Playoff Points: XFINITY/Truck update leaving Darlington, CTMP

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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: Darlington Raceway

Event: VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200

Race Winner: Denny Hamlin

Stage Winner(s): Kevin Harvick (Won Both Stages)

Who Won Big

Denny Hamlin’s Darlington Raceway triumph kept the XFINITY playoff grid mostly unchanged. (Photo: Logan Whitton / Harrelson Photography Inc.)

  • Elliott Sadler: Another winless week for Sadler, but the veteran tallied the most stage points of any series regular before late issues relegated him to 33rd. Those stage points allowed Sadler to keep his healthy advantage as the points leader as he marches toward the regular season title.
  • Brendan Gaughan: It wasn’t hist prettiest run, but Gaughan’s 13th-place showing in his own throwback No. 62 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet was enough to increase his gap over Dakota Armstrong for the final playoff spot to 20 points with two races remaining.

 Who Hurt Their Odds:

  • Dakoda Armstrong: His No. 28 Toyota looked sharp with a Cale Yarborough throwback, but Armstrong’s 29th-place run was a killer. The Hoosier will need a twist in fortune over the last two races of the regular season in order to have any hopes of making the playoffs.
  • Michael Annett: With Gaughan and Armstrong both struggling, Annett had an opportunity to push himself out of harm’s way for a playoff spot. Instead the JR Motorsports driver suffered damage in a Stage 2 crash and struggled en-route to a 17th-place run.

Playoff Standings: 

Rank Driver Wins Points Points Ahead/Behind Cutoff
2 William Byron 3 767 300
3 Justin Allgaier 1 739 272
10 (tie) Ryan Reed 1 487 20
17 Jeremy Clements 1 375 -92
1 Elliott Sadler 0 858 391
4 Brennan Poole 0 674 207
5 Daniel Hemric 0 654 187
6 Cole Custer 0 590 123
7 Matt Tifft 0 558 91
8 Blake Koch 0 511 44
9 Michael Annett 0 490 23
10 (tie) Brendan Gaughan 0 487 20
Playoff Cutoff
12 Dakoda Armstrong 0 467 -20
13 Ross Chastain 0 432 -55
14 J.J. Yeley 0 429 -58
15 Ryan Sieg 0 413 -74
16 Brandon Jones 0 388 -99
18 Darrell Wallace Jr.* 0 321 -166
19 Ben Kennedy* 0 288 -199
20 Tyler Reddick* 0 287 -200
*Technically ineligible due to missed races. Would require a waiver to make the playoffs.

Playoff Points

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
5 (tie) Jeremy Clements 5
8 (tie) Daniel Hemric 3
7 Blake Koch 2
8 (tie) Darrell Wallace, Jr. 1
8 (tie) Brendan Gaughan 1
8 (tie) James Davison 1

Elliott Sadler marched closer to the regular season crown at Darlington Raceway. (Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

Playoff Points if Playoffs Started Today
Rank Driver Playoff Points
1 William Byron 27
2 Elliott Sadler 20
3 Justin Allgaier 16
4 Daniel Hemric 9
5 Brennan Poole 7
6 Ryan Reed 6
7 (tie) Cole Custer 5
7 (tie) Blake Koch 5
7 (tie) Jeremy Clements 5
10 Matt Tifft 4
11 Michael Annett 2
12 Brendan Gaughan 1

Stage Points

Darlington Results

Stage 1 Stage 2
Pos. Driver Points Pos. Driver Points
1 Kevin Harvick N/A 1 Kevin Harvick N/A
2 Elliott Sadler 9 2 Denny Hamlin N/A
3 Ty Dillon N/A 3 Joey Logano N/A
4 Denny Hamlin N/A 4 Elliott Sadler 7
5 Joey Logano N/A 5 Erik Jones N/A
6 Erik Jones N/A 6 Brennan Poole 5
7 Brennan Poole 4 7 Ty Dillon N/A
8 Austin Dillon N/A 8 Austin Dillon N/A
9 William Byron 2 9 William Byron 2
10 Daniel Hemric 1 10 Daniel Hemric 1

Season Totals

Rank Driver Stage Points Stage Wins
1 Elliott Sadler 210 5
2 Justin Allgaier 192 3
3 Brennan Poole 135 0
4 William Byron 114 2
5 Daniel Hemric 102 3
6 Cole Custer 69 0
7 Blake Koch 60 2
8 Brendan Gaughan 58 0
9 Tyler Reddick 50 0
10 Kyle Benjamin 48 1
11 Ryan Reed 47 1
12 Ben Kennedy 43 0
13 (tie) Darrell Wallace, Jr. 39 1
13 (tie) Matt Tifft 39 0
15 Ryan Preece 35 1
16 Sam Hornish, Jr. 31 1
17 Brandon Jones 26 0
18 James Davison 18 1
19 Jeremy Clements 16 0
20 (tie) Dakoda Armstrong 15 0
20 (tie) Ryan Sieg 15 0
20 (tie) Ross Chastain 15 0
23 Justin Marks 14 0
24 Michael Annett 13 0
25 J.J. Yeley 12 0
26 (tie) Andy Lally 6 0
26 (tie) Casey Mears 6 0
28 Spencer Gallagher 5 0
29 Mario Gosselin 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
35 (tie) Sheldon Creed 1 0

Camping World Truck Series

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

Track: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

Event: Chevrolet Silverado 250

Race Winner: Austin Cindric

Stage Winner(s): Austin Cindric, Ryan Truex

Who Won Big

  • Austin Cindric: He might not have made any friends in the process – particularly in the case of Kaz Grala – but Cindric’s bump-and-run on the last lap was enough to cap off his summer surge with a playoff-clinching win. Suddenly Brad Keselowski Racing has both of their teams guaranteed into the postseason in the company’s final planned year.
  • Ryan Truex: Bad news: Cindric’s triumph pushed Truex out of the current playoff field. Good news: Truex’s stage win and top-10 result kept him within seven points of Ben Rhodes for the final position with one race remaining before the playoffs.

