Playoff Points: XFINITY/Truck update after Iowa, Pocono

Brett Moist/NKP

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. 

XFINITY Series

Track: Iowa Speedway

Event: U.S. Cellular 250

Race Winner: Ryan Preece

Stage Winner(s): Ryan Preece, Justin Allgaier

Who Won Big

The No. 14 may not have ran with a sponsor at Iowa, but J.J. Yeley still maneuvered it to within one good run of the playoff field. (Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

  • Justin Allgaier: He didn’t make any ground up on his JR Motorsports teammates – they may honestly be out of range now – but Allgaier did salvage a playoff point before his pit strategy went awry.
  • J.J. Yeley: How about that? Yeley’s impressive sixth-place run on Sunday was enough to elevate the Phoenix, Arizona native to 13th in points, just 14 markers out of the playoff grid.
  • Blake Koch: Kaulig Racing has seen the lion’s share of peaks and dips this year, but Koch’s eighth-place run on Saturday should help the team’s playoff pursuit. Koch jumped up to 10th in the standings with his top 10, and now holds a 35-point edge on the playoff bubble.

 Who Hurt Their Odds:

  • Michael Annett: Another week, another bad result for Annett. The Iowan finished 33rd at his home track, dropping him outside of the top 10 in the standings. The No. 5 team’s struggles are inexplicable given the fact that his teammates sit in the top three places in the standings, and with Yeley just 32 points back, their playoff berth is far from certain.
  • Jeremy Clements: He was already a long-shot, but Clements’ 28th-place struggle in Iowa should effectively kill what remained of his playoff hopes without a surprise win. The XFINITY Series vet will need to make up six positions and 65 points if he wants to contend for the championship.

Playoff Standings: 

Rank Driver Wins Points Points Ahead/Behind Cutoff
2 William Byron 3 653 314
3 Justin Allgaier 1 564 225
8 Ryan Reed 1 424 85
1 Elliott Sadler 0 707 368
4 Brennan Poole 0 518 179
5 Daniel Hemric 0 488 149
6 Cole Custer 0 474 135
7 Matt Tifft 0 436 97
9 Dakoda Armstrong 0 388 49
10 Blake Koch 0 374 35
11 Michael Annett 0 371 32
12 Brendan Gaughan 0 353 14
Playoff Cutoff
13 J.J. Yeley 0 339 -14
14 Ryan Sieg 0 337 -16
15 Darrell Wallace Jr.* 0 321 -32
16 Ross Chastain 0 317 -36
17 Brandon Jones 0 296 -57
18 Jeremy Clements 0 288 -65
19 Spencer Gallagher 0 237 -116
20 Tyler Reddick* 0 231 -122
*Technically ineligible due to missed races. Would require a waiver to make the playoffs.

Playoff Points

Playoff Points Earned
Rank Driver Playoff Points
1 William Byron 17
2 Justin Allgaier 8 (+1)
3 Ryan Preece 6 (+6)
4 (tie) Ryan Reed 5
4 (tie) Elliott Sadler 5
6 (tie) Daniel Hemric 1
6 (tie) Darrell Wallace Jr. 1
6 (tie) Blake Koch 1
6 (tie) Brendan Gaughan 1

Ryan Preece scored six playoff points in his win at Iowa, good for third overall. The field may be lucky he won’t be participating in the playoffs. (Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

Playoff Points if Playoffs Started Today
Rank Driver Playoff Points
1 William Byron 27
2 Elliott Sadler 20
3 Justin Allgaier 16
4 Ryan Reed 8
5 (tie) Daniel Hemric 7
5 (tie) Brennan Poole 7
7 Cole Custer 5
8 Matt Tifft 4
9 (tie) Dakoda Armstrong 2
9 (tie) Blake Koch 2
11 Brendan Gaughan 1

Stage Points

Iowa Results

Stage 1 Stage 2
Pos. Driver Points Pos. Driver Points
1 Ryan Preece 10 (+1 Playoff Point) 1 Justin Allgaier 10 (+1 Playoff Point)
2 Elliott Sadler 9 2 Ryan Preece 9
3 Kyle Benjamin 8 3 Elliott Sadler 8
4 Brennan Poole 7 4 Ben Kennedy 7
5 Sam Hornish Jr. 6 5 Kyle Benjamin 6
6 Justin Allgaier 5 6 Brennan Poole 5
7 Cole Custer 4 7 Sam Hornish Jr. 4
8 Matt Tifft 3 8 Cole Custer 3
9 Ben Kennedy 2 9 Ty Majeski 2
10 Blake Koch 1 10 Matt Tifft 1

Season Totals

Rank Driver Stage Points Stage Wins
1 Elliott Sadler 170 5
2 Justin Allgaier 143 3
3 William Byron 107 2
4 Brennan Poole 96 0
5 Daniel Hemric 68 1
6 Cole Custer 64 0
7 Kyle Benjamin 48 1
8 Brendan Gaughan 45 0
9 Blake Koch 43 1
10 Tyler Reddick 41 0
11 Darrell Wallace, Jr. 39 1
12 (tie) Ryan Reed 35 1
12 (tie) Ryan Preece 35 1
14 Ben Kennedy 31 0
15 Matt Tifft 30 0
16 Brandon Jones 23 0
17 Sam Hornish, Jr. 19 0
18 Dakoda Armstrong 15 0
19 Michael Annett 13 0
20 Ryan Sieg 11 0
21 Ross Chastain 9 0
22 Jeremy Clements 7 0
23 J.J. Yeley 6 0
24 Spencer Gallagher 5 0
25 (tie) Mario Gosselin 4 0
25 (tie) Casey Mears 4 0
27 (tie) Scott Lagasse, Jr. 3 0
27 (tie) Harrison Rhodes 3 0
27 (tie) Jeb Burton 3 0
30 (tie) Josh Williams 2 0
30 (tie) Ty Majeski 2 0

