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Today’s Xfinity race at Kansas: Start time, lineup and more

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The Xfinity Series begins its semifinal round today at Kansas Speedway. The next three races will cut the playoff field from eight to four.

Here is all the info for today’s race:

(All times are Eastern)

START: Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer will give the command to start engines at 3:02 p.m. The green flag is scheduled to wave at 3:11 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 200 laps (300 miles) around the 1.5-mile speedway.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 45. Stage 2 ends on Lap 90.

PRERACE SCHEDULE: Garage opens at 8 a.m. Qualifying is at 11:40 a.m. Driver/crew chief meeting is at 12:45 p.m. Driver introductions are at 2:25 p.m.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: The Band Sayler will perform the anthem at 2:56 p.m.

TV/RADIO: NBC will broadcast the race beginning at 2:55 p.m. Coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. with Countdown to Green on NBC. Motor Racing Network’s radio broadcast begins at 2:30 p.m. and also can be heard at mrn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will have MRN’s broadcast.

FORECAST: wunderground.com calls for sunny skies with a high of 60 degrees and a zero percent chance of rain at the start of the race.

LAST TIME: Christopher Bell won this race last year, finishing ahead of Tyler Reddick and Ryan Blaney.

TO THE REAR: Ross Chastain, Alex Labbe (unapproved adjustments)

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for the starting lineup.

Chase Briscoe wins inaugural Xfinity race on Charlotte Roval

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CONCORD, N.C. — Chase Briscoe won the inaugural Xfinity Series race on the Charlotte Motor Speedway road course, earning his first career series win in the process.

Briscoe, 23, led the final 24 laps to earn the win in his 14th series start.

Driving the No. 98 Ford for Stewart-Haas Racing with Biagi-DenBest, Briscoe defeated Justin Marks, Austin Cindric, Ryan Preece and Christopher Bell.

Briscoe has split time this season between the No. 98 and Roush Fenway Racing’s No. 60 Ford. Entering Saturday’s race he had led only 12 laps. He led 33 of the race’s 55 laps.

He took the lead for the first time on the Stage 2 restart, passing Daniel Hemric.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Daniel Hemric

STAGE 2 WINNER: Christopher Bell

More: Roval win boosts Chase Briscoe’s “disaster” of a season

MORE: Race results, point standings

WHO HAD A GOOD DAY: Justin Marks earned his third career top five in his next-to-last NASCAR start. Sunday’s Cup race will be his last … Austin Cindric finished third after spinning from the lead with three laps left in Stage 1 and falling back to fourth … Kaz Grala placed eighth, earning his best finish on a non-restrictor plate track … Alex Labbe bounced back from a mechanical issue on Lap 1 to place 13th for his second-best finish this year.

WHO HAD A BAD DAY: After running in the top five most of the day, Daniel Hemric overshot the frontstretch chicane in the closing laps while running second. After serving his on-track penalty, Hemric fell back to ninth and finished 10th … Justin Allgaier finished 15th after he pit during the final caution to repair damage from the end of Stage 2 when he was spun by Austin Cindric and hit by Ryan Sieg as he exited pit road.

NOTABLE: Chase Briscoe is the third driver to earn their first Xfinity win this season (Ross Chastain, Spencer Gallagher).

WHAT’S NEXT: Bar Harbor 200 at Dover International Speedway at 3 p.m. ET on Oct. 6 on NBCSN

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Austin Cindric wins pole for Xfinity Roval race

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CONCORD, N.C. — Austin Cindric won the pole for the inaugural Xfinity Series race on the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval (3 p.m. ET on NBCSN).

Cindric qualified first for the Drive for the Cure 200 with a top speed of 105.527 mph.

Cindric will be followed by Daniel Hemric, Tyler Reddick, Justin Marks and Alex Labbe.

Labbe, the defending NASCAR Pinty’s Series champion, competes full time for DGM Racing. He finished the first round in second.

The first round was red-flagged twice in the first seven minutes for incidents in the first turn.

Spencer Gallagher plowed into the Turn 1 tire barrier. He was unharmed and will go to a backup car.

Soon after, Tanner Berryhill spun entering the turn and his driver-side door hit the barrier

In the final round, Ty Majeski spun in Turn 5 and backed into a wall.  He qualified eighth.

Click here for results.

