Xfinity race results, final point standings after Miami

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Tyler Reddick claimed the Xfinity Series title with his win in Saturday’s season finale.

Reddick led 44 laps, including the final 37, on his way to his third career win.

Reddick beat Cole Custer, John Hunter Nemechek, Daniel Hemric and Austin Cindric.

Christopher Bell finished 11th, a lap down after he pit with 10 laps to go for a flat tire.

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Elliott Sadler ended his final full-time season fifth in the standings.

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Results, stats after Xfinity playoff race at Phoenix

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Christopher Bell won Saturday’s Xfinity race at ISM Raceway, leading 94 laps after he started 38th.

Bell clinched a spot in the Championship 4 at Miami next weekend.

The top five was completed by Daniel Hemric, Austin Cindric, Matt Tifft and Ryan Preece.

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Points

With his win Bell joins Cole Custer, Hemric and Tyler Reddick in the Championship 4.

Custer got in through his win at Texas. Hemric and Reddick secured spot through points.

Elliott Sadler, Justin Allgaier, Matt Tifft and Austin Cindric were eliminated from title contention.

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Results, points after Xfinity playoff race at Texas

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Cole Custer snapped a 30-race winless streak with his victory in Saturday’s Xfinity race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Custer passed Tyler Reddick on the last lap to score the win.

The top five was completed by Reddick, Austin Cindric, John Hunter Nemechek and Justin Allgaier.

Christopher Bell placed 32nd after he wrecked from contact with Cindric on Lap 134. It is his second straight DNF.

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Points

With his win, Custer is the first driver to secure a spot in the championship four.

The top four ahead of next weekend’s elimination race at ISM Raceway are Reddick (+20 above cutline), Elliott Sadler (+13) and Daniel Hemric (+12).

With one race until the championship round, the two winningest series regulars this year are below the cutline.

Justin Allgaier, who has five wins, is fifth on the playoff grid, 12 points below the cutoff.

Matt Tifft is sixth (-14).

Bell, who has six wins, is seventh (-34).

Cindric is last on the grid (-61).

Daniel Hemric loses points lead, crew chief suspended for Kansas penalty

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Daniel Hemric has been docked 10 driver and owner points because his No. 21 Chevrolet was found to be too low after Saturday’s Xfinity Series playoff race at Kansas Speedway.

Hemric loses the points lead due to the L1 penalty.

Hemric’s crew chief, Danny Stockman Jr., was fined $10,000 and suspended from the next points race.

Richard Childress Racing does not plan to appeal the penalty.

Hemric, who finished second in the second round opener, exited the race with a nine-point lead over Elliott Sadler.

He now trails Sadler by one point ahead of the Nov. 3 race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Here are the Round of 8 standings after the penalty.

  1. Elliott Sadler – 3,058
  2. Daniel Hemric – 3,057
  3. Tyler Reddick – 3,055
  4. Christopher Bell – 3,045
  5. Matt Tifft – 3,044
  6. Justin Allgaier – 3,040
  7. Cole Custer – 3,022
  8. Austin Cindric – 3,002

NASCAR issued two fines for unsecured lug nuts.

Kyle Larson‘s crew chief, Chad Johnston, was fined $10,000 for one unsecured lug nut.

In the Xfinity Series, crew chief Randall Burnett was fined $5,000 for an unsecured lug nut on Matt Tifft’s No. 2 Chevrolet.

NASCAR also issued an indefinite suspension to James J. Bender for violating NASCAR’s substance abuse policy. Bender is a tire technician on Ryan Newman‘s No. 31 Chevrolet in the Cup Series.

Drivers in danger of being eliminated from Cup playoffs at Kansas

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The Cup playoff race at Talladega Superspeedway is over and unless you were a driver for Stewart-Haas Racing, not much good happened to the 12 driver playoff field.

Aric Almirola won and joined Chase Elliott in the third round.

That leaves 10 drivers scrambling for the remaining six spots.

Outside the top eight, Kyle Larson (26 points behind cutoff) and specifically Alex Bowman (68) are in must-win scenarios as the bottom two drivers.

But who else is feeling the heat of maybe missing out on the next round after Sunday’s race at Kansas Speedway (2 p.m. ET on NBC)?

Clint Bowyer (21 points above cutoff spot)

Bowyer entered Talladega below the cutoff with Almirola and is in a better position after finishing second in both stages and the race.

He will look to make his spot in Round 3 permanent with a win in Kansas, which would be his first at his home track.

In his last three Kansas starts, Bowyer’s best finish was ninth in the spring 2017 race. He placed 19th and 15th in the next two.

“After the frustrating run at Dover, I had to gain some points,”  Bowyer said. “It didn’t do any good to get good stage points if the guys that I’m racing for this next round do it, as well.  I had to get separated some way, shape or form.

“I mean, that guy sitting in Victory Lane right there (Almirola), as happy as I am for him, that’s a spot that just went away for that next round.

“We have to go home, at Kansas take care of business.  I think we can do that.  We needed an opportunity here.”

Martin Truex Jr. (+18)

After a “miserable” run at Talladega ended in a 23rd-place finish, Truex is likely looking forward to a 1.5-mile track.

Truex owns the final transfer spot on the playoff grid entering Kansas – where he’s won two of the last three races and finished second in the spring.

“I think that’s a good place for us even if we had to win,” Truex said after Talladega. “I am not saying we’re going to go there and win. But anytime we can go to any of those tracks, I feel like we have a shot. It’s racing. A lot can happen as we saw today. We’ll give it everything we got and bring a great car to Kansas. We’ll try to get the checkered flag.”

Brad Keselowski (18 points below the cutoff spot)

The Team Penske driver and defending race winner saw his hopes of winning in Talladega vanish when he had to pit for fuel coming to the green flag in overtime. He finished 27th after he led 21 laps.

Keselowski is now on the outside looking into the top eight despite having won three of five races in September, including the playoff opener.

Keselowski has one top five in his last five Kansas starts (second in spring 2017). He’s placed 13th and 14th in the last two visits.

Ryan Blaney (-22)

After winning at the Charlotte Roval to advance to Round 2, Blaney’s playoff hopes are looking a bit dire.

Like Keselowski, Blaney also had to pit for fuel coming to the overtime restart.

As a result, Blaney has finishes of 11th (Dover) and 29th (Talladega) entering Kansas.

Like Truex, Blaney has some positive recent history at the 1.5-mile track.

He finished fourth and third there last year.

In May, Blaney led 54 laps before he was eliminated in an incident with Kyle Larson with 20 laps to go. He finished 37th.

Below is the playoff grid heading into Kansas.