Fans turn out to see racing on the ROVAL

Roval track testing underway

CONCORD, N.C. (WBTV) - It's one of the biggest changes, and biggest gambles, in the history of Charlotte Motor Speedway.  Recently the track actually changed its layout to include a part oval track, part road course that they call the Roval.  It will be used in September for the NASCAR races and the hope is that it will excite the fan base.

On a 90 degree day there were fans in the sun and in the shade to see this…some of NASCAR's top drivers running the oval road course hybrid known as the ROVAL.

Chris Moyers came from Asheville.  He already has tickets to the race in September, but wanted to see today's testing.

"Yeah, so far everything we've seen we like it a lot," Moyers said. "It's exciting."

It was a little too exciting for Richard Petty Motorsports driver Darrell Wallace, Jr.  Wallace crashed his Chevy in testing, resulting in a delay so that track workers and even other drivers could take a closer look at the track.

Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin and a crew member placed bright tape on the faces of black barriers near turn one, saying it was hard to see the black barrier on a black race track.

"It's definitely going to be different, watching the testing compared to what you see on the oval it's almost like they're in slow motion," said Duane Black. "If you like to see cars go fast, I don't know, if you like to watch drivers take on a challenge, it could catch on."

Instead of a mile and half superspeedway, the ROVAL is 2.28 miles with 17 turns and a 35 foot elevation change.

Tuesday was like a race day with cars on the track side by side, fans cheering their favorite driver and showing others their displeasure.

Fans who attended testing were also able to enjoy refreshments, games, and a mechanical bull in the Whisky River lounge area.

September 28-30 is when the ROVAL gets it first test with real competition, and who have tickets to any of those races can bring their street cars out and drive the course form 4-8 pm on Saturday.

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