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Qualifying for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Drive for the Cure 300 presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina at Charlotte Motor Speedway was cancelled due to weather. The field will be set by owner points and according to the rule book.

Leading the field to green will be Daniel Suarez in the No. 18 JGR Toyota Camry. The team currently leads the owners point standings. Ryan Blaney, driving the No. 22 for Team Penske, will start second. The rest of the top 10 starting position belong to Erik Jones, Alex Bowman, Justin Allgaier, William Byron, Elliott Sadler, Daniel Hemric, Brennan Poole and Ty Dillon. Dexter Bean, in the No. 92, was the only driver that failed to make the race.

In final practice, Sam Hornish, Jr. (182.420 mph) and Ryan Blaney (181.647 mph), both driving for Team Penske, paced the field. Matt Tifft, in a JGR Toyota Camry, had the third fastest time. The rest of the top ten, fastest single lap drivers in final practice were Daniel Suarez, Erik Jones, William Byron, Alex Bowman, Daniel Hemric, Austin Dillon and Corey LaJoie.

Daniel Suarez had the fastest 10-lap average speed of all of this week's competitors. The No. 18 had an average speed of 178.289 mph. The next nine drivers with the fastest 10-lap average in final practice were Austin Dillon, Ryan Blaney, Cole Custer, Spencer Gallagher, Alex Bowman, Brennan Poole, Brandon Jones, Chad Finchum and Angela Ruch.

The NASCAR XFINITY Series runs the Race for the Cure 300 presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina today at 3 p.m. ET (NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

Veteran NASCAR driver and Las Vegas-native Brendan Gaughan will carry a special paint scheme this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway honoring the victims of the recent tragedy at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on the Las Vegas Strip. The hood of the No. 62 South Point Chevrolet Camaro will feature the iconic "Las Vegas" script and #VegasStrong in gold and black block lettering.  
 
"I've always considered myself lucky to be born and raised in what I tell everyone is the greatest city on Earth," said Gaughan. "Seeing the outpouring of love and charity from all over the world helps restore my faith in humanity after these past couple of days. Thank you to all those who have already helped and I have never been more proud to say that I am #VegasStrong."
 
Gaughan is the son of Michael Gaughan and grandson of the late Jackie Gaughan, who both have played a critical role in developing the gaming industry in Las Vegas. The Gaughan family currently owns and operates South Point Hotel & Casino, a 2,200 hotel, spa and world-class casino.
 
On Monday, South Point offered free hotel room accommodations to those traveling to Las Vegas to assist loved ones affected by the tragedy.  
 
Gaughan, 42, is currently in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoffs and is competing in his 20th season as a NASCAR driver. 

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The NASCAR XFINITY Series rolls into the Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend for the Drive for the Cure 300 presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina. After this race, four drivers will be eliminated from the NXS playoffs and eight others will advance for another three-race challenge.

Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina will host it's 72nd NXS race on Saturday. Of the 34 different winners here, Kyle Busch (5/2004, 18 years of age) has been the youngest and Harry Gant (10/1991, 51 years of age) has been the oldest. 11 times a NXS race has been won from the pole on this 1.5-mile tri-oval, with the last being Austin Dillon in October of 2015. The race record was set by Mark Martin in 1996 (155.799 mph). The qualifying record is held by Jimmie Johnson (187.735 mph), who set the record in 2005.

The round of 12 of the NASCAR XFINITY Series playoffs will come to a close with the conclusion of Saturday's race. The 12 title contenders must gain as many points as possible or get a win to secure their spot in the round of 8.

Here is a brief look at how each of the 12 championship challengers hopes shape up going into the Drive for the Cure 300 presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina:
Justin Allgaier (2,107) - Justin currently holds a 54 point cushion over the driver holding the current cutoff position. Allgaier has an average finishing position of 11.8 in 14 series starts here in Charlotte. The driver of the JRM No. 7 Chevrolet Camaro can clinch a spot in the round of 8 with a win, scoring three points if there is a new winner or by scoring one point if there is no new winner.

William Byron (2,104) - William is currently in second place, 51 points above the driver currently in the cutoff position. Byron will need to pilot the No. 9 JRM Chevrolet Camaro to a win, seven points if there is a new winner and five points if there is no new winner to advance to the round of 8.

Elliott Sadler (2,094) - Holding third place, Sadler sits 41 points above the driver currently in the cutoff position. A win would automatically advance the driver of the No. 1 JRM Chevrolet Camaro to the round of 8, as would scoring 17 points if there is a new winner or scoring 15 points if there isn't one. Elliott has a 17.1 average finishing position in 21 series starts in the NXS.

Cole Custer (2,093) - In fourth place is Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Cole Custer. He has the No. 00 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Mustang 40 points ahead of the driver currently in the cutoff position. Cole can clinch a spot in the round of 8 by scoring 18 points with a new winner, 16 points without a new winner or by winning the race himself. Custer has two starts at Charlotte in the series with an average finish of 5.5.

