Brendan Gaughan focused on maintaining a playoff spot in Xfinity Series (video)

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Brendan Gaughan enters his favorite period of the season hoping to hold on to a playoff spot in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

Gaughan enters Saturday’s Xfinity race at Watkins Glen International (2 p.m. ET, NBCSN), holding the final playoff spot. Twelve drivers will make the Xfinity playoffs. William Byron, Justin Allgaier and Ryan Reed have earned playoff spots with wins.

Gaughan is 18 points behind of Michael Annett. Gaughan is 14 points ahead of JJ Yeley, the first driver outside a playoff position.

Saturday’s race is the first of three on road courses this month. The series goes to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Aug. 12 and races at Road America on Aug. 26.

“If somebody randomly wins a race, we have to gain a spot,” Gaughan said Friday of his playoff hopes. “We’re cognizant of it. We would like to get stage points. The best way to do that is to win a race. I think you’re going to see really, really exciting strategy racing here at the three road races because you can do so many different things.”

For more on what Gaughan says, check out the video.