The Xfinity Series begins their playoffs with some Friday night racing at the ¾ mile track in Richmond Raceway with the Go Bowling 250.

In his first race since retiring at the end of last season, NBC broadcaster Dale Earnhardt Jr comes down from the booth to drive the 88 car. Junior will also serve as the in-race reporter.

Female driver Katherine Legge is driving in her first short track oval in a stock car. Legge has driven various cars in a number of different series around the world.

After three rounds of qualifying with a time of 22. 691 seconds, Christopher Bell won his fifth pole of the season and will bring the field to the green.

The starting lineup for the Go Bowling 250:
Christopher Bell – in the playoffs
Dale Earnhardt Jr
Ros Chastain – in the playoffs – moved to the back of the field for unapproved adjustments
Cole Custer – in the playoffs
Justin Allgaier – in the playoffs
Daniel Hemric – in the playoffs
Ryan Truex – in the playoffs
Shane Lee
Brando Jones – in the playoffs
Austin Cindric – in the playoffs
Ryan Preece
Matt Tifft – in the playoffs
Elliott Sadler – in the playoffs
Tyler Reddick – in the playoffs
Ty Majeski
Spencer Gallagher
Michael Annett
Ryan Sieg
Alex Labbe
Jeremy Clements
Ryan Reed – in the playoffs – moved to the back of the field for unapproved adjustments
Mason Diaz
Joey Gase
Quin Houff
Matt Mills
Ray Black Jr
David Starr
JJ Yeley
Garrett Smthley
Spencer Boyd
Bayley Currey
Katherine Legge
Morgan Shepherd
Chad Finchum
Jeff Green
Tmmy Hill
Vinnie Miller
Mike Harmon
Josh Bilicki
Carl Long

Stages one and two of the race are 75 laps each with stage three lasting 100 laps for a total of 250 laps around the track.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag and edges out Dale Earnhardt Jr for the lead.

Lap four the top five are Christopher Bell, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Justin Allgaier, Cole Custer, and Daniel Hemric.

Lap five Dale Earnhardt Jr challenges Christopher Bell for the lead. Justin Allgaier passes Junior to take over second from the outside.

Justin Allgaier passes Christopher Bell on the outside and tkes over the lead of the race.

Lap nine, Justin Allgaier has the lead with Dale Earnhardt Jr in second and Christopher Bell in third.

Lap eleven, Dale Earnhardt Jr challenges Justin Allgaier for the lead. The duo have pulled away from the field and have a lead of half a second over Christopher Bell.

After starting the race from the back of the field, Ross Chastain has moved up to eleventh place.

Lap 14 the leaders have encountered slower traffic as they continue to battle for the lead.

Lap 17 Dale Earnhardt Jr continues to challenge Justin Allgaier for the lead.

Lap 20, Justin Allgaier is in the lead with Dale Earnhardt on Allgaier’s bumper, Christopher Bell, Cole Custer, and Daniel Hemric round out the top five.

Lap 22, Justin Allgaier barely fended off Dale Earnhardt Jr from taking the lead. Christopher Bell has caught up to the leaders.

Christopher Bell gets around Dale Earnhardt Jr to take over second place. Daniel Hemric has now caught up to the leaders.

Justin Allgaier and Christopher Bell battle to for the lead.

Lap 31, the top five are Justin Allgaier, Christopher Bell, Daniel Hemric, Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Cole Custer.

Lap 33,Justin Allgaier, Christopher Bell, and Daniel Hemric make it a three wide battle for the lead.

Lap 35, Christopher Bell gets past Justin Allgaier for the lead.

Lap 38, Justin Allgaier retakes the lead of the race.

Lap 339, there are 27 cars on the lead lap with two cars off the track.

Lap 40, Justin Allgaier is in the lead but Christopher Bell continues to challenge for the lead with Daniel Hemric on his bumper and looking to take second.

Virginia native Elliott Sadler is retiring at the end of the season, Richmond Raceway has a sign along the wall thanking Sadler. Sadler’s two children were among those who gave the command to start engines before the start of the race.

Daniel Hemric finally gets around Christopher Bell and Justin Allgaier to take over the lead.

Lap 49, Daniel Hemric has a lead of over half a second on Justin Allgaier.

Lap 51, the leaders have encountered slower traffic as Christopher Bell and Justin Allgaier continue to battle for second with Daniel Hemric in the lead.

Lap 54, Christopher Bell gets around Justin Allgaier to take over second with Daniel Hemric in the lead over a second in front of the field.

Lap 56 the top five are Daniel Hemric, Christopher Bell, Justin Allgaier, Dale Earnhardt J, and Matt Tifft.

Lap 62, Daniel Hemric is in the lead with Christopher Bell in second; Dale Earnhardt Jr, Matt Tift, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

Lap 66, Ros Chastain is just outside the top 10 in eleventh after having to start the race fr the back of the field.

Daniel Hemric has pulled out to a one second lead on Christopher Bell with Dale Earnhardt Jr in third.

Lap 70, Daniel Hemric has increased his lead to nearly a second and a half over Christopher Bell with Dale Earnhardt Jr in third.

Daniel Hemric wins stage one with a lead of nearly two seconds on Christopher Bell.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Daniel Hemric
Christopher Bell
Dale Earnhardt Jr
Matt Tifft
Justin Allgaier
Elliott Sadler
Ryan Truex
Tyler Reddick
Austin Cindric
Ross Chastain

Christopher Bell wins the race off of pit road.

Matt Tifft makes a second unscheduled trip down pit road for a flat tire.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 86 and gets out in front of Daniel Hemric for the lead.

Austin Cindric was charged with improper fueling of his car on pit road.

Lap 89, the top five are Christopher Bell, Dale Earnhardt r, Justin Allgaier, Daniel Hemric, and Ryan Truex.

