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.
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.
While the Cup Series playoffs begin this weekend at Darlington, there’s still four races before the Xfinity Series playoff grid in finalized.
Following his win Friday at Daytona, Justin Haley is fourth on the Xfinity Series playoff grid with 13 playoff points.
More: Winner and Losers from Daytona
Going into Saturday’s race at Darlington (12:30 p.m. ET on NBC), Brandon Brown continues to hold the final playoff spot in the 12-driver field. He has a 32-point advantage over Jeremy Clements.
Here’s a look at the full Xfinity playoff grid. Drivers shaded in yellow are in a playoff spot based on their point total. Drivers shaded in red are outside a playoff spot.
Austin Cindric outran AJ Allmendinger in a two-lap dash to claim the win Saturday in the Xfinity Series race at Road America.
The Team Penske driver captured his fourth Xfinity Series win in the last five races, leading 19 of 45 laps around the road course.
Cindric is the 11th different winner in 11 Xfinity races at Road America. He’s won three of the last six road course races.
The top five was completed by Chase Briscoe, Kaz Grala and Andy Lally, who made his first Xfinity start since 2018.
More: Click here for race results and points
The final shootout was set up by a wreck on a restart with four laps left in the race. The wreck occurred between Turns 1 and 2 and included Justin Allgaier, Myatt Snider, Jeremy Clements and Jeffrey Earnhardt.
The race was stopped for 1 hour and 33 minutes for a weather delay near the end of the first stage.
STAGE 1 WINNER: Justin Haley won the stage in a one-lap shootout.
STAGE 2 WINNER: AJ Allmendinger won under caution.
WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Kaz Grala earned his fourth top five in 29 Xfinity start … Preston Pardus finished eighth. He has two top 10s in four career starts.
WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Daniel Hemric finished 35th after his engine expired on Lap 7 … Jesse Little finished 33rd after he got stuck in a Turn 2 sand trap with four laps left in the second stage. Safety officials were unable to remove his car in time to finish the stage under green.
WHAT’S NEXT: Race on the Daytona road course, 3 p.m. ET Aug. 15 on NBCSN.
For the third consecutive race, Michael Annett will start on the pole after a random draw for Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Road America. The Xfinity starting lineup has Austin Cindric, who finished second in last year’s event, starting second.
Harrison Burton starts third. Justin Haley is fourth and Riley Herbst will start fifth in Saturday’s race (noon ET on NBCSN).
Click here for Xfinity starting lineup at Road America
Here’s how the Xfinity starting lineup random draw worked:
- Positions 1-12 in Xfinity starting lineup: The first 12 NXS Teams based on the Adverse Conditions Line Up Eligibility will be assigned starting positions 1st – 12th using a random draw.
- Positions 13-24: The next 12 NXS Teams based on the Adverse Conditions Line Up eligibility will be assigned starting positions 12th- 24th using a random draw.
- Starting positions 25-36: The next 12 NXS Teams based on the Adverse Conditions Line Up eligibility will be assigned starting positions 25th -36th using a random draw.
- Any vehicles that are eligible for the Event in position 37th – 40th will be assigned starting positions based on their order of eligibility.
NASCAR Xfinity Series at Road America
Race Time: Noon ET Saturday
Track: Road America; Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin (4.048-mile course)
Length: 45 laps (182.16 miles)
Stages: Stage 1 ends Lap 14. Stage 2 ends Lap 29.
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)
Next Cup race: Saturday at Michigan (156 laps, 312 miles) 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Next Truck race: Friday at Michigan (100 laps, 200 miles) 6 p.m. ET on FS1
For the third straight race the Xfinity Series saw Austin Cindric claim a victory, this time after Kyle Busch’s car failed post-race inspection Saturday in Texas.
Cindric’s win meant no other driver locked themselves into the 12-driver playoff grid with eight races left in the regular season.
Going into Saturday’s race at Kansas Speedway (5 p.m. ET on NBCSN), the last driver among the top 12 on the playoff grid is Brandon Brown.
The independent driver is 31 points above the cutline after his 10th-place finish in Texas. That’s an increase of 17 points from last week after the Kentucky doubleheader.
The first four drivers outside the top 12 are Jeremy Clements (-31 points from cutline), Myatt Snider (-38), Jesse Little (-51) and Alex Labbe (-63 points).