NASCAR Xfinity: chase status after Kansas
By AMANDA VINCENT
Saturday’s Kansas Lottery 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Kansas Speedway near Kansas Speedway was the first race of the second round, the Round of Eight, in the first-ever chase for the Xfinity Series. Sprint Cup Series regular Kyle Busch won that race, leaving the tally at 0 for chase drivers advancing to the next round by virtue of a race win.
Elliott Sadler and Daniel Suarez sit atop the driver points standings, tied at 3039 points, one race into round two. Blake Koch is next in line, seven points back.
Two races remain in the second round, after which, four more drivers will be eliminated in preparation for the season-finale next month at Homestead-Miami Speedway in which four drivers will battle for the 2016 title.
Heading into the upcoming weekend off for the Xfinity Series, Erik Jones, Ryan Reed, Brendan Gaughan and Darrell Wallace Jr. are in the provisional elimination spots, looking ahead to an elimination after a couple more races that will cut the chase field in half.
Jones, though, is tied, points-wise, with Justin Allgaier, the guy in the fourth and final provisional advancing spot, with each of the two being five points behind Koch in third.
Here’s a look at the championship driver points standings among the eight drivers remaining in the Xfinity Series chase:
1. Elliott Sadler (3039 points)
1. Daniell Suarez (3039 points)
3. Blake Koch (3032 points)
4. Justin Allagier (3027 points)
4. Erik Jones (3027 points)
6. Ryan Reed (3025 points)
7. Brendan Gaughan (3010 points)