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Bank of America 500 Preview: The Round of 12 Begins

Mark Taylor

Taylor is RotoWire's senior NASCAR writer. A five-time FSWA award winner, Taylor was named the Racing Writer of the Year each of the last two years. He is also a military historian, specifically the World War II U.S. Navy in the Pacific.

We've reached the second round of the Chase for the Cup. This weekend's event at Charlotte Motor Speedway is race four of 10 in the playoff format that crowns the Monster Energy Cup Series champion, and signals the beginning of the Round of 12 as four drivers were eliminated from the field of 16 last weekend after Dover. This will be the second of five intermediate oval events in the Chase and we should be able to examine the results at Chicago for a good indicator of what could happen this Sunday afternoon.

Even more applicable could be the results from the race at Kentucky Speedway in mid-July. Martin Truex Jr. marched into victory lane for the third of five times this season at the Sparta oval with a very impressive performance. He out-battled and out-witted Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott to win that Saturday evening in the 400-mile event at Kentucky ...

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