NASCAR at Charlotte reside updates, outcomes, highlights from 2020 ROVAL playoff race


The NASCAR Cup Series playoff Round of 12 concludes Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway in what could be an elimination race unlike anything seen before.

The ROVAL course, introduced in 2018, already comes with increased risk of wrecks. With the directive to drive through rain for the Bank of America ROVAL 400, cautions could become even more frequent.

Alex Bowman and Joey Logano are just above the cut line and hoping none of the four competitors below that mark speed to an unexpected win.

Sporting News is tracking live updates and lap-by-lap highlights from Sunday’s NASCAR race at Charlotte. Follow below for complete results from the 2020 Bank of America ROVAL 400.

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NASCAR at Charlotte live updates, highlights from ROVAL race

1:03 p.m.: Blaney wins Stage 2.

Ryan Blaney wins Stage 2.

Others getting stage points:

2. Elliott
3. Bell
4. Truex
5. Logano
6. Bowman
7. Byron
8. Reddick
9. McDowell
10. Keselowski

— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) October 11, 2020

1:02 p.m.: Kyle Busch has a flat tire.

Kyle Busch limping around the track and says he’s screwed: “Good job this year, guys. Sorry we had nothing of luck.”

— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) October 11, 2020

1:01 p.m.: Back to green with two laps remaining in Stage 2.

12:54 p.m.: Caution for JJ Yeley.

12:46 p.m.: Ryan Blaney into the lead with 10 more laps in Stage 2.

12:42 p.m.: Now Almirola spins. Flag again remeains green.

12:41 p.m.: No caution for this, but it’ll set Keselowski back.

12:19 p.m.: Ty Dillon wins Stage 1.

Ty Dillon is your Stage 1 winner at the Roval.

Also getting stage points:

2. Bell
3. DiBenedetto
4. Byron
5. Hill
6. Newman
7. Blaney
8. Logano
9. Wallace
10. Jones

Only one playoff driver in top 10 that stage.

— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) October 11, 2020

12:13 p.m.: Caution for John Hunter Nemechek.

12:11 p.m.: Denny Hamlin spins. Has some damage, it appears, but is still going.

Spin! Denny Hamlin is off course. No caution.

— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) October 11, 2020

11:59 p.m.: Clint Bowyer, who recently announced he would retire after this season, moves into first place.

11:50 p.m.: Chase Elliott to the front.

11:45 p.m.: Drivers seem to be taking a careful approach in Stage 1, not wanting to go too hard before getting a feel for the track.

11:36 p.m.: Brad Keselowski takes an early lead.

11:33 p.m.: Green flag!

11:29 p.m.: Engines are warm and we should be underway soon. Drivers are starting with rain tires on even though there isn’t rain coming down at the moment. It’s a precaution for a slightly slick track after previous downpours.

NASCAR start time today

The Round of 12 NASCAR playoff race at Charlotte on Sunday should begin soon after 2:30 p.m. ET. The temperature is supposed to be in the high-70s, and rain and lightning are considered likely. Charlotte Motor Speedway does have lights, but because of concerns about the infield brightness, a night race is not considered feasible.

The elimination race is 109 laps spread over three stages and will become official after Lap 55. The distance of the race is 250 miles.

NASCAR starting lineup at Charlotte

Here is the complete starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR race at Charlotte:

Starting spot Driver Car No. Team
1 Denny Hamlin (P) 11 Joe Gibbs Racing
2 Chase Elliott (P) 9 Hendrick Motorsports
3 Brad Keselowski (P) 2 Team Penske
4 Kevin Harvick (P) 4 Stewart-Haas Racing
5 Alex Bowman (P) 88 Hendrick Motorsports
6 Austin Dillon (P) 3 Richard Childress Racing
7 Martin Truex Jr. (P) 19 Joe Gibbs Racing
8 Joey Logano (P) 22 Team Penske
9 Kyle Busch (P) 18 Joe Gibbs Racing
10 Kurt Busch (P) 1 Chip Ganassi Racing
11 Clint Bowyer (P) 14 Stewart-Haas Racing
12 Aric Almirola (P) 10 Stewart-Haas Racing
13 William Byron (P) 24 Hendrick Motorsports
14 Erik Jones 20 Joe Gibbs Racing
15 Ryan Newman 6 Roush Fenway Racing
16 Tyler Reddick 8 Richard Childress Racing
17 Ty Dillon 13 Germain Racing
18 Ryan Preece 37 JTG Daughtery Racing
19 John Hunter Nemechek 38 Front Row Motorsports
20 Matt DiBenedetto (P) 21 Wood Brothers Racing
21 Chris Buescher 17 Roush Fenway Racing
22 Brennan Poole 15 Premium Motorsports
23 Matt Kenseth 42 Chip Ganassi Racing
24 Ryan Blaney 12 Team Penske
25 Quin Houff 00 StarCom Racing
26 Bubba Wallace 43 Richard Petty Motorsports
27 Timmy Hill 66 Motorsports Business Management
28 Cole Custer (P) 41 Stewart-Haas Racing
29 Joey Gase 51 Petty Ware Racing
30 Jimmy Johnson 48 Hendrick Motorsports
31 Michael McDowell 34 Front Row Motorsports
32 Corey LaJoie 32 Go Fas Racing
33 JJ Yeley 27 Rick Ware Racing
34 Daniel Suarez 96 Gaunt Brothers Racing
35 Christopher Bell 95 Leavine Family Racing
36 Gray Gaulding 127 Rick Ware Racing
37 James Davison 53 Rick Ware Racing
38 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 47 JTG Daughtery Racing

(P) Playoff driver.


Steven Gregory