It has been a long year for A.J. Allmendinger.
Kaulig Racing’s standout driver has been considered a menace on road courses since making his Cup Series bow back in 2007. With seven road courses on the docket in 2023, it seemed “The Dinger” was due for a highlight-filled campaign.
That didn’t happen. But with one road course left — and perhaps one final chance to reaffirm his glimmering skillset for Kaulig — Allmendinger delivered. The No. 16 car was a dancer in the Charlotte wind, gallivanting his way to the front of the pack and never letting go en route to his third career Cup win.
Allmendinger’s win made him the first non-playoff driver to capture a checkered flag this postseason. It also drew an end to the Round of 12, a three-race spectacle that proved as entertaining as it was stressful.
When the dust settled, four drivers saw their championships hopes dwindle into the autumn wind: Brad Keselowski, Bubba Wallace, Ross Chastain and Kyle Busch each bid their playoff spells farewell. Each conductor of speed flashed their considerable talent, with Wallace and Busch coming closest to victory at Talladega and the Roval, respectively. But ultimately, inconsistency — coupled with a bit of misfortune — brought them crashing down to earth.
And then there were eight. It’s an elite bunch, teeming with versatility and speed. Some, like William Byron and Denny Hamlin, have been fixtures atop the standings week-after-week. Others, like Martin Truex Jr., are limping into the affair.
Regardless, the masses will be captivated. And isn’t that what it’s all about?
The Sporting News tracked live updates from this year’s Bank of America Roval 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Follow below for highlights, results and analysis as the Cup Series field got that much thinner in the Queen City.
NASCAR at Charlotte results
(All results are unofficial)
|1||A.J. Allmendinger||16||Kaulig Racing|
|2||William Byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|3||Kyle Busch||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|4||Ty Gibbs||54||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|5||Joey Logano||22||Team Penske|
|6||Tyler Reddick||45||23XI Racing|
|7||Chris Buescher||17||Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing|
|8||Alex Bowman||48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|9||Chase Elliott||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|10||Ross Chastain||1||Trackhouse Racing|
NASCAR at Charlotte live updates, highlights from 2023 Roval race
(All times Eastern)
5:45 p.m.: Allmedinger wins at the Roval! Kaulig Racing has a winner in 2023! And it’s the Dinger!
5:44 p.m.: Final lap to go. One more effort for Byron to get beyond Allmendinger. The No. 16 car is starting to build some distance, however.
5:43 p.m.: Two laps to go. Allmendinger vs. Byron. What a battle this has been.
5:42 p.m.: Truex is limping to the finish line. Got a little wobbly a few laps ago, which opened up space for Wallace to shoot through. Now he’s veering into the wall ever so slightly. He has to keep his cool.
5:40 p.m.: Ty Gibbs showing some serious speed in P5. He’s right behind former JGR teammate Busch. The 21-year old will be a force to be reckoned with in 2024, I reckon.
5:39 p.m.: Allmendinger starting to find his rhythm. His lead has swelled by a couple tenths of a second. Looks like he’s hitting a bit of a stride.
5:36 p.m.: Byron doing what he has done time and time again this year. Just keeping tight with Allmendinger waiting to make a move. He looks like he’s got a little more speed than the No. 16. Busch has to stay close to give himself a chance.
5:35 p.m.: Chastain is pushing hard. He needs some serious help — likely a pair of cautions. But he’s eight spots up on his restart position. And you never know what will happen on the Roval.
5:31 p.m.: Another race restart sees Allmendinger pull to the front. Byron sneaks in front of Busch for second place. Just 10 laps to go. Buusch needs to make a move to the front sooner rather than later.
5:24 p.m.: CAUTION! Flames start to emanate out of Stenhouse’s car. Looks like it started up quite quickly. Fortunately, he’s out of the whip. But that will bring out the seventh caution flag of the day.
A scary fire for Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
He got out of the car. #NASCAR
📺 : NBC pic.twitter.com/UCsJAdCplr
— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) October 8, 2023
5:23 p.m.: Race restart sees Busch push up to second after another daring move. 13 laps to go!
5:16 p.m.: CAUTION! Bell gets into the back of Suarez and sends him into the wall. Surprisingly aggressive move by the No. 20 car, who already looks in good shape to advance.
#NASCARPlayoffs driver Christopher Bell gets into Daniel Suarez!
