The Duel to Watch: Alex Bowman vs William Byron at Charlotte Roval - Predictions & Odds
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Charlotte will host the first elimination race of the 2019 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series playoffs.
As usual, the battle for the final spot is extremely tight.
A group of five drivers is separated by a tiny margin of ten points.
When we factor in stage points, that’s next to nothing.
But one duel, in particular, will be very interesting to follow this weekend.
Hendrick Motorsports’ young rising stars are sitting right on the bubble right now.
Byron is 12th in points and the first man in.
To make the battle even more interesting, Byron is only one point ahead of Bowman.
This will most likely be the matchup to watch at Charlotte.
How to Watch
Where: Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course in Concord, NC
When: Sunday, September 29th at 2:30 PM EST
How: NBC (TV) | Performance Racing Network (Web radio) | NBC Sports App
Alex Bowman vs William Byron
It’s been a breakout year for both Alex Bowman and William Byron.
Bowman, in his fourth full season in the Cup Series and second with Hendrick, scored his first career win.
He had a run of three consecutive second-place finishes before finally taking the checkered at Chicago.
Byron, meanwhile, is in his second full season in the top tier series, and also second with Hendrick.
The young driver has been working with legendary crew chief Chad Knauss since the start of the year.
While he is still chasing after his first career win, the progress has been clear.
Byron’s four pole-positions in 2019 are second only to Kevin Harvick.
How have Bowman and Byron fared against one another in a race scenario?
Bowman led the way for most of the season.
However, #88 had a bit of a slump heading into the playoffs, scoring only one top 10 after winning at Chicago.
Byron, meanwhile, picked up his pace during the decisive stretch to make a push for the postseason spot.
During that same span, he scored three top 5 finishes, including a career-best second in a rain-shortened race at Daytona.
While Bowman has been the most consistent performer during race days, Byron built his small lead relying on stage points.
He outscored Bowman 9 to 1 in stage points during the regular season and the playoffs.
In total, Byron carries 10 bonus points to Bowman’s 6, heading into Charlotte.
This could be the decisive factor in the battle to make it to the Round of 12.
That being said, however, Bowman is the favorite to finish ahead at the checkered.
He won the head-to-head matchup in both postseason races, finishing one place ahead of his teammate.
Byron did not finish last year’s Bank of America Roval 400, while Bowman scored a fourth place.