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Xfinity playoff grid after Darlington

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Ross Chastain became the eighth driver to clinch a playoff spot in the Xfinity Series last weekend at Darlington Raceway. Chastain clinched the spot with his second-place finish. That leaves fours spots in the Xfinity playoff grid with three races left in the regular season.

Brandon Brown holds the 12th and final spot in the Xfinity playoff grid. He finished 17th at Darlington after his car was damaged in a Lap 2 accident. Brown extended his lead by 13 points on Jeremy Clements, who finished 32nd.

Myatt Snider trails Brown by 51 points. Josh Williams trails Brown by 84 points.

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The series has a doubleheader this weekend at Richmond Raceway. The series races at 7 p.m. ET Friday on NBCSN. The series then races at 2 p.m. ET Saturday on NBCSN.

The regular season for the Xfinity Series ends Sept. 18 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Here is a look at the Xfinity playoff grid. Drivers shaded in green are locked in the playoffs. Drivers shaded in yellow are in a playoff spot based on their point total. Those shaded in red are outside a playoff spot.

 

 

 

Retro Rundown 2020: Southern 500 paint schemes

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It’s officially Southern 500 week.

NASCAR will make its third visit of the year to Darlington Raceway this weekend, capped off by Sunday’s Southern 500 (6 p.m. ET on NBCSN) and the start of the Cup Series playoffs.

Since 2015, the Southern 500 Throwback Weekend has played host to various retro paint schemes that pay tribute to NASCAR’s past.

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Here’s the Retro Rundown for this year as we catalogue the throwback schemes Cup, Xfinity and Truck teams will bring to the track “Too Tough to Tame.”

Cup Series

Quin Houff, No. 00 Chevrolet

Brad Keselowski, No. 2 Ford

The Team Penske driver will have the Discount Tire scheme he had in the Xfinity Series 10 years ago.

Austin Dillon, No. 3 Chevrolet

The Richard Childress Racing driver’s car will be a tribute to NASCAR Hall of Famer Junior Johnson, who died last year at the age of 88.

Austin Dillon Southern 500

 

Kevin Harvick, No. 4 Ford

Harvick will drive a paint scheme based on the 1997 NASCAR-themed Busch Beer cans.

 

Ryan Newman, No. 6 Ford

The Roush Fenway Racing driver will pilot a scheme based on the 1999 scheme from the USAC Silver Crown Series, where he won the national championship.

Ryan Newman Darlington

 

 

Josh Bilicki, No. 7 Chevrolet

Tommy Baldwin Racing will honor Tommy Baldwin Sr.’s racing career.

 

Tyler Reddick, No. 8 Chevrolet

The Richard Childress rookie will throw back to the paint scheme NASCAR on NBC’s Jeff Burton had in 1994 when Burton won Cup rookie of the year honors.

 

Chase Elliott, No. 9 Chevrolet

Elliott will pay tribute to Jimmie Johnson with his 2009 championship scheme.

Chase Elliott Southern 500

 

Aric Almirola, No. 10 Ford

 

Denny Hamlin, No. 11 Toyota

Hamlin’s scheme is a throwback to when FedEx was first founded at Federal Express in 1973. The design of the No. 11 is based based on Cale Yarborough’s number that year when he won at Darlington.

Denny Hamlin Darlington

 

Ryan Blaney, No. 12 Ford

The Team Penske driver will sport the Menards paint scheme that Paul Menard had when he competed in the ARCA Menards Series in 2003.

Ryan Blaney Darlington

 

Ty Dillon, No. 13 Chevrolet

Clint Bowyer, No. 14 Ford

The Stewart-Haas Racing driver will honor NBC Sports analyst Kyle Petty. Bowyer’s car will have the Peak Antifreeze scheme Petty drove for SABCO Racing in 1990 and won at Rockingham in.

 

Brennan Poole, No. 15 Chevrolet

Kyle Busch, No. 18 Toyota

Busch will pilot a paint scheme based on the M&M’s car driven by Elliott Sadler in 2004 at Robert Yates Racing.

Kyle Busch Southern 500

 

Martin Truex Jr., No. 19 Toyota

 

Matt DiBenedetto, No. 21 Ford

DiBenedetto will arrive in Darlington with a tribute to the Wood Brothers’ 1963 Ford Galaxie. That’s the car Tiny Lund won the 1963 Daytona 500 with. It’s also the car Glen Wood won his final Cup Series race in at Bowman Gray Stadium on July 13, 1963.