Less than 15 to go on NBC. pic.twitter.com/sOCAkhA6Kp
— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) October 8, 2023
5:07 p.m.: Wallace goes turning! Looks like Suarez got into Cindric, who then barreled into Wallace. He drops 20 spots in the process. Not looking good for the No. 23 car.
Bubba Wallace spins!
— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) October 8, 2023
5:01 p.m.: CAUTION! Andy Lally goes turning after losing control heading into the turn. He gets himself into pit road, but locks up as he reaches the exit box.
4:56 p.m.: Back to green with 27 laps to go! Allmendinger puts together a great restart in his own right!
4:49 p.m.: CAUTION! Jones, McDowell and Stenhouse get three-wide heading into a turn and things start to get hairy. Truex barely avoids contact, keeping him in postseason contention. He’s holding onto his spot in the Round of 8 by a thread — he’s nine points (and one spot) in front of Keselowski.
4:47 p.m.: Race restart brings Allmendinger and Gibbs to blows. Ultimately, it’s Allmendinger who sits in front, about half a second in front of Gibbs. Busch has dropped to fourth!
4:40 p.m.: CAUTION! Hamlin goes spinning! Fortunately, he’s already sealed his spot in the Round of 8. But that’s just the sort of collision playoff drivers are hoping to avoid as this race reaches its crescendo.
4:34 p.m.: McDowell is a wrecking ball! He’s having some issues with his tire and it looks like his wheel could go spinning. Everyone is pitting in an effort to avoid being left out if a caution flag is waved.
4:14 p.m.: Allmendinger takes the lead! Busch needs a win to get in! There’s still 50 laps — and at least one green flag pit stop — to go. He’s got plenty of time to make things shake. But Byron is showcasing some strong speed behind him in P3.
4:08 p.m.: Green flag waved in the final stage! Busch leading the way. A.J. Allmendinger is pushing hard behind him. He’s an extraordinarily strong road racer. And he’s giving the RCR star all he can handle at the front of the pack.
4:01 p.m.: Strange…
Believe both the 45 & 23 are complaining of fuel pressure issues. #NASCAR
— Cameron Richardson (@therichreport) October 8, 2023
3:52 p.m.: CAUTION! Josh Bilicki rams into the barrier after colliding with Corey LaJoie coming off of pit road. Pit road will be closed, which hurts Elliott; the No. 9 car was headed into Switzerland for a tire change but will be unable to now. As such, he’ll claim the stage. But he’ll also lose valuable track position in the final stage.
3:40 p.m.: Reddick finds himself in a strong spot as the stage nears its end. He’s currently P11 with 10 laps to go. But the majority of the cars in front of him are likely to pit before the end of the stage. If he stays out, he’ll be on pace to earn another glob of points, putting him in prime position to earn a spot in the Round of 8. He needed a good day at the Roval and he has got one.
3:35 p.m.: Elliott takes the lead! He slips past Bell on Lap 37. He’s an all-time great, particularly on road courses, so it will be hard to displace him at the top.
3:30 p.m.: The field has been completely rejigged at the start of Stage 2. Bell riding high at the front of the pack, followed by Eliott and Suarez. Reddick is flying up the track, having picked up eight spots in just nine laps.
3:14 p.m.: Strong showing by 23XI Racing in the opening stage, with Reddick winning the first stage. Wallace finished P2, followed by Ross Chastain in P3. Bell drops from second to fifth and now finds himself in position to rocket up the race track in Stage 2.
3:11 p.m.: Christopher Bell surprisingly gives up his spot inside the top-two to pick up four new tires. However, pit stops aren’t too detrimental, at least when compared to other races. Bell is giving up just three stage points, as he only had to spend about 25 seconds in pit road. Smart play by Bell and his team; they’ll control the tempo for the second stage.
3:10 p.m.: Steady stream of cars headed to pit road with three laps left. Those in the top ten are likely to stay out. But the likes of Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr. and William Byron are making their way down the track.
3:06 p.m.: Brad Keselowski penalized after missing the front stretch chicane. He’ll give up valuable track position after serving his pass-through infraction. Not great for the No. 6 car, which sat comfortably below the cut line entering into today’s race.
3:04 p.m.: Ty Gibbs overtakes Kyle Busch for P7. Looks like the No. 8 car gave the spot up in an effort to avoid any unneeded confrontation. Busch sits 29 points below the cut line. A win would likely be the only chance for him to make it to the next round.
