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NASCAR at Charlotte results: Chase Elliott continues road course streak with ROVAL win

Sporting News — (Dan Bernstein)

The NASCAR Cup Series playoff Round of 12 concluded Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway with another Chase Elliott road course win — his fourth consecutive victory in such a setting.

Only Jeff Gordon has a longer streak in NASCAR history with six straight wins at road courses.

Defending champion Kyle Busch was among the four drivers eliminated from the postseason field in the Bank of America ROVAL 400. Clint Bowyer, Austin Dillon and Aric Almirola were also knocked out of contention. Bowyer announced he would retire after this campaign, meaning his playoff career is now over.

Busch held a lead with 20 laps to go but was overpowered by rivals with more fuel and fresher tires. He took a risk by staying out during a caution while almost the entire field pitted. That decision didn't pay off, and he finished in 30th place.

Alex Bowman and Joey Logano entered the race concerned poor weather and an unpredictable course could create enough hectic racing for them to crash or for someone on the wrong side of the playoff bubble to win. Despite worrisome forecasts, though, it did not rain. They advanced to the Round of Eight on points.

Sporting News tracked live updates and lap-by-lap highlights from Sunday's NASCAR race at Charlotte. Follow below for complete results from the 2020 Bank of America ROVAL 400.

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Playoff standings for NASCAR's Round of 8

Pos.DriverDistance from cut-off
1Kevin Harvick+45
2Denny Hamlin+32
3Brad Keselowski+13
4Chase Elliott+5
CUT-OFFCUT-OFFCUT-OFF
5Joey Logano-5
6Martin Truex Jr.-10
7Alex Bowman-18
8Kurt Busch-21

NASCAR at Charlotte results, highlights from ROVAL race

5:51 p.m.: Chase Elliott wins the Bank of America ROVAL 400. Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer, Austin Dillon and Aric Almirola are eliminated from the playoffs.

5:50 p.m.: Truex Jr. and Kurt Busch collide. No caution.

5:43 p.m.: Three laps to go.

5:43 p.m.: Kyle Busch is in seventh place with five laps left.

5:40 p.m.: Elliott is two seconds ahead of second place Logano.

5:37 p.m.: Nine laps to go.

5:35 p.m.: Green.

5:35 p.m.: Rain update.

5:31 p.m.: And a caution comes out with 12 laps to go. Wow.

5:29 p.m.: A caution could lead to a wet finish.

5:28 p.m.: Elliott is finding separation. Kyle Busch has fallen back to fifth.

5:23 p.m.: Elliott to first place. He has three straight road course wins and could make it four this afternoon.

5:22 p.m.: Erik Jones passes Kyle Busch for first. Elliott is running hot behind them.

5:19 p.m.: Lots of bumping at the restart but no crashes. 20 laps to go.

5:13 p.m.: Kyle Busch stays out while most others pit under the yellow flag. He's going to cut it close with fuel.

5:09 p.m.: Caution for debris.

5:08 p.m.: Kyle Busch up to third place.

4:58 p.m.: 30 laps to go. Bowman and Ryan Preece battling for P1. Kyle Busch is up to sixth place.

4:55 p.m.: Bowman isn't feeling great, but he's now in the lead.

4:51 p.m.: It's not looking good right now for the drivers below the playoff cut line. Bowyer is having major vehicle problems.

4:43 p.m.: Uh-oh. Bowman is apparently feeling sick.

4:40 p.m.: That didn't last long. Caution for Austin Dillon. Might have been contact from fellow playoff contender Kylee Busch.

4:37 p.m.: Back to green with 42 laps remaining.

4:28 p.m.: Caution for Ty Dillon.

4:25 p.m.: Barring abundant cautions, this race might finish before rain rolls through.

4:16 p.m.: Hamlin gets into some trouble.

4:03 p.m.: Blaney wins Stage 2.

4:02 p.m.: Kyle Busch has a flat tire.

4:01 p.m.: Back to green with two laps remaining in Stage 2.

3:54 p.m.: Caution for JJ Yeley.

3:46 p.m.: Ryan Blaney into the lead with 10 more laps in Stage 2.

3:42 p.m.: Now Almirola spins. Flag again remeains green.

3:41 p.m.: No caution for this, but it'll set Keselowski back.

3:19 p.m.: Ty Dillon wins Stage 1.

3:13 p.m.: Caution for John Hunter Nemechek.

3:11 p.m.: Denny Hamlin spins. Has some damage, it appears, but is still going.

2:59 p.m.: Clint Bowyer, who recently announced he would retire after this season, moves into first place.

2:50 p.m.: Chase Elliott to the front.

2:45 p.m.: Drivers seem to be taking a careful approach in Stage 1, not wanting to go too hard before getting a feel for the track.

2:36 p.m.: Brad Keselowski takes an early lead.

2:33 p.m.: Green flag!

2:29 p.m.: Engines are warm and we should be underway soon. Drivers are starting with rain tires on even though there isn't rain coming down at the moment. It's a precaution for a slightly slick track after previous downpours.

NASCAR start time today

The Round of 12 NASCAR playoff race at Charlotte on Sunday should begin soon after 2:30 p.m. ET. The temperature is supposed to be in the high-70s, and rain and lightning are considered likely. Charlotte Motor Speedway does have lights, but because of concerns about the infield brightness, a night race is not considered feasible.

The elimination race is 109 laps spread over three stages and will become official after Lap 55. The distance of the race is 250 miles.

NASCAR starting lineup at Charlotte

Here is the complete starting lineup for Sunday's NASCAR race at Charlotte:

Starting spot Driver Car No. Team
1Denny Hamlin (P)11Joe Gibbs Racing
2Chase Elliott (P)9Hendrick Motorsports
3Brad Keselowski (P)2Team Penske
4Kevin Harvick (P)4Stewart-Haas Racing
5Alex Bowman (P)88Hendrick Motorsports
6Austin Dillon (P)3Richard Childress Racing
7Martin Truex Jr. (P)19Joe Gibbs Racing
8Joey Logano (P)22Team Penske
9Kyle Busch (P)18Joe Gibbs Racing
10Kurt Busch (P)1Chip Ganassi Racing
11Clint Bowyer (P)14Stewart-Haas Racing
12Aric Almirola (P)10Stewart-Haas Racing
13William Byron (P)24Hendrick Motorsports
14Erik Jones20Joe Gibbs Racing
15Ryan Newman6Roush Fenway Racing
16Tyler Reddick8Richard Childress Racing
17Ty Dillon13Germain Racing
18Ryan Preece37JTG Daughtery Racing
19John Hunter Nemechek38Front Row Motorsports
20Matt DiBenedetto (P)21Wood Brothers Racing
21Chris Buescher17Roush Fenway Racing
22Brennan Poole15Premium Motorsports
23Matt Kenseth42Chip Ganassi Racing
24Ryan Blaney12Team Penske
25Quin Houff00StarCom Racing
26Bubba Wallace43Richard Petty Motorsports
27Timmy Hill66Motorsports Business Management
28Cole Custer (P)41Stewart-Haas Racing
29Joey Gase51Petty Ware Racing
30Jimmy Johnson48Hendrick Motorsports
31Michael McDowell34Front Row Motorsports
32Corey LaJoie32Go Fas Racing
33JJ Yeley27Rick Ware Racing
34Daniel Suarez96Gaunt Brothers Racing
35Christopher Bell95Leavine Family Racing
36Gray Gaulding127Rick Ware Racing
37James Davison53Rick Ware Racing
38Ricky Stenhouse Jr.47JTG Daughtery Racing
(P) Playoff driver.