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Justin Allgaier leads Xfinity playoff standings after first race of second round

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Justin Allgaier and two of his JR Motorsports teammates lead the Xfinity playoff standings after the first second round race, the Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway.

Allgaier holds a two-point lead over William Byron and a 11-point lead over Elliott Sadler after finishing fifth in the race.

The top five is completed by Brennan Poole (-28) and Matt Tifft (-33).

Only four of the remaining eight drivers will advance to the championship race.

Click here for the point standings.

Stats, results for Xfinity race at Kansas Speedway

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Christopher Bell claimed his first Xfinity Series win in the Kansas Lottery 300 after passing his teammate, Erik Jones, with four laps left in the race at Kansas Speedway.

Bell only led the final four laps after Jones led 186.

Completing the top five was Tyler Reddick, Ryan Blaney, William Byron and Justin Allgaier.

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Tyler Reddick wins pole for Xfinity race at Kansas Speedway

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Tyler Reddick claimed his first career Xfinity Series pole Saturday at Kansas Speedway, winning the top spot with a speed of 181.117 mph.

Rounding out the top five are Erik Jones, Ryan Blaney, Christopher Bell and Austin Dillon

William Byron was the highest qualifying playoff driver in sixth, but he will start from the year because of unapproved adjustments.

Reddick’s pole comes in his 17th Xfinity start. It also continues an impressive stretch for Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 42 Chevrolet. Both Reddick and Alex Bowman earned their first Xfinity wins in the last three races. Reddick won at Kentucky Speedway. Bowman won at Charlotte Motor Speedway two weeks ago.

“This cooler weather might be helping us,” Reddick told NBCSN. “We were really tight yesterday. I think that’s going to help us in the race.”

The pole also comes the week after one of his grandmothers, Carolyn Joyce Brown, passed away. Her name is on the roof of his car.

“The last two weeks have been rough,” Reddick said. “She was battling health for a long time and just finally lost the battle. She watched every single race and ever lap on track. She was there watching it at the race track or at home. Hopefully we can do something special for her. This will be the first race she hasn’t been here to see.”

Here is where the playoff drivers qualified:

William Byron – sixth

Cole Custer – seventh

Matt Tifft – eighth

Brennan Poole – ninth

Daniel Hemric – 10th

Elliott Sadler – 11th

Justin Allgaier – 13th

Ryan Reed – 15th

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Erik Jones, Ryan Blaney fastest in final Xfinity practice at Kansas Speedway

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NASCAR Cup regulars Erik Jones (177.189 mph) and Ryan Blaney (176.211) were fastest in Friday’s second and final Xfinity Series’ practice session at Kansas Speedway.

Ryan Sieg was third (176.154), Tyler Reddick was fourth (175.764) and Elliott Sadler (175.650).

Sixth through 10th were Justin Allgaier (175.513), William Byron (175.479), Ryan Reed (175.433), Austin Dillon (175.427) and Christopher Bell (175.387).

Qualifying for the Kansas Lottery 300 takes place Saturday at 12:05 p.m. ET, while the race takes the green flag shortly after 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

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Matt Tifft fastest in first of two Xfinity practices at Kansas Speedway

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Matt Tifft was fastest in the first of Friday’s two NASCAR Xfinity practice sessions at Kansas Speedway.

Tifft covered the 1.5-mile oval at 177.936 mph.

Ryan Blaney was second (177.456 mph), followed by fellow NASCAR Cup regulars Erik Jones (176.754) and Austin Dillon (176.286), as well as Tyler Reddick (176.160).

Sixth through 10th were Elliott Sadler (175.936), Cole Custer (175.901), Brennan Poole (175.833), Justin Allgaier (175.433) and William Byron (175.222).

The second and final Xfinity practice session today is scheduled from 5 to 5:55 p.m. ET.

Click here for the full practice speed chart.