Playoff Points: XFINITY Update After Daytona 2

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By Aaron Bearden, Motorsports Editor

On the Tuesday following each regular season points race, Kickin’ the Tires takes a deep look at the current playoff grids for both the NASCAR XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series, evaluating the postseason picture for NASCAR’s second and third tours. 

Note: This week’s edition was delayed by one day to compensate for the Independence Day holiday. The schedule will return to normal next week.

XFINITY Series

Track: Daytona International Speedway

Event: Coca-Cola Firecracker 250

Race Winner: William Byron

Stage Winner(s): Blake Koch, Elliott Sadler

Who Won Big

  • William Byron: Remember when we we talking about how this rookie fell just short of his first win? You know, two weeks ago? Well, now the JR Motorsports star has back-to-back wins, the overall lead in playoff points, and may have surpassed teammate Elliott Sadler as the championship favorite.
  • Dakoda Armstrong: With Brendan Gaughan rising, the playoff bubble shrinks a bit more each week. Given that, Armstrong’s third-place run at Daytona – his second-consecutive top five – couldn’t have came at a batter time.

 Who Hurt Their Odds:

Michael Annett’s difficult season suffered another setback in Daytona. (Photo: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

  • Michael Annett: There’s no way around it – at 11th in the standings, Annett hasn’t matched his JR Motorsports teammates through the season to date. With a strong car in Daytona, Annett looked every bit capable of changing the narrative in Saturday’s race, which made his late crash and 33rd-place finish that much more crushing.
  • Blake Koch: He salvaged a decent points day with a stage win that also netted himself 10 crucial points and a playoff point should he hold on to a postseason position, but Koch’s 38th-place run saw him fall to within nine points of the wrong side of the playoff bubble.

Playoff Standings: 

Rank Driver Wins Points Points Ahead/Behind Cutoff
2 William Byron 2 494 217
3 Justin Allgaier 1 484 207
6 Ryan Reed 1 353 76
1 Elliott Sadler 0 553 276
4 Brennan Poole 0 378 101
6 Daniel Hemric 0 368 91
7 Cole Custer 0 337 60
8 Matt Tifft 0 334 57
9 Darrell Wallace, Jr. 0 321 44
10 Dakoda Armstrong 0 318 41
11 Michael Annett 0 313 36
12 Blake Koch 0 286 9
Playoff Cutoff
13 Brendan Gaughan 0 277 -9
14 Ryan Sieg 0 253 -33
15 J.J. Yeley 0 249 -37
16 Jeremy Clements 0 241 -45
17 Ross Chastain 0 237 -49
18 Brandon Jones 0 231 -55
19 Spencer Gallagher 0 201 -85
20(tie) Tyler Reddick*/Joey Gase 0 190 -96
*Technically ineligible due to missed races. Would require a waiver to make the playoffs.

Playoff Points

Rank Driver Playoff Points
1 William Byron 11
2 Justin Allgaier 7
3 Ryan Reed 5
4 Elliott Sadler 4
5 (tie) Daniel Hemric 1
5 (tie) Darrell Wallace, Jr. 1
5 (tie) Blake Koch 1
5 (tie) Brendan Gaughan 1

Stage Points

Previous Race Results

Stage 1 Stage 2
Pos. Driver Points Pos. Driver Points
1 Blake Koch 10 (+1 Playoff Point) 1 Elliott Sadler 10 (+1 Playoff Point)
2 Ben Kennedy 9 2 William Byron 9
3 Brennan Poole 8 3 Dakoda Armstrong 8
4 Daniel Hemric 7 4 Ty Dillon N/A
5 Elliott Sadler 6 5 Tyler Reddick 6
6 Matt Tifft 5 6 Michael Annett 5
7 Casey Mears 4 7 Brennan Poole 4
8 Jeb Burton 3 8 Brandon Jones 3
9 Ty Dillon N/A 9 Ben Kennedy 2
10 Tyler Reddick 1 10 Spencer Gallagher 1

Season Totals

Rank Driver Stage Points Stage Wins
1 Elliott Sadler 129 4
2 Justin Allgaier 116 2
3 William Byron 81 1
4 Daniel Hemric 60 1
5 Brennan Poole 62 0
6 Cole Custer 45 0
7 Blake Koch 42 1
8 Darrell Wallace, Jr. 39 1
9 Brendan Gaughan 38 0
10 Ryan Reed 35 1
11 Kyle Benjamin 34 1
12 Tyler Reddick 29 0
13 Matt Tifft 21 0
14 (tie) Brandon Jones 17 0
14 (tie) Ben Kennedy 17 0
16 Dakoda Armstrong 15 0
17 Michael Annett 13 0
18 (tie) Sam Hornish, Jr. 9 0
18 (tie) Ryan Sieg 9 0
20 Jeremy Clements 6 0
21 (tie) Spencer Gallagher 5 0
22 (tie) Ross Chastain 4 0
22 (tie) Mario Gosselin 4 0
22 (tie) Casey Mears 4 0
25 (tie) Scott Lagasse, Jr. 3 0
25 (tie) J.J. Yeley 3 0
25 (tie) Harrison Rhodes 3 0
25 (tie) Jeb Burton 3 0
29 Josh Williams 2 0

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