Playoff Points: XFINITY/Truck update leaving Bristol

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By Aaron Bearden, Motorsports Editor

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: Bristol Motor Speedway

Event: Food City 300

Race Winner: Kyle Busch

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

Who Won Big

Justin Allgaier tallied the most points of XFINITY Series regulars at Bristol. (Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

  • Kyle Busch: No, Busch didn’t get any playoff points or anything of note because he’s a Cup Series driver, but he won everything. Good enough, right?
  • Elliott Sadler: He’s still hunting for his first win of 2017, but Sadler’s strong third-place showing at Bristol gave the JR Motorsports veteran a 110-point edge over William Byron for the points lead, all-but guaranteeing he’ll take the regular season crown and 15 bonus playoff points.
  • Justin Allgaier: He faded on the race’s final run to fifth, but Allgaier’s second-place finishes in each stage meant he tallied the most points of any XFINITY Series regular on Friday. Paired with Byron’s struggles, the result saw Allgaier close to within 26 points of his JR Motorsports teammate for second.

 Who Hurt Their Odds:

  • Brendan Gaughan: It was a long night for Gaughan – one that ended early after a Lap 278 crash. Now the Nevadan is back on the playoff bubble in 12th, albeit with a 43-point cushion on 13th-place Ross Chastain.
  • Ryan Reed: The Daytona International Speedway winner crashed out again at Bristol, finishing 37th and dropping to within 23 points of falling outside of the top 10 in the standings and losing playoff points as a result.
  • William Byron: An unusually quiet night for Byron went from bad to worse when the rookie suffered a late flat tire, dropping to 22nd at the checkered flag. Any hopes Byron had of taking the regular season championship are effectively over. Now the North Carolinian can only hope to try to earn more wins and hold on to second.

Playoff Standings: 

Rank Driver Wins Points Points Ahead/Behind Cutoff
2 William Byron 3 697 312
3 Justin Allgaier 1 671 286
8 Ryan Reed 1 458 73
1 Elliott Sadler 0 807 422
4 Brennan Poole 0 621 236
5 Daniel Hemric 0 601 216
6 Cole Custer 0 533 148
7 Matt Tifft 0 514 129
9 Blake Koch 0 454 69
10 Dakoda Armstrong 0 444 59
11 Michael Annett 0 435 50
12 Brendan Gaughan 0 428 43
Playoff Cutoff
13 Ross Chastain 0 385 -43
14 J.J. Yeley 0 385 -43
15 Ryan Sieg 0 381 -47
16 Brandon Jones 0 362 -66
17 Darrell Wallace Jr.* 0 321 -107
18 Jeremy Clements 0 315 -113
19 Tyler Reddick* 0 266 -162
20 Joey Gase 0 260 -168
*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
3 (tie) Ryan Preece 6
3 (tie) Sam Hornish Jr. 6
5 (tie) Ryan Reed 5
5 (tie) Elliott Sadler 5
7 Blake Koch 2
8 (tie) Daniel Hemric 1
8 (tie) Darrell Wallace, Jr. 1
8 (tie) Brendan Gaughan 1

Elliott Sadler is due for 15 playoff points as the regular season champion. (Photo: Nigel Kinrade/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 (tie) Matt Tifft 4
8 (tie) Blake Koch 4
10 (tie) Dakoda Armstrong 1
10 (tie) Brendan Gaughan 1

Stage Points

Bristol Results

Stage 1 Stage 2
Pos. Driver Points Pos. Driver Points
1 Kyle Busch N/A 1 Kyle Busch N/A
2 Justin Allgaier 9 2 Justin Allgaier 9
3 Joey Logano N/A 3 Daniel Suarez N/A
4 Daniel Suarez N/A 4 Elliott Sadler 7
5 Tyler Reddick 6 5 Austin Dillon N/A
6 Austin Dillon N/A 6 Brennan Poole 5
7 Brennan Poole 4 7 Daniel Hemric 4
8 Elliott Sadler 3 8 Tyler Reddick 3
9 Dale Earnhardt Jr. N/A 9 Ty Dillon N/A
10 Ty Dillon N/A 10 Cole Custer 1