Matt DiBenedetto

 

Joey Logano, No. 22 Ford

Logano will drive a scheme inspired by the No. 22 Miller car that Bobby Allison raced in 1985.

Joey Logano

 

William Byron, No. 24 Chevrolet

Byron will honor Jimmie Johnson with his 2013 All-Star Race winning scheme.

William Byron Southern 500

 

J.J. Yeley, No. 27 Ford.

 

John Hunter Nemechek, No. 38 Ford

The rookie driver’s scheme is based on Elliott Sadler’s CITGO scheme from 1999 and 2000.

 

Cole Custer, No. 41 Ford.

 

Bubba Wallace, No. 43 Chevrolet

Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Chevrolet

For his final Southern 500, Johnson will pay tribute to his fellow seven time Cup champions, Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt.

Jimmie Johnson Southern 500

 

Joey Gase, No. 51 Chevrolet

Gase will drive a tribute to Bobby Allison’s 1971 win in the Southern 500 and the Coca-Cola scheme he had that year. It’s the same Allison tribute Tony Stewart had in the 2016 Southern 500.

Joey Gase

 

James Davison, No. 53 Chevrolet

Timmy Hill, No. 66 Toyota

Ross Chastain, No. 77 Chevrolet

Chastain will drive a paint scheme that honors the scheme Dale Earnhardt drove early in his career.

Alex Bowman, No. 88 Chevrolet

Bowman will honor Jimmie Johnson by racing his 2006 championship scheme, his first of five Cup titles in a row.

Alex Bowman Southern 500

 

Christopher Bell, No. 95 Toyota

Bell will drive the scheme he had when he won the Truck Series title in 2017.

 

Daniel Suarez, No. 96 Toyota

 

Xfinity Series

 

Jeffrey Earnhardt, No. 0 Chevrolet

 

Brett Moffitt, No. 02 Chevrolet

 

Michael Annett, No. 1 Chevrolet

With sponsorship from Oreo, the JR Motorsports driver will honor his team owner, Dale Earnhardt Jr., with driving the scheme Earnhardt drove to a win in the 2002 Xfinity Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway.

Michael Annett Darlington
Top: JR Motorsports/Bottom: Getty Images

 

Ryan Vargas, No. 7 Chevrolet

 

Justin Allgaier, No. 7 Chevrolet

 

Daniel Hemric, No. 8 Chevrolet

The JR Motorsports driver will pilot a John Andretti tribute scheme. The scheme is based on the K Mart/Little Caesars car that the late Andretti raced in the 1995 and 1996 Cup seasons. 

Daniel Hemric Darlington

 

Joe Graf Jr., No. 08 Chevrolet

Chad Finchum, No. 13 Toyota

Harrison Burton, No. 20 Toyota

The son of NASCAR on NBC analyst Jeff Burton will honor his farther with one of his past schemes.

 

Anthony Alfredo, No. 21 Chevrolet

 

Tommy Joe Martins, No. 44 Chevrolet

 

Kyle Weatherman, No. 47 Chevrolet

Jeremy Clements, No. 51 Chevrolet

Clements, a South Carolina native, will drive a scheme that pays tribute to NASCAR champions from his home state. Drivers who will be honored include:

Cup Series: Buck Baker (Richburg, SC – C 1957-58), David Pearson (Spartanburg, SC – 1966, 1968-69) and Cale Yarborough (Timmonsville, SC –  1976-78)

Xfinity Series: Sam Ard (Pamplico, SC – 1983-84) and Larry Pearson (Spartanburg, SC – 1986-87)

Jeremy Clements Darlington

 

Stephen Leicht, No. 68 Toyota

Brandon Brown, No. 68 Chevrolet

 

Myatt Snider, No. 93 Chevrolet

 

Chase Briscoe, No. 98 Ford

The Stewart-Haas Racing driver will pay tribute to team owner Tony Stewart by driving his 2011 Cup championship scheme.