3:02 p.m.: Ryan Blaney the first car headed to pit road. So too is his Team Penske teammate Austin Cindric. Nine laps to go in the stage, so looks like the drivers are prioritizing their ability to earn track position rather than push for a win.
2:59 p.m.: Wallace has been impressive thus far. He’s P3 with 11 laps remaining in the stage. Would be massive for him to get these all-important stage points.
2:46 p.m.: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. already headed to pit road six laps in after making contact with the wall. He’s relaying to his team that the car is not driving all that well after the collision.
2:44 p.m.: Passes are going to be hard to come by. Larson is pushing hard, having already gained seven spots in three laps. He’ll have to balance pushing for track position with staying safe on the track. He just avoided a confrontation with Erik Jones in the braking zone, indicating just how precarious things can get at the Roval.
2:39 p.m.: And we’re green at the Roval. Tyler Reddick leading the way, followed by Christopher Bell and Bubba Wallace.
2:35 p.m.: Big thing to look out for: cautions are back at the Roval. Should make things all the more interesting for today.
2:30 p.m.: Drivers are making their way from pit road to the Roval. 109 laps away from glory. Still everything to play for for all but two playoff drivers — William Byron and Ryan Blaney.
2:00 p.m.: After going into the wall during yesterday’s qualifying, Kyle Larson is driving a backup car. He sits at the back of the pack to start and, with just a 15-point edge over the cut line, certainly finds himself in a precarious spot.
What channel is NASCAR on today?
- TV channel: NBC (U.S.) | TSN3/5 (Canada)
- Live stream: Peacock, Fubo
- Radio: PRN
Sunday’s race will be broadcast on NBC in the United States. Canadian viewers can find the action on TSN3 and TSN5 (starting at 4 p.m. ET).
Veteran announcer Rick Allen will lead the race’s lap-by-lap commentator. He’ll be joined by former Cup Series stars Jeff Burton and Dale Earnhardt Jr., as well as former Daytona 500-winning crew chief Steve Letarte.
Cord-cutters can follow the action on Peacock, as well as with Fubo, which offers a free trial.
NASCAR start time today
- Date: Sunday, October 8
- Time: 2 p.m. ET
The Bank of America Roval 400 has a listed start time of 2 p.m. ET., but pre-race festivities are expected to push the waving of the green flag closer to 2:34 p.m. ET.
NASCAR at Charlotte Roval starting lineup 2023
Leading the field for Sunday night’s race are playoff drivers Tyler Reddick and Christopher Bell. Below is the rest of the starting lineup for the race:
|Starting pos.||Driver||Car No.||Team|
|1||Tyler Reddick (P)||45||23XI Racing|
|2||Christopher Bell (P)||20||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|3||Daniel Suarez||99||Trackhouse Racing|
|4||Bubba Wallace (P)||23||23XI Racing|
|5||Kyle Busch (P)||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|6||A.J. Allmendinger||16||Kaulig Racing|
|7||Joey Logano||22||Team Penske|
|8||Chase Elliott||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
|9||Denny Hamlin (P)||11||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|10||Ty Gibbs||54||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|11||Martin Truex Jr. (P)||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|12||Ross Chastain (P)||1||Trackhouse Racing|
|13||Michael McDowell||34||Front Row Motorsports|
|14||William Byron (P)||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|15||Austin Dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|16||Alex Bowman||48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|17||Ryan Blaney (P)||12||Team Penske|
|18||Ryan Preece||41||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|19||Brad Keselowski (P)||6||Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing|
|20||Chris Buescher (P)||17||Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing|
|21||Aric Almirola||10||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|22||Kevin Harvick||4||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|23||Erik Jones||43||Legacy Motor Club|
|24||Corey LaJoie||7||Spire Motorsports|
|25||Justin Haley||31||Kaulig Racing|
|26||Mike Rockenfeller||42||Legacy Motor Club|
|27||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|28||Josh Bilicki||78||Live Fast Motorsports|
|29||Austin Cindric||2||Team Penske|
|30||Chase Briscoe||14||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|31||Harrison Burton||21||Wood Brothers Racing|
|32||Todd Gilliland||51||Rick Ware Racing|
|33||Austin Hill||62||Beard Motorsports|
|34||Zane Smith||38||Front Row Motorsports|
|35||Andy Lally||15||Rick Ware Racing|
|36||Kyle Larson (P)||5||Hendrick Motorsports|
|37||Ty Dillon||77||Spire Motorsports|
(P) = Playoff driver