2020 NASCAR Xfinity Series preview: Charlotte Roval

After Saturday, the NASCAR Xfinity Series playoffs will be cut down to eight drivers following the race at the Charlotte Roval. With the chaos and unpredictability provided by the Roval, and the likeliness of rain throughout the day, anything can happen.

The only guarantees for the Round of 8 are the drivers who won the last two races, Chase Briscoe and Justin Haley, as they have already clinched their spot in the next round. Briscoe won at Las Vegas, while Haley won his third-straight superspeedway race at Talladega last weekend. Briscoe won the inaugural Roval race back in 2018. Haley will start on the front row with pole-sitter Noah Gragson, and Briscoe will start eighth.

Austin Cindric has been a road-course king in 2020 with wins at Road America and the Daytona road course. He finished third both times in the first two races at the Roval. After crashing out at Talladega last weekend, he sits 50 points above the playoff cutline but will just need to finish the race in order to advance. Cindric will start 11th.

After strong outings at Vegas and Talladega, Ryan Sieg has found his way above the cutline by 27 points. However, the Roval has not been kind to him as he finished 36th in 2018 and 30th in last year’s race. He will need to score stage points and have a solid day in order to advance. Sieg will start 6th.

Will a winning day finally come for Ross Chastain? There would be no better time for him to score a victory than today as he is currently the final driver locked into the next round. He only sits seven points ahead of Harrison Burton on the cutline. He only has one outing at the Roval in the Xfinity Series where he finished 12th (2018). Chastain will roll off the grid fifth.

Burton (-7), Brandon Brown (-19), Riley Herbst (-36) and Michael Annett (-38) all sit below the cutline heading into the final race of the round at the Roval. Burton and Brown aren’t in must-win territory but will need to score stage points and finish inside of the top 10 ahead of their competitors. Herbst and Annett are in virtual must-win situations after Herbst crashed out at Talladega and Annett was disqualified after failing post-race inspection.

Stages for the race end on lap 20, lap 40 and the finish on lap 67. TV coverage for the Drive for the Cure 250 begins at 3:30 p.m. EST on NBC. The Performance Racing Network will provide radio coverage.

Starting lineup:

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Goodyear tire notes: https://www.jayski.com/2020/10/07/goodyear-fast-facts-charlotte-6/

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