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

Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course

October 7th, 2023

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RESULTS

START POS

FINAL STATUS

LAPS COMPLETED

LAPS LED

POINTS

PLAYOFF POINTS

1

Sam Mayer

1 |

1

Running

67

50

47

5

2

Cole Custer

00 |

7

Running

67

4

35

0

3

Josh Berry

8 |

3

Running

67

0

34

0

4

Riley Herbst

98 |

9

Running

67

0

33

0

5

Kaz Grala

26 |

14

Running

67

0

32

0

6

Parker Kligerman

48 |

6

Running

67

0

46

0

7

Daniel Hemric

10 |

4

Running

67

0

48

0

8

John H. Nemechek

20 |

38

Running

67

2

39

1

9

Austin Hill

21 |

8

Running

67

0

34

0

10

Sheldon Creed

2 |

5

Running

67

0

42

0

11

Sammy Smith

18 |

22

Running

67

0

35

0

12

Chandler Smith

16 |

17

Running

67

0

33

0

13

Ryan Sieg

39 |

25

Running

67

0

24

0

14

Myatt Snider

19 |

31

Running

67

0

23

0

15

Alex Labbe

91 |

10

Running

67

0

28

0

16

Jordan Taylor

11 |

12

Running

67

0

21

0

17

Brennan Poole

6 |

32

Running

67

0

20

0

18

Stefan Parsons

08 |

29

Running

67

0

20

0

19

Rajah Caruth

44 |

28

Running

67

0

0

0

20

Josh Williams

92 |

33

Running

67

0

17

0

21

Leland Honeyman

45 |

26

Running

67

0

16

0

22

Parker Retzlaff

31 |

23

Running

67

0

15

0

23

Jeremy Clements

51 |

15

Running

67

0

14

0

24

Connor Mosack

24 |

16

Running

67

0

13

0

25

Josh Bilicki

07 |

18

Running

67

0

15

0

26

Kyle Weatherman

4 |

13

Running

67

0

11

0

27

Sage Karam

66 |

20

Running

67

0

10

0

28

Blaine Perkins

02 |

24

Running

67

0

9

0

29

Brandon Jones

9 |

11

Running

67

0

8

0

30

Anthony Alfredo

78 |

21

Running

67

0

7

0

31

Joe Graf Jr

38 |

35

Running

67

0

6

0

32

Kyle Sieg

28 |

36

Running

67

0

5

0

33

Alex Guenette

35 |

37

Running

67

0

4

0

34

Jeb Burton

27 |

19

Running

66

1

5

0

35

Conor Daly

53 |

34

Running

66

0

0

0

36

Ryan Ellis

43 |

30

Accident

63

0

1

0

37

Justin Allgaier

7 |

2

Accident

60

10

11

1

38

Brett Moffitt

25 |

27

Ignition

40

0

1

0

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  • POS 1 | LEADER

    Sam Mayer

    POS1

    LEADER

    Sam Mayer

    Driver badge number 1 |

  • POS 2 | 0.909

    Cole Custer

    POS2

    0.909

    Cole Custer

    Driver badge number 00 |

  • POS 3 | 2.547

    Josh Berry

    POS3

    2.547

    Josh Berry

    Driver badge number 8 |

Sam Mayer converts must-win at Charlotte Roval, advances in Xfinity Series Playoffs

CONCORD, N.C. — The NASCAR Xfinity Series has a new road-course ace.

“We may be Allmendinger 2.0,” Sam Mayer quipped after winning Saturday‘s Drive for the Cure 250 presented by BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina at the Charlotte Motor Speedway road course and clinching a spot in the Round of 8 in the series playoffs.

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The reference was to AJ Allmendinger, winner of the previous four Xfinity races at the 2.32-mile, 17-turn circuit. With Allmendinger ineligible for the race as a full-time NASCAR Cup driver this year, Mayer took over and got the win he needed to advance in the playoffs.

Mayer earned the final spot in the Round of 8 at the expense of seventh-place finisher Daniel Hemric, who ran third in a three-way drag race to the finish line with Parker Kligerman and Kaz Grala — when a fifth-place result would have been enough to survive the round.

“They came out in the bottom of the seventh and hit a home run,” said Hemric, who finished second in each of the first two stages and was bounced from the postseason only because Mayer won from last place in the Xfinity Playoff standings.

Lining up second next to Cole Custer for a restart on Lap 63 of 67, Mayer muscled his way past Custer‘s No. 00 Ford through Turns 3 and 4 a lap later and pulled away to win by 0.909 seconds.

“I knew we had time,” said Mayer, who led five times for 50 laps. “Our car was so fast — it really felt unbeatable… We kicked their tails today, and it just feels so great.”

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The victory was the third for the 20-year-old driver of the No. 1 JR Motorsports Chevrolet — all this year and all on road courses.

“This is our second-chance moment,” Mayer said. “I think we can make something out of it. … We can go on and do great things because of this win.”

Kligerman, Josh Berry and Jeb Burton joined Hemric on the playoff sidelines. Kligerman missed out by five points after coming home sixth.

Berry finished third despite battling issues with his power steering but fell short in a must-win situation, as did Burton, who stayed out on old tires for a restart on Lap 60 and crashed into Justin Allgaier‘s Chevrolet in Turn 1.

Sheldon Creed, on the other hand, squeaked into the Round of 8 by two points over Hemric after running 10th on Saturday.

“We had no front turn,” Creed said. “I was talking to our teammate Austin (Hill) about it. Both of our cars did not turn all day. … I had to work for that one. I did not think we would be in by two — I thought we would be better than that.”

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After the Lap 63 restart, Hemric‘s fate was in the hands of Custer, who couldn‘t keep Mayer behind him.

“We struggled on the short run, for sure,” Custer said. “It‘s frustrating. There are definitely things on the replay I could have done different, but our guys did a great job all day, getting our car to where we could compete for a win — but we just needed a little more.”

Riley Herbst ran fourth, with Kaz Grala fifth. Kligerman, Hemric, Stage 2 winner John Hunter Nemechek, Hill and Creed completed the top 10.

Justin Allgaier and Burton briefly shared the top two spots, opting not to pit and gaining track position during a late caution period. The two crashed into the Turn 1 barrier in their contest for the lead on a restart with eight laps to go.

That handed the lead to Custer, who held the top spot until Mayer slipped by with four laps left.

The Xfinity Series’ next race is the Alsco Uniforms 302, scheduled for Oct. 14 (3:30 p.m. ET, USA, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, NBC Sports App) at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The event opens the three-race Round of 8, which will determine the final four drivers who will race for the championship in the Nov. 4 finale at Phoenix Raceway.

Note: Post-race inspection in the Xfinity Series garage was completed without issue, confirming Mayer’s victory.

Contributing: Staff reports