Elliott Sadler finished fourth in Saturday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway.
But because he was the highest-finishing Xfinity Series regular — and one of the eight drivers still contending for the championship — Sadler moved into the top spot in the Xfinity standings heading into next Saturday’s penultimate race at Phoenix.
Because no Xfinity regular has won the first two races of the Round of 8 — Kansas and Texas — at least three of the four drivers to reach the championship round will do so on points.
If an Xfinity regular does not win at Phoenix, then all four Champioship 4 finalists will have reached the title race on points.
Sadler has a 29-point lead over fifth-ranked Matt Tifft, the first driver below the cutoff line.