NASCAR travels to the Charlotte Motor Speedway for a little road racing in the final race of the second round of the playoffs.  The Xfinity Series takes on the Roval with the Drive for a Cure 250.

Unlike the oval courses, NASCAR will race in the rain, and according to forecasts rain is on the way.   Racing in the rain requires a special rain tire, a windshield wiper, a rear running light, and the option of a defogger inside of the car.

Noah Gragson sits on the pole and will bring the field to green with Justin Haley alongside on the front row.

Birthday boy Harrison Burton can no longer be called a teenager as he turns 20 years old.  Newly promoted Lt. Commander Jesse Iwuji said that Bruton’s birthday wish is to transfer into the next round of the playoffs.  Burton currently is in ninth place, seven points below the cut line.

Stages one and tow of the race are only 20 laps each with stage three lasting 27 laps for a total of 67 laps around the course that incorporates both the road course and parts of the oval track; similar to the course at Daytona.

The Roval is one of the most difficult tracks to run on the NASCAR circuit with many spots filled with the risk of wrecks.  And if they must run in the rain, the course can get treacherous.

Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag from the inside lane and gets out in front for the lead.

The top five are Noah Gragson, Justin Haley, Daniel Hemric Brandon Jones, and Ross Chastain.

Moving through the field quickly, Austin Cindric has already moved up to fifth place.

Lap two, Noah Gragson leads the race with Daniel Hemric in second and Ross Chastain in third; Justin Haley and Austin Cindric round out the top five.

The first caution flag of the race comes out on lap three for Brett Moffitt who wrecks saying that something broke in the rear.  Moffitt reports that he could feel something wasn’t right from the start of the race.  Brett Moffitt is in the garage with a possible broken trackbar.

The rain heading toward the track are rements of Hurricane Delta.

The rain drops have begun at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  Teams must now decide whether or not to come down pit road to put on rain tires.  The teams have two sets of rain tires in the pits.

The caution flag for the Brett Moffitt crash is now the caution flag for weather.

The field comes down pit road for service including a tire change to rain tires. 

With rain coming down, Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap seven.  The drivers get three wide on the restart with Justin Haley taking the lead.

Noah Gragson is in the lead with Ross Chastain in second and Justin Haley in third; Chase Briscoe and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

Having moved up 17 spots already, AJ Allmendinger loves racing in the rain.

Lap nine, Noah Gragson continues to lead the race with Justin Haley in second and Ross Chastain in third; Chase Briscoe and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

The windshield wiper on Justin Haley’s car is not working properly.

Lap 10, all cars are on the lead lap except Brett Moffitt who is out of the race after his lap three crash.

Lap eleven, Noah Gragson continues to lead the race with Justin Haley in second and Ross Chastain in third.

Gragson has a lead of nearly two seconds on Justin Haley; Ross Chastain, AJ Allmendinger, and Chase Briscoe round out the top five.

With the rain really coming down, Noah Gragson has pulled out to a lead of nearly two and a half seconds on Justin Haley.  Third place driver Ross Chastain is also having windshield wiper issues.  Harrison Burton and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

Kyle Weatherman gets into the wall but gets back on the asphalt and the track stays green.  Chase Briscoe also had an issue. 

Drivers are spinning out all over the track including Noah Gragson and Ross Chastain.

Justin Haley leads the race with Harrison Burton in second, with Alex Labbe in third.

NBC Sports broadcaster Dale Earnhardt Jr noted that it wasn’t raining…it was pouring!

Lap 14, NASCAR finally puts out the caution flag after multiple cars get into the wall and barriers. Tommy Joe Martins, Austin Hill, and Matt Mills are all stopped against the wall.

The drivers are hydroplaning after a great deal of water has fallen in a short period of time.

NASCAR is monitoring the situation and will determine whether it is too dangerous to continue racing.  There is enough water on the track that the splitters are causing a wake.

Drivers are on pit road for service, many are getting windshield wiper repairs.

Lap 17, continuing to run under the caution, Justin Haley leads the race with Harrison Burton in second; Alex Labbe, Kaz Grala, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

Lap time are 17 seconds slower in the rain than on a dry track.

Kaz Grala is reporting some power steering issues.

Justin Haley’s crew chief reports that the current rain conditions will remain for around another 20 minutes, but will get heavy after that.  Haley remarks that he thought it was already heavy.

Justin Haley brings the field down for the green flag restart with just two laps remaining in stage one.  Justin Haley leads the race with Harrison Burton in second and Noah Gragson in third.

Drivers are three wide across the track, with Noah Gragson taking the lead; Harrison Burton is in second and Justin Haley in third.

