The Xfinity Series season is 17 races old and yet there’s only three series regulars locked into the playoffs.
That leaves nine spots left to be filled on either race wins or points by the time the regular season ends in nine races.
Koch, 11th on the grid, is 35 points above the cutoff. Gaughan is 12th and just nine points above the cutoff in a season where the Richard Childress Racing veteran has four DNFs and only two top 10s in the last seven races.
Below is the playoff grid through 17 races.
Though he hasn’t competed in the last five Xfinity races, the presence of Darrell Wallace Jr. is still felt in the series’ points standings.
Wallace last made a start for Roush Fenway Racing at Pocono on June 10, finishing the race fourth in points. But since then he has only fallen to 12th in the points standings.
When this was noted on Twitter, Wallace gave his two cents in GIF form.