CONCORD, NC – The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Chevrolet teams has struggled to grasp the new Camaro that debuted for the 2018 season. Through 28 races, they’ve won just two of them. One was the season opening Daytona 500 on Feb. 18 and the other at Watkins Glen in early August.
Despite that, five of the 16 playoff drivers are part of the Chevy camp. They may not have contended for race wins much but were good enough to compete for a playoff spot.
Well, on Friday on the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL, Chevy drivers were actually strong. Eight of the 12 drivers to make the final round of qualifying for Sunday’s Bank of America ROVAL 400 (2 p.m. ET/NBC/PRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) were bowties. Five of which qualified in the top six.
AJ Allmendinger, a non playoff driver, will start second in his No. 47 Chevrolet. His teammate Chris Buescher starts 10th.
The Hendrick Motorsports trio of playoff drivers of Alex Bowman, Chase Elliott and Jimmie Johnson start third, fourth and sixth respectively. Kyle Larson will start fifth.
This is very good for HMS as they have a solid opportunity to get all three cars now onto the Round of 12. Elliott, is +10 in ninth while Bowman is +5 in 11th. Johnson, is -6 in 14th but those three, if they can avoid the carnage on Sunday, can score valuable stage points and put themselves in position to advance past the opening round.
Also, Chevy had five of the top nine speeds in practice on Friday too.
One of the favorites for the race has to be Johnson. He will start sixth and was seventh, first and 12th respectively in practice. His teammate Elliott is too. He was eighth, sixth and ninth respectively.
Larson, well he was sixth, seventh and third respectively.
Those three are ones to watch on Sunday.