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Xfinity Championship 4 field set by Phoenix race

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AVONDALE, Arizona – JR Motorsports teammates William Byron, Elliott Sadler and Justin Allgaier will be joined by Richard Childress Racing’s Daniel Hemric in the championship race next weekend in Miami.

All four secured spots Saturday at Phoenix. They make for an all-Chevrolet final.

All four will enter Miami with the same number of points. The driver who finishes the highest among the four will win the championship.

Matt Tifft, Cole Custer, Ryan Reed and Brennan Poole were eliminated from contention.

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Erik Jones wins pole for Xfinity playoff race at Phoenix

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Erik Jones will start from the pole in the Xfinity Series race at Phoenix Raceway (3:30 p.m. ET on NBC).

Jones won his 15th career pole with a speed of 133.929 mph around the 1-mile track. It is his third pole of the year.

The starting top five is Jones, William Byron, Cole Custer, Matt Tifft and Alex Bowman.

Byron, Custer and Tifft are among the eight remaining playoff drivers.

Where the rest of the playoff drivers will start:

7th – Daniel Hemric

10th – Justin Allgaier

13th – Elliott Sadler

14th – Brennan Poole

20th – Ryan Reed

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William Byron is fastest in final Xfinity practice at Phoenix

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William Byron was fastest in Friday afternoon’s second and final NASCAR Xfinity Series practice session at Phoenix Raceway.

Byron covered the 1-mile oval at 131.661 mph, followed by fellow Xfinity playoff contender Justin Allgaier (131.085 mph).

Christopher Bell (130.961) was third, followed by Alex Bowman (130.914) and Erik Jones (130.881).

Other Xfinity playoff contenders and where they finished in practice were: Cole Custer (7th, 130.776 mph), Daniel Hemric (9th, 130.558), points leader Elliott Sadler (10th, 130.553), Brennan Poole (11th, 130.425), Matt Tifft (14th, 130.213) and Ryan Reed (21st, 129.464).

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Ryan Blaney is fastest in first of two Xfinity practices at Phoenix

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NASCAR Cup playoff contender Ryan Blaney got in a little extra track time Friday afternoon at Phoenix Raceway, being fastest in the first of two Xfinity Series practice sessions.

Blaney, who is still in contention for advancing to next week’s NASCAR Cup championship race, had a top speed (131.368 mph) of the 37 drivers that took to the track.

Three of the eight still-eligible Xfinity playoff contenders were next – Justin Allgaier was second (131.157 mph), followed by Matt Tifft (131.138), William Byron (131.100) – followed by Spencer Gallagher (131.066).

As for the other five playoff contenders, Cole Custer was seventh (130.952 mph), Daniel Hemric was 11th (130.473), Brennan Poole (130.359) was 13th, Elliott Sadler was 14th (130.336) and Ryan Reed was 20th (129.520).

There will be one more Xfinity practice session this afternoon from 4:30 to 5:25 p.m. ET. Catch all the action on NBCSN.

Click here for the full practice grid.

Six Cup teams docked practice time at Phoenix

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AVONDALE, Arizona – Six Cup cars, three Xfinity cars and two trucks will miss practice time this weekend at Phoenix Raceway for inspection issues, NASCAR announced Friday.

The Cup cars of Trevor Bayne, Jeffrey Earnhardt, Chris Buescher and Cole Whitt will miss 15 minutes of Friday’s Cup practice because those cars each were late to inspection at Texas. That session goes from 1 – 2:25 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

The cars of Buescher, Joey Logano and playoff contender Chase Elliott will miss 15 minutes of Saturday’s final practice for failing inspection before last weekend’s race at Texas.

In the Xfinity Series, the car of playoff contender Matt Tifft will miss 30 minutes of final practice for failing inspection three times before last weekend’s race at Texas. The cars of Ryan Blaney and playoff contender Daniel Hemric will each miss 15 minutes of final practice for failing inspection twice before last weekend’s race. That session is from 4:30 – 5:25 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

In the Camping World Truck Series, the vehicles of Ray Ciccarelli and Ted Minor will each miss 15 minutes of final practice for failing inspection twice before last weekend’s race at Texas. That session is from 11 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. on Fox Sports 2.

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