Chase Briscoe earned his first career NASCAR XFINITY Series win in Saturday’s Race For The Cure 200 on Charlotte’s Roval, becoming the first driver to earn the checkered flag on the new layout. Briscoe took the checkered flag 1.478 seconds ahead of Justin Marks, who started off his final NASCAR weekend on a high note. Pole sitter Austin Cindric took home third, with Ryan Preece and Christopher Bell rounding out the top-five. Matt Tifft, Cole Custer, Kaz Grala, Tyler Reddick, and Daniel Hemric rounded out the top-10.
Although competitors were uncertain about the race on Saturday thanks to some wild practice and testing sessions, Saturday’s event proved to be tame as there were only five cautions during the race’s 55 laps, slowing the field down for 10 laps. Briscoe proved the dominant car, leading 33 of those laps after starting ninth.
Briscoe was quick to thank team co-owner Tony Stewart, a fellow Indiana native and dirt track staple, in helping his approach to taking on the Roval.
“This is unreal,” Briscoe said. “I was four seconds off in practice, and my guys stuck behind me and kept working with me. It’s just an honor and privilege to drive a race car and to do it for my hero, Tony Stewart, and get a win.”
“It’s huge to me. Everybody had to adapt to [the Roval] and figure it out, and I don’t know that I’m necessarily the best at it, but I felt like I just tried not to hit anything, and this thing hardly has a scratch on it.”
Playoff contenders Justin Allgaier and Ryan Truex had the worst luck of the playoff drivers, as both found contact with the wall or other drivers. Coming off of pit road in the second stage contact with the 22 of Cindric sent Allgaier around, where the 39 of Ryan Sieg piled into his left rear. Allgaier rebounded for a 15th-place finish, keeping himself well above the playoff bubble line.
Truex found the wall in the first turn on lap 35, collecting Brendan Gaughan, Michael Annett, Ty Majeski, Andy Lally, and Dylan Mercott. Truex would finish 16th in the final running order.
The next race on the XFINITY Series schedule will be at Dover International Speedway for the Bar Harbor 200, which will be at 3:00 PM ET on NBCSN.
NASCAR Xfinity Series Race
Unofficial Race Results for the 37Th Annual Drive For The Cure 200 Presented By Blue Cross Blue Shield Of North Carolina – Saturday, September 29, 2018
Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course – Concord, NC – 2.28 Mile Paved
|1||9||98||Chase Briscoe||Ford Performance||Ford|
|2||4||42||Justin Marks||Chevrolet Accessories||Chevrolet|
|3||1||22||Austin Cindric # (P)||MoneyLion||Ford|
|5||13||20||Christopher Bell # (P)||GameStop Fallout 76||Toyota|
|6||7||2||Matt Tifft (P)||Nexteer||Chevrolet|
|7||6||00||Cole Custer (P)||Haas Automation||Ford|
|8||14||61||Kaz Grala #||IT Coalition||Ford|
|9||3||9||Tyler Reddick # (P)||BurgerFi||Chevrolet|
|10||2||21||Daniel Hemric (P)||South Point Hotel & Casino||Chevrolet|
|11||15||16||Ryan Reed (P)||Drive Down A1C Lilly Diabetes||Ford|
|12||16||4||Ross Chastain (P)||teamjdmotorsports.com||Chevrolet|
|13||5||36||Alex Labbe #||Larue/Cyclops Gear||Chevrolet|
|14||17||1||Elliott Sadler (P)||OneMain Financial||Chevrolet|
|15||12||7||Justin Allgaier (P)||Vannoy Construction||Chevrolet|
|16||11||11||Ryan Truex (P)||LeafFilter Gutter Protection||Chevrolet|
|17||18||3||Brendan Gaughan||South Point Hotel/Beard Oil Distributing||Chevrolet|
|18||19||51||Jeremy Clements||RepairableVehicles.com/Travers Tool||Chevrolet|
|22||22||19||Brandon Jones (P)||Juniper||Toyota|
|24||28||45||Josh Bilicki #||Prevagen||Toyota|
|26||30||74||Ray Black II||Isokern||Chevrolet|
|27||34||52||David Starr||Xtreme Cleaners||Chevrolet|
|28||37||40||Chad Finchum #||Smithbilt Homes||Dodge|
|29||35||76||Spencer Boyd #||Grunt Style||Chevrolet|
|31||40||78||Vinnie Miller #||JAS Expedited Trucking||Chevrolet|
|35||32||55||Bayley Currey(i)||Rollin Smoke Barbeque/Touched By Pros||Toyota|
|36||27||39||Ryan Sieg||Night Owl||Chevrolet|
|37||20||90||Andy Lally||Alpha Prime USA||Chevrolet|
|38||31||13||Landon Cassill||OCR Gaz Bar||Dodge|
|39||39||93||Jeff Green||RSS Racing||Chevrolet|
|40||38||38||JJ Yeley||RSS Racing||Chevrolet|