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 is half oval and half street course. Sunday’s race around 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 difficult time figuring out how to handle this track, and for bettors, things are only an unpredictable. We break down the Roval out of a gambling prospective below.
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The track is not a complete unknown to motorists, as many teams tested the Roval this spring and summertime. Most, however, had issues transitioning in the high rates on the large banks to slowing down entering the infield for Turn 1. Let’s let Kurt Busch explain the track from a driver’s view.
Yeah, it’s going to be chaos, but breaking the tight and slim Roval, we could find similarities to other tracks. Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick have earned the Maximum driver ratings on the street courses of Sonoma and Watkins Glen over the last three Decades.
There is less margin for error on the Roval than there is at Watkins Glen and Sonoma. Sunday’s race starts on the new infield road course then uses the oval at its Turn 1 entry. The cars stay on the speedway part of the track – tapping a chicane on the backstretch — before diving off to the street course again to complete the lap.
Concerning testing, on the final day of the final summer session, Kyle Busch set the quickest rate, followed by Joey Logano and A.J. Allmendinger.
The Roval is comparable to the Rolex 24, a 24-hour sportscar race in Daytona in which cars race on the high banks and also on an infield course.
Several drivers in Sunday’s area 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 in 2012 with Michael Shank Racing. Jimmie Johnson, another Playoff driver, finished runner-up from the Rolex 24 in both 2005 and 2008. Kurt Busch was third largest in 2008. And Paul Menard has a best finish of 15th at the Rolex at 2010.
Race favorite Kyle Busch led the first practice on the Charlotte road course Friday at a session which abandoned Aric Almirola, Hamlin, Chase Elliott and Austin Dillon with minor damage.
With the track offering little room to pass, the starting lineup is essential. Kurt Busch (15/1) and also road-warrior Allmendinger (30/1) will begin on the front row. Alex Bowman (60/1), Elliott (8/1), Larson (20/1) and Johnson (25/1) round out the top-6.

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