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Charlotte Roval checkered, black flags

The good and the not so good from a wild weekend of racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Roval.


Kyle Larson 

Scored a series-high seventh win of the season Sunday in comeback fashion as Larson took the checkered flag in the Bank of America Roval 400. Larson has won more NASCAR Cup Series races this season than his previous seven years combined.

Tyler Reddick 

Despite being eliminated from playoff competition in the opening round, Reddick is ending the year with a furious charge. He finished second for the third time this season.

Chase Elliott 

He survived the battle and advanced to the next round of the playoffs. Kevin Harvick spun Elliott from behind, an incident that severely damaged his Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. But Elliott was able to continue and finished 12th, which was good enough to keep him in the title picture.

AJ Allmendinger 

He continued his Xfinity Series mastery of the Roval Saturday with his third straight win at the track. Allmendinger had a huge lead wiped out by a late caution but was able to fend off the field in overtime to score his fifth win of the season.

The Roval 

The unique track has produced intense and unpredictable racing since its debut four years ago. But now as the final race of the playoff’s second round, things have escalated even more, and that was on display over the weekend in both the Xfinity Series and Cup Series races.


William Byron 

It’s not for the lack of trying but Byron’s playoff run came to an end. Everything from mechanical issues to contact by others on the race track added up to take Byron off the playoff grid and cast him into the role of spoiler for the rest of the season.

Alex Bowman 

Bowman also suffered mechanical issues that made it an uphill climb to an impressive 10th-place finish. However, it was not good enough to stay in the title race.

Kevin Harvick 

His payback to Chase Elliott drew the ire of many fans when Harvick dumped the Hendrick driver. Harvick wound up crashing later in the race when he spun off course and into a barrier, and he failed to transfer to the Round of 8 for the first time since the current format made its debut in 2014.

Christopher Bell 

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver had high hopes coming into the Roval based on his previous road racing experience this year, which included winning his first career Cup on the Daytona road circuit. But his eighth-place finish wasn’t good enough to keep him on the playoff grid.

AJ Allmendinger

Hopes for a weekend sweep ended for Allmendinger when an engine failure took him from competition and home for a 38th-place finish.