 Who Hurt Their Odds:

Noah Gragson battled with Austin Cindric for a shot at the win on Sunday, but fell short in the closing laps. (Photo: Barry Cantrell/NKP)

  • Noah Gragson: He’s been close a few times this season, but Canada seemed like Gragson’s best bet at a playoff-clinching win. The Kyle Busch Motorsports rookie fell just short, coming home in second behind Cindric. He’ll get one last shot at a season-altering win at Chicagoland.
  • Grant Enfinger: Sunday’s unusually quiet day for Enfinger couldn’t have come at a worse time. The Alabaman finds himself 31 points out of the playoffs with one race remaining, meaning it’ll likely take a second-career Truck Series victory for Enfinger to make his playoff debut.
  • Kaz Grala: There was little Grala could do about the aggressive use of the front bumper that eliminated him from winning contention on Sunday, but the loss still impacted his playoff pursuit. Grala was due for five additional playoff points and could have kept Cindric out of the postseason with a win.
  • Ben Rhodes: It was a quiet day for Rhodes, albeit not a terrible one. But the Louisville, Kentucky native’s 10th-place run put him at risk of playoff elimination after Cindric’s win and Truex’s strong day.

Playoff Standings: 

Rank Driver Wins Points Points Ahead/Behind Cutoff
1 Christopher Bell 4 634 136
8 John Hunter Nemechek 2 463 -35
2 Johnny Sauter 1 604 106
3 Matt Crafton 1 574 76
10 Austin Cindric 1 447 -51
12 Kaz Grala 1 373 -125
4 Chase Briscoe 0 573 75
5 Ben Rhodes 0 505 7
Playoff Cutoff
6 Ryan Truex 0 498 -7
7 Grant Enfinger 0 474 -31
9 Noah Gragson 0 458 -47
11 Justin Haley* 0 386 -119
13 Cody Coughlin 0 317 -188
14 Wendell Chavous* 0 228 -277
15 Austin Wayne Self* 0 226 -279
*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 Austin Cindric 6
6 Kaz Grala 5
7 Ryan Truex 2
8 (tie) Chase Briscoe 1
8 (tie) Ben Rhodes 1
8 (tie) Noah Gragson 1
8 (tie) Stewart Friesen 1

Austin Cindric’s emotional day in Canada saw the rookie tally his first playoff points of 2017. (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 (tie) Ben Rhodes 7
6 (tie) Austin Cindric 7
8 Kaz Grala 5

Stage Points

Canada Results

Stage 1 Stage 2
Pos. Driver Points Pos. Driver Points
1 Austin Cindric 10 (+1 Playoff Point) 1 Ryan Truex 10 (+1 Playoff Point)
2 Kaz Grala 9 2 Chase Briscoe 9
3 Christopher Bell 8 3 Ben Rhodes 8
4 John Hunter Nemechek 7 4 Grant Enfinger 7
5 Justin Haley 6 5 Austin Wayne Self 6
6 Noah Gragson 5 6 D.J. Kennington N/A
7 Ryan Truex 4 7 Jason Hathaway 4
8 Parker Kligerman 3 8 Victor Gonzalez Jr. 3
9 Todd Gilliland 2 9 Parker Kligerman 2
10 Ben Rhodes 1 10 Todd Gilliland 1

Season Totals

Rank Driver Stage Points Stage Wins
1 Christopher Bell 165 4
2 Matt Crafton 153 2
3 Johnny Sauter 150 5
4 Chase Briscoe 147 1
5 Ben Rhodes 133 1
6 Ryan Truex 116 2
7 John Hunter Nemechek 110 1
8 Noah Gragson 75 1
9 Grant Enfinger 73 0
10 Austin Cindric 65 1
11 Kaz Grala 53 0
12 Justin Haley 47 0
13 Timothy Peters 37 0
14 Stewart Friesen 22 1
15 Todd Gilliland 17 0
16 Jessie Little 16 0
17 Myatt Snider 9 0
18 Harrison Burton 8 0
19 Austin Wayne Self 6 0
20 (tie) Brett Moffitt 5 0
20 (tie) Justin Shipley 5 0
20 (tie) Parker Kligerman 5 0
23 (tie) Joe Nemechek 4 0
23 (tie) Korbin Forrister 4 0
23 (tie) Jason Hathaway 4 0
26 (tie) Austin Hill 3 0
26 (tie) Rico Abreu 3 0
26 (tie) Victor Gonzales Jr. 3 0
29 (tie) Cody Coughlin 1 0
29 (tie) T.J. Bell 1 0

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