NASCAR at Charlotte: Live race updates, results, highlights from the Roval race

The playoff field will be cut from 16 to 12 on Sunday evening, as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs heads to the road course at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Bank of America Roval 400.

The final three of those spots are really up for grabs, with 14 points separating 15th place from 12th place. The battles between Aric Almirola (11th), William Byron (12th), Alex Bowman (13th) and Clint Bowyer (14th) will take center stage.

At the top of the standings, Martin Truex, Jr. is on a two-race winning streak, but he had a practice mishap due to a missed shift, a surprising mistake for a driver with four wins and 10 top-five finishes on road courses in his career.

Truex is one of three drivers who have sewn up spots in the top 12, along with Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick, though many others would require a collapse to be eliminated.

Blaney won the inaugural race on the Charlotte road course last year.

Sporting News is tracking live updates and highlights from the Bank of America Roval 400. Follow along below (All times Eastern).

NASCAR at Charlotte: Updates, highlights from Roval race

2:44 p.m.: The chicane on lap 1 claims Alex Bowman, who turns sideways and has to pit for fresh tires. No caution, and Truex elects to skip the chicane and instead do a stop-and-go.

2:42 pm.: William Byron quickly puts some distance between him and 2nd place.

2:37 p.m.: It’s hot in Charlotte.

 

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