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Bullpen Roundup: What Cup Drivers Had to Say Before the Charlotte ROVAL

Welcome to a new weekly Frontstretch column that delivers on exclusive coverage, interviews and press conferences at the track each weekend. The Saturday before a NASCAR Cup Series race has a media bullpen for select Cup drivers, and interviews obtained by Frontstretch’s reporters will be posted in this column and on YouTube.

CONCORD, N.C. – Between silly season updates, the return of stage cautions, a new restart zone and reactions to the newly released 2024 NASCAR Cup Series schedule, Saturday’s (Oct. 7) media availabilities at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL provided plenty of unique answers from drivers across the board.

And that’s without mentioning the playoff battle, as four of the 12 playoff drivers will be eliminated from championship contention after the conclusion of Sunday’s (Oct. 8) Bank of America ROVAL 400.

On-site reporters Stephen Stumpf and Chase Folsom caught up with drivers before and after Saturday’s practice and qualifying sessions.

AJ Allmendinger

Austin Cindric

Chris Buescher

Erik Jones

Martin Truex Jr.

Mike Rockenfeller

Ross Chastain

Ty Gibbs

About the author

Stephen Stumpf is the NASCAR Content Director for Frontstretch and is a three-year veteran of the site. His weekly columns include “Stat Sheet” and “4 Burning Questions.” He also writes commentary, contributes to podcasts, edits articles and is frequently at the track for on-site coverage.

Can find on Twitter @stephen_stumpf.

Chase began working with Frontstretch in the spring of 2023 as a news writer, while also helping fill in for other columns as needed. Chase is now the main writer and reporter for Frontstretch.com's CARS Tour coverage, a role which began late in 2023.  Aside from racing, some of Chase's other hobbies include time in the outdoors hunting and fishing, and keeping up with all things Philadelphia sports related.

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