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Charlotte Motor Speedway Reveals Faster, Tougher Roval Layout

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The Bank of America 500 to be on 17-Turn, 2.28-Mile Road Course

  • Charlotte Motor Speedway revealed its revised Roval course layout in a media event on Monday at the speedway; The 17-turn, 2.28-mile Roval layout features a faster infield portion that will be used in the Bank of America 500 race weekend Sept. 28-30
  • The Roval will host the first road course races in the history of NASCAR’s Playoffs; Four NASCAR drivers conducted a Goodyear tire test on the Roval last October
  • Fans can buy tickets to all Charlotte Motor Speedway NASCAR events plus camping and upgrades by visiting online or by calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267)

 

Our senior photographer, Boyd Adams, getting a couple of laps around the Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Monday with Christopher Bell, 2017 Camping World Truck Champion.

CONCORD, N.C. (Jan. 21, 2018) – Playoff drama will be at an all-time high this fall at Charlotte Motor Speedway. On Monday, speedway officials revealed the finalized, revolutionary Roval layout ahead of the historic Bank of America 500 race weekend Sept. 28-30. The first road course race in the history of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs will see drivers attempt to tackle a 17-turn, 2.28-mile road course that features a faster infield portion and additional passing opportunities.

The removal of two of the final three infield turns before returning to the iconic oval for the NASCAR course layout promises to give drivers more speed, quicker lap times and more chances to race their way to the front – and into the record books. A remarkable, 35-foot elevation change between Roval Turn 4 – the track’s lowest point – and Roval Turn 9, its highest, means that the winner will literally face highs and lows before basking in the glow of victory.

Media members in attendance on Monday experienced the Roval first-hand in an adrenaline-pumping, “Roval ride-and-drive” in 2018 Toyota Camry XSE cars piloted by standouts including Jeff Burton, Dale Jarrett, Christopher Bell and Brandon Jones.

“With these updates, the Roval is sure to provide the best show for the fans and the most challenging road course race for drivers,” said Marcus Smith, the President and CEO of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. “We’ve obtained great feedback over the past year from champion drivers including Mario Andretti and Jeff Gordon, and with their help and a collaborative effort with NASCAR, Charlotte Motor Speedway is proud to showcase this brand-new course on the NASCAR schedule. Fans are going to see a thrill show unlike any other when September rolls around and racing comes to the Roval.”

TICKETS:
To purchase tickets to any NASCAR race event at Charlotte Motor Speedway, fans can call the ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or shop online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.

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About Jacob Mullins

Jacob Mullins serves as the managing editor and senior NASCAR writer covering all three national touring series's. You can find him on on Twitter at @JMulls15. An intercollegiate athletic administrator by trade, Mullins can be found at the big tracks as well as the local short tracks in the Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania area. Mullins enjoys social media, photography and graphic design. A native of West Chester, Pennsylvania, Mullins follows all forms of racing, Major League Baseball (Baltimore Orioles) and college football (Virginia Tech Hokies).

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