NASCAR Xfinity Series
Next Race: Drive for the Cure 250 presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina
The Place: Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL
The Date: Saturday, October 10
The Time: 3 p.m. ET
TV: NBC, 3:30 p.m. ET
Radio: PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Distance: 155.44 miles (67 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 20),
Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 40), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 67)
What To Watch For:
The 2020 season marks the first time the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoff’s third race has been held at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL. Prior to 2020, the ROVAL hosted the second race in the Xfinity postseason for two seasons (2018, 2019) – each of the two races were won by non-Playoff drivers on part-time schedules – Chase Briscoe won the 2018 race and he was 24th in points at the time of the win. Then last season’s race was won by AJ Allmendinger and he was 39th in points at the time of the win.
The Charlotte ROVAL is the third different track to host the Round of 12 cutoff event in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs; joining Charlotte Motor Speedway (oval configuration) from 2016-2017 and Dover International Speedway from 2018-2019.
Four different drivers have won the third race in the Xfinity Playoffs – the two winners at Charlotte were non-Playoff drivers, Joey Logano won the 2016 event and Alex Bowman won the 2017 race. At Dover, both winners were Playoff contenders, Christopher Bell was ranked first in the points when he won in 2018 and Cole Custer was second in points when he won in 2019.
In total there have been 77 NASCAR Xfinity Series points races at Charlotte Motor Speedway (includes road course configuration), two races per year since the series started in 1982. A total of 75 races on the oval track and two races on the road course.
Starting on the front row for the Drive for the Cure 250 this weekend will be JR Motorsport’s driver and Playoff contender Noah Gragson on the pole and last Sunday’s Talladega winner Justin Haley on the outside front row.
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