Anything can happen on the ROVAL, the Charlotte Motor Speedway layout that incorporates the infield road course and the oval track’s four high-speed corners with a penchant for big wrecks and dramatic NASCAR finishes.
While North Carolina sportsbooks odds for the ROVAL 400 typically favor top road racers, their success is hardly guaranteed, as proven by this year's results.
Here are the Top 10 finishers for the 2023 NASCAR Bank of America ROVAL 400:
Elliott was the odds-on favorite to win prior to the race.
Chase Elliott is the Bank of America ROVAL 400 odds favorite because he owns seven career victories on road courses, more than any other active driver. But he's also winless this season, a drought that kept him out of the playoffs.
All five Bank of America ROVAL 400 events have been won by playoff drivers like Chris Buescher, who’s won three times this season. He is a better road course racer than he gets credit for.
Matching up Kyle Larson and A.J. Allmendinger pits two of the better road racers in NASCAR, but Larson gets the edge because of his better overall results this season.
These are the top 4 favorites in 2023's Bank of America ROVAL 400.
Chase Elliott (+600)
Chase Elliott was once the most dominant road course racer in NASCAR, but the field has caught up. Elliott hasn’t won a race of any kind in over a year, hasn’t won on a road course since July of 2021, and hasn’t shown the same form as the top championship contenders this season.
William Byron (+650)
William Byron has finished first and second the past two weeks, leading the circuit with six wins. While not known as a road course expert, Byron won the road course race at Watkins Glen in August, was fifth at Circuit of the Americas in March, and has twice finished sixth on the Bank of America ROVAL 400.
Tyler Reddick (+700)
Tyler Reddick changed teams over the offseason, and it took a while for his road racing results to catch up. The ROVAL 400 runner-up two years ago, Reddick finished fourth and eighth, respectively, in his two most recent road course starts this season.
Michael McDowell (+900)
Michael McDowell won on the Indianapolis Grand Prix course earlier this season and has eight career top-10s on road circuits. But the ROVAL 400 isn't his best track, and McDowell doesn’t fit the profile of the playoff driver who typically wins this late in the season.
These three drivers aren't leading the odds board, but they could be some sneaky sleeper picks for bettors.
Chris Buescher (+2200)
Chris Buescher has been one of NASCAR’s top drivers over the second half of this season. While not known as a road course racer, he still owns 10 career road course top-10s including third and sixth at the ROVAL 400 over the past two seasons, respectively.
Kevin Harvick (+3000)
Time is running out on Kevin Harvick, a formers Series champion chasing one last victory before he retires. He’s been good at the ROVAL 400, where he finished second last season and third in 2019.
Alex Bowman (+3500)
Alex Bowman owns the best career average finish among all drivers on the ROVAL 400 (6.0), placing as high as second in 2019. But he’s managed only two top-fives (though both on road courses) since March.
The ROVAL isn’t your normal track, and the Bank of America ROVAL 400 isn’t your normal race.
Ryan Blaney won in 2018 after the leaders crashed off the final corner, and Christopher Bell capitalized on chaos to win in 2022. NASCAR road races are physical, and no one is immune from being spun out.
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A.J. Allmendinger won the 2023 Bank of America ROVAL 400. He had the sixth-shortest odds before the race began, but ultimately beat out favorites Chase Elliott, William Byron, Tyler Reddick, Kyle Larson, and Michael McDowell in this Round of 12 race.
The Bank of America ROVAL 400 is held at Charlotte Motor Speedway (located at 5555 Concord Pkwy S in Concord, N.C.), which is northeast of Charlotte's city center. The race has been held at this North Carolina track since 2018.
The Bank of America ROVAL 400 is a 109-lap race, which is equal to 252.88 miles or just under 400 kilometers. Last year's event lasted 2 hours and 59 minutes, which is typically about how long the race historically lasts.
Tickets for the NASCAR Cup Series Bank of America ROVAL 400 race ranged from $38 to $210. In general, the higher the seat in the grandstands, the more expensive the ticket. Tickets for kids aged 10 and young were just $10.
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