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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.

 

Xfinity standings after Richmond

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One more race, one more playoff spot.

The Xfinity Series will hold its regular-season finale Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway (7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN) and solidify its 12 driver playoff field.

More: Cup standings after Richmond

Following the doubleheader at Richmond Raceway, Brandon Brown holds the final playoff spot. After finishing 18th and 11th in Richmond, Brown has a 49-point advantage over Jeremy Clements.

Here is a look at the Xfinity standings after Richmond. 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.

Xfinity standings after Richmond

Brandon Jones gets Xfinity win in overtime with last-lap pass

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Brandon Jones won Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Kansas Speedway in an overtime finish with a last-lap pass of Austin Cindric.

There were two attempts at an overtime finish. On the last attempt, Jones restarted seventh.

Jones snapped Cindric’s three race win streak and claimed his second victory of year. Cindric had dominated the race, leading 131 of 175 laps and sweeping the first two stages.

The top five was completed by Cindric, Harrison Burton, Ryan Sieg and Ross Chastain.

More: Race results, point standings

“We’re never out of this thing, that’s what I love about these guys,” Jones told NBCSN. “We keep our head in the game, we don’t get excited during these races. We continue to make changes. My feedback I think was pretty good. It’s been a long two days, I feel exhausted and obviously the heat is big here. Looking forward to celebrating with these guys and it feels great to be back in victory lane.”

Jones competed in three of the weekend’s NASCAR races at Kansas, including the Truck Series doubleheader.

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver’s victory followed a seventh-place finish at Texas. Before that he had failed to finish four consecutive races.

“This just shows that we’ve still been running good,” Jones said. “Every time we haven’t finished a race or something has happened, we’ve been taken out or we’ve had mechanical failure. Just goes to show the speed.”

Burton had taken the lead with 10 laps to go in the scheduled distance after Cindric slapped the wall exiting Turn 2.

But the caution came out four laps later when Joe Graf Jr. got into the wall exiting Turn 4.

The leaders pit and Sieg stayed out. Cindric was first off pit road, beating Burton and Chastain.

Sieg kept the lead until the caution came out for a Jesse Little spin in Turn 2, forcing the second restart attempt.

STAGE 1: Austin Cindric

STAGE 2: Austin Cindric

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Ryan Sieg’s move to stay out of the pits in overtime led to his third top-five finish of the season, a career-best … Kaz Grala finished 13th in his first NASCAR start since last year.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Myatt Snider finished 22nd. He started the race in the garage due to a fuel pressure problem. … Noah Gragson was never in contention and finished 15th, one lap down. His last pit stop was marred by him nearly leaving pit road with equipment still attached to his car … Chase Briscoe 14th after he got into the wall on the final overtime restart.

WHAT’S NEXT: Xfinity race at Road America Noon ET Aug. 8 on NBCSN.

Xfinity Series playoff grid after Texas

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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).

Austin Cindric celebrates third consecutive Xfinity win

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Kyle Busch‘s 98th career win in the Xfinity Series lasted less than an hour before his No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota was disqualified following Saturday’s race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Busch was DQ’d after his car failed height regulations during post-race inspection. He and Joe Gibbs Racing have until Noon ET on Monday to file an appeal, according to Xfinity Series director Wayne Auton.

Busch finishes last in the 37-car field and Austin Cindric is declared the winner. That makes it three straight wins for Cindric, who won both ends of the Xfinity doubleheader last weekend at Kentucky Speedway.

MORE: Updated Xfinity results, standings from Texas

“It’s great to get our Mustang into victory lane, no matter how it happens,” Cindric said. “It was a great points day. … I want to win on the track and felt like we had a shot to do that today but maybe didn’t execute as well as we should have and that’s what kept us out. But fast cars and being in position, that’s what counts.”

Cindric becomes the ninth different driver to win three or more consecutive races in the Xfinity Series. All three have come this season, with his two other career wins coming last season, both on road courses.

“I have more wins now on ovals than road courses, so I’ll take it,” Cindric said with a chuckle. “It’s great to be able to capitalize on fast race cars. I said it last week and I’ll say it again today. We’ve just got to keep building on that.”

Chase Briscoe finished runner-up followed by Justin Allgaier, Harrison Burton and Michael Annett.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Justin Allgaier (sixth stage win of season)

STAGE 2 WINNER: Justin Allgaier (seventh stage win of season)

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Chase Briscoe’s runner-up finish marked his fifth consecutive top-five finish. He has two wins, two runner-up finishes and a fourth-place result in that time. … Although he remains winless this season, Allgaier won both stages of the race, giving him seven stage wins thus far this season.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Riley Herbst’s day ended early after he appeared to be tapped from behind by Noah Gragson on Lap 5 and slammed into the outside wall. Gragson denied over his team radio that he made contact. Herbst finished 36th in the 37-car field.

NOTABLE: Temperatures in cars were as high as 145 degrees at the end of Stage 1. “I wouldn’t say it was unbearable by any means,” Chase Briscoe said. “I’m hoping it’s even hotter than this next week at Kansas.”

WHAT’S NEXT: July 25, Kansas Lottery 250 at Kansas Speedway, 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

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