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NASCAR Xfinity: chase field cut to eight at Charlotte

Elliott Sadler applies a winner's decal to his car after winning at Kentucky Speedway on Sept. 24, 2016 (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR).

Elliott Sadler applies a winner’s decal to his car after winning at Kentucky Speedway on Sept. 24, 2016 (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR).

By AMANDA VINCENT

 

Friday night’s Drive for the Cure 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway is the first elimination race in the series’ first-ever chase to determine its champion. As a result, at the conclusion of the Charlotte race, four of the 12 chase drivers will be eliminated from championship contention.

 

Daniel Suarez and Elliott Sadler have both clinched berths into the second round of the chase by virtue of first-round wins, Sadler’s coming in the chase opener at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta on Sept. 24 and Suarez’s coming a Oct. 1 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway.

 

If one of the other 12 chasers win Friday night in Charlotte, he also would automatically advance to the next round. The remaining positions in the round of eight will be taken by the top drivers in the standings, other than the first-round race winners.

 

Heading into the Charlotte race, Justin Allgaier holds down the top spot with a tally of 2071 points.

 

Ty Dillon, Erik Jones, Ryan Sieg and Brandon Jones are the four drivers most in danger of elimination at Charlotte, as they enter the race in the four provisional elimination spots. But a couple of them aren’t out by much. Dillon trailes Brennan Poole, the final driver in a provisional advancing position, by three points, while Jones is only one more point out in 10th. Sieg, meanwhile, is 10 points away from those on the inside looking outward.

 

Here’s a look at the standings among the chase drivers heading into Friday night’s Drive for the Cure 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway:

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Here are the scenarios in which each driver may clinch a spot in the next round (scenarios provided by NASCAR)

Justin Allgaier (0 Wins, 2071 Points) – Would clinch on points with 28 Points (13th and no laps led, 14th and led at least one lap, 15th and led most laps) and a new winner.  If there is a repeat winner, would clinch on points with 25 Points (16th and no laps led, 17th and led at least one lap, 18th and led most laps).  With a win, would clinch a next round spot on wins.

Brendan Gaughan (0 Wins, 2068 Points) – Would clinch on points with 31 Points (10th and no laps led, 11th and led at least one lap, 12th and led most laps) and a new winner.  If there is a repeat winner, would clinch on points with 28 Points (13th and no laps led, 14th and led at least one lap, 15th and led most laps).  With a win, would clinch a next round spot on wins.

Ryan Reed (0 Wins, 2065 Points) – Would clinch on points with 34 Points (7th and no laps led, 8th and led at least one lap, 9th and led most laps) and a new winner.  If there is a repeat winner, would clinch on points with 31 Points (10th and no laps led, 11th and led at least one lap, 12th and led most laps).  With a win, would clinch a next round spot on wins.

Darrell Wallace Jr (0 Wins, 2064 Points) – Would clinch on points with 35 Points (6th and no laps led, 7th and led at least one lap, 8th and led most laps) and a new winner.  If there is a repeat winner, would clinch on points with 32 Points (9th and no laps led, 10th and led at least one lap, 11th and led most laps).  With a win, would clinch a next round spot on wins.

Blake Koch (0 Wins, 2058 Points) – Would clinch on points with any 2nd place finish and a new winner.  If there is a repeat winner, would clinch on points with 38 Points (3rd and no laps led, 4th and led at least one lap, 5th and led most laps).  With a win, would clinch a next round spot on wins.

Brennan Poole (0 Wins, 2057 Points) – If there is a repeat winner, would clinch on points with 39 Points (2nd and no laps led, 3rd and led at least one lap, 4th and led most laps).  With a win, would clinch a next round spot on wins.  Could clinch on points with a new winner and help.

For the following, a win would clinch a next round spot.  Each could clinch on points with help:

Ty Dillon (0 Wins, 2054 Points)

Erik Jones (0 Wins, 2053 Points)

Ryan Sieg (0 Wins, 2047 Points)

Brandon Jones (0 Wins, 2039 Points)

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