Playoff Points: XFINITY/Truck update leaving Chicagoland

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By Aaron Bearden, Motorsports Editor

Following each 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: Chicagoland Speedway

Event: TheHouse.com 300

Race Winner: Justin Allgaier

Stage Winner(s): Erik Jones (Won Both Stages)

Who Won Big

Brendan Gaughan made the most of a difficult day to clinch himself into the playoff field. (Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

  • Justin Allgaier: In terms of sheer playoff gain, Saturday couldn’t have gone much better for Allgaier. The Illinois native won in his home state, overtook teammate William Byron for second in the regular season standings and earned a nine-point swing in playoff points as a result, hopping regular season champion Elliott Sadler for second in the preliminary playoff standings.
  • Elliott Sadler: He fell short of victory again, but Sadler still left Chicagoland as the regular season champion. If consistency is required to survive to the season finale, then Sadler is as well equipped as any to make a title run.
  • Brendan Gaughan: It wasn’t his 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: It’s been a great year for Armstrong and JGL Racing, but a playoff berth simply wasn’t meant to be. Armstrong never contended for a postseason spot in a quiet afternoon in Chicagoland.
  • Everyone Else Outside of the Playoff Grid: Better luck next year. 

Playoff Standings: 

Rank Driver Wins Points Points Ahead/Behind Cutoff
1 William Byron 3 2025 20
2 Justin Allgaier 2 2023 18
3 Elliott Sadler 1 2020 15
4 Daniel Hemric 1 2009 4
5 Brennan Poole 0 2006 1
6 (tie) Ryan Reed 0 2005 0
6 (tie) Jeremy Clements 0 2005 0
6 (tie) Cole Custer 0 2005 0
Round of 8 Cutoff
6 (tie) Blake Koch 0 2005 0
10 Matt Tifft 0 2004 -1
11 Brendan Gaughan 0 2003 -2
12 Michael Annett 0 2001 -4

Playoff Points

Total Playoff Points
Rank Driver Playoff Points
1 William Byron 25
2 Elliott Sadler 23
3 Justin Allgaier 20
4 Daniel Hemric 9
5 Brennan Poole 6
6 (tie) Ryan Reed 5
6 (tie) Cole Custer 5
6 (tie) Blake Koch 5
6 (tie) Jeremy Clements 5
10 Matt Tifft 4
11 Michael Annett 3
12 Brendan Gaughan 1

Justin Allgaier had a nine-point swing in playoff points after winning and passing William Byron in the regular season standings. (Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

Playoff Points Earned On-Track
Rank Driver Playoff Points
1 William Byron 17
2 Justin Allgaier 13
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 2
7 Blake Koch 2
8 (tie) Darrell Wallace, Jr. 1
8 (tie) Brendan Gaughan 1
8 (tie) James Davison 1

Stage Points

Chicagoland Results

Stage 1 Stage 2
Pos. Driver Points Pos. Driver Points
1 Erik Jones N/A 1 Erik Jones N/A
2 Kyle Larson N/A 2 Cole Custer 9
3 Cole Custer 8 3 Ryan Blaney N/A
4 Ryan Blaney N/A 4 Kyle Larson N/A
5 Daniel Suarez N/A 5 Elliott Sadler 6
6 Elliott Sadler 5 6 Daniel Suarez N/A
7 Justin Allgaier 4 7 Austin Dillon N/A
8 Matt Tifft 3 8 Justin Allgaier 3
9 Austin Dillon N/A 9 Ty Dillon N/A
10 Daniel Hemric 1 10 Matt Tifft 1

Season Totals

Rank Driver Stage Points Stage Wins
1 Elliott Sadler 225 5
2 Justin Allgaier 205 3
3 Brennan Poole 135 0
4 Daniel Hemric 118 3
5 William Byron 116 2
6 Cole Custer 90 0
7 Brendan Gaughan 66 0
8 Blake Koch 60 2
9 Tyler Reddick 50 0
10 Kyle Benjamin 48 1
11 Ryan Reed 47 1
12 (tie) Ben Kennedy 43 0
12 (tie) Matt Tifft 43 0
14 Darrell Wallace, Jr. 39 1
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: Barry Cantrell/NKP)

Track: Chicagoland Speedway

Event: TheHouse.com 225

Race Winner: Johnny Sauter

Stage Winner(s): Ryan Truex, Christopher Bell

Who Won Big

  • Ben Rhodes: It wasn’t a pretty night for Rhodes and his ThorSport Racing team, but they made the most of it and did just enough – literally – to advance to the playoffs on a tiebreaker. Now they enter the postseason with a clean slate and an opportunity to compete for a championship.
  • Christopher Bell: ‘Regular season champ’ has a nice ring to it. ’40 playoff points’ sounds even sweeter. Bell’s road to Homestead-Miami Speedway should be the smoothest of anyone in the Truck Series field.
  • Johnny Sauter: He couldn’t score the regular season championship, but Sauter did the next best thing in Chicagoland. The defending Truck Series champion earned his second win of the season, increasing his playoff point total to 25 and improving his postseason odds.

