Charlotte is a crucial race for the NASCAR Chase for the Cup. It begins the second round of the competition that features three races: Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kansas Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway. After this round, the 12 drivers will be whittled down to eight for the third round.
Experts say Charlotte is an extremely important race because a win gives the cushion to get into the next round where eight drivers advance. Talladega is considered too “wild card” a race to need a win.