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Results, point standings after Xfinity regular-season finale

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Ross Chastain survived three restarts inside the final 20 laps to score his first Xfinity Series win Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Chastain led 180 of 200 laps on the way to winning the DC Solar 300.

He beat Justin Allgaier, Cole Custer, Christopher Bell and Elliott Sadler.

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Points

Saturday’s race marked the regular-season finale and finalized the 12-driver playoff field.

Allgaier secured the regular-season title and 15 bonus playoff points.

The top five through 25 races is Allgaier, Custer (-44 points), Bell (-48), Sadler (-69) and Hemric (-78).

The remaining seven drivers who will compete in the playoffs are Brandon Jones, Tyler Reddick, Ryan Truex, Matt Tifft, Chastain, Austin Cindric and Ryan Reed.

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Results, points standing following Xfinity race at Indy

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Justin Allgaier claimed his fifth win of the year Monday in the Xfinity race at Indianapolis.

Allgaier beat Tyler Reddick and Ryan Blaney.

Allgaier now leads the series in wins this season.

Elliott Sadler earned his first DNF of the season.

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Points

Allgaier solidified his lead in the standings, as he now has a 49-point advantage over Cole Custer.

Christopher Bell is third (-52), followed by Daniel Hemric (-55) and Elliott Sadler (-69).

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Xfinity practice report at Darlington

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DARLINGTON, S.C. – Elliott Sadler posted the fastest lap in the final Xfinity practice session Friday at Darlington Raceway.

Sadler ran a lap of 165.995 mph. He was followed by Tyler Reddick (165.526 mph), Christopher Bell (165.092), Brad Keselowski (164.981) and Cole Custer (164.954).

Reddick ran the most laps at 52 in the session.

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Tyler Reddick had the best average over 10 consecutive laps at 162.745 mph. He was followed by Brad Keselowski (162.437 mph) and Kevin Harvick (162.220).

PRACTICE 1

Christopher Bell posted the fastest lap in the opening Xfinity Series practice session Friday at Darlington Raceway.

Bell had a top lap of 169.356 mph. Ross Chastain, driving this weekend for Chip Ganassi Racing, was next at 169.321 mph in the No. 42 car.

They were followed by Cole Custer (169.025 mph), Elliott Sadler (168.984) and Ty Dillon (168.798).

Tyler Reddick, who was ninth on the speed chart with a top lap of 168.106 mph, ran 30 laps, most in the session.

Bell also posted the best average over 10 consecutive laps at 166.143  mph.

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Results, point standings after Xfinity race at Road America

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Justin Allgaier claimed his fourth win of the year, a career-best, after leading the final seven laps of Saturday’s Xfinity race at Road America.

Allgaier beat Matt Tifft, Daniel Hemric, Cole Custer and Elliott Sadler.

Tifft earned the best finish of his career and Sadler earned his first top five since the July race at Daytona.

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Points

With his win, Allgaier assumed the points lead. He has a five-point advantage over Christopher Bell heading into next week’s race at Darlington Raceway.

The top five is completed by Elliott Sadler (-12 points), Custer (-13) and Hemric (-33).

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Johnny Sauter wins Truck race at Bristol

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Johnny Sauter passed John Hunter Nemechek with five laps remaining in the UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway to win his fifth Truck race of the year in the regular season finale. This is Sauter’s first Truck win at Bristol.

Stewart Friesen raced Sauter in the closing laps for what was an apparent bid for second until Nemechek faltered in the closing laps when his engine lost power to an undisclosed mechanical failure.

Friesen followed Sauter around the faltering Nemechek to second. This is the third time this season that Friesen has finished second. He is is still looking for his first Truck win.

Nemechek held on to finish third, but seemed to have the truck to beat until he lost power. Nemechek took the lead from pole sitter Christopher Bell on lap 31 and went on to win Stage 1 and 2 of the race.

Parker Kligerman and Todd Gilliland rounded out the top five.

STAGE 1 WINNER: John Hunter Nemechek

STAGE 2 WINNER: John Hunter Nemechek

ADVANCING TO THE PLAYOFFS: Johnny Sauter, Brett Moffitt, Noah Gragson, Ben Rhodes, Stewart Friesen, Grant Enfinger, Justin Haley and Matt Crafton.

HOW JOHNNY SAUTER WON: He took the lead for the first time at the beginning of the final stage when Nemechek pitted, lost it briefly to Gragson on the restart, and regained the top spot on lap 131. Nemechek ran Sauter down in traffic, retaking the lead on lap 177. Battling Friesen hard in the closing lap kept Sauter from losing the second spot and when Nemechek faltered, he was in position to take advantage. 

WHO HAD A GOOD NIGHT: Making his Truck debut, Stefan Parsons stayed on the lead lap until lap 95. He lost another lap late in the race and finished 17th to earn a top 20. … Also making his debut, Codie Rohrbaugh finished 16th. … Ross Chastain got his weekend off to a good start with a 12th-place finish in the Truck race. He will also race in the Xfinity Series Friday night and Cup on Sunday.

WHO HAD A BAD NIGHT: After finishing fifth at Daytona in the season opener, Scott Lagasse Jr. spun and crashed on lap 16 in just his second Truck start of the season. … Myatt Snider was fighting to stay on the lead lap and battling for a position with Gragson when the two made contact coming to the end of Stage 2. Snider spun into the inside wall and did major damage.

NOTABLE: Christopher Bell acclimated quickly to the No. 51 truck. He won the pole after taking over for an ailing Harrison Burton and then jumped out to an early lead and paced the field for 31 laps. He faded at the end when his power steering failed.

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT: “Uncle Johnny (Sauter) races me hard and that was a couple of bad ass Silverados going at it. … The lap traffic was to our advantage. We could roll when they moved up. … That was probably the most fun I’ve had all year, bumping and grinding. There are no better guys to race with than John Hunter and Johnny.” – Stewart Friesen on Fox.

WHAT’S NEXT: Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on Aug. 26 at 2:30 PM on FS1.