NASCAR Roval race recap | Ryan Blaney wins in wild finish

Say what you will about the inaugural Roval race at Charlotte Motor Speedway that half the field ended up mangled or shredded, that there were overwhelming crests of relief and disappointment, that but theres only one thing overly apparent, a lone point of consensus, after Sundays race:

It was a complete and total success.

Now, critics wont be so easy on the Roval. Theyll complain that its not conventional driving, that the irregular oval-road course hybrid isnt how NASCAR should be.

Theyll lament the wreckage in the final seven laps that drastically altered not only the course of the race but of the playoffs for a handful of drivers.

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At the same time, theyll also whine about how boring it was, how those two wrecks at the end salvaged an otherwise ordinary, boring race.

And you know what?

Theyre wrong. Completely, totally wrong.

Know how you can tell? The post-race scene. Walking up and down pit road after Ryan Blaneys victory, his first this season, you could glean everything you needed to know about whether or not the Roval was a success.

Several NASCAR drivers, including then-leader Brad Keselowski (2), were involved in a huge wreck with less than 10 laps to go in Sundays inaugural Bank of America ROVAL 400.

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First, the cars, and what a mess they were.

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