Briscoe wins Xfin­ity race on weird roval

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Sports -

Chase Briscoe won the first of two big NASCAR races on the new “roval at Char­lotte Mo­tor Speed­way. Briscoe grabbed his first ca­reer Xfin­ity Se­ries vic­tory Satur­day on the hy­brid track of speed­way and road course.

Briscoe beat Justin Marks, a part-time NASCAR racer who said this week this race is his last one dab­bling in these cars.

Briscoe won in a Ford fielded by Stewart-Haas Rac­ing in the leadup to Sun­day’s crit­i­cal Cup play­off race.

Satur­day was also a play­off race for NASCAR’s sec­ond-tier Xfin­ity Se­ries but these driv­ers were re­ally the testers for the big show, the Cup race. Four driv­ers will be elim­i­nated from the play­offs Sun­day and it will be in part of the dif­fi­culty of the roval, an odd lay­out caus­ing headaches for the Cup driv­ers.

The Xfin­ity Se­ries raced first and the sec­ond league se­ries didn’t seem to have as many ex­plo­sive ac­ci­dents as the Cup stars.

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For­mula One: Valt­teri Bot­tas beat For­mula One leader Lewis Hamil­ton to pole po­si­tion for the Rus­sian Grand Prix, set­ting a strat­egy co­nun­drum for their Mercedes team.

Bot­tas was 0.145 ahead of Hamil­ton and 0.56 ahead of third-placed Se­bas­tian Vet­tel, who is sec­ond in the stand­ings, 40 points off Hamil­ton.

“It feels good, still a bit of shakes, you know. It takes some con­cen­tra­tion,” said Bot­tas.

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