The American pilot A.J. Allmendinger it beat all competitors and a torrential storm that turned Charlotte Motor Speedway into an extremely slippery track and won the NASCAR Cup Xfinity Series race at the Roval Hybrid Oval Circuit.
Allmendinger He won for the second time this season in 10 starts for Kaulig Racing, and he proved that he is the most experienced NASCAR driver in both road and track racing in the rain, after having a long career in different formulas, including sports cars. and single-seaters, which continually race in stormy conditions.
The victory of Allmendinger Nearly dark on a soggy track ended a race marked by multiple slides through standing water.
It was an elimination race for the Xfinity Series playoffs, and Harrison Burton, Brandon Brown, Michael Annett Y Riley Herbst they were eliminated from the title race.
Allmendinger had a brief celebration before having to transition to the NBC Sports booth to announce IMSA’s debut in the Roval designed specifically for Charlotte.
While in victory lane, the soaked fans who were still present loudly chanted “AJ! AJ! AJ!” While Allmendinger it was displayed on Charlotte’s huge video board that lit up the circuit.
Allmendinger and the Xfinity Series Championship Leader Chase Briscoe, defending winner of the Roval, had an energetic close competition for victory.
Briscoe took the lead of Allmendinger with four laps remaining in regulation time, but he got it back at the start of extra time.
When Allmendinger rose to the front, Briscoe spun and slid to 18th place.
It started to rain a few minutes after the race started, and the rainy conditions immediately halted the actions.
Drivers began to slide across the track and crash into walls, and some had trouble getting their windshield wipers to work.
NASCAR had to stop the race for almost 40 minutes as track dryers tried to sweep up standing water, and while that temporarily improved conditions, heavy rain soaked the track again.
There were 10 reprimands and six different leaders, including Noah Gragson, who turned in front during a hectic afternoon. Later, Herbst he pushed him off the field and during the delay he vowed revenge.
Gragson finished second and was followed by Daniel Hemric to give JR Motorsports a pair of Chevrolets on the podium.
Alex Labbe was fourth followed by Ross Chastain when Chevrolet drivers swept the top five positions.
Austin Cindric was the Ford driver with the best result, coming in sixth place, followed by Cody Ware, Jade Buford, Annett Y Brandon Jones in a Toyota.