Hayley Deegan announced on Tuesday that she would be making her Xfinity Series debut on October 15 in Las Vegas at NBC Speedway and Peacock.
Deegan, 21, is in her second full season in the Camping World Truck Series. She finished sixth of her career last weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.
Together with Jeff Lefcourt, she will drive the No. 07 car in SS Green Light Racing.
Sunday gives the riders one last chance to reach the round of 16 and keep their Cup championship hopes alive.
Talladega winner Chase Elliott is the only driver to advance to the next round. There are seven spots left ahead of Sunday’s race at Charlotte Roval (2:00 pm EDT on NBC).
William Byron trailing both drivers by 11 points, but Hendrick Motorsports will appeal Texas’ Byron’s 25-point penalty on Thursday. If Hendrik wins and Byron returns those points, he will move to the transfer spot.
This is only part of what is worth paying attention to in Sunday’s race.
Favorites will be No. 20
This season remains tied for the most different winners in series history at 19, but there are a few candidates who could be this year’s 20th winner on Sunday.
Among the favorites for this:
Ryan Blaneywho came close to winning last week at Talladega won the first Cup race at Roval in 2018.
Martin Truex Jr.with four Career Cup victories on the road, is still aiming for his first win of the season.
Michael McDowellthird-place finisher at Talladega has had 12 top 10 finishes this season, including top 10 finishes in each of the last four road races this year.
Will history repeat itself?
Harvick was eliminated in the first round this year, but Byron (-11 to the cut line) and Bell (-33) are in danger of being eliminated again this round. On Tuesday, Bowman said he would miss his second race in a row due to continued concussion symptoms. He will be one of four eliminated from the fight for the title.
Bowman missed the race last weekend due to concussion symptoms he received in Texas. A decision on whether he will be able to race at Roval will be made later this week.
Will the chaos continue?
Consider what some of the former Roval winners went through on their journey to the checkered flag:
In 2019 Chase Elliott ran into the Turn 1 wall on restart during the lead. He recovered to win.
In 2020, Elliott overcame the slip and won for the second year in a row.
In 2021 Kyle Larson won after his team replaced the batteries and put the alternator belt back on.
Could the same fate befall this year’s winner? Or will they have a cleaner day?
39 drivers entered, including an IndyCar driver. Conor Dalyformer F1 driver Daniil Kvyat, former 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Mike Rockenfeller and former 24 Hours of Daytona winner. Joey Hand. Jay Jay Yeli will drive No. 51 for Cody Warewho stated he would miss the event due to an ankle injury in Texas that required footwork on the highway track.
List of Charlotte Roval Cup participants
The list of Xfinity participants includes 41 drivers with 38 seats. Among the regular participants of the series are IndyCar driver Marco Andretti and former Formula 1 driver Daniil Kvyat.
List of Xfinity members by Charlotte Roval
Schedule and forecast for this week
(All time Eastern)
Saturday, October 8
Forecast: Partly cloudy with a maximum of 66 degrees. There will be no rain during the Xfinity race.
- 10 – 10:30 – Xfinity workout (NBC Sports app)
- 10:30 – 11:30 – Xfinity Qualifier (NBC Sports App)
- 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Cup practice (NBC Sports app, USA Network broadcast starts at 12:30 pm)
- 13:00-14:00 – Cup Qualifier (USA Network, NBC Sports App)
- 3:00 p.m. Xfinity Race (67 laps, 155.44 miles; NBC, Peacock, Performance Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
Sunday, October 9
Forecast: Sunny, 64 degrees. There is no chance of rain during the race.
- 2:00pm Cup Race (109 laps, 252.88 miles; NBC, Performance Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
Alex Bowman announced on social media Tuesday night that he will miss this weekend’s Cup play-off race at Charlotte Roval.
Bowman said on social media, “I’m continuing to make progress in my recovery to make sure I can return to competition 100%.”
This will be the second race in a row he will miss due to concussion symptoms following his crash at Texas Motor Speedway.
Noah Gragson will be driving car number 48 for Bowman this weekend.
“Alex’s health is our top priority,” said Jeff Andrews, president and general manager of Hendrick Motorsports. “We are focused on supporting his recovery and seeing him back in his race car when the time is right. Alex has a long career ahead of him, so we will take the necessary time and be guided by the advice of medical experts. We’re not pressuring him to come back before he’s 100% ready.”
Bowman will be one of four drivers eliminated from the title challenge on Sunday.
Also Tuesday, Cody Ware announced that he will miss this weekend’s Cup race at Charlotte Roval as he continues to recover from an ankle injury he sustained in Texas.
— Alex Bowman (@Alex_Bowman) October 4, 2022
A smart move in a late race Chase Elliott took him to Victory Lane on Sunday at the Talladega Super Speedway — and back to the top of the NBC Sports NASCAR Power rankings.
Elliott is the only rider to have five victories this season. No one has more than two in the playoffs (Tyler Reddickdropped out of the hunt for the championship, won three times).
Elliot, already qualified for Round 8 with his win at Talladega, will be one of the favorites to race Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval (2 pm ET, NBC).
This is what the ratings look like towards the end of the 1/8 finals:
NBC Sports NASCAR Power Ranking
1. Chase Elliott (3rd last week) – Elliott’s powerful drive to win at Talladega was quite impressive and saw him finish four times in the top five in the last 10 races. It is clear that he has once again established himself as a favorite for the championship.
2. Denny Hamlin (#1 last week) – Hamlin loses place despite a strong run (20 laps ahead and fifth) at Talladega. Consider him on the hunt for an elusive first championship.
3. Ryan Blaney (#8 last week) “Blaney just won’t quit despite being the only driver without a playoff win (apart from the Texas All-Star Race). He was…