Playoff Points: XFINITY/Truck update leaving Dover, Las Vegas

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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: Dover International Speedway

Event: Drive Sober 200

Race Winner: Ryan Blaney

Stage Winner(s): William Byron, Ryan Blaney

Who Won Big

Ryan Blaney made a special memory for a young fan, but his win damaged the potential playoff gains for the postseason contenders. (Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

  • Cole Custer: Have yourself a day, rookie. Custer enjoyed on of his strongest performances to date for Stewart-Haas Racing, winning two stages and making a statement about his playoff odds with a fifth-place run in Kentucky.
  • Brennan Poole: He probably wishes his teammate would’ve skipped out on the race, but Poole’s strong second-place performance capped off an unexpected showing of dominance from Chip Ganassi Racing. Now the Texan sits 21 points clear of the cut line with two races remaining in Round 1 of the playoffs.
  • Matt Tifft and Ryan Reed: Make no mistake, Tifft and Reed weren’t dominant in Kentucky. But the duo did what they needed to do, tallying top 10s and staying on the right side of the playoff cutline. If they can repeat the feat two more times they should be fine to advance to the second round.

 Who Hurt Their Odds:

  • Jeremy Clements: It wasn’t unexpected, but Clements struggled in his underdog debut as a playoff driver. The South Carolinian finished 22nd and fell 14 points out of the Round 2 grid. That won’t be easy for Clements’ humble team to make up.
  • Brendan Gaughan, Blake Koch and Michael Annett: There’s no way around it – these three struggled in Kentucky. The trio finished outside of the top 10 in the XFINITY Series’ playoff opener, dropping below the cut line and hurting their championship chances in the process. They’ll need to be better to keep their postseason hopes alive.
  • William Byron: Much like Erik Jones last season, Byron entered the playoffs among the favorites only to endure a difficult day in the postseason opener. The JR Motorsports rookie is still likely fine due to his playoff point cushion, but he could serve himself well to avoid enduring any additional incidents moving forward.

Playoff Standings: 

Total Playoff Points
Rank Driver Playoff Points
1 William Byron 26
2 Justin Allgaier 23
3 Elliott Sadler 20
4 Daniel Hemric 9
5 Cole Custer 7
6 Brennan Poole 6
7 (tie) Ryan Reed 5
7 (tie) Blake Koch 5
7 (tie) Jeremy Clements 5
10 Matt Tifft 4
11 Michael Annett 3
12 Brendan Gaughan 1

Playoff Points

William Byron garnered another playoff point at the Monster Mile. (Photo: John K Harrelson/NKP)

Playoff Points Earned On-Track
Rank Driver Playoff Points
1 William Byron 18
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
5 (tie) Tyler Reddick 5
9 (tie) Daniel Hemric 2
9 (tie) Blake Koch 2
9 (tie) Cole Custer 2
12 (tie) Darrell Wallace, Jr. 1
12 (tie) Brendan Gaughan 1
12 (tie) James Davison 1

Stage Points

Dover Results

Stage 1 Stage 2
Pos. Driver Points Pos. Driver Points
1 William Byron 10 (+1 Playoff Point) 1 Ryan Blaney N/A
2 Ryan Blaney N/A 2 William Byron 9
3 Daniel Suarez N/A 3 Justin Allgaier 8
4 Justin Allgaier 7 4 Daniel Suarez N/A
5 Erik Jones N/A 5 Elliott Sadler 6
6 Elliott Sadler 5 6 Tyler Reddick 5
7 Tyler Reddick 4 7 Cole Custer 4
8 Cole Custer 3 8 Daniel Hemric 3
9 Daniel Hemric 2 9 Brennan Poole 2
10 Brennan Poole 1 10 Matt Tifft 1

Playoff Totals

NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoff Stage Points
Driver Playoff Stage Points Playoff Stage Wins
Cole Custer 27 2
William Byron 26 1
Daniel Hemric 18 0
Elliott Sadler 15 0
Justin Allgaier 15 0
Brennan Poole 9 0
Matt Tifft 5 0
Ryan Reed 2 0
Brendan Gaughan 0 0
Blake Koch 0 0
Michael Annett 0 0
Jeremy Clements 0 0

Season Totals

Rank Driver Stage Points Stage Wins
1 Elliott Sadler 240 5
2 Justin Allgaier 220 3
3 Brennan Poole 143 0
4 William Byron 142 3
5 Daniel Hemric 136 3
6 Cole Custer 117 2
7 Tyler Reddick 77 0
8 Brendan Gaughan 66 0
9 (tie) Blake Koch 60 2
9 (tie) Kyle Benjamin 60 1
11 (tie) Ryan Reed 49 1
11 (tie) Ryan Preece 49 1
13 Matt Tifft 48 0
14 Ben Kennedy 46 0
15 Darrell Wallace, Jr. 39 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 Brian Scott 7 0
27 (tie) Andy Lally 6 0
27 (tie) Casey Mears 6 0
29 Spencer Gallagher 5 0
30 Mario Gosselin 4 0
31 (tie) Scott Lagasse, Jr. 3 0
31 (tie) Harrison Rhodes 3 0
31 (tie) Jeb Burton 3 0
34 (tie) Josh Williams 2 0
34 (tie) Ty Majeski 2 0
36 (tie) Josh Bilicki 1 0
36 (tie) Sheldon Creed 1 0

