After the wild ride that was Talladega last week, the Xfinity Series begins a doubleheader weekend of road course racing with the Drive for the Cure 250 Presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina from The Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

It is a cloudy day in Charlotte and there is a possibility of the drivers running in wet weather conditions.

Twelve playoff drivers enter the race but only eight will survive to move on to the next round of the playoffs.

Based on points earned, Austin Cindric has locked in a position in the next round of the playoffs.

Points leader Austin Cindric sits on the pole and will bring the field to green with Justin Allgaier starting alongside on the front row.

The starting lineup for the Drive for the Cure 250:
Austin Cindric
Justin Allgaier
Daniel Hemric
Michael Annett
Justin Haley
Brandon Jones
Jeb Burton
Harrison Burton
Riley Herbst
Noah Gragson
Jeremy Clements
Ty Gibbs
Myatt Snider
AJ Allmendinger
Sam Mayer
Brandon Brown
Josh Williams
Ryan Sieg
Jade Buford
Alex Labbe
Tommy Joe Martins
Brett Moffitt
JJ Yeley
Kyle Weatherman
Ty Dillon
Matt Mills
Ryan Vargas
Sage Karam
Will Rodgers
Joe Graf Jr
Josh Bilicki
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Spencer Boyd
Loris Hezemans
Landon Cassill
Stefan Parsons
Preston Pardus
Kris Wright
Gray Gaulding
Austin Hill

Stages one and two are only 20 laps each with stage three lasting 27 laps for a total of 67 laps around the 2.32 mile road course.

With a fuel load of around 35 laps, the drivers can run a stage on a single load of fuel.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the inside lane and goes nose to nose with Justin Allgaier as the field gets three and four wide across the track.  Austin Cindric edges out to take the lead with Justin Allgaier in second.  Tommy Joe Martins spins out but gets moving again and the track stays green.

Lap two, Austin Cindric leads the race with Justin Allgaier in second; Daniel Hemric, Brandon Jones, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap two for a pile up involving a spin out by Sage Karam that blocks the track.  Will Rodgers is also involved.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane on lap five.  Cindric and Justin Allgaier go side by side.  Cindric gets out in front for the lead.

Austin Cindric leads the race with Daniel Hemric in second; Justin Allgaier, Noah Gragson, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

Lap six, Austin Cindric has pulled out to a one second lead on Daniel Hemric.

Lap seven, Austin Cindric has pulled out to a lead of over a second and a half on Daniel Hemric.; Noah Gragson, Justin Allgaier, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

Justin Allgaier’s car is smoking.  He has had some major braking issues.

Lap eight, Justin Allgaier works his way to pit road. 

Austin Cindric missed a chicane and had to come to a complete stop before continuing on. 

Daniel Hemric is the new leader with Austin Cindric in second; Noah Gragson, Brandon Jones, and Justin Haley round out the top five.

Lap 10, Ryan Sieg misses the chicane on the back stretch and will have to serve a penalty. 

Gray Gaulding brings out the second caution flag of the race when he locks up the wheels and is stopped on the track after missing the chicane.

The blue curbs that mark the edges of the turns are called turtles.  Someone painted the face of a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle on one of the blue turtles.

Driving the pink number 18 car, Daniel Hemric brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 14 and gets out in front for the lead.

The top five are Daniel Hemric, Austin Cindric, Noah Gragson, Brandon Jones, and AJ Allmendinger.

Six laps remain in stage one, Daniel Hemric has a lead of nearly a second on Austin Cindric;, AJ Allmendinger, Noah Gragson, and Justin Haley round out the top five.  Brett Moffitt and Gray Gaulding are off the track with the remainder of the field on the lead lap.

Josh Williams gets turned around and off the track but gets the car moving again and the track stays green.

Lap 16, Daniel Hemric has a one second lead on Austin Cindric; AJ Allmendinger is over three seconds back in third with Noah Gragson and Justin Haley round out the top five.

Lap 17, several drivers come down pit road for service before pit road closes before the end of the stage.

Leader Daniel Hemric stays out on the track, but second place driver Austin Cndric comes down pit road for service.

Lap 18, Daniel Hemric crosses the start/finish line and pit road is closed.

Daniel Hemric has a lead of nearly four seconds on AJ Allmendinger.

The track bar of the number 15 car is dragging on the track.  Driver Kris Wright has to make his way to pit road.  NASCAR puts out the caution flag, ending stage one under caution.