Harrison Burton has issues in the chicane and had to come to a stop, causing him to lose a lot of spots.

Kaz Grala takes the lead with Noah Gragson in second and Justin Haley in third.

Lap 19, with the drivers slipping and sliding all over the track, Noah Gragson leads the race with Kaz Grala in second.

Kaz Grala passes Noah Gragson for the lead.

Kaz Grala wins stage one for his first ever stage win in the Xfinity Series.

Harrison Burton missed the chicane twice.  Any driver who misses a chicane must come to a complete stop.  Burton made the stop on his first miss but did not come to a complete stop on his second attempt and will have to serve a penalty by restarting the race from the back of the field.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Kaz Grala
Noah Gragson
Alex Labbe
Justin Haley
Justin Allgaier
Ross Chastain
Daniel Hemric
Josh Williams
Preston Purdy
Brandon Brown

Pit reporter Jesse Iwuji notes that the pit crews have a number of issues of their own including some very slick walls with the pink Breast Cancer Awareness walls and attempting to clear some of the water out of the pits with a giant push broom.

The painted areas on the track are also very slick and causing some issues for the drivers who are used to cutting the corners on the curves.

Noah Gragson’s team was having some issues with the radio, but has apparently fixed the issue.

Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two and gets out in front for the lead with Brandon Brown in second and Kaz Grala in third.

With the cars bunched up on the restart, visibility and hydroplaning is even worse.

Lap 24, Brandon Brown makes a pass for the lead on Noah Gragson but misses the curve; Noah Gragson and Kaz Grala also miss the corner.  Noah Gragson holds on to the lead.

AJ Allmendinger gets slowed down on the track but the track stays green.

Visibility is near zero.

While the teams may not like the conditions; the fans are getting entertained.  The NBC broadcast crew is having a blast watching the race including retired drivers Jeff Burtn and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Lap 26, Noah Gragson is in the lead with Riley Herbst in second; Josh Williams is in third.

Cody Ware gets loose and bumps the wall but the track stays green.

Lap 27, Riley Herbst challenges Noah Gragson for the lead and spins Gragson out.  Riley Herbst is the new leader.  The fourth caution flag of the race comes out on lap 27.

During the caution flag, NASCAR has the trucks out trying to blow some of the water off of the track.

Noah Gragson is on pit road getting repairs.  Kaz Grala is also on pit road with some bent fenders.

Lap 28, NASCAR brings the field down pit road and puts out the red flag in order to give the jet dryers and air titans a chance to get some of the water off of the track. 

There’s a boat sitting in the grandstands!

 Many of the drivers are staying in their covered cars during the rad flag condition since it is cool and dry.

After a red flag condition of over 30 minutes, the drivers begin making their way to their cars.

Twelve generation watermelon farmer Ross Chastain noted that flooding rains are not good for the family’s watermelon crops.

Ryan Sieg noted that the drivers cannot even see the cars in front of them because the rain is so heavy.

The defogging systems inside the cars are not working as efficiently as the teams had hoped in the heavy rain.

Forty minutes after NASCAR put out the red flag, the engines have fired back up.

With over half of the race remaining, there is some question as to whether or not the drivers can complete the race due to darkness.  While there are lights on the oval, the infield portion of the Roval is not lit.  IMSA has brought some temporary lights for their race, but they are not bright enough for the stock cars to run.  The rulebook says that a race is complete once it reaches halfway or the end of stage two.

The cars are moving and getting lined up for the restart…

Noah Gragson is having some radio issues; his crew chief will have to depend on the spotters to relay messages.

Riley Herbst brings the field down for the green flag restart with Josh Williams alongside on lap 34 with Riley Herbst getting out in front but Justin Allgaier comes charging through the field to take the lead.  Justin Allgaier, Riley Herbst, Michael Annett, and Justin Haley all get into the wall and brings out the caution flag.  Justin Haley’s car is under the rearend of Preston Pardis’ car.

AJ Allmendinger is the new leader.

AJ Allmendinger brings the field down for the green flag restart with Chase Briscoe alongside on lap 37 with Chase Briscoe getting out in front for the lead.  Josh Williams gets into the wall hard.  Chase Briscoe gets slideways but holds on to the lead.  The track stays green.

Harrison Burton is stopped on the track and brings out the caution flag.  There are reports of issue with the clutch and drive line shaft.

Some of the drivers come down pit road for service.  Harrison Burton’s team pushed the car to the garage.

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for a one lap shootout to end stage two with Ross Chastain alongside on the front row.  Chase Briscoe gets out in front for the lead.

