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Xfinity Series playoff standings entering first round

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The Xfinity Series playoffs begin this weekend with a 12-driver field set to compete for the championship.

The playoffs start Saturday night with a race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN).

Chase Briscoe and Austin Cindric start the postseason tied after they each earned 50 playoff points during the regular season.

More: Las Vegas entry lists

The last four drivers in the standings are Ryan Sieg (2,002 points), Michael Annett (2,002), Riley Herbst (2,001) and Brandon Brown (2,000).

Here are the full playoff standings entering the Round of 12.

 

Richmond Xfinity starting lineup

Richmond Xfinity starting lineup
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Ross Chastain, who nearly won the past two races, will lead the field to green for Friday night’s Xfinity Series race at Richmond Raceway.

Brandon Jones starts second and is followed by Harrison Burton, Noah Gragson and Chase Briscoe.

Kyle Busch, making his final Xfinity start of the season, starts 29th in the 37-car field.

Click here for Xfinity starting lineup

Chastain could have entered Richmond on a two-race winning streak. Chastain and Kaulig Racing teammate AJ Allmendinger made contact racing for the lead on the last lap at Daytona two weeks ago. Teammate Justin Haley won that race.

Moments after Denny Hamlin took the lead from Chastain with less than two laps left at Darlington, Hamlin hit the wall and Chastain ran into Hamlin. Jones passed both to win last weekend’s race.

Three races remain in the regular season: Friday night’s Richmond race, Saturday afternoon’s Richmond race and the Sept. 18 NASCAR race at Bristol.

The Richmond Xfinity starting lineup for Friday is set by using a formula based on four statistical categories: owner points position, owner final race position, the finish and fastest lap from the most recently completed race.

Performance Metrics Qualifying is a total number based on the previous race. The formula is 15% of a fastest lap time position, 25% of the driver’s final race finish position, 25% of the owner’s final race position and 35% of the owner points position. Any ties will be broken by the rule book.

The starting lineup for Saturday’s race will be based off the finish of Friday night’s race.

NASCAR Xfinity Series at Richmond 

Race Time: 7 p.m. ET Friday

Track: Richmond Raceway; Richmond, Virginia (.75-mile speedway)

Length: 250 laps (187.5 miles)

Stages: Stage 1 ends Lap 75. Stage 2 ends Lap 150.

TV coverage: NBCSN

Radio: Motor Racing Network (also SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Streaming: NBC Sports app (subscription required); mrn.com and SiriusXM for audio (subscription required)

Lineup: Click here for Xfinity starting lineup

Next Cup race: Saturday at Richmond (400 laps, 300 miles), 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Next Truck race: Thursday at Richmond (250 laps, 187.5 miles), 8 p.m. ET on FS1

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.

 

 

 

Brandon Jones scores Xfinity win after leaders tangle

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Brandon Jones took the lead coming to the white flag when Denny Hamlin and Ross Chastain made contact while racing for the lead and won Saturday’s Xfinity race at Darlington Raceway.

“Darn it,” Chastain said on his team’s radio after finishing second.

Ryan Sieg placed third and was followed by Riley Herbst and Hamlin.

MORE: Race results 

The late-race drama came a week after Chastain made contact with teammate AJ Allmendinger while racing for the lead on the last lap at Daytona. Justin Haley won that race.

Hamlin made his move in Turn 3 and got around Chastain but came up and hit the wall. He slowed so much that Chastain ran into the back of Hamlin’s car, allowing Jones to get by.

“I thought I could clear him and get slowed up in time before I got to the wall,” Hamlin told NBCSN. “I saw an opportunity to clear. Once I did, I carried a little too much speed into (Turn) 3.”

Chastain told NBCSN: “Denny was faster. I knew that. I just kept ripping the top. I was really struggling on entry. … To be able to go up against a guy like Denny Hamlin, a future champion … I’m just proud of this group. I just needed to make the crossover sooner into (Turn) 3 there.”

Chastain said he and Hamlin “were able to fist bump after” the race.

Despite not winning, Chastain clinched a playoff spot. Eight of the 12 playoff spots have been clinched. Three races remain in the regular season.

Jones only led the final two laps.

The victory is his fourth of his Xfinity career and third of the season. All four of Jones’ wins have come in his last 27 starts.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Denny Hamlin

STAGE 2 WINNER: Denny Hamlin

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Ryan Sieg’s third-place finish matched his best finish of the season and did so after his car was damaged in a multi-car crash on Lap 2. “I thought our day was over,” Sieg said of his feelings after the crash. … Riley Herbst’s fourth-place finish was his fifth consecutive top-10 result. Austin Hill placed ninth to tie his career-best finish in the series. … Brandon Brown was involved in that Lap 2 crash and came back to finish 17th and maintain his hold on the final playoff spot.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Daniel Hemric finished last after he was collected in a multi-car crash that brought out the caution on Lap 3. It is his seventh finish of 28th or worse in 16 starts this year for JR Motorsports. … Justin Allgaier had mechanical issues and finished several laps down.

NEXT: The series goes to Richmond Raceway for a doubleheader weekend. The series races at 7 p.m. ET on Friday,  Sept. 11 and at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 12. Both races will be on NBCSN.

Xfinity playoff standings after Dover

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Justin Allgaier secured a playoff spot by winning Saturday’s Xfinity race at Dover International Speedway, leaving five spots available in the playoff standings. Five races remain in the regular season.

Chase Briscoe won his sixth series race Sunday. Briscoe is battling Austin Cindric for most playoff points. Allgaier, Briscoe, Cindric, Noah Gragson, Harrison Burton, Brandon Jones and Justin Haley have each clinched playoff spots

Brandon Brown extended his lead for the final playoff spot on Jeremy Clements by three points over the two Xfinity Series races this past weekend. Brown leads Clements by 31 points in the Xfinity playoff standings. Myatt Snider trails Brown by 58 points.

MORE: Cup playoff grid 

Here are the races that remain in the Xfinity regular season:

Aug. 28 at Daytona International Speedway  (7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN)

Sept. 5 at Darlington Raceway (12:30 p.m. ET on NBC)

Sept. 11 at Richmond Raceway (7 p.m. ET on NBCSN)

Sept. 12 at Richmond Raceway (2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN)

Sept. 18 at Bristol Motor Speedway (7 p.m. ET on NBCSN)

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