Camping World Truck Series

(Photo: Barry Cantrell/NKP)

Track: Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Event: Las Vegas 350

Race Winner: Ben Rhodes

Stage Winner(s): Chase Briscoe, Ben Rhodes

Who Won Big

  • Ben Rhodes: Finally, the monkey is off of Rhodes’ back. The ThorSport Racing shoe tallied his first Truck Series win in Las Vegas, securing a spot in the Round of 6 in the process. Throw in six playoff points – he also won a stage – and Rhodes is suddenly looking like a potential Championship 4 contender.
  • Chase Briscoe: He’s still searching for that elusive first victory, but Briscoe’s strong third-place showing was enough to elevate the Brad Keselowski Rookie back into the Round of 6 field. One more solid race and Briscoe can reset and continue to fight for a championship.

 Who Hurt Their Odds:

Kaz Grala had one of his strongest runs to date in Las Vegas, but he still lost ground in the playoff race. (Photo: Barry Cantrell/NKP)

  • Kaz Grala: It’s rare that a top five day isn’t enough to make a gain in the standings, but such was the case for Grala in Las Vegas. The Daytona International Speedway winner dropped solely due to a lack of stage points – he scored four, while Briscoe and Austin Cindric tallied 15 and six, respectively.

Playoff Standings: 

Rank Driver Wins in Round Points Points Ahead/Behind Cutoff
1 Christopher Bell 1 2152 78
2 Ben Rhodes 1 2105 31
3 Matt Crafton 0 2101 27
4 Johnny Sauter 0 2098 24
5 Chase Briscoe 0 2084 10
6 Austin Cindric 0 2082 8
Round of 6 Cutoff
7 Kaz Grala 0 2074 -8
8 John Hunter Nemechek 0 2068 -14

Playoff Points

Total Playoff Points
Rank Driver Playoff Points
1 Christopher Bell 47
2 Johnny Sauter 25
3 (tie) Matt Crafton 14
3 (tie) John Hunter Nemechek 14
5 Ben Rhodes 13
6 Chase Briscoe 10
7 Austin Cindric 7
8 Kaz Grala 5

Winner winner, six playoff-point dinner.  (Photo: Barry Cantrell/NKP)

Playoff Points Earned On-Track
Rank Driver Playoff Points
1 Christopher Bell 32
2 Johnny Sauter 15
3 John Hunter Nemechek 11
4 (tie) Matt Crafton 7
4 (tie) Ben Rhodes 7
6 Austin Cindric 6
7 Kaz Grala 5
8 Ryan Truex 3
9 Chase Briscoe 2
10 (tie) Noah Gragson 1
10 (tie) Stewart Friesen 1

Stage Points

Las Vegas Results

Stage 1 Stage 2
Pos. Driver Points Pos. Driver Points
1 Chase Briscoe 10 (+1 Playoff Point) 1 Ben Rhodes 10 (+1 Playoff Point)
2 Johnny Sauter 9 2 Christopher Bell 9
3 Christopher Bell 8 3 John Hunter Nemechek 8
4 Ryan Truex 7 4 Ryan Truex 7
5 Matt Crafton 6 5 Matt Crafton 6
6 Ben Rhodes 5 6 Chase Briscoe 5
7 Kaz Grala 4 7 Noah Gragson 4
8 Austin Cindric 3 8 Austin Cindric 3
9 Stewart Friesen 2 9 Johnny Sauter 2
10 Noah Gragson 1 10 Grant Enfinger 1

Playoff Totals

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoff Stage Points
Driver Playoff Stage Points Playoff Stage Wins
Christopher Bell 37 2
Ben Rhodes 28 1
Matt Crafton 26 0
Johnny Sauter 18 0
Chase Briscoe 15 1
Austin Cindric 13 0
Kaz Grala 10 0
John Hunter Nemechek 8 0

Season Totals

Rank Driver Stage Points Stage Wins
1 Christopher Bell 215 7
2 Matt Crafton 190 2
3 Johnny Sauter 184 5
4 Chase Briscoe 177 1
5 Ben Rhodes 169 1
6 Ryan Truex 155 3
7 John Hunter Nemechek 129 1
8 Noah Gragson 90 1
9 Austin Cindric 89 1
10 Grant Enfinger 83 0
11 Kaz Grala 57 0
12 Justin Haley 52 0
13 Timothy Peters 37 0
14 Stewart Friesen 30 1
15 Todd Gilliland 23 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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