Daniel Hemric (2,090) - The driver of the No. 21 RCR Chevrolet Camaro currently holds down the fifth position. He can advance by winning Saturday, scoring 21 points with a new winner or scoring 19 points with no new winner. Daniel is 29 points ahead of the driver in the cutoff position. Hemric started fourth and finished 13th in his only Charlotte start, which came this past spring.

Brennan Poole (2,082) - Poole sits 29 points ahead of the driver currently in the cutoff position. Brennan could secure a spot in the round of 8 by scoring 28 points if there is a new winner, 26 points if there isn't or by winning the race himself. The driver of the No. 48 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Camaro has four starts at CMS with an average finishing position of 14.0.

Matt Tifft - (2,067) - Just 14 points ahead of the driver in the cutoff position, Matt will need to win, score 44 points if there is a new winner or score 42 points if there is no new winner. Driving the No. 19 JGR Toyota Camry, Tifft has an average finish of 17.0 in two career Charlotte starts.

Ryan Reed (2,055) - Reed is only two points ahead of the driver currently in the cutoff position. The most likely scenarios for Reed to advance to the round of 8 are for him to win or to score 53 points. If there is a new winner, Ryan and the No. 16 Roush-Fenway Racing Team would need help from others currently ahead of him in the standings to advance. Reed's eight series starts at CMS have resulted in an average finish of 13.9.

Brendan Gaughan (2,053) - Brendan currently holds the first position to be eliminated after the round of 12 is complete. The driver of he No.62 RCR Chevrolet Camaro is just two points for a position to advance. A win is Gaughan's best shot at advancing, but help from tose ahead of him in the standings could get him above the cut line. Brendan has an average finish of 14.4 in 11 series starts at Charlotte.

Michael Annett (2,048) - The driver of the No. 5 JRM Chevrolet Camaro is 7 points behind the cutoff line. He needs help from those above him, or a win Saturday, to advance. Michael has 11 NXS starts at Charlotte, resulting in an average finish of 20.0.

Blake Koch (2,043) - Blake is currently in 11th place, just 12 points behind eighth place. The driver of the No. 11 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet Camaro will advance with a win, but could also advance if the drivers ahead of him in the standings can provide a lot of help. Koch has an average finish of 23.9 in eight series starts at this track.

Jeremy Clements (2,035) - Clements sits in the 12th spot in the playoffs, leaving him 20 points behind the driver in the last current advancing position. Clements would need to pilot his No. 51 Jeremy Clements Racing Chevrolet Camaro to a win to advance. Jeremy has an extremely small chance of advancing on points, given that he receives a tremendous amount of help from those currently ahead of him in the standings. In his 18 career NXS starts at CMS, Clements has an average finishing position of 21.8.

The NASCAR XFINITY Series competes in the Race for the Cure 300 presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina on Saturday, October 7th at 3 p.m. ET (NBSSN, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

Richard Childress Racing has signed Matt Tifft to a multi-year agreement to join RCR's NASCAR XFINITY Series driver lineup. Tifft will pilot the No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro beginning in 2018 and will compete for the 2018 driver championship. The 21-year-old driver is currently a contender in the XFINITY Series Playoffs in his rookie season.
 
Tifft, a native of Hinckley, Ohio, has made 70 starts across NASCAR's top three national touring series dating back to 2013, including 39 in the XFINITY Series. Tifft's racing background includes dirt late model and super late model racing on dirt tracks in Ohio and Michigan. His asphalt racing experience includes 26 starts in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and 25 starts in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. Tifft was awarded Rookie of the Year honors in the ARCA Racing Midwest Tour.
 
"I am very appreciative and grateful for the opportunity to race for a championship and grow as a driver under one the most successful and historic teams in NASCAR," said Tifft. "RCR has a long history of developing partnerships through its XFINITY Series program. I am looking forward to being a part of the family and applying what I have learned in my first full-time XFINITY Series season while continuing to grow with the goal of competing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in the future."
 
"Matt is a talented race car driver and an even better young man," said Richard Childress, Chairman and CEO of RCR. "I've watched him race for the past few years and we were impressed by his ability. We look forward to welcoming Matt to our XFINITY Series program and having him compete for a championship with RCR."
 
An announcement regarding sponsorship and crew chief for Tifft and the No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro will come at a later date.
 
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Kannapolis, North Carolina native and current playoff contender Daniel Hemric will return to Richard Childress Racing for the 2018 season to again compete for the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship, driving the No. 21 Chevrolet Camaro.
 
"It is always a special time when you can re-sign with a team like Richard Childress Racing that has done so much in our sport," said Hemric. "I've learned a lot from Richard both about racing and life in general, many lessons that I will never forget. While we still are contending for the XFINITY Series championship this year, and have unfinished business in the final five races, I'm fortunate that I will again be running for the Series championship in 2018 with RCR and Richard in my corner."
 
