Over the past three years, Charlotte Motor Speedway has been planning and working for this past Sunday. The inaugural running of the Bank of America ROVAL. The new course is a road track inside the existing familiar oval CMS track. The track features 18 turns. Track speeds will be slower, due to the nature of the course. Overall this course set up allowed for more fan viewing and in a much closer than in the much higher speed Coca Cola 600 in the spring.
The #12 Menards/Pennzoil Ford driven by Ryan Blaney finished first coming from the 9th position at the start. During the first stage of the race, Blaney finished 10th. He led the laps 2 times for a total of 16 laps. He earned 51 points and 6 playoff points. Finishing second was the Number 1 car driven by Jamie McMurray. He led one lap. Finishing third was the number 14 car, Clint Bowyer.
The 248.5 mile race was completed in 3 hour 1 minute 34 sec. Average speed was 82.125 MPH
Pantagraph photographer Steven Leaird submitted the following pictures of the event.
The event was friendly not only to the fans, but to the media and photographers. Many more camera angles and locations were opened up during this race. NASCAR has been looking for ways to re-engage the fan base for the races. This ROVAL may have the power to do just that for the Charlotte Market. By not only making it interesting for the fans, and challenging for the drivers, it made for a great day of visual shots for the media. That would seem to be a winning combination.
Photos below were taken by Pantagraph Editor David Kellin
Set your calendars for next October for the next ROVAL race, you will in for a great afternoon of racing.