Harrison Burton

Harrison Burton leads the field during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Drive for the Cure 250 presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday in Concord, North Carolina.

A rain-soaked Charlotte Motor Speedway was the site of one of the most unique races in recent memory on Saturday afternoon when drivers had to put on rain tires and windshield wipers to compete in the Drive for the Cure 250.

Saturday’s race was the last in the round of 12 for the NASCAR Xfinity Series playoffs. Harrison Burton, son of Halifax County native Jeff Burton, officially was eliminated as the field was narrowed down to eight drivers after Saturday’s race.

Burton finished the season ninth in points, 34 points behind eighth-placed Ryan Sieg.

It appeared early on in the race, when Burton was contending for the lead, that he may have a chance to advance to the round of eight in the playoffs. But a transmission problem ruined his day as he finished 33rd out of 38 drivers.

A.J. Allmendinger was the race winner on Saturday, beating Noah Gragson in overtime by .446 seconds. Allmendinger is a veteran driver and known as one of the best road course racers in NASCAR. Saturday marked his second win of the season and the second time Allmendinger has been to victory lane at Charlotte.

Along with Burton, Brandon Brown, Michael Annett and Riley Herbst were eliminated from the playoffs.

Advancing to the round of eight are Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric, Justin Allgaier, Gragson, Justin Haley, Brandon Jones, Ross Chastain and Sieg.

Burton finished the season with two wins, 13 top five finishes and 19 top-10 finishes in his rookie campaign with Joe Gibbs Racing.

Johnathan Kirland is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him jkirkland@gazettevirginian.com. Follow him on Twitter @JohnathanK_GV