Even though he hasn’t won this year, Elliott Sadler earned himself a spot in the Xfinity Series playoffs Friday night at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Sadler is the fourth driver to qualify for the playoffs. He joins Ryan Reed, William Byron and Justin Allgaier, who clinched spots through race wins.
The JR Motorsports driver and the series points leader finished third in the Food City 300 for his ninth top five of the year.
“Man, we had a great car,” Sadler told NBCSN. “I hit the wall with like 50 to go. Then I threw my water bottle out and it got in the jack man’s way, messed us up. We’re peaking at the right time.”
Sadler has led the Xfinity Series point standings for the last 10 races and following 20 of the 22 races this year.
Following Sadler in the top five is William Byron (-110), Allgaier (-136), Brennan Poole (-186) and Daniel Hemric (-206).
Brendan Gaughan is on the playoff bubble. He is 43 points above the cutoff line. Ross Chastain is 13th on the playoff grid.
Click here for the point standings.
Kyle Busch won the pole for the Xfinity Series’ Food City 300 after a shortened qualifying session due to rain at Bristol Motor Speedway.
A lengthy rain delay led NASCAR to hold a single, 20-minute round to determine the pole, and Busch earned it with speed of 127.157 mph.
“It’s just a matter of waiting a little bit, seeing what the track had in it and trying to go get it,” Busch told NBCSN. “Starting up front that will help things for us. We’re a little off on balance there for our run and would like to make some adjustments here in order to make it better so we’re closer at the start of the race and don’t have work on it much during the race.”
It’s the 63rd Xfinity pole for Busch and his sixth of the year, which leads the series.
The starting top five will be Busch, Joey Logano, Brennan Poole, Justin Allgaier and Cole Custer.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start 17th in his first Xfinity start of the year.
Busch is attempting to sweep all three NASCAR races at Bristol Motor Speedway this week, like he did in 2010. He won Wednesday’s Camping World Truck Series. He’s won from the pole three times this season in Xfinity competition.
The race is scheduled to begin at 7:43 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Click here for full qualifying results.
Kyle Busch was fastest in the final Xfinity Series practice session for Friday’s Food City 300.
Busch posted a top speed of 124.315 mph around Bristol Motor Speedway.
The Joe Gibbs Racing driver is attempting to sweep all three NASCAR races this weekend after he won last night’s Truck Series race.
Following Busch were Joey Logano (123.865), Brennan Poole (123.586), William Byron (123.372) and Justin Allgaier (123.308).
Tyler Reddick recorded the most laps in the session with 105.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. was 17th fastest in the session.
Click here for the full report.
Drivers got pretty aggressive in the final 35 laps of Saturday’s Mid-Ohio Challenge NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
And with aggressiveness usually comes wrecks, and that was certainly the case here.
First, as almost a warm-up of things to come, five drivers were involved in a wreck on Lap 53, when Brennan Poole spun out Blake Koch and collected Spencer Gallagher, Jeremy Clements and Regan Smith.
Then on Lap 59, Justin Marks and Regan Smith tangled, with Ryan Reed being unable to avoid Marks, virtually wiping out the front end on Reed’s Ford.
Then, almost as if the previous wrecks built up to a crescendo, the biggest wreck of the race occurred with just six laps to go. The wreck involved 10 drivers and brought out a red flag.
It was a wild day, indeed.
JR Motorsports teammates Elliott Sadler, William Byron and Justin Allgaier remained 1-2-3 in the Xfinity Series driver standings following Saturday’s Mid-Ohio Challenge at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Although he remains winless this season, Sadler still managed to pull closer to securing a playoff berth. He leads Byron by 87 points and Allgaier by 142 points.
Brennan Poole, who spun Sadler out during Saturday’s race, likely preventing a higher finish, is fourth (-182) and Daniel Hemric is fifth (-196).
Click here for the Xfinity Series point standings after Mid-Ohio.