Sam Mayer snatched the pole from JR Motorsports teammate Justin Allgaier near the end of a wacky qualifying session at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s ROVAL Saturday morning (Oct. 7). Mayer turned a lap of 101.798 mph to knock Allgaier off the top. Mayer enters the ROVAL in a must-win situation.
The qualifying session took a unique turn after Group A finished their time. Boris Said, trying to make the race with Hendrick Motorsports’ No. 17 car, appeared to have fluid coming out from under the car. This resulted in a lengthy cleanup around the entire race track.
Due to the amount of time it took to clean the fluid, NASCAR made the decision to cancel the second round of qualifying.
Notably absent from the top of the leaderboard were the Joe Gibbs Racing cars. Sammy Smith qualified 22nd, and John Hunter Nemechek did not attempt a qualifying lap after the team discovered a significant oil leak in practice. The No. 20 will start from the back.
Luckily for the Joe Gibbs Racing team, the No. 20 crew was able to fix the leak within 45 minutes. No damage appears to have been done to the engine.
The Drive for the Cure 250 presented by BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina at the Charlotte ROVAL will start at 3 p.m. ET on NBC.
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