CHARLOTTE, NC (WDBJ) -- The NASCAR Cup drivers are headed to New Hampshire later this week, but before that,15 of them gave the Charlotte ROVAL a workout ahead of September's first ever playoff road race there.
"It's one of a kind," Joey Logano said.
"It's a different racetrack. It's unique," A.J. Allmendinger said.
The Charlotte ROVAL, the part road course, part oval features 2.28 miles with 17 turns and 35 feet of elevation change, and there are plenty of unknowns just over two months away from race day, creating plenty of anxiety.
"It's one of those things that is different than anything we've been on, like you said and it's super tight on the infield and really fast when we get on the big track so it's all about balancing that. There's a lot of tight, slick corners. I wrecked in one of the already today so I think it'll just be about surviving," Ryan Blaney said.
In addition to Blaney, Alex Bowman and William Byron also wrecked cars on Tuesday. But this much is certain, the fans who show up the last weekend in September, will get their money's worth.
"The fact that you can sit there and you can watch road course racing without them going out of view, that's pretty neat and if they do go out of view it's probably only going to be for a few hundred feet or so. As a race fan, I would think that's pretty cool. There's going to be plenty of action in the race, that's for sure," Logano said.
"It's one of those things where sometimes I think our schedule gets monotonous, so to have something different, especially going into the playoffs, to bring a different excitement level to the sport and to the series, it's something else to talk about and more importantly, for us drivers to go out there and experience it, is something that we need," Allmendinger said.
The Charlotte Roval 400 will be 109 laps or roughly 400 kilometers. It will be the third race in NASCAR's playoffs and the first elimination event.