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Austin Cindric on Pole for Charlotte ROVAL Xfinity Race

Twelve playoff contenders fight for eight spots in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL, and Austin Cindric will lead the way Saturday (Oct. 9).

The 2020 Xfinity champion has secured a spot in the Round of 8, though solely on points.

JR Motorsports’ Justin Allgaier joins Cindric on the front row, while No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing driver Daniel Hemric slots in third. Allgaier’s teammate Josh Berry, who continues to fill in for Michael Annett, is fourth. Kaulig Racing’s Justin Haley rounds out the top five.

Hemric’s JGR cohort Brandon Jones begins sixth and cousins Jeb Burton and Harrison Burton start seventh and eighth. Riley Herbst and Noah Gragson complete the top 10.

The remaining playoff drivers, Jeremy Clements, Myatt Snider and AJ Allmendinger, line up 11th, 13th and 14th, respectively. All drivers vying for the championship start in front but JRM’s No. 1 team and JGR’s No. 54 (driven by Ty Gibbs this week) are competing for the owner’s title. Gibbs will start 12th.

See also
Xfinity Breakdown: Organized Chaos, 1st-Time Winner Highlight Talladega

The drivers’ performances from Talladega Superspeedway helped to set the starting lineup for the Charlotte ROVAL. 50% came from where the driver and car owner finished (25% each), 15% is for where the driver’s fastest lap was ranked and 35% is toward the team owner’s rank in points.

Xfinity Lineup for Charlotte ROVAL

The Drive for the Cure 250 will air on Oct. 9 at 3 p.m. ET on NBC.

About the author

Joy joined Frontstretch in 2019 as a NASCAR DraftKings writer, expanding to news and iRacing coverage in 2020. She's currently an assistant editor and involved with photos, social media and news editing. A California native, Joy was raised as a motorsports fan and started watching NASCAR extensively in 2001. She earned her B.A. degree in Liberal Studies at California State University Bakersfield in 2010.

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