Alex Bowman wins Xfinity race; 8 drivers advance in playoffs

Alex Bowman proved to Dale Earnhardt Jr. he’s ready to take his place next year.

In his first race in nearly a year, Bowman drove his No. 42 Chevrolet to his first NASCAR Xfinity Series victory Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway in a rain-delayed playoff elimination race.

Bowman will replace Earnhardt next year in the No. 88 Chevrolet in the Cup series. Earnhardt is retiring after the season.

However, he had accumulated enough points early in the race to qualify for the second round.

“The good news is we gave ourselves a cushion just in case we had to use a mulligan. And we needed to use one,” Allgaier said.

The metal display board that flashes the number for the black flag fell off the flag stand bringing out a caution with 58 laps remaining.

The metal box fell onto the track but did not damage any cars.

There was also a scary moment in the second half of the race when Telvin McClurkin, a member of Reed’s team, got his foot caught under the front of the car and went for a brief ride. However, McClurkin was fine and continued to work.

Tailback Kamryn Pettway, nursing a lower leg injury, didn’t play. Cornerback Javaris Davis was out with a right hamstring injury and linebacker Tre’ Williams missed his third straight game with a shoulder injury. Guard Mike Horton aggravated a left ankle injury and was helped off the field in the third quarter.

“Our first defense held them to 10 points, and I think if we had kept the Minnesota Vikings Cheap Jerseys first defense in, then we could have held them to 10 points the whole game.” Malzahn.

Ole Miss starting nickel back A.J. Moore was ejected for Lebron Cheap Jerseys targeting early in the second quarter. He appeared to hit Stephen Roberts’ helmet first after Roberts fielded a punt. Replay officials upheld the call after only a brief review.