Chase Briscoe wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage tow:
Chase Briscoe
Ross Chastain
Alex Labbe
Austin Cindric
Noah Gragson
Daniel Hemric
Brandon Brown
Justin Allgaier
Gray Gaulding
Jude Buford

Austin Cindric and Noah Gragson have clinched spots in the next round of the playoffs.

Drivers come down pit road for fuel and service.  Dale Earnhardt Jr  comments on how dangerous it is on pit road with all of the water.

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three with 25 laps remaining in the race.  Chase Briscoe takes the lead.  Noah Gragson spins out and slams the wall in turn one but the track stays green.

Chase Briscoe leads the race with Ross Chastain in second and Alex Labbe in third.

After restarting the race back in the pack, AJ Allmendinger is working his way through the field.

With 23 laps remaining in the race, AJ Allmendinger has moved up to fifth place with Chase Briscoe leading the race.

Riley Herbst hit the rumble strips (turtles) on the chicane and went airborne briefly. 

Ryan Sieg spins out hitting the wall and causes some significant damage to his car but the track stays green.

Twenty to go, Chase Briscoe leads the race with Ross Chastain in second.

Alex Labbe spins out and gets off the track.  The track stays green.

Jeffrey Earnhardt get stopped in the chicane but gets the car moving again.

Jess Little brings out the eighth caution flag of the race when he gets stopped on the track.

A few drivers come down pit road for fuel and repairs.

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag restart with AJ Allmendinger alongside with just 17 laps remaining in the race.  Going door to door, AJ Allmendinger edges out in front as the drivers beat and bang each other.  Myatt Snider makes it a three way battle and takes second place.

Fifteen to go, AJ Allmendinger leads the race with Chase Briscoe in second after Myatt Snider gets loose.

Myatt Snider gets turned around and is stopped on the track while he waits for the field to pass.

AJ Allmendinger has the lead with Chase Briscoe in second and Daniel Hemric in third.

The rain appears to have let up a bit, but there is plenty of water on the track.

Noah Gragson and Riley Herbst make contact with each other again but keep going.

Leader AJ Allmendinger barely made the chicane and has let second place driver Chase Briscoe to close in on AJ;s bumper.

Twelve to go, Chase Briscoe and AJ Allmendinger battle for the lead with Chase Briscoe taking the lead.

Reports are that Chase Briscoe’s car is questionable on having enough fuel to finish the race.

Ten to go, Chase Briscoe has the lead with AJ Allmendinger close behind in second; Daniel Hemric is in third; Justin Allgaier and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

Austin Cindric missed the chicane and has to come to a complete stop before continuing.

As the rains slow, the cars speed up; Chase Briscoe is in the lead with AJ Allmendinger in second.

CJ McLaughlin brings out the caution flag after getting into the wall.  Chase Briscoe brushes the wall in trying to avoid McLaughlin.

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag restart with just six laps to go with AJ Allmendinger alongside.  AJ Allmendinger gets out in front after a battle for the lead; Justin Allgaier is in third.

Chase Briscoe continues to challenge AJ Allmendinger for the lead.

For to go and the battle continues as the rains increase.  Chase Briscoe edges out AJ Allmendinger for the lead.

Brandon Brown hits the wall and is stopped on the track.  The caution flag finally comes out.

Three laps remain in the race, depending on how long it takes to get Brown off the track, the race may go into overtime.  Riley Herbst makes contact on the track.

Saying that he can’t see, Justin Allgaier missed the chicane on the back stretch and had to come to a stop.

The race is now in overtime under dark skies.

Taking the inside lane, Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the overtime restart and AJ Allmendiger takes the lead after Chase Briscoe spins out and has to wait for the field to pass.

Under storming skies, AJ Allmendinger takes the white flag.

AJ Allmendinger wins the rain soaked Roval race in the dark.

The results of the Drive for the Cure 250 at the Roval:
AJ Allmendinger
Noah Gragson
Daniel Hemric
Alex Labbe
Ross Chastain
Austin Cindric
Cody Ware
Jade Buford
Michael Annett
Brandon Jones
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Riley Herbst
Josh Bilicki
Myatt Snider
Joe Graf Jr
Jeremy Clements
Ryan Vargas
Chase Briscoe
Timmy Hill
Kody Vanderwal
Ryan Sieg
BJ McLeod
Justin Allgaier
Stephen Leicht
Matt Mills
Brandon Brown
Tommy Joe Martins
Gray Gaulding
CJ McLaughlin
Jesse Little
Kaz Grala
Preston Pardis
Harrison Burton
Josh Wiliam
Justin Haley
Austin Hill
Kyle Weatherman
Brett Moffitt

After the race Harrison Burton, Brandon Brown, Michael Annett, and Riley Herbst have been eliminated from the playoffs.