Daniel Hemric wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Daniel Hemric
AJ Allmendinger
Noah Gragson
Ty Gibbs
Justin Haley
Brandon Jones
Riley Herbst
Harrison Burton
Jeb Burton
Jeremy Clements

Drivers come down pit road for service.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 23 with Sam Mayer alongside.

Austin Cindric leads the race with Sam Mayer in second; Daniel Hemric, Noah Gragson, and Austin Hill round out the top five.

Lap 24, Austin Cindric has a half second lead on Sam Mayer; Daniel Hemric, Noah Gragson, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

Lap 25, all 34 cars on the track are one the lead lap.

Lap 26, Austin Cindric has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Samy Mayer; Daniel Hemric, AJ Allmendinger, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap 29 for Josh Bilicki’s smoking car after missing the chicane and jumps the turtle.  Bilicki tore the curb when he jumped over it.  The splitter dug under the curb causing it to destroy both car and curb.  On the radio, Bilicki said that he chose to hit the curb instead of a fellow driver.  Bilicki reported that he had no brakes at the time of the incident.

Track officials are on the track making repairs to the curb.

NASCAR has red flagged the race in order to make track repairs.  The exposed bolts  that held down the curb must be removed.

The “turtles” proved to be a major issue for drivers during the road course race at Indianapolis.  NBC Sports broadcasters and former drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr and Jeff Burton spoke on the turtles, saying they believe they should be removed all together.

After a red flag condition of less than 10 minutes, NASCAR displayed the caution flag and the drivers are moving once again.  A few drivers come down pit road for service.

Josh Berry was scheduled to be in the number one car to replace driver Michael Annett.  In a last minute decision, Annett is driving the number one car.

AJ Allmendinger is reporting some shifting issues in his car reporting a “sticky transmission”.  AJ has won the last two races at The Roval.

Former driver and NBC broadcaster Kyle Petty said, “the curbs scored again.”

With eight laps remaining in stage two, Austin Cindric brings the field down for ther green flag restart and gets out in front for the lead with Daniel Hemric in second; Justin Haley Ty Gibbs, and Sam Mayer round out the top five.

Brett Moffitt returns to the track 13 laps down.

Gray Gaulding and Josh Bilicki are out of the race.

Lap 34, Austin Cindric has a third of a second lead on Daniel Hemric.  Burton cousins Jeb and Harrison battle for position and Jeb brushes the wall.  Jeb reports that the steering wheel is straight and the tow is fine.

Six laps remain in stage two; Austin Cindric has a lead of just over half a second on Daniel Hemric; Ty Gibbs, Justin Haley, and Sam Mayer round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap 36 when Brett Moffitt lost one of his brake ducts; leaving debris on the track.

Pit road is busy with drivers getting service prior to the end of the stage including race leader Austin Cindric.

Ty Gibbs crew told him to start saving fuel because they are on the edge and would not make it if the race goes into overtime.

After staying out on the track Daniel Hemric brings the field down for the green flag shootout to end stage two.  Hemric gets out in front for the lead with Justin Haley in second; Myatt Snider, Noah Gragson, and Jeremy Clements round out the top five.

Myatt Snider’s car is smoking a bit.

Drivers are getting three wide across the track in a battle for points.

One lap remains in stage two, Daniel Hemric has a lead of nearly half a second on Justin Haley; Myatt Snider, Noah Gragson and Jeremy Clements round out the top five.

Daniel Hemric wins stage two for the stage sweep.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Daniel Hemric
Justin Haley
Myatt Snider
Noah Gragson
Jeremy Clements
Brandon Jones
Harrison Burton
Ty Gibbs
Jeb Burton
Sam Mayer

Ty Gibbs makes contact with Harrison Burton on the last lap of stage two, causing some damage to Burton’s car.

Drivers who did not come down pit road during the caution flag, make their pit stops.  Drivers can make it to the end of the race from this point.  Noah Gragson has a slow pit stop while the crew makes repairs to the hole in the front of his car.

After sweeping stages one and two, Daniel Hemric has secured a spot in the next round of the playoffs,  Justin Allgaier has also earned enough points to move on to the round of eight.

Ty Gibbs brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three with Sam Mayer alongside on lap 43.  Ty Gibbs quicky jumps out in front with a lead of over a second and a half on Sam Mayer; AJ Allmendinger, Austin Cindric, and Riley Herbst round out the top five.

Myatt Snider was charged with a restart penalty and has to serve a pass through penalty.

Justin Allgaier’s daughter Harper designs many of his helmets.

