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Charlotte Motor Speedway

Drive for the Cure 250 presented by BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina Results

October 8th, 2022

RESULTS

START POS

FINAL STATUS

LAPS COMPLETED

LAPS LED

POINTS

PLAYOFF POINTS

1

AJ Allmendinger

16 |

1

Running

72

25

50

6

2

Ty Gibbs

54 |

2

Running

72

24

45

0

3

Noah Gragson

9 |

37

Running

72

1

34

0

4

James Davison

18 |

16

Running

72

0

43

0

5

Justin Allgaier

7 |

5

Running

72

0

44

0

6

Alex Labbe

36 |

12

Running

72

0

31

0

7

Brandon Jones

19 |

15

Running

72

3

40

1

8

Josh Berry

8 |

14

Running

72

0

35

0

9

Ryan Sieg

39 |

17

Running

72

0

28

0

10

Landon Cassill

10 |

7

Running

72

0

30

0

11

Sam Mayer

1 |

6

Running

72

0

42

0

12

Anthony Alfredo

23 |

18

Running

72

0

28

0

13

Myatt Snider

31 |

31

Running

72

0

24

0

14

Jeremy Clements

51 |

10

Running

72

0

23

0

15

Daniil Kvyat

26 |

24

Running

72

0

22

0

16

Sheldon Creed

2 |

4

Running

72

18

23

0

17

Daniel Hemric

11 |

3

Running

72

0

25

0

18

Jeb Burton

27 |

23

Running

72

0

19

0

19

JJ Yeley

66 |

25

Running

72

0

18

0

20

Brandon Brown

78 |

33

Running

72

0

17

0

21

Preston Pardus

91 |

19

Running

72

0

16

0

22

Scott Heckert

5 |

26

Running

72

0

15

0

23

Brad Perez

35 |

27

Running

72

0

0

0

24

Ryan Vargas

6 |

36

Running

72

0

13

0

25

Stefan Parsons

45 |

13

Running

72

0

0

0

26

Bayley Currey

4 |

32

Running

72

0

11

0

27

Joe Graf Jr

07 |

35

Running

72

0

10

0

28

Timmy Hill

13 |

34

Running

72

0

0

0

29

Austin Hill

21 |

8

Running

70

0

15

0

30

Sage Karam

02 |

9

Running

70

0

8

0

31

Andy Lally

08 |

29

Running

69

0

6

0

32

Riley Herbst

98 |

11

Accident

67

1

20

0

33

Patrick Gallagher

38 |

28

Engine

67

0

4

0

34

Josh Bilicki

44 |

20

Running

66

0

0

0

35

Kaz Grala

34 |

21

Accident

59

0

0

0

36

Marco Andretti

48 |

30

Accident

45

0

1

0

37

Josh Williams

92 |

22

Track Bar

35

0

1

0

38

Kris Wright

68 |

38

Accident

7

0

0

0

  • POS 1 | LEADER

    AJ Allmendinger

    POS1

    LEADER

    AJ Allmendinger

    Driver badge number 16 |

  • POS 2 | 0.582

    Ty Gibbs

    POS2

    0.582

    Ty Gibbs

    Driver badge number 54 |

  • POS 3 | 1.913

    Noah Gragson

    POS3

    1.913

    Noah Gragson

    Driver badge number 9 |

AJ Allmendinger fends off Gibbs for Xfinity Series win at Charlotte Roval

CONCORD, N.C. — It took a bit of thievery for AJ Allmendinger to preserve his perfect record at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course.

“We got that one — we stole that one,” shouted Allmendinger after spinning his car like a dervish during a celebratory burnout at the finish line of the 2.32-mile, 17-turn road course.

Indeed, the 40-year-old Allmendinger swiped the lead from Ty Gibbs — a driver half his age — after an overtime restart on Lap 68 of the Drive for the Cure 250 presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, the Round of 12 elimination race in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs.

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After lagging behind Gibbs into Turn 1 on three previous restarts, Allmendinger kept his No. 16 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet to the outside of Gibbs No. 54 Toyota through the first corner, surged ahead into Turn 2 and cleared Gibbs from the inside line through Turns 3 and 4.

“It‘s unbelievable,” Allmendinger, who won for the fourth time in four starts at the Charlotte Roval. “Ty was really good there at the end, and I didn‘t know if I was going to be able to get him. I knew if I could just get to one restart on the outside of him, at least we‘d have a chance.”

AJ Allmendinger drives No. 16 Chevrolet in front of Ty Gibbs in No. 54 Toyota

Once in the lead, Allmendinger survived a second overtime restart before beating Gibbs to the finish line by .582 seconds. The victory was Allmendinger‘s second straight in the series, his fifth of the season and the 15th of his career — 10 of which have come on road courses.

“I was wanting it pretty bad there,” Allmendinger said. “I didn‘t think we had a shot, but I‘m always going to put it on my back when it‘s time to go. We got that one. We stole that one!…

“I drove it in as deep as I could (on the final restart), probably used Ty up just a little bit, but I‘d expect the same if the roles were reversed.”

Gibbs was diplomatic in his assessment of the final two restarts.

“I just lost the lead on that one restart and didn‘t execute the right way and lost it there,” Gibbs said. “The last one, I caught the fence when I got ran wide, and it just kind of hurt my momentum. … I feel like I gave it my best run, but I was proud of the effort.

“I had fun out there and learned a lot.”

Allmendinger already had clinched a spot in the playoffs‘ Round of 8 with last Saturday‘s victory at Talladega Superspeedway. So had third-place finisher Noah Gragson, who won his fourth straight race a week earlier at Texas Motor Speedway.

Gibbs clinched his spot in the Round of 8 by finishing second to Allmendinger in the first stage of Saturday‘s race. Justin Allgaier, Josh Berry, Sam Mayer, Austin Hill and Brandon Jones also advanced to the next round, with Jones finishing seventh in the race and claiming the final spot by two points over Ryan Sieg.

All four JR Motorsports drivers—Gragson, Allgaier, Berry and Mayer—will be competing for positions in the Championship 4 race at Phoenix Raceway.

In addition to Sieg, reigning series champion Daniel Hemric, Riley Herbst and Jeremy Clements were eliminated from the postseason.

Hemric qualified third but slammed into the outside barrier between Turns 5 and 6 on Lap 3. He recovered to finish 17th but ended the round 11 points behind Jones after contact from Sieg on a late restart.

“I made a mistake on Lap 3 that you just can‘t make,” Hemric said ruefully.

Road course specialist James Davison ran fourth, followed by Allgaier, Alex Labbe, Jones, Berry, Sieg and Landon Cassill.

Marco Andretti’s Xfinity Series debut ended with a Lap 45 crash. His No. 48 Big Machine Racing Chevrolet sustained heavy damage when it collided with the spinning No. 27 Chevy of Jeb Burton in Turn 6. Andretti was unhurt and finished 36th in the 38-car field.

The Xfinity Series’ next race is the Alsco Uniforms 302, scheduled next Saturday (3 p.m. ET, NBC, Peacock, PRN, SiriusXM) at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It’s the first event in the three-race Round of 8 that will determine the four-driver Championship 4 field in the Nov. 5 season finale at Phoenix Raceway.

Note: Post-race inspection in the Xfinity Series garage was completed without major issue, confirming Allmendinger as the winner. The No. 10 Kaulig Racing Chevy driven to a 10th-place finish by Landon Cassill was found with one unsecured lug nut in a post-race check.

Contributing: Staff reports