Season Totals

Rank Driver Stage Points Stage Wins
1 Elliott Sadler 186 5
2 Justin Allgaier 179 3
3 Brennan Poole 119 0
4 William Byron 107 2
5 Daniel Hemric 90 1
6 Cole Custer 69 0
7 Blake Koch 59 2
8 Brendan Gaughan 55 0
9 Tyler Reddick 50 0
10 Kyle Benjamin 48 1
11 Ryan Reed 42 1
12 Darrell Wallace, Jr. 39 1
13 Ryan Preece 35 1
14 Ben Kennedy 34 0
15 Sam Hornish, Jr. 31 1
16 Matt Tifft 30 0
17 Brandon Jones 26 0
18 (tie) Dakoda Armstrong 15 0
18 (tie) Ryan Sieg 15 0
18 (tie) Ross Chastain 15 0
21 Michael Annett 13 0
22 Jeremy Clements 12 0
23 James Davison 8 0
24 (tie) J.J. Yeley 6 0
24 (tie) Andy Lally 6 0
26 (tie) Spencer Gallagher 5 0
26 (tie) Justin Marks 5 0
28 (tie) Mario Gosselin 4 0
28 (tie) Casey Mears 4 0
30 (tie) Scott Lagasse, Jr. 3 0
30 (tie) Harrison Rhodes 3 0
30 (tie) Jeb Burton 3 0
33 (tie) Josh Williams 2 0
33 (tie) Ty Majeski 2 0
35 Josh Bilicki 1 0

Camping World Truck Series

(Photo: Barry Cantrell/NKP)

Track: Bristol Motor Speedway

Event: UNOH 200

Race Winner: Kyle Busch

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

Who Won Big

  • Kyle Busch: See Busch’s entry in the XFINITY Series up above.
  • Grant Enfinger: That was the run Enfinger needed. Fresh off of a post-race inspection failure at Michigan International Speedway, Enfinger and ThorSport Racing bounced back in a big way at Bristol – tallying points in both stages and finishing in fourth. That’s enough to keep Enfinger within just nine points of Ryan Truex for the final playoff spot as things stand.
  • Ben Rhodes: It was another strong night for Rhodes, whose fifth-place finish was enough to push him past Truex and off of the playoff bubble. Rhodes sits 26 points clear of the cutoff with just a couple races remaining.

 Who Hurt Their Odds:

Not much went right for Ryan Truex and Hattori Racing (Photo: John K Harrelson/NKP)

  • Ryan Truex: Wednesday was a difficult day for Hattori Racing and Truex. The team struggled heavily, finishing all the way back in 16th. Truex’s top fives in the two races before Bristol kept him on the playoff bubble, but he can’t afford another bad day moving forward.

Playoff Standings: 

Rank Driver Wins Points Points Ahead/Behind Cutoff
1 Christopher Bell 4 615 172
8 John Hunter Nemechek 2 439 -4
2 Johnny Sauter 1 573 130
3 Matt Crafton 1 562 119
12 Kaz Grala 1 330 -113
4 Chase Briscoe 0 534 91
5 Ben Rhodes 0 469 26
6 Ryan Truex 0 452 9
Playoff Cutoff
7 Grant Enfinger 0 443 -9
9 Noah Gragson 0 418 -34
10 Austin Cindric 0 397 -55
11 Justin Haley* 0 347 -105
13 Cody Coughlin 0 301 -151
14 Wendell Chavous 0 228 -224
15 Stewart Friesen* 0 218 -234
*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
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

Kyle Busch was untouchable in Bristol, keeping the Truck Series field from gaining any playoff points. (Photo: Barry Cantrell/NKP)

Playoff Points if Playoffs Started Today
Rank Driver Playoff Points
1 Christopher Bell 39
2 Johnny Sauter 20
3 Matt Crafton 15
4 John Hunter Nemechek 14
5 Chase Briscoe 8
6 Ben Rhodes 7
7 Ryan Truex 6
8 Kaz Grala 5

Stage Points

Bristol Results

Stage 1 Stage 2
Pos. Driver Points Pos. Driver Points
1 Kyle Busch N/A 1 Kyle Busch N/A
2 Noah Gragson 9 2 Matt Crafton 9
3 Matt Crafton 8 3 Austin Cindric 8
4 Christopher Bell 7 4 Ben Rhodes 7
5 Grant Enfinger 6 5 Christopher Bell 6
6 Brandon Jones N/A 6 Noah Gragson 5
7 Ben Rhodes 4 7 Johnny Sauter 4
8 Johnny Sauter 3 8 Justin Haley 3
9 Justin Haley 2 9 Grant Enfinger 2
10 Parker Kligerman 1 10 John Hunter Nemechek 1

Season Totals

Rank Driver Stage Points Stage Wins
1 Christopher Bell 157 4
2 Matt Crafton 153 2
3 Johnny Sauter 150 5
4 Chase Briscoe 138 1
5 Ben Rhodes 124 1
6 John Hunter Nemechek 103 1
7 Ryan Truex 102 1
8 Noah Gragson 70 1
9 Grant Enfinger 66 0
10 Austin Cindric 55 0
11 Kaz Grala 44 0
13 Justin Haley 41 0
12 Timothy Peters 37 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
25 (tie) Parker Kligerman 1 0

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