Published On: Sat, Sep 29th, 2018

NASCAR: Playoff Eliminations On The Line

Playoff Eliminations On The Line .This is one of most important and consequential weeks on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule. The sport debuts a brand new track – the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course – as it hosts the first elimination race of the championship Playoffs.

Only 12 of the current 16 championship-eligible drivers will advance their Playoff hopes following Sunday’s Bank of America ROVAL 400 (at 2 p.m. ET on NBC, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

The four drivers hoping to leap into contention with good debuts at the new venue are Clint Bowyer, who trails 12th-place Ryan Blaney by four points and seven-time Monster Energy Series champion Jimmie Johnson, who is six points back. Joe Gibbs Racing teammates, Erik Jones and Denny Hamlin are 21 and 29 points behind the cutoff, respectively.

Three of the four have won previously on Cup road courses. Bowyer (2012) and Johnson (2010) have victories at Sonoma. And Hamlin won at Watkins Glen in 2016. This is only Jones’ second season of Cup competition, but he scored his best road course outing – a fifth-place at Watkins Glen – just a month ago.

“The ROVAL is kind of an unknown I think for everybody, so it’s going to be a new experience and something that we are all going to have to learn as we go this weekend,” said Jones, who drives the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.

“I think we’re excited as a team to have some laps there and had a pretty decent test when we all got to test there. We’ll work hard this weekend. We need to have a solid race and get as many points as we can and try to advance on to the next round. That’s our main goal this weekend, so we’ll keep ourselves out of trouble and hopefully have a solid race.”

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Next Race: Bank of America ROVAL 400
The Place: Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course
The Date: Sunday, September 30
The Time: 2 p.m. ET
TV: NBC, 1 p.m. ET
Radio: PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Distance: 248.52 miles (109 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 25),
Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 50), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 109)

Source & Photo Credit: NASCAR

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