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Alex Bowman gets First NASCAR Win at Charlotte



After an extended rain delay, Alex Bowman stood tall in Charlotte’s victory lane as the winner of the Blue Cross/Blue Shield of North Carolina Drive for the Cure 300. It was the 24-year old’s first ever win in a NASCAR national series race. Bowman is the driver replacing Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the Hendrick 88 car next season.

In addition, Charlotte was the first elimination race for the Xfinity Series Playoffs. 12 drivers started the night in championship contention, and only 8 advanced. The 4 eliminated drivers were Blake Koch, Jeremy Clements, Michael Annett, and Brendan Gaughan. Only Clements got to victory lane this season at Road America.

Several brief rain showers delayed the race in excess of 6 hours. Track dryers and Air Titans were on hand at Charlotte to get the facility race-ready in as little time as possible. The race started just after 8 PM EST.

With qualifying rained out, the starting lineup was determined by Owner’s Points. This put Daniel Suarez and Ryan Blaney on the front row. Suarez won Stage 1 in dominating fashion. Teammate Erik Jones would go on to win Stage 2.

Playoff Standings Greatly Affected

Early trouble plagued many Playoff contenders. Justin Allgaier hit debris on the track that caused his engine to expire. Elliott Sadler also had damage from contact on a restart. The closing laps saw much uncertainty over the final Playoff transfer position. Brendan Gaughan was racing Ryan Reed. Reed was able to hold off a late charge from Brandon Jones to retain a single-point advantage over Gaughan. The Xfinity Playoff standings heading into the Round of 8 can be seen below.

William Byron3,026 Points
Justin Allgaier3,023 Points
Elliott Sadler3,020 Points
Daniel Hemric3,009 Points
Cole Custer3,007 Points
Brennan Poole3,006 Points
Ryan Reed3,005 Points
Matt Tifft3,004 Points

Late in the final stage, Blaney was leading and looking to sweep both races. Alex Bowman passed Blaney on a restart with 32 laps remaining and was able to wheel the 42 car to victory lane. This marks Bowman’s first career Xfinity Series win in his 51st start.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series is off next weekend. They will resume their Playoffs with the Round of 8 opener at Kansas Speedway. The Kansas Lottery 300 will be on Saturday, October 21st. It will be broadcast live on NBC, MRN, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.