course races. That includes the last two races at the Charlotte Roval. He led the most laps and scored at least 10 Stage points in the last two races at this track. There is no reason to fade Elliott Sunday. If you have any allocations left with the No. 9 car; use it this week.
Martin Truex Jr. (3): The Charlotte Roval owes Martin Truex Jr. a win. He had the best car in the inaugural race in 2018 but an over-aggressive Jimmie Johnson spun out the No. 19 car in the last turn. Truex has not been as good this year on the road courses as he has been in the past, but it has to do more with bad luck than a slow racecar. Truex finished his last two races at the Charlotte Roval in 7th place. He should be a safe pick for another top-10 finish Sunday.
Ryan Blaney (3): There are only two drivers in the field who have been to Victory Lane in the Cup Series at the Charlotte Roval. Of course Chase Elliott is one of the drivers. Ryan Blaney is the other. He won the inaugural Bank of America Roval 400 when Jimmie Johnson and Martin Truex Jr. spun out on the last lap. His win was not a fluke. Blaney finished 5th and 8th in his other two races at this track. The No. 12 car should have a good chance for a top-10 finish Sunday.
AJ Allmendinger (5): AJ Allmendinger will be back in the No. 16 car for Kaulig Racing. Allmendinger has driven this car in four road course races in the Cup Series this season. He finished 7th in the Daytona Road Course, 5th at COTA, 29th at Mid Ohio and he won the race at the Indianapolis Road Course. Allmendinger starts deep in the field but his talent is too good to pass up. I have Joey Logano in the Garage, just in case someone takes out Allmendinger as he makes his way through the field.
Kurt Busch (5): Kurt Busch said he wants to send Chip Gannasi out of NASCAR as a winner and he could help him do that with a good run Sunday. Busch finished 5th in the inaugural Bank of America Roval race and he finished 4th at the track last year. He also finished 4th at the Daytona Road Course, 6th at Sonoma, 4th at Road America and 6th at the Indianapolis Road Course. He should have a good chance to finish in the top-10 Sunday.
Joey Logano (2): I have used a lot of allocations with Joey Logano in the playoffs so he will get a spot in the Garage Sunday. Logano started off the red-hot on the road courses this season. He finished 2nd at the Daytona Road Course, 3rd at COTA and 4th at Sonoma. He had problems in the last two races but it wasn’t his fault. Logano has also been good at the Charlotte Roval. He finished 2nd at this track last year and 10th in 2019 and 2018. Logano should be a good insurance policy to have in the garage Sunday.
Good luck and be sure to follow me on Twitter @MrFantasyNASCAR. I will send out a Tweet during the race to let you know if I plan to swap out one of my drivers for my Garage pick.
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