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Key numbers to know about this weekend’s Roval races

Steve Letarte and Nate Ryan look at the standings before the third playoff race and discuss the expanded configuration of the backstretch chicane at the ROVAL.

NASCAR is a sport built not only on speed but also numbers.

So to give a perspective about this weekend’s Cup and Xfinity races on the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval, track officials have issued the following list of Roval-related numbers to digest:

  • 2.28:Length of theRovalin miles.
  • 17:Number of turns on the Roval-- more than any other Cup track.
  • 54:Amount, in feet, of the new backstretch chicane at its widest point, creating additional passing opportunities; Last year’s chicane was 32 feet wide at its widest point.
  • 35:The elevation change (in feet) from highest to lowest.
  • 35,380:Total work hours completed on the project for last year’s inaugural event.
  • 30,000:Number of tires for barriers on the Roval.
  • 4,000:Feet of custom-made canopies for tire packs.
  • 5,400:Gallons of red, white and blue paint applied.
  • 1,500:Amount, in linear feet, of additional wheel fence constructed.
  • 23:Transition plates installed with 550 anchors and bolts.
  • 14:The painted signage on the frontstretch synthetic turf is equivalent to the size of 14 NFL end zones.
  • 166,400:Amount, in wattage, of the speedway’s new public address sound system.
  • 1,600:K-12 students from across the Carolinas taking part in the innovative STEM Expo on Friday at zMAX Dragway.
  • 10:Acres of Fan Zone fun with interactive displays, vendor areas and more.
  • 90:Height of Ferris wheel located at Turn 4 Sun Deck, giving fans a unique view of the Roval.
  • 50:Additional kilometers added to Saturday’s Xfinity race.
  • 3:Free concerts with a race ticket. Yacht Rock Revue and Tim Dugger headline Saturday’s Rock the Rovalparty, while Chris Lane will perform a pre-race concert Sunday