The first round of the inaugural Xfinity Chase has concluded and with it came the exit of Ty Dillon from title title contention. Also eliminated were Brandon Jones, Brennan Poole and Ryan Sieg.
Elliott Sadler and Daniel Suarez advanced to the second round with their respective wins at Kentucky Speedway and Dover International Speedway.
Joining them in the second round is Blake Koch, who drives for Kaulig Racing, a single-car team. Filling out the Round of Eight is Justin Allgaier, Brendan Gaughan, Ryan Reed, Erik Jones and Darrell Wallace Jr.
Jones, Suarez and Sadler are the only Xfinity Series regulars who have won races this season.
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With only one race left in the first round of the Xfinity Chase, the No. 1 seed and favorite to win it all isn’t in the top eight.
Erik Jones sits at 10th on the Chase grid, four points out of eighth after a DNF and a 16th-place finish in the first two races.
Also outside the top eight, which will advance to the second round, are Ty Dillon (-3), Ryan Sieg (-10) and Brandon Jones (-18).
Daniel Suarez locked himself into the second round with his Dover win. He’s ahead of Elliott Sadler on the grid after having top-two finishes in both races.
The eight drivers in the next round will be decided by the Drive for the Cure 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway Friday night.
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The Xfinity Series broke ground last weekend with its first ever Chase race and Elliott Sadler went into the record books as its winner.
Sadler leaves Kentucky Speedway leading the Chase and holding a reservation for one in the second round. Only eight drivers advance to the second round, and the four drivers outside the top eight are No. 1 seed Erik Jones, Ryan Sieg, Brandon Jones and Ty Dillon.
All four drivers were part of accidents Saturday night. Erik Jones and Dillon crashed with each other with 13 laps left.
Blake Koch is three points ahead of Erik Jones in eighth.
Here is the full Chase grid after one of three races.