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PREVIEW: F1 at the Nürburgring, NASCAR and IMSA at Charlotte ‘ROVAL’

Saturday, October 10

1. NASCAR Xfinity Drive for the Cure 250, Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL
• TV: NBC/TSN4/5 at 3:30P
• The Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL is a 2.280-mile road course with 17 turns. The frontstretch is 1,580 feet and the backstretch is 1,500 feet. In the corners, the banking varies from two to 24 degrees and on straights it varies from zero to five degrees.
• Race distance is 67 laps = 155.44 mi; Stages: 20/20/27 laps
• Up to 6650 spectators allowed. No practice or qualifying sessions
• This race is the final race in the three-race Xfinity Series ‘Round of 12'. After this race, the bottom four playoff drivers will be eliminated and the top eight will advance to the ‘Round of 8' which begins at Kansas next week. After the three-races of the ‘Round of 8', the bottom four playoff drivers will be eliminated and the top four will advance to the Xfinity finale at Phoenix. Of these four remaining drivers, the one who has the best finish at Phoenix will be declared the 2020 Xfinity Series champion.
• Last year, this ROVAL race was run on the last weekend in September. A.J. Allmendinger won the race ahead of Tyler Reddick and Austin Cindric.
• Last week at Talladega, Chase Briscoe dominated for most of the race but late in the race, while he was being pursued by Noah Gragson, he brushed the wall and fell back, finishing in 19th place. Justin Haley led the final two laps to take the win over Ryan Sieg and Noah Gragson. Despite their disappointing results at Talladega, look for both Briscoe and his semi-teammate Austin Cindric to continue to be strong at Charlotte.
• Click HERE for the entry list
• Click HERE for the starting lineup

2. IMSA WeatherTech Series MOTUL 100% Synthetic Grand Prix, Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL
• TV: Discovery Velocity at 8:00P
• The Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL is a 2.32-mile road course with 17 turns (Apparently IMSA measures this track differently from the way NASCAR does it.). The frontstretch is 1,580 feet and the backstretch is 1,500 feet. In the corners, the banking varies from two to 24 degrees and on straights it varies from zero to five degrees.
• Race distance is 100 minutes
• Up to 6650 spectators allowed. There will be both practice and qualifying sessions on Saturday prior to the Xfinity race. This race will be for the GTLM and GTD classes only.

• There was no equivalent IMSA WeatherTech race held last year. This year’s calendar is exceptional in that they have had to cobble together a schedule to make up for the many cancelled or postponed races.

• The most recent race this year was the one at Mid-Ohio two weeks ago. It was won by Castroneves/R. Taylor in the No. 7 Acura DPi car. The No. 3 Corvette C8.R driven by Garcia/J. Taylor won the GTLM class.
• Click HERE for the entry list

Sunday, October 11

3. Formula 1 Aramco Grosser Preis Der Eifel (aka Eifel GP), Nürburgring, Germany
• TV: TSN5 at 8:05A
• This race will be run on the ‘GP Circuit’ at the Nürburgring, a 5.148 km road course which uses the traditional pits but is much shorter than the traditional Nordschleife forest layout. It was built in 1984 and last used for an F1 race in 2013.
• Race distance is 60 laps = 308.617 km
• Why is this race called the ‘Eifel GP’ and not the ‘German GP’. I’m not sure. I found one explanation which seemed to base this name change on the idea that the Hockenheimring now owns the ‘German GP’ title and, even thought they are not running a GP there this year, they somehow have a hold on the name ‘German GP’ and a Grand Prix at the Nürburgring must now adopt a different name.
• Up to 20,000 spectators will be allowed. There will be practice and qualifying sessions on Friday and Saturday as normal.
• The 2019 German Grand Prix was run at the Hockenheimring. It was won by Max Verstappen (Red Bull), Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) was second and Daniel Kvyat (Toro Rosso) was third. Lewis Hamilton finished in ninth place, 20 seconds back on the lead lap.
• Click HERE for the entry list

4. NASCAR Cup Series Bank of America ROVAL 400, Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL
• TV: NBC/TSN1/4 at 2:30P
• The Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL is a 2.280-mile road course with 17 turns. The frontstretch is 1,580 feet and the backstretch is 1,500 feet. In the corners, the banking varies from two to 24 degrees and on straights it varies from zero to five degrees.
• Race distance is 109 laps - 252.88 mi; Stages: 25/25/59 laps
• Up to 6650 spectators allowed. No practice or qualifying sessions.
• This race is the third race in the NASCAR Cup Series three-race ‘Round of 12'. After this race, four of the playoff drivers will be eliminated and the remaining eight will advance to the three-race ‘Round of 8' which begins at Kansas next week. After those three races, another four playoff drivers will be eliminated and the top four will advance to the finale at Phoenix. Of these four, the highest-placed finisher at Phoenix will be declared the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series champion.
• Last year on the ROVAL, Chase Elliott emerged as the race winner after passing Kevin Harvick on the final lap during overtime. Alex Bowman was credited with second ahead of Harvick in third place.
• The most recent race this year was run at Talladega last Sunday. Denny Hamlin emerged as the race winner in a crash-filled final charge to the checker, beating Matt DiBenedetto who was penalized post-race and set back to a 21st-place finish. This elevated Eric Jones to second and Ty Dillon to third.
• Click HERE for the entry list
• Click HERE for the starting lineup

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