Camping World Truck Series

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Track: Pocono Raceway

Event: Overton’s 150

Race Winner: Christopher Bell

Stage Winner(s): Kyle Busch (Won Both Stages)

Who Won Big

  • Christopher Bell: When his boss Kyle Busch crashed out late, it was Bell that was ready to strike. The Oklahoman’s taken control of the Truck Series standings through the summer stretch, upping his win total to four on the year, surging to the points lead and doubling the playoff point total of his closest competitor.
  • Ben Rhodes and Ryan Truex: The duo that entered Pocono fighting for the final spot on the playoff grid each left on the right side of the bubble. Rhodes and Truex were constantly found in the top five throughout the 60-lap sprint, tallying stage points and finishes of second and third. They left the 2.5-mile Tricky Triangle sixth and seventh in the standings, just inside of the postseason field as things stand.

 Who Hurt Their Odds:

Noah Gragson’s season suffered a difficult setback in Pennsylvania (Photo: Rusty Jarrett/NKP)

  • Grant Enfinger: His trip to Pocono wasn’t bad by any means – Enfinger tallied a few stage points and finished 13th. The Alabaman just couldn’t match the strength of his rivals on the playoff bubble, falling outside of the postseason field by four points after they each soared to top fives.
  • Noah Gragson: After spending the summer rising up the grid, Gragson suffered a quick return to reality with a Lap 40 crash in Pocono. The Kyle Busch Motorsports driver dropped to 41 points off of the grid, in need of a strong surge to boost his playoff hopes back into the realm of possibility.

Playoff Standings: 

Rank Driver Wins Points Points Ahead/Behind Cutoff
1 Christopher Bell 4 528 146
6 John Hunter Nemechek 2 396 14
2 Johnny Sauter 1 510 128
4 Matt Crafton 1 464 82
11 Kaz Grala 1 291 -91
3 Chase Briscoe 0 470 88
6 Ben Rhodes 0 387 5
7 Ryan Truex 0 386 4
Playoff Cutoff
8 Grant Enfinger 0 382 -4
9 Noah Gragson 0 345 -41
10 Austin Cindric 0 324 -62
12 Justin Haley* 0 285 -101
13 Cody Coughlin 0 265 -121
14 (tie) Timothy Peters* 0 194 -192
14 (tie) Wendell Chavous 0 194 -192
*Technically ineligible due to missed races. Would require a waiver to make the playoffs.

Playoff Points

Playoff Points Earned
Rank Driver Playoff Points
1 Christopher Bell 24 (+5)
2 John Hunter Nemechek 11
3 Johnny Sauter 10
4 Matt Crafton 7
5 Kaz Grala 5
6 (tie) Chase Briscoe 1
6 (tie) Ben Rhodes 1
6 (tie) Ryan Truex 1
6 (tie) Noah Gragson 1
6 (tie) Stewart Friesen 1

Christopher Bell is all smiles after his fourth win of 2017. (Photo: John K Harrelson/NKP)

Playoff Points if Playoffs Started Today
Rank Driver Playoff Points
1 Christopher Bell 39
2 Johnny Sauter 20
3 John Hunter Nemechek 17
5 Matt Crafton 14
4 Chase Briscoe 9
6 Ben Rhodes 6
7 (tie) Ryan Truex 5
7 (tie) Kaz Grala 5

Stage Points

Pocono Results

Stage 1 Stage 2
Pos. Driver Points Pos. Driver Points
1 Kyle Busch N/A 1 Kyle Busch N/A
2 Christopher Bell 9 2 Ryan Truex 9
3 Ben Rhodes 8 3 Christopher Bell 8
4 Ryan Truex 7 4 Ben Rhodes 7
5 Matt Crafton 6 5 Chase Briscoe 6
6 Chase Briscoe 5 6 John Hunter Nemechek 5
7 John Hunter Nemechek 4 7 Kaz Grala 4
8 Noah Gragson 3 8 Stewart Friesen 3
9 Grant Enfinger 2 9 Austin Cindric 2
10 Kaz Grala 1 10 T.J. Bell 1

Season Totals

Rank Driver Stage Points Stage Wins
1 Johnny Sauter 137 5
2 Christopher Bell 135 4
3 Chase Briscoe 127 1
4 Matt Crafton 121 2
5 John Hunter Nemechek 102 1
6 Ben Rhodes 100 1
7 Ryan Truex 90 1
8 Grant Enfinger 57 0
9 Noah Gragson 49 1
10 Austin Cindric 42 0
11 Kaz Grala 39 0
12 Timothy Peters 37 0
13 Justin Haley 32 0
14 Stewart Friesen 22 1
15 Jessie Little 16 0
16 Todd Gilliland 14 0
17 Myatt Snider 9 0
18 Harrison Burton 8 0
19 (tie) Brett Moffitt 5 0
19 (tie) Justin Shipley 5 0
21 (tie) Joe Nemechek 4 0
21 (tie) Korbin Forrister 4 0
23 (tie) Austin Hill 3 0
23 (tie) Rico Abreu 3 0
25 (tie) Cody Coughlin 1 0
25 (tie) T.J. Bell 1 0

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *