Chase Elliott’s Dominance Continues on the Road Courses

Chase Elliott's dominance continues on the road courses with another victory in the Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
CONCORD, NORTH CAROLINA – OCTOBER 11: Chase Elliott, driver of the No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, crosses the finish line to win the NASCAR Cup Series Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 11, 2020, in Concord, North Carolina. Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

Chase Elliott’s dominance continues on the road courses with another victory in the Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

There was one final race remaining in the second round of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. With four more drivers on the verge of elimination, the previous two races at Las Vegas and Talladega were no walk in the park. The Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval played host for the last race of the Round of 12, and this alone has most teams coming to the track with worry on their faces. Throw in some rain showers, and this race was up for grabs to anyone able to keep their car together.

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Elliott’s Charlotte ROVAL Win Advances him to the Playoffs

Elliott's Charlotte ROVAL win advances him to the NASCAR Cup Series Round of 8 Playoffs after his victory in the Bank of America ROVAL 400 on Sunday afternoon.
CONCORD, NORTH CAROLINA – OCTOBER 11: Chase Elliott, driver of the No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 11, 2020, in Concord, North Carolina. Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

Elliott’s Charlotte ROVAL win advances him to the NASCAR Cup Series Round of 8 Playoffs after his victory in the Bank of America ROVAL 400 on Sunday afternoon.

In only his fifth NASCAR Cup Series season, Chase Elliott is proving himself a road course master, easily besting the field Sunday at the Charlotte ROVAL and more importantly, the 24-year old continues to establish himself as a perennial championship contender.

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‘Cash or Pass’ Picks for Charlotte Roval

'Cash or Pass' Picks are for the NASCAR Cup Series Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday, October 11th.
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – SEPTEMBER 29: Chase Elliott, driver of the No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on September 29, 2019, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

‘Cash or Pass’ Picks are for the NASCAR Cup Series Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday, October 11th.

The ROVAL was a shocking addition to the NASCAR playoff schedule during the 2018 season, and in both years since, it has provided a crazy day of racing that has ended with four drivers’ seasons coming to an end. Matters are no different in 2020, with the ROVAL acting as the last race in the Round of 12. Coming into the race, Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer, Austin Dillon, and Aric Almirola are well outside of the cutline, with everyone other than Busch likely needing a win to move on to the Round of 8. Throw in the possibility of a thunderstorm, and Sunday should provide a wild day of racing. Picking a race like this is never easy, but here goes. 

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Chase Elliott Marches Back to Win the Bank of America Roval 400

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – SEPTEMBER 29: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, wins the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on September 29, 2019, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images

For the second straight year, Charlotte Motor Speedway forms into a road course to host the NASCAR Cup Series cut off race in the first round of the playoffs. Last year’s race left many drivers scratching their heads on how to tackle the ‘Roval.’ Many teams returned to the track this year looking to improve.

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Pole Winner William Byron Advances in Playoffs after Solid Run

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – SEPTEMBER 29: William Byron, driver of the #24 UniFirst Chevrolet, during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on September 29, 2019, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

CONCORD, N.C. – Compared with Hendrick Motorsports teammate Alex Bowman’s stress-laden run to a berth in the Round of 12 of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs, pole winner William Byron’s path to advancement was relatively pressure-free.

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