Race: Bank of America Roval 400
Date: September 29th
Venue: Charlotte Motor Speedway
2018 Winner: Ryan Blaney (3:01:34)
Charlotte Motor Speedway. Opened in 1960 by Bruton Smith and Curtis Turner, this 1.5 mile quad oval asphalt track is home to two races each year. The turns are at 24 degrees and the straights bank at 5 degrees. This track was the first modern superspeedway to host night racing.
Martin Truex Jr. (fifth selection this year) — Insert perfect marriage here. When a player who had back to back wins comes to a track where he finished 2nd last year and won earlier this year. Here is your lock, everything else is a mile behind this one.
Kyle Busch (sixth selection this year) — His last three years here: 2016 he was in the 30s, 2017 he was in the 20s, 2018 he won. Earlier this year he was 3rd at Charlotte and he finished 2nd last week at Richmond
High Risk / High Reward
Kurt Busch (seventh selection this year) — Kurt has an average finish of 6th place at Charlotte Motor Speedway over the last 3 years. That’s the good. Now the bad – he has finished 30th or worse in two of the last three races.
Alex Bowman (second selection this year) — He finished 8th here last year. He has one good playoff finish and one bad playoff finish. He consistently hovered in the 10-20 area over the final 10 regular season races.
The Dark Horse
Jimmie Johnson (sixth selection this year) — I picked Jimmie as my dark horse last week at Richmond and he finished 10th. That’s back to back top 12 finishes to start the playoffs. Jimmie races well at Charlotte so I am picking him again this week.
Favorite: Avg Finish 12th (32nd Percent)
High Risk/High Reward: Avg Finish 10th (27th Percent)
Dark Horse: Avg Finish 17th (46th Percent)