Lap 46, Ty Gibbs has a lead of over a second and a half on Sam Mayer; AJ Allmendinger, Austin Cindric, and Riley Herbst round out the top five.  Will Rodgers is the only driver on the track not on the lead lap.

Jeffrey Earnhardt makes a run through the grass but the track stays green.

After getting around Sam Mayer for second, AJ Allmendinger passes Ty Gibbs to take the lead when Gibbs misses a chicane and has to come to a complete stop before moving on.

Lap 49, AJ Allmendinger has pulled out to a lead of two and a half seconds on Austin Cindric; Sam Mayer, Ty Gibbs, and Sage Karam round out the top five.

Lap 50, Ty Gibbs has issues with the chicane again and has to serve a penalty. 

Lap 51, AJ Allmendinger has increased his lead to over three seconds on Austin Cindric; Sam Mayer, Justin Haley, and Sage Karam round out the top five.

Ryan Vargas is off the track.

Noah Gragson misses the chicane and has to serve the stop and go penalty.

With just 16 laps remaining in the race AJ Allmendinger has a lead of over three and a half second on Austin Cindric; Sam Mayer, Justin Haley, and Daniel Hemric round out the top five with 32 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 54, Joe Graf Jr spins out right in front of the leaders but AJ Allmendinger gets around Graf to continue leading the race.

With 12 laps to go, AJ Allmendinger has a lead of over four seconds on Austin Cindric; Sam Mayer, Justin Haley, and Daniel Hemric round out the top five with 30 cars on the lead lap.

Ten to go, AJ Allmendinger has a lead of over four seconds on Austin Cindric.

With nine laps remaining in the race, Austin Cindric gets loose and has to battle with Sam Mayer to hold on to his second place spot.

Eight to go, AJ Allmendinger has a six second lead on Austin Cindric.  He is currently tied with Marcus Ambrose and Austin Cindric with five road course wins.  Should le make is three in a row on The Roval, AJ will break the tie and take over first place.

Seven to go, AJ Allmendinger is “driving it like he stole it” with a seven second lead on Austin Cindric.

Six to go, Justin Haley passes Sam Mayer for third and is battling with Austin Cindric for second.  Haley cannot pass Cindric and gets passed by Mayer to fall back to fourth.

Five to go AJ Allmendinger has a nine second lead on Austin Cindric.  Riley Herbst makes a trip down pit road.  Herbst takes his car to the garage with a mechanical issue.

There are 28 cars on the lead lap.

Tommy Joe Martins brings out the caution flag with four laps remaining in the race after getting into the wall with some heavy contact.

AJ Allmendinger had a lead of over eight seconds when the caution flag came out.  The restart will bunch the cars back up.

The race is now in overtime.

Several drivers come down pit road for fuel and tires.

Michael Annett was caught speeding on pit road.

AJ Allmendinger brings the field down for the two lap overtime shootout to the end of the race from the inside lane with Austin Cindric on the outside.  Allmendinger jumps out in front while drivers get four wide in turn one.

Michael Annett is stopped on the track but the white flag is out.

Ty Gibbs spins out but saves the car and keeps going.

With a lead of over two seconds, AJ Allmendinger becomes the winningest road course driver with his sixth race win.  Drivers were wrecking on the final lap.

 AJ Allmendinger reported that his car was missing as he crossed the finish line.  With his win, Allmendinger is the only playoff driver to win in this round of the playoffs and has secured his spot in the round of eight.  This is Allmendinger’s fifth race win of the season.

Jeb Burton, Jeremy Clements, Riley Herbst, and Myatt Snider have been eliminated from the playoffs.

The unofficial results of the Drive for the Cure 250:
AJ Allmendinger
Austin Cindric
Daniel Hemric
Justin Haley
Brandon Jones
Noah Gragson
Preston Pardus
Myatt Snider
Justin Allgaier
Sam Mayer
Josh Williams
Jeremy Clements
Jeb Burton
Alex Labbe
Harrison Burton
Jade Buford
Ty Dillon
Landon Cassill
Austin Hill
JJ Yeley
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Ty Gibbs
Brandon Brown
Kyle Weatherman
Stefan Parsons
Michael Annett
Sage Karam
Joe Graf Jr
Will Rodgers
Matt Mills
Spencer Boyd
Ryan Sieg
Tommy Joe Martins
Riley Herbst
Loris Hezemans
Ryan Vargas
Brett Moffitt
Josh Bilicki
Kris Wright
Gray Gaulding