DGM Racing: Alex Labbe and Josh Williams

Truck Series

 

Derek Kraus, No. 19 Toyota

 

Spencer Boyd, No. 20 Chevrolet

Stewart Friesen, No. 52 Toyota

 

Timmy Hill, No. 56 Chevrolet

 

Clay Greenfield, No. 68 Toyota

 

GMS Racing

Justin Haley wins Xfinity race at Daytona

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Justin Haley won Friday night’s Xfinity Series race at Daytona after his teammates, AJ Allmendinger and Ross Chastain, wrecked racing for the lead on the final lap in Turns 3 and 4.

It is Haley’s second win of the year after he won at Talladega.

Allmendinger was leading when Chastain made a move to pass him on the inside. They made contact and started a chain reaction. Austin Cindric and Michael Annett were also involved.

The night was dominated by Kaulig Racing, with Haley winning Stage 1 and Allmendinger claiming Stage 2. The team led 68 of 100 laps.

“An amazing effort by Kaulig Racing,” Haley told NBCSN. “Obviously, I hate that AJ and Ross got together there. … Parked it right here on the double yellow line where I went down too low about two years (and was disqualified from a win) in a Xfinity race. A little humor there.”

Chastain wound up finishing sixth.

“It’s terrible to run into your teammate like that,” Chastain told NBCSN. “Must be my fault, though. It’s unfortunate, we did everything right all night. We just got to win. … Did everything right to be the the best teammate I could. I haven’t always been. Last lap, I don’t back down and I’m going to go for it. … I hate it, man! It’s not going to help me moving forward.”

Allmendinger finished 15th after leading a race-high 58 laps. He said Chastain’s move was fair.

“I try to take care of my teammates, but it is what it is, it’s for the win,” Allmendginer told NBCSN. “Ross is going for the championship and going for a win there. I saw him get low and I thought maybe he’d take care of me a little bit considering I was there. But he’s going for the win.”

The top five was made up of Haley, Gray Gaulding, Chase Briscoe, Riley Herbst and Harrison Burton.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Justin Haley won in a one-lap shootout

STAGE 2 WINNER: AJ Allmendinger passed Gray Gaulding on the last lap to win the stage.

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Gray Gaulding has finished in the top 10 in his last four superspeedway starts, including runner-ups in two of them … Riley Herbst bounced back from aa pass-through penalty at the start of the race to earn his third top five of the season … Josh Williams finish ninth for his third top 10 of the season.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Joe Graf Jr. was eliminated when he was in an early wreck with Jeffrey Earnhardt and Caesar Bacarella … Bacarella was then eliminated when he wrecked on Lap 14 … Earnhardt was involved in a wreck on Lap 25 with Kody Vanderwal, which eliminated both … Noah Gragson‘s night ended early following a large wreck on Lap 40 that involved Justin Allgaier, Brandon Jones, Daniel Hemric, Brett Moffitt and Anthony Alfredo … Allgaier and Brandon Brown were eliminated on the ensuing restart when Allgaier cut a tire and spun, causing an incident that included Brown and Jeremy Clements.

WHAT’S NEXT: Race at Darlington Raceway, 12:30 p.m. ET Sept. 5 on NBC

Racing community mourns death of spotter Brad Campbell

Spotter Brad Campbell
Photo: Jesse Vaughan
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Spotter Brad Campbell died Friday after he was involved in an accident last weekend on the way to the airport to travel to Texas Motor Speedway, DGM Racing announced.

The team posted a link to a GoFundMe me page for Campbell’s family.

Campbell also was an EMT and spent time in New York City as an EMT during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the city. The team stated that Campbell was an organ donor.

The DGM Racing cars of Josh Williams, Alex Labbe and Dexter Bean will honor Campbell with decals on their cars for Saturday’s Xfinity race at Kansas Speedway (5 p.m. ET on NBCSN). Williams’ car will have Campbell’s name over the driver side door.

 

Xfinity playoff grid after Indianapolis

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Chase Briscoe‘s continued dominance of the Xfinity Series over the weekend on the Indianapolis road course ensured no additional drivers locked themselves into the 12-driver playoff field.

Through 13 races, Briscoe and four other drivers have qualified for the playoffs via race wins. Briscoe, who has five race wins, leads the field with 28 playoff points.

The last two drivers currently in the top 12 are Riley Herbst (+19 points above cutline) and Brandon Brown (+6 points).

The first four drivers outside the top 12 are Myatt Snider (-6), Alex Labbe (-32), Jeremy Clements (-49) and Josh Williams (-57).