Hot 20 – Charlotte’s roval goes left, it goes right, and possibly where everything will go wrong

They thought Talladega was a wild card. Boy, something tells me that Charlotte’s Roval is going to test them like never before. This one makes the World 600 nothing more than a nice test, a rest in some ways, before the storm coming their way on Sunday.

When your first danger spot is identified as Turn 1, you got to think that the excrement is about to hit the ventilation system. A tire barrier, a safer barrier, and a concrete barrier all await those who fate decides to screw with. Imagine the potential for carnage for the start and any re-starts that follow.

The next most treacherous part of the track? According to some, the entire rest of the track can claim that honor. Sounds interesting. Sounds more like a demolition derby. Sounds like a race I am not going to miss.

Prepare for some hearts to be broken, along with a few auto body parts. It is the Roval at Charlotte this Sunday.

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1. KYLE BUSCH – 1 ROUND WIN (2125 Pts – 7 Wins)
Best on the season, the best at Richmond, so who cares about the Roval?

2. BRAD KESELOWSKI – 1 ROUND WIN (2111 Pts – 3 Wins)
I guess you could say he has entered a one race slump.

3. MARTIN TRUEX JR. – 2141 POINTS (4 Wins)
Another member of the family will be leading the pack…at least prior to the green flag.

4. KEVIN HARVICK – 2113 POINTS (7 Wins)
Name a scenario where he does not advance. There isn’t one.

5. JOEY LOGANO – 2081 POINTS (1 Win)
Not totally out of the woods, but he sees prairie just ahead.

6. ARIC ALMIROLA – 2079 POINTS
No wins but lots of speed, and that might be enough for round one.

7. KYLE LARSON – 2073 POINTS
Charlotte should be easy until he comes across all those curvy parts.

8. KURT BUSCH – 2071 POINTS (1 Win)
He has the talent. He has the equipment. Now all he needs is good fortune.

9. CHASE ELLIOTT – 2066 POINTS (1 Win)
This whole Roval thing should have a lot of folks nervous, including Bill’s boy.

10. AUSTIN DILLON – 2066 POINTS (1 Win)
The smart money had him out after this round, but now he has to clear just one more hurdle.

11. ALEX BOWMAN – 2061 POINTS
Sitting five to seven points to the good, and that can’t be good.

12. RYAN BLANEY – 2060 POINTS
If Bowman is nervous, imagine how this guy feels.

13. CLINT BOWYER – 2056 POINTS (2 Wins)
Finish four or five points better than the two ahead of him, and all will be fine.

14. JIMMIE JOHNSON – 2054 POINTS
If Bowyer does well, it would be smart to stay close to him, though ahead would be even better.

15. ERIK JONES – 2039 POINTS (1 Win)
Has a win this season, but now he needs another one.

16. DENNY HAMLIN – 2031 POINTS
It is either win it all or nothing.

17. RYAN NEWMAN – 583 POINTS
A Chevy is nice, but the offer from Ford was nicer…but that is next year.

18. PAUL MENARD – 566 POINTS
As long as he has a sponsor with deep pockets he shall remain safe.

19. RICKY STENHOUSE JR. – 552 POINTS
He might not have Danica, but he has something McMurray and Allmendinger do not.

20. DANIEL SUAREZ – 550 POINTS
Does leaving Gibbs mean leaving all hope behind?

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