Today’s NASCAR Cup Series race at the Charlotte Roval was an exciting, dynamic battle between a wide variety of contenders to secure a meaningful win at what has quickly become one of NASCAR’s most difficult and unique tracks. Just behind that, Chase Elliott and Kevin Harvick engaged in a race-long battle that saw one shamelessly wreck the other, only to crash into the wall and effectively end their season with ten to go. It was two events separately representing the best and the most chaotic NASCAR has to offer. To accurately assess either, you need to look at them separately.
First, the race itself. More significant road course tire falloff than usual, awkwardly timed stage breaks, and a competition caution meant that most of the playoff contenders were cycling through a conservative primary strategy together while the quickest non-playoff drivers and the few playoff drivers most desperate for a win swung on an alternate strategy. The timing of that cycle meant that Chase Elliott would win stage 1 and Kyle Busch would win stage 2.
For the full story, check out this article from Road & Track.