 Who Hurt Their Odds:

Ryan Truex’s banner day in Chicagoland wasn’t enough to deliver a playoff berth. (Photo: Barry Cantrell/NKP)

  • Ryan Truex: Zero points. Nothing. Nada. That was the gap separating Truex, who missed the playoffs, from Rhodes. The New Jersey native did everything he could to close the gap on Friday, claiming a pole and winning a stage, but lost the final playoff spot in a tiebreaker.
  • Noah Gragson: After a summer that saw him rise into contention, Gragson was relatively quiet in Illinois. The Kyle Busch Motorsports rookie ultimately fell well short of victory lane, and missed the playoffs in the process.
  • Everyone Else Outside of the Playoff Grid: From Grant Enfinger to Justin Haley, a small group entered Chicagoland hopeful for a surprise win to make the postseason. They all fell short. Now they’ll all run for race wins and momentum alone over the final seven races of the season.

Playoff Standings: 

Rank Driver Wins Points Points Ahead/Behind Cutoff
1 Christopher Bell 4 2040 33
2 Johnny Sauter 2 2025 18
3 John Hunter Nemechek 2 2014 7
4 Matt Crafton 1 2014 7
5 Chase Briscoe 0 2009 2
6 Austin Cindric 1 2007 0
Round of 6 Cutoff
7 Ben Rhodes 0 2007 0
8 Kaz Grala 1 2005 -2

Playoff Points

Total Playoff Points
Rank Driver Playoff Points
1 Christopher Bell 40
2 Johnny Sauter 25
3 Matt Crafton 14
4 John Hunter Nemechek 14
5 Chase Briscoe 9
6 (tie) Ben Rhodes 7
6 (tie) Austin Cindric 7
8 Kaz Grala 5

Christopher Bell claimed the regular season championship in the Land of Lincoln. (Photo: Barry Cantrell/NKP)

Playoff Points Earned On-Track
Rank Driver Playoff Points
1 Christopher Bell 25
2 Johnny Sauter 15
3 John Hunter Nemechek 11
4 Matt Crafton 7
5 Austin Cindric 6
6 Kaz Grala 5
7 Ryan Truex 3
8 (tie) Chase Briscoe 1
8 (tie) Ben Rhodes 1
8 (tie) Noah Gragson 1
8 (tie) Stewart Friesen 1

Stage Points

Chicagoland Results

Stage 1 Stage 2
Pos. Driver Points Pos. Driver Points
1 Ryan Truex 10 (+1 Playoff Point) 1 Christopher Bell 10 (+1 Playoff Point)
2 Johnny Sauter 9 2 Chase Briscoe 9
3 Ben Rhodes 8 3 Matt Crafton 8
4 John Hunter Nemechek 7 4 Johnny Sauter 7
5 Chase Briscoe 6 5 Austin Cindric 6
6 Austin Cindric 5 6 Justin Haley 5
7 Matt Crafton 4 7 John Hunter Nemechek 4
8 Christopher Bell 3 8 Ryan Truex 3
9 Regan Smith 2 9 Myatt Snider 2
10 Noah Gragson 1 10 Noah Gragson 1

Season Totals

Rank Driver Stage Points Stage Wins
1 Christopher Bell 178 5
2 Johnny Sauter 166 5
3 Matt Crafton 164 2
4 Chase Briscoe 162 1
5 Ben Rhodes 141 1
6 Ryan Truex 129 3
7 John Hunter Nemechek 121 1
8 Noah Gragson 77 1
9 Austin Cindric 76 1
10 Grant Enfinger 73 0
11 Kaz Grala 53 0
12 Justin Haley 52 0
13 Timothy Peters 37 0
14 Stewart Friesen 22 1
15 Todd Gilliland 17 0
16 Jessie Little 16 0
17 Myatt Snider 11 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 Regan Smith 2 0
30 (tie) Cody Coughlin 1 0
30 (tie) T.J. Bell 1 0

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