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“How do I follow that?”
That is a phrase often thought from the performer that goes after the previous act that wowed the audience. This is applicable to this year’s Alsco 300 as the Xfinity race preceding this one was a memorable event for all those that saw. On May 21st, Chase Briscoe held off the defending Cup Series champion Kyle Busch in a thrilling back-and-forth final lap to win his second race of the season. This came two days after Briscoe’s wife, Marissa, suffered a miscarriage. Briscoe enters this race, not only as the sole Xfinity driver to win multiple races this season, but also as the overall points leader. Briscoe will start eighth.
As for the man Briscoe beat, Busch will race in his fifth of seven races in an 11-day stretch. Busch has had three top-five finishes this season in the Cup Series and has a victory in the truck series race from Las Vegas in February. Busch will start 18th.
Tyler Reddick won last year’s Xfinity race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Memorial Day weekend, beating out Justin Allgaier by more than two seconds.
The three drivers to watch in this race are the top-three drivers that have not won a race this season who sit in third, fifth and sixth place in the standings respectively: Austin Cindric, Ross Chastain and Justin Allgaier.
Cindric enters this race third in points with three top-five finishes, but has yet to win a race this season. Chastain, who raced in the Coke 600 on Sunday, is seeking his first top-five finish and win of the season. Allgaier, although second in total laps led, is only sixth in points. Cindric will start sixth, Chastain will start at the pole and Allgaier will start fourth.
Chastain and Phoenix winner Brandon Jones will start on the front row while Justin Haley and Allgaier will start third and fourth.
This is the second Xfinity race since the two months where COVID-19 suspended on-track action. This is also the second of four consecutive days with a race at Charlotte as the truck series returns on Tuesday, followed by another Cup Series race on Wednesday.
The race will air on Fox Sports 1 at 7:30 p.m. EST.