The majority of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is composed of oval tracks and races. Road-course races make up a very small schedule, with this weekend’s race representing just the third road course of the 2019 season, as well as a cutoff race for the 2019 playoffs.
When Paul Menard and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane team take the green flag for the Bank of America Roval 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway it will be the team’s 100th Cup start on a road course.
The Second Running of the Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway
President and Co-Owner of Wood Brothers, Eddie Wood said he’s looking forward to building more road-course memories at the Roval at Charlotte, now in its second season.
“We had a good run going last year until everybody piled into each other there at the end,” he said. “It’s a unique course, but it’s challenges are similar to other road courses.
“It’ll be a race of strategy,” Wood said.
“It’ll be important to stay on the track, and we’ll have to adapt to the handling package that is new this year.”
Qualifying for the Bank of America Roval 400 is set for today at 4:40 p.m., and the race is scheduled to start just after 2:30 p.m. on Sunday with TV coverage on NBC.
Road Course History for the Wood Brothers
The Wood Brothers have accumulated eight wins, eight poles, 30 top-five and 39 top-10 finishes in their first 99 road-course starts.
The majority of their success came on the old Riverside International Raceway course in California. In 43 starts there, they had seven wins, four with Dan Gurney and three with David Pearson. Their eighth win came at Watkins Glen with Marvin Panch driving.
Wood said Riverside, which hosted its last Cup race in 1988, was a special place.
“It’s where I went to my first road course, and our family ran really well there long before I went for the first time,” Wood said.
“That track had a lot of history. They ran Indy cars and sports cars there. It was a special place [for] a lot of people, not just us.”