2021 NASCAR Xfinity Series preview: Charlotte

The NASCAR Xfinity Series will find itself at a familiar track once more, as the field will continue its season with a race at Charlotte Motor Speedway Saturday afternoon. 

After the field waded through the unknown (and the weather) at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) last weekend, the circuit will get a fresh opportunity to test out their playoff potential at a more traditional 1.5-mile oval back east. 

Although Mother Nature limited the field’s sole practice session, Riley Herbst finished with the best time (30.263). Herbst currently ranks 14th in season points (227). In his sole Xfinity race at the Charlotte oval, the 22-year-old for Stewart-Haas Racing finished 12th (May 25, 2020). 

Daniel Hemric, meanwhile, finished with the second-best time (30.281). Hemric has finished inside the top 15 in all four career Xfinity races at the track, with his best finish coming in his most recent race there (second on May 25, 2020). 

AJ Allmendinger, meanwhile, finished with the third-best time (30.392). Allmendinger will look to maintain the momentum from his runner-up finish at COTA last weekend. The No. 16 Chevrolet for Kaulig Racing will have his work cut out for him, however – in one career Xfinity race at Charlotte, Allmendinger finish 26th (Oct. 12, 2007). His success at the track in the Cup Series has not yielded more successful results, either. In 21 career Cup starts at the track, Allmendinger has finished inside the top five only once, which occurred precisely 10 years ago today (fifth on May 29, 2011). 

Austin Cindric, the current leader in season points (471), finished with the sixth-best time (30.532). In three career Xfinity races at Charlotte, Cindric has finished inside the top 10 twice (ninth on May 25, 2019 and third on May 25, 2020). 

Stage lengths for the race will be 45-90-200. Coverage for the race will begin on FS1 at 1:00 p.m. EST. 

Practice results: 

Via Bob Pockrass, FOX Sports

Lineup:

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