The ultimate race of the second spherical of this 12 months’s NASCAR Cup Collection Playoffs is setting as much as be a dandy, as quite a lot of drivers hope to complete within the top-eight as they battle it out within the Financial institution of America Roval 400 on the well-known Charlotte Motor Speedway.
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Issues are heating up heading into the final race within the Spherical of 12, as some tensions are excessive following one other chaotic race at Talladega. It regarded as if Ryan Blaney, who had beforehand received on the Superspeedway and was on the lookout for his first win in 2022, was handed by Chase Elliott on the ultimate lap, giving the common season champion his first win of the playoffs, and an automated bid into the Spherical of 8. That marked the Georgia-native’s fifth win of the season as properly.
Whereas it doesn’t affirm him a spot within the subsequent spherical, Blaney’s end has him sitting second in factors coming into Sunday, 32 factors forward of the cut-off line. Ross Chastain and Denny Hamlin every earned key top-five finishes and now sit third and fourth, respectively, within the playoff standings. With Alex Bowman remaining out on account of a concussion, Austin Cindric, Chase Briscoe, William Byron and Christopher Bell are battling it out for the final spot within the Spherical of 8. Cindric and Briscoe are at present tied for eighth, with Byron is 11 factors again.
This would be the fifth race on the Roval, with 4 present playoff contenders having reached victory lane since its first occasion in 2018. Elliott received back-to-back Roval races in 2019 and 2020, whereas Ryan Blaney and Kyle Larson have each received the checkered flag within the distinctive race.
What: Financial institution of America Roval 400
Who: NASCAR Cup Collection Playoffs (Spherical of 12)
When: Sunday, October 9
Time: 2 p.m. ET
The place: Charlotte Motor Speedway Street Course (Harmony, N.C.)
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