Making the NASCAR Xfinity chase: where they stand after Watkins Glen
By AMANDA VINCENT
With NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Joey Logano taking the win in the Zippo 200 Xfinity Series race at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International on Saturday, no new driver locked-in a spot in the first post-season chase for the Xfinity Series by virtue of a race win. As a result, the number of drivers with their chase cards punched by virtue of winning races continues to stand at three — Erik Jones, Daniel Suarez and Elliott Sadler. Jones remains the only multi-race winnner, 20 races into the season, with three trips to victory lane.
Six races remain in the 26-race regular season, and things are tight, points-wise, down around the territory of the chase bubble, or cut-off. Blake Koch currently occupies the provisional final position to get into the chase, as he sits in 12th, but A couple of other drivers, who are just barely on the outside looking in, aren’t far behind him. Ross Chastain is only two points behind Koch in 13th, while Dakoda Armstrong is 14th, only nine points behind Koch and 12th. Jeremy Clements isn’t very far out either, even though he sits 15th in the standings, as he’s only 14 points behind Koch.
Here’s a look at the Xfinity Series standings, including drivers already locked into the chase, eas well as drivers battling to secure their own chase berths:
1. Erik Jones (3 wins)
2. Elliott Sadler (1 win)
3. Daniel Suarez (1 win)
4. Ty Dillon (629 points)
5. Justin Allgaier (613 points)
6. Brendan Gaughan (598 points)
7. Brennan Poole (587 points)
8. Brandon Jones (573 points)
9. Darrell Wallace Jr. (512 points)
10. Ryan Reed (496 points)
11. Ryan Sieg (464 points)
12. Blake Koch (437 points)
13. Ross Chastain (435 points)
14. Dakoda Armstrong (428 points)
15. Jeremy Clements (423 points)
WORTH NOTING: Although Jones has more wins, Sadler leads the way when it comes to points. While Sadler is tops, points-wise, his No. 1 JR Motorsports Chevrolet team is fourth in the owner standings. The No. 1 team trails three teams that often utilize the driving services of Sprint Cup Series drivers — the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota team, the No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet team and the No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet team.
The No. 18 team has a sizable lead in the owner standings, sitting 33 points ahead of the No. 2 team.