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Points reset: William Byron is No. 1 seed heading into Xfinity playoffs

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Following Saturday’s TheHouse.com 300, William Byron is the No. 1 seed heading into the start of the seven-race NASCAR Xfinity Series playoffs.

The playoffs begin next Saturday at Kentucky Speedway, and Byron comes in with the narrowest of leads. He has a two-point edge over Saturday’s race winner, Justin Allgaier, and a five-point edge over Allgaier’s JR Motorsports teammate, Elliott Sadler.

MORE: Great late-race restart propels Justin Allgaier to Xfinity win at Chicagoland

MORE: Results of Saturday’s TheHouse.com 300 Xfinity race at Chicagoland

Coming into the race, 13 drivers were in contention for the 12 playoff spots. After the checkered flag, Dakoda Armstrong was the one who fell short of making the playoffs.

Click here for the reset Xfinity points following Saturday’s race.

Results of Saturday’s TheHouse.com 300 Xfinity race at Chicagoland

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JOLIET, Illinois — Justin Allgaier was like a tiger stalking his prey.

He hung around the top-5 and top-10 for much of Saturday’s TheHouse.com 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race, patiently waiting.

And then came the moment he was waiting for the whole race, pouncing on Lap 185, going low to pass the leaders and held on — including a crucial restart on Lap 193 — to win his second race of the season, the fifth of his career, and the second at his home state racetrack (the other win was 2011).

MORE: Great late-race restart propels Justin Allgaier to Xfinity win at Chicagoland

MORE: Points reset: William Byron is No. 1 seed heading into Xfinity Series playoffs

Allgaier held off Kyle Larson and JR Motorsports teammate Elliott Sadler, who finished second and third, respectively.

Allgaier, who hails from Riverton, Ill., starts the seven-race Xfinity playoffs next Saturday at Kentucky Speedway seeded second behind William Byron.

Click here for the results of Saturday’s race.

One of the happiest guys after Saturday’s race — even though he wasn’t happy about his 20th place finish — was Jeremy Clements as he not only made the playoffs, he jumped up to seventh place after the points were reset. Check out the video below of Clements’ reaction:

Erik Jones earns pole for TheHouse.com 300 Xfinity race at Chicagoland

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JOLIET, Illinois – Erik Jones earned the pole for this afternoon’s TheHouse.com 300 Xfinity Series race at Chicagoland Speedway.

Jones was fastest with a speed of 177.229 mph. Jones comes into today’s race as defending winner of the Xfinity race at Chicagoland.

Daniel Suarez was second (176.980 mph), followed by Kyle Larson (176.800), Ryan Blaney (176.725) and Cole Custer (176.499).

Sixth through 12th were points leader Elliott Sadler ((175.564), Matt Tifft (175.160), William Byron (175.126), Daniel Hemric (175.006), Ryan Reed (174.424), Blake Koch (173.980) and Brennan Poole (173.712).

The race will take the green flag this afternoon at 3:30 p.m. ET and will be televised on NBCSN. The outcome of the race will determine which drivers make the seven-race Xfinity playoffs that start next Saturday, Sept. 23, in the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky Speedway (to be televised on NBCSN).

Click here for the full Xfinity qualifying grid.

Jones is expecting a hot, slick track for this afternoon’s race.

Today’s Xfinity Series race at Chicagoland: Start time, weather, TV/radio info

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The Xfinity Series hold its regular-season finale today at Chicagoland Speedway with TheHouse.com 300.

There are only three spots left to be filled before the postseason begins next weekend at Kentucky Speedway. Blake Koch, Michael Annett and Brendan Gaughan are the drivers currently in those spots based on points.

Below is all the important info you need ahead of the race.

(All times are Eastern)

START: Jon Magnusson, CEO of TheHouse.com, will give the command to start engines at 3:37 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 200 laps (300 miles) around the 1.5-mile speedway.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 45. Stage 2 ends on Lap 90.

PRERACE SCHEDULE: Garage opens at 9 a.m. The driver/crew chief meeting is at 1:45 p.m. Qualifying is scheduled for 12:35 p.m. Driver introductions are at 3:05 p.m.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: Nashville recording artist Kelsey Hickman will perform the Anthem at 3:31 p.m.

TV/RADIO: NBCSN’s race broadcast begins at 3:30 p.m. NBCSN’s coverage begins at 3 p.m. with Countdown to Green. Motor Racing Network’s broadcast begins at 3 p.m. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the MRN broadcast.

FORECAST: The wunderground.com site predicts a temperature of 85 degrees and a 0 percent chance of rain at race time.

LAST TIME: Erik Jones led 10 laps, including the final nine after taking the lead from Elliott Sadler. Jones beat Kyle Larson and Sadler to earn his fourth Xfinity win of the season

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for today’s starting lineup.

Erik Jones tops final Xfinity practice in Chicago

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Erik Jones was fastest in the final practice session for the Xfinity Series race at Chicagoland Speedway.

Jones and his No. 20 Toyota posted a top speed of 173.310 mph during his 28 laps around the 1.5-mile track.

Jones was followed by Spencer Gallagher (172.381), Daniel Suarez (172.320), Cole Custer (172.276) and Ryan Blaney (172.249).

Brennan Poole, ninth fastest, recorded the most laps in the session with 41.

Darrell Wallace Jr. was 20th fastest, just as he was in the first session.

The session was stopped once for Matt Mills getting into the wall in Turn 1.

Click here for the full practice report.