Friday’s Xfinity practice report from the Charlotte Roval

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Daniel Hemric was fastest in the final Xfinity practice on the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval Friday, posting a top speed of 104.966 mph.

The top five was completed by Ryan Truex (103.657 mph), Cole Custer (103.300), Ty Majeski (103.273) and Justin Allgaier (102.936).

Matt Tifft, Kaz Grala and Michael Annett each recorded the most laps with 20.

Of the five drivers who made 10-lap run, Grala had the best average at 101.414 mph.

Ryan Preece spun without contact six minutes into the session in the frontstretch chicane.

Spencer Gallagher also had a harmless spin about 43 minutes into the session.

Click here for the speed chart.

First practice

Austin Cindric was fastest in the first of two practice sessions Friday for tomorrow’s Xfinity Series race on the Charlotte Motor Speedway road course.

Cindric, who was also fastest in Thursday’s first practice session, posted a top speed of 104.636 mph.

The top five was completed by Daniel Hemric (104.479 mph), Alex Labbe (104.479), Ryan Preece (103.838) and Justin Allgaier (103.503).

Katherine Legge, Justin Marks and Tyler Reddick recorded the most laps with 19.

The session was red flagged after 28 minutes for J.J. Yeley crashing nose-first into the Turn 1 tire barrier.

Christopher Bell spun exiting Turn 3 with about 8 minutes and 30 seconds left in the session. He hit a tire barrier with the right side his car.

Click here for the practice report.

Xfinity practice report at Charlotte Roval

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CONCORD, N.C. – Cole Custer topped the field in Thursday’s second Xfinity practice at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval.

The two-hour session was stopped 20 minutes early because of severe weather in the area.

Custer posted a lap of 103.223 mph. He was followed by Austin Cindric (102.896 mph), Tyler Reddick (102.895), Daniel Hemric (102.759) and Justin Allgaier (102.708).

Chase Briscoe ran the most laps in the session at 26. Custer ran 25 laps. Reddick ran 24 laps.

Thirty cars ran at least a lap in the session.

Allgaier had the best average over 10 consecutive laps at 102.034 mph. He was one of only four drivers to run 10 consecutive laps. Cindric was next at 102.004 mph.

First Practice

Austin Cindric posted the fastest lap in the first of two optional Xfinity practices Thursday at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval.

Cindric topped the field with a lap of 102.603 mph.

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He was followed by Daniel Hemric (101.495 mph), Ryan Truex (101.139), Ryan Preece (101.075) and Justin Marks (101.022).

Matt Tifft was sixth on the speed chart with a lap of 100.902 mph. He was followed by Elliott Sadler (100.626 mph), Brendan Gaughan (100.601), Justin Allgaier (100.524) and Alex Labbe (100.490)

Click here for practice report

Twenty-five cars ran at least one lap in the session.

There were no cautions for incidents on track. Spencer Gallagher had damage to the right rear of his car. His team pulled out the backup car.

Ryan Reed ran the most laps in the two-hour session that was interrupted by moisture on track. Reed ran 21 laps. Michael Annett ran 20 laps. Tyler Reddick ran 17 laps. Teams will have another practice. The track will be open from 2-4 p.m. ET. Teams will have two practices on Friday before they race on Saturday (3 p.m. ET on NBCSN).

Tifft said the course is challenging. He said the infield section reminded him of the back section at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. He said he ran most of that infield course section on the Roval in second gear.

He also said the backstretch chicane is attention grabbing.

“You go in so hard and use up all the curbs there and you’re jumping curbs right,” he said. “Right now with the blue curbs (which are larger), you are probably going to just pull out the transmission because they’re so stacked so high right there it’s going to be dangerous for the cars. That’s a little bit strange.

“The entry off the oval to the frontstretch chicane … the transitions there are pretty interesting. I had to pass a slower car getting through there. That’s the part I think that is going to be interesting when we do start working in traffic. There are so many awkward spots on this track that it’s going to put drivers in a really tight position to try to get around those guys. I think it’s going to be a race of attrition and trying to make sure you get yourself in the right spot because if you catch anybody in the wrong spot, there’s just not really that many places to get around somebody, you’re just kind of stuck.”

Tifft also said Turns 3, 4, 5, 6 on the infield portion of the course remained slick. The track had run the tire dragon in those sections only but Tifft said morning rain made those areas slick.