This Is The Roval, And Here’s What The Drivers Are Saying About It

KYLE BUSCH: "One of the strategies should be to qualify up front and stay up front. There’s a lot of opportunities for guys to make mistakes. Crashes will happen, but you want to do what you can to not be one of those guys who gets caught up in the mess.

KEVIN HARVICK:"As you look at the ROVAL™ itself, everything is a challenge. The trouble corners are everywhere. As competitors, you look at that race and you worry more about that one than any other one because of so many unknowns. Who knows what’s going to happen? That’s part of the intrigue of the race.”

JIMMIE JOHNSON: "Surviving is going to be the biggest thing. There’s so many places you can make mistakes. It’s going to be a true wild-card race. We all look at Talladega as one but now Charlotte’s becoming one. For our fans to be able to sit in the stands and watch us turn left and right is going to be different. Having a road course where you can see it all is something that’s probably never happened in the highest levels of auto racing. … The likelihood of there being contact between second place and first, late in the race, is very high there.”

JOEY LOGANO: "Survival is the first thing that comes to mind. … As many cars that got torn up in testing, that makes me think there’s going to be a lot in the race as well. But sometimes I say that and the race is normal. People think a race is crazy and so they go into ‘survival mode.’ The most exciting part is that you can see the whole road course. I’m sure you’ll find yourself watching the big-screen TV as much as the cars. That’s what happens when I go to a hockey game.”

MARTIN TRUEX JR.: "We don’t know what to expect. We’ve only been out there by ourselves. What happens when there’s a restart? It’s going to be crazy. Seeing the whole track will be a great perspective for the fans. At other road courses, you sit in a turn and you see that part of the turn but here you can see everything, which is pretty unique.”

ARIC ALMIROLA: "We’re all going into it with no real experience there. It’s an unknown and all of the drivers are a little nervous about it. For the fans, the most exciting part is the track’s narrow and low on grip, so it’s a bit sketchy. We’re going to be beating and banging trying to battle for position in the slow, technical parts of the infield and we’re going to be flying around the oval part. It’s going to be interesting.”

RYAN BLANEY: "It’s hard enough to get out there by yourself and when you put 40 cars out there, it’s going to be tough. It’s a pretty treacherous race track. It’s really hard to get around and try to make speed. It’ll be very exciting for people to watch

CHASE ELLIOTT:"I think it’ll be challenging, with a lot of wrecks. I’m sure it’ll be exciting to watch. There’s going to be a lot of hurt feelings at the end of the day.”

DENNY HAMLIN: "Running that race track just a little bit, it’s very treacherous and very narrow. We’ve only been out there by ourselves. It’s going to be a different race than what we’ve seen at Charlotte.”

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