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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.

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

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After two days and four practice sessions, the Drive for the Cure 200 will be the first NASCAR race on the 17-turn Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Here’s all the info you need ahead of today’s Xfinity race:

(All times are Eastern)

START:  Georgia Hermens, Louise Adams, Karin Duggins and Patsy Richte will give the command to start engines at 3:07 p.m. The green flag is scheduled to wave at 3:19 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 55 laps (125.4 miles) around the 2.28-mile course.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 15. Stage 2 ends on Lap 30.

PRE-RACE SCHEDULE: Garage opens at 8 a.m. Qualifying is at 12:10 p.m. Driver/crew chief meeting is at 1:15 p.m. Driver introductions are at 2:35 p.m.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: Christina Taylor will perform the anthem at 3:01 p.m.

TV/RADIO: NBCSN will broadcast the race beginning at 3 p.m. Coverage begins with Countdown to Green at 2:30 p.m. on NBCSN. The Performance Racing Network’s broadcast begins at 2:30 p.m. and can be heard at SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will have the PRN broadcast.

FORECAST: calls for a high of 79 degrees and a 23 percent chance of rain at the start of the race.


Saturday’s schedule for the Charlotte Roval

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The first NASCAR race on the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval will be held today with the Xfinity Series.

It caps a day that includes two practice sessions for the Cup Series

Here’s the day’s schedule with TV and radio info:

(All times are Eastern)

8 a.m. – Xfinity garage opens

9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Cup garage open

11 – 11:50 a.m. – Cup practice (NBC Sports app)

12:10 p.m. – Xfinity qualifying; multi-car/two rounds (CNBC)

1:15 p.m. – Driver/crew chief meeting

1:30 – 2:20 p.m. – Final Cup practice (CNBC)

2:30 p.m. – Driver introductions

3 p.m. – Xfinity Drive for the Cure 200; 55 laps/125.1 miles (NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)