In his rookie campaign in 2017, Hemric's performance during the regular season earned him a position in the XFINITY Series Playoffs. Through the first 26 regular season races, Hemric earned five top-five and 12 top-10 finishes, one pole award, two stage wins, led 70 laps and earned the XFINITY Dash 4 Cash $100,000 bonus at Bristol Motor Speedway.
 
"Richard made a vow to me that he believes in me, and I believe in the entire RCR organization," said Hemric. "It is such a humbling feeling to know I have an owner that believes in me and what we can accomplish together. I look forward to representing RCR and all of the organization's great partners."
 
"Daniel is a special driver that we're thrilled to have back for the 2018 season," said Richard Childress, Chairman and CEO of RCR. "He works hard at being the best race car driver he can possibly be. There aren't too many other drivers that have a work ethic like he does, which we value here at RCR. Daniel is constantly in the race shop meeting with his crew chief, our engineers, the simulation team and his teammates to understand how to get better. On top of that, Daniel is an excellent ambassador for RCR's partners. He carries himself well, treats everyone with respect and understands the importance of sponsorship."
 
Prior to making his NASCAR debut, the Kannapolis, North Carolina, native earned multiple championships across various Legend Car and Late Model series. He was crowned the track champion at Concord Speedway, recorded back-to-back Legend Car Pro championships (2008 and 2009), two Summer Shootout Series championships (2009 and 2012), Champion Racing Association JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour championship (2012) and the Southern Super Series championship (2013).
 
Along with Hemric's impressive list of championships, he also claimed the victory in the inaugural Legends Million at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2010. Hemric won the largest one-of-a-kind grassroots event in racing history after taking the lead with 11 laps to go in the 100-lap A-Feature. 
 
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Coming off of a great weekend in Dover, Chastain is feeling confident for Saturday’s Drive for the Cure 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Flex Seal will once again come on board as the primary sponsor on the No. 4 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller Chevrolet Camaro.

Chastain has raced Charlotte Motor Speedway seven times in the NASCAR Xfinity Series with a best finish of 15th this year in the spring.

“It feels great coming to Charlotte some momentum from our great weekend in Dover,” said Chastain. “Our mile-and-a-half program has made some great strides this year, and I think our solid run here in May shows that. I’m excited to see what the No. 4 Flex Seal team can do this weekend.”

Charlotte Motor Speedway practice is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. (ET) Friday. Qualifying will start at 12:05 p.m. Saturday. The Drive for the Cure 300 will get the green flag at 3:00 p.m. on NBCSN.

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After a tough race in Dover, Harrison Rhodes is hoping for a better weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Rhodes will drive the No. 01 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller Chevrolet Camaro in Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Drive for the Cure 300.

Rhodes has five previous Xfinity Series starts at the mile-and-a-half track in Charlotte, N.C.

 “Last weekend did not go the way we had hoped, but this is a new week,” said Rhodes. “The guys at the shop have been working hard all week getting a great No. 01 racecar set up for Charlotte. I have struggled at this track in the past, but JDM’s mile-and-a-half program has made some good progress this year, so I’m eager to get on track at CMS.”

Charlotte Motor Speedway practice is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. (ET) Friday. Qualifying will start at 12:05 p.m. Saturday. The Drive for the Cure 300 will get the green flag at 3:00 p.m. on NBCSN.

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Garrett Smithley, driver of the No. 0 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller Chevrolet Camaro, is excited to race Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend, one of his favorite tracks.

Saturday’s Drive for the Cure 300 will be Smithley’s fourth time racing the 1.5 mile track in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. His previous starts at Charlotte have yielded one top-15 finish and a pair of top-25 finishes.

“I love racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway,” said Smithley. “The ‘Number Nuthin’ team has yet to leave CMS disappointed, so I’m hoping we can really turn some heads this weekend.”

Saturday will also be Smithley’s 69th career NASCAR start.

Charlotte Motor Speedway practice is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. (ET) Friday. Qualifying will start at 12:05 p.m. Saturday. The Drive for the Cure 300 will get the green flag at 3:00 p.m. on NBCSN.

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Ryan Sieg and his RSS Racing team will head to Charlotte Motor Speedway with a new sponsor. Night Owl Contractors, based in Charlotte, will be the primary sponsor of the #39.  Night Owl Contractors is a family business that provides multifamily clients with the professionalism that can only come from many years of experience. They are commercially licensed as general contractors in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Sieg qualified and finished the top 10 last October at Charlotte and hopes to do the same this weekend. “Charlotte is one of my favorite tracks so I can’t wait to get there this weekend. It’s great to welcome Night Owl Contractors to the team and I’m happy to have them on our car,” commented Ryan Sieg. XFINITY Series teams will have two practices on Friday before qualifying and racing Saturday afternoon. Sieg currently sits 16th in the driver standings.

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