Lap 92, there are 22 cars on the lead lap with Christopher Bell leading the way; Dale Earnhardt Jr is in second with Justin Allgaier in third.

Lap 99 Christopher Bell has a lead of nearly half a second on Dale Earnhardt with Justin Allgaier in third.

Ryan Preece brings his car down pit road for an unscheduled pit stop with a flat tire.

Lap 108, Dale Earnhardt is challenging Christopher Bell for the lead; so far Bell has held him off.

Lap 113, Christopher Bell has a quarter of a second lead over Dale Earnhardt Jr with Justin Allgaier in third over a second behind. There are 21 cars on the lead lap.

Elliott Sadler has moved into the top five.

Dale Earnhardt Jr gets around Christopher Bell to take over the lead on lap 124 with a pass on the outside.

Lap 127, the top five are Dale Earnhardt Jr, Christopher Bell, Daniel Hemric, Justin Allgaier, and Ross Chastain.

Ross Chastain battles with Justin Allgaier for fourth place and takes over the spot.

Lap 138, Dale Earnhardt Jr is out in front with the lead; Christopher Bell, Daniel Hemric, Ross Chastain, and Justin Allgaier rounding out the top five.

With only eight laps remaining in stage two, Dale Earnhardt Jr has pulled out to a lead of a second and a half on Christopher Bell; Daniel Hemric, Ross Chastain, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five. There are only 18 cars on the lead lap.

The caution flag comes out when Ty Majeski spins out and hits the wall. On his radio, Majeski says that team mate Ryan Reed hit him and causing the wreck. Majeski hit the wall hard and then went spinning.

With the stage ending under caution, Dale Earnhardt Jr wins the stage. This was Earnhardt’s first career stage win.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Dale Earnhardt Jr
Christopher Bell
Daniel Hemric
Ross Chastain
Justin Allgaier
Matt Tifft
Elliott Sadler
Tyler Reddick
Cole Custer
Austin Cindric

Dale Earnhardt Jr wins the race off of pit road.

Dale Earnhardt Jr brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three and holds on to his lead.

Lap 160, Dale Earnhardt Jr has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Christopher Bell.

Katherine Legge brings out the caution flag when she spins out and and makes a run through the grass after trying to go three wide.

Dale Earnhardt Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 166 and holds on to his lead despite a challenge from Christopher Bell and Daniel Hemric.

Lap 168, Dale Earnhardt Jr has a quarter second lead over Daniel Hemric with Christopher Bell in third.

Lap 173, Dale Earnhardt Jr has pulled out to a lead of over half a second with 19 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 176, Dale Earnhardt Jr’s lead is now a second on Daniel Hemric.

Lap 180, Dale Earnhardt Jr has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Daniel Hemric with Christopher Bell in third.

Lap 182, Dale Earnhardt Jr’s lead is now a second and a half over Daniel Hemric.

Lap 186, the top five are Dale Earnhardt Jr, Daniel Hemric, Christopher Bell, Elliott Sadler, and Justin Allgaier.

Lap 190, Dale Earnhardt Jr continues to lead the race with Daniel Hemric in second.

Lap 194, Dale Earnhardt Jr has a lead of nearly a second and a half over Daniel Hemric with Christopher Bell in third.

Lap 200, dale Earnhardt Jr continues to lead the race by over a second on Daniel Hemric with Christopher Bell, Justin Allgaier, and Matt Tifft rounding out the top five. There are 19 cars on the lead lap.

With only 47 laps remaining in the race, Dale Earnhardt Jr continues to lead the race.

Lap 209, Daniel Hemric has closed the gap on Dale Earnhardt Jr to under a second; Christopher Bell continues to run in third.

Drivers are getting three wide across the track as they battle for position.

Lap 215, Dale Earnhardt J holds on to his lead of nearly a second on Daniel Hemric.

The caution flag comes out on lap 219.

Matt Tifft wins the race off of pit road.

Matt Tifft brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 225. Justin Allgaier wrecks as the drivers battle for position including a four wide battle that brought out the caution flag.

Matt Tifft brings the field down for the green flag restart with only 14 laps remaining in the race and goes side by side with Christopher Bell. Christopher Bell gets out in front for the lead with Matt Tifft in second and Dale Earnhardt Jr in third.

Ten to go, Christopher Bell has a lead of over half a second on Ross Chastain with Daniel Hemric in third and Dale Jr in fourth.

With the laps winding down quickly, Christopher Bell holds on to his lead of over half a second.

Six to go, Christopher Bell continues to lead by over half a second on Ross Chastain.

Only three laps remain in the race, rookie Christopher Bell continues to lead the race.

Christopher Bell takes the white flag.

Christopher Bell has cemented his spot in the next round of the playoffs with a win in Richmond to sweep the two races at Richmond this year. This was Bell’s fifth win of the season.  This is the first time in his career that Christopher Bell has won the race fro the pole.

The unofficial results of the Go Bowling 250:
Christopher Bell
Ross Chastain
Daniel Hemric
Dale Earnhardt Jr
Matt Tifft
Elliott Sadler
Tyler Reddick
Brandon Jones
Shane Lee
Ryan Reed
Ryan Truex
Spencer Gallagher
Austin Cindric
Michael Annett
Cole Custer
Jeremy Clements
Ryan Sieg
Ryan Preece
Mason Diaz
David Starr
Alex Labbe
Joey Gase
Ray Black Jr
Garrett Smithley
JJ Yeley
Chad Finchum
Matt Mills
Katherine Legge
Bayley Currey
Josh Bilicki
Quin Houff
Justin Allgaier
Spencer Boyd
Ty Majeski
Mike Harmon
Carl Long
Vinnie Miller
Timmy Hill
Jeff Green
Morgan Shepherd

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