CONCORD, N.C. — Brad Keselowski won the Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in an overtime finish, claiming his second win in as many starts this season.
Keselowski, who started on the pole, led 77 laps and won over Cole Custer, Christopher Bell, Ty Dillon and Elliott Sadler.
Keselowski also won at Phoenix.
The overtime finish was setup by a debris caution with two laps left in the original 200-lap distance.
The final 28 laps were ran following a one hour rain delay.
STAGE 1 WINNER: Kyle Busch
STAGE 2 WINNER: Kyle Busch
WHO HAD A GOOD DAY: Cole Custer started and finished second after also leading 29 laps. It’s his second top five of the season … Ty Dillon placed fourth for his first top five in nine Charlotte starts. It’s also his first top five and top 10 of the season .. Elliott Sadler is the only driver with top 10s in all 11 races this season. Heplaced fifth after battling mechanical issues – including a faulty cooling unit – and a speeding penalty.
WHO HAD A BAD DAY: After winning the first two stages, Kyle Busch finished eighth after he spun on a restart with 39 laps to go. He had restarted 10th after pitting and got loose trying to pass Dylan Lupton into Turn 1 … Lupton was then eliminated in a wreck with Ty Majeski on the following restart … Chase Elliott placed 37th after experiencing transmission issues on the Stage 3 restart … Tyler Reddck finished 23rd after begin involved in two wrecks, including one during the overtime restart … Justin Allgaier and Jamie McMurray were eliminated in a wreck with 20 to go.
NOTABLE: Kaz Grala placed 10th in his first start for Fury Race Cars, a team co-owned by his father. It’s his best result since placing fourth at Daytona for JGL Racing.
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Erik Jones topped the final one-hour practice session for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The Joe Gibbs Racing driver posted a top speed of 187.045 mph.
Jones was followed by Kyle Larson (186.664 mph), Ryan Blaney (186.104), Joey Logano (186.047) and Denny Hamlin (185.938).
Logano recorded the most laps in the session with 55.
Jones had the best 10-lap average at 184.579 mph.
The final practice session came after rain forced the cancellation of a morning session.
Click here for the practice report.
CONCORD, N.C. — Brad Keselowski will start first in today’s Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway after claiming his first pole since November 2016 at Texas.
The Team Penske driver posted a top speed of 184.382 mph. It’s his 21st career pole and the first pole for Keselowski and Penske at the track.
Keselowski will be joined on the front row by Cole Custer. It his Custer’s third front row start this season.
The top five is completed by Kyle Busch, Tyler Reddick and Brandon Jones.
It’s Reddick’s best qualifying effort of the season.
Kaz Grala, making the first series start for Fury Race Cars, qualified 16th. Though he competed in the first 10 races of the season with JGL Racing, FRC does not have any owner points and would have missed the race if qualifying had been rained out.
In his fifth start of the year, Timmy Hill will start 24th after advancing to the second round for the first time this season.
Ryan Reed did not make a qualifying attempt after his No. 16 Ford failed inspection three times. He will start from the rear. His car chief, Daniel Bormann, has been ejected from the race. Reed will serve a 30 minute practice hold next week at Pocono.
The cars of Chad Finchum, Mike Harmon and Morgan Shepherd failed to qualify.
The Alsco 300 is set to begin at 1:13 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.
Click here for qualifying results.
Ten races into the Xfinity season there have been 10 different winners. Will the streak continue today at Charlotte Motor Speedway?
The record for the most different winners to start a season in the Xfinity Series is 13 in 1988.
Here are all the details for today’s race.
(All times are Eastern)
START: Dhani Jones, retired NFL player, author and host of CNBC’s Adventure Capitalists, will give the command to start engines at 1:07 p.m. The green flag is scheduled to wave at 1:13 p.m.
DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 200 laps (300 miles) around the 1.5-mile track.
STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 45. Stage 2 ends on Lap 90.
PRERACE SCHEDULE: Garage opens at 6:30 a.m. Qualifying is at 10:10 a.m. Driver/crew chief meeting is at 12:15 p.m. Driver introductions are at 12:30 p.m.
NATIONAL ANTHEM: The USO Show Troupe will perform the anthem at 1:01 p.m.
TV/RADIO: Fox Sports 1 will broadcast the race beginning at 1 p.m. Coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. Performance Racing Network’s radio broadcast begins at 12:30 p.m. and also can be heard at goprn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will have PRN’s broadcast.
FORECAST: wunderground.com calls for a high of 84 degrees and 75 percent chance of rain at the start of the race.
LAST TIME: Ryan Blaney won this race a year ago. Kevin Harvick was second. Austin Dillon was third. Alex Bowman won at Charlotte in October. Sam Hornish Jr. was second. Blaney was third.
STARTING LINEUP: Click here for the starting lineup.
Five Cup teams will receive practice holds today during the final two practice sessions for the Coca-Cola 600.
JJ Yeley‘s team originally had a 15 minute hold in each session, the first for being late to qualifying inspection and the second for failing inspection twice.
Due to rain cancelling the first practice, Yeley will serve a 30 minute hold in final practice.
The teams of Aric Almirola, Kasey Kahne and Parker Kligerman will also receive 15 minute holds in final practice for failing inspection twice.
Kevin Harvick has a 30 minute hold in final practice for failing qualifying inspection three times.
Harvick will start from the rear Sunday and his car chief was ejected for the remainder of the race weekend.