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NASCAR 12 October, 2021 - 08:36am

How long is the Roval 400 race?

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What channel is the Xfinity race on?

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Behind the scenes: Driving the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL

WCNC 12 October, 2021 - 03:20pm

Josh Bilicki tears up his car, and the track, during Xfinity race on Charlotte’s ROVAL.

NASCAR Xfinity driver Josh Bilicki saw his race end early on Charlotte’s ROVAL Saturday. While not in contention for the win he was holding his own running in the pack.

On lap 30 however it all ended when Bilicki’s Chevy had a meeting with the curbs coming into the backstretch chicane on lap 30. Several of the curbs, known to racers as “turtles” were destroyed along with Bilicki’s car.

“Instead of collecting the two cars ahead of me I jumped the curb,” Bilicki told his crew on the team radio.

All sides came to the conclusion that track limits and enforcement can still take place in the absence of the extra rumble-strip placement while avoiding an incident similar to the one that occurred with Bilicki’s No. 07 car.

Cleaning up after ROVAL race weekend

WCNC 12 October, 2021 - 03:20pm

Buescher Powers Fastenal Ford to Strong Third-Place Run at the ROVAL

Speedway Digest 11 October, 2021 - 03:48pm

Chris Buescher put together an impressive afternoon at the ROVAL at Charlotte Motor Speedway, finishing third in the Fastenal Ford after spending much of the race inside the top-10 of the 400-mile event in a cutoff race for the NASCAR Playoffs.

“That was a fun time,” Buescher said of the finish. “I’m really appreciative of everybody on this Fastenal Ford Mustang group. We worked hard. We were able to stay on pace all day and had a gameplan and followed through and ultimately got us into the top five. I had a top three there, but it got a little rough there at the end and I made a mistake with probably five to go and unfortunately we didn’t have a shot to win because of that, but we were definitely in the hunt. That was a lot of fun, I enjoyed the day and I’m pretty thankful for everybody.”

The Prosper, Texas, native jumped into fifth with 40 to go, and led a lap as a set of green-flag stops cycled through with under 35 to go. The first of three cautions over the final 22 laps flew for debris with Buescher in fourth, when he brought the car down pit road again as a host of cars stayed out in the sequence.

He restarted eighth with 20 to go, and was sixth by the next caution. Buescher lined up fourth for the final shootout to the finish, and finished it off in third for his first top-10 on the ROVAL, his second-straight top-10 overall and seventh of the season.

The No. 17 team is back in action next week at Texas Motor Speedway, where Sunday’s race is set for 2 p.m. ET on NBC. It can also be heard on PRN and SiriusXM Channel 90.

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Black Restaurant Week partners with NASCAR for pop-up food truck event

WCNC.com 07 October, 2021 - 11:18pm

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CONCORD, N.C. — NASCAR is continuing its promise of presenting cultural events to create a more inclusive fanbase. 

To help with the initiative, NASCAR partnered with Black Restaurant Week to host "Soundbites at the Track" on Friday, Oct. 8. The pop-up food truck event was held at the zMAX Dragway in Concord, near the Charlotte Motor Speedway. 

Guests were able to enjoy the flavors of African, African American and Caribbean cuisine from vendors like Nacho Average Truck, Another Food Truck, Island Boys Kreationz and Made From Scratch. 

People were also treated to music and giveaways. 

The event serves as a kickoff for a big weekend of racing in the Charlotte region. The NASCAR Cup Series continues on Sunday, Oct. 10, with the Bank of America Roval 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Organizers said Thursday was the perfect opportunity for local businesses to take part in the fun and showcase their work to a large crowd. 

"We just wanted to make sure women and minority-owned businesses had the opportunity to participate in the economics of the Bank of America Roval 400 weekend," said Brandon Thompson, vice president of diversity and inclusion with NASCAR.

According to the agency's website, Black Restaurant Week’s culinary initiatives help introduce culinary businesses and culinary professionals to the community by raising awareness for businesses. They agency says it is even more important now due to financial impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Black Restaurant Week is excited to extend rewarding opportunities to our Black-owned food vendors.  We appreciate NASCAR for taking bolder attempts to present cultural events to their community," Warren Luckett, Founder of Black Restaurant Weeks, said in a news release provided to WCNC Charlotte. "Overall, our partnership will continue to create additional awareness about minority-owned businesses and bringing a larger African-American fanbase to the sport."

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