Let’s Get Ready To Roval (Can’t Wait For This Race)

<> at Charlotte Motor Speedway on July 10, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

There’s nothing else quite like it. It’s a road course possessing some of the characteristics of an oval. 2.28 miles, 17 turns. The roval course at Charlotte Motor Speedway is sure to deliver something new on Sept. 30.

In this video, AJ Allmendinger takes us for a spin around the roval (click here). Even among road courses currently on the schedule, the Charlotte roval is unique as you can see. For this fan, the only thing that would be more cool to add to the Cup schedule would be adding Iowa, Road America or Eldora. Ah, but I dream. Maybe someday, right?

Adding this to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series accomplishes one more thing: it adds a road course to the playoff schedule. That’s long overdue. I mean, a real champion should have his or her skills challenged in every way shouldn’t they? Adding this date rounds out the playoff schedule. Variety is the spice of life.

Don’t get me wrong: this first go round could have its hazards. If you’ve been following the test sessions, the roval has particularly tested the younger drivers. Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman and William Byron all three had trouble. Allmendinger- a road course ace- predicts the infield portion of the track being hazardous. It won’t always be pretty, but it will be different. AJ told the media this track is unique enough he’ll have no inherent advantage in this race. Joey Logano told the media there’s nothing you can take from Sonoma or Watkins Glen to help at Charlotte.

With that being said, at least it’s not like the parades we get at the intermediates. It also won’t be a blind luck race like the superspeedway at Talladega. Win on the Charlotte roval and you’ve accomplished something. Driver skill will be critical. How refreshing.