Brandon Brown extended his hold on the final spot in the Xfinity playoff grid last weekend at Road America after struggles early in the race.
Brown needed to be pushed back to pit road before the field took the green because of a mechanical issue. He fell a lap down as his crew diagnosed the issue, got his lap back, scored four stage points in the second stage and finished 12th, one spot off his best career finish on a road course.
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Brown’s effort and Jeremy Clements misfortune in being collected in a crash to finish 29th led to Brown extending his lead on Clements for the final spot in the Xfinity playoff grid to 53 points. Myatt Snider is 73 points behind Brown. Eight races remain until the Xfinity playoffs begin Sept. 26 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Here is a look at the playoff grid. Drivers shaded in green are locked in the playoffs. Those shaded in yellow are in a playoff spot based on their point total. Drivers shaded in red are outside a spot in the Xfinity playoff grid.
After one race in the second round of the Xfinity Series playoffs, Cole Custer and Daniel Hemric are the two drivers who took the biggest hit in the playoff standings.
While the JR Motorsports’ drivers of Justin Allgaier, William Byron and Elliott Sadler remain comfortably in the top three, Hemric and Custer each dropped three spots following Saturday’s race at Kansas Speedway.
Custer dropped from fifth to eighth after he finished 19th, two laps down following having to pit for a tire in the final 10 laps.
It was his worst finish since placing 14th at Richmond in September. He is eight points back from the final transfer spot.
Hemric is seventh in the standings after he finished 18th, a lap down after being penalized for pitting outside his box. It dropped him down from fourth.
It was Hemric’s first finish outside the top 10 since he finished 18th at Darlington.
All four drivers outside the top four – including Matt Tifft and Ryan Reed – are within 10 points of the final transfer spot, but they won’t get the chance to improve their position until Nov. 4 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Here’s the full playoff grid.