How to handicap the Roval at Charlotte: Betting odds and a longshot to consider

For the first time , NASCAR is racing in a track that’s half oval and half road course. Sunday’s race on the 17-turn, 2.28 street course/oval, the Bank of America Roval 400 in Charlotte Motor Speedway, also marks the last event of the Round of 16 in NASCAR’s playoffs.
Crew chiefs and drivers are having a tough time figuring out how to deal with this particular track, and for bettors, things are only an unpredictable. We split down the Roval out of a betting prospective below.
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The track isn’t a complete unknown to drivers, as many teams tested the Roval this spring and summertime. Most, however, had problems transitioning in the high rates on the high banks to slowing down entering the infield for Turn 1. Let us let Kurt Busch explain the track by a driver’s view.
Yeah, it’s going to be chaos, but breaking down the tight and slim Roval, we could discover similarities to other tracks. Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick have earned the Maximum driver ratings on the street paths of Sonoma and Watkins Glen over the last 3 years.
There is less margin for error on the Roval than there’s at Watkins Glen and Sonoma. Sunday’s race starts on the new infield road course and then employs the oval during its Turn 1 entrance. The cars remain on the speedway portion of the track – tapping a chicane on the backstretch — before diving off into the street course again to finish the lap.
Concerning testing, on the final day of the final summer session, Kyle Busch set the quickest speed, followed by Joey Logano and A.J. Allmendinger.
The Roval is comparable to the Rolex 24, a 24-hour sportscar race at Daytona where cars race on the banks and also on an infield program.
Several drivers in Sunday’s field have won that Daytona road course. Chip Ganassi Racing drivers Jamie McMurray and Playoff driver Kyle Larson awakened to win the 2015 Rolex 24 overall. A.J. Allmendinger won the Rolex crown 2012 with Michael Shank Racing. Jimmie Johnson, another Playoff driver, completed runner-up in the Rolex 24 in both 2005 and 2008. Kurt Busch was third largest in 2008. And Paul Menard has a best finish of 15th in the Rolex at 2010.
Hurry favorite Kyle Busch led the very first clinic on the Charlotte road course Friday in a session that abandoned Aric Almirola, Hamlin, Chase Elliott along with Austin Dillon with minor damage.
With the track offering small room to maneuver, the starting lineup is key. Kurt Busch (15/1) and road-warrior Allmendinger (30/1) will begin on the front . Alex Bowman (60/1), Elliott (8/1), Larson (20/1) and Johnson (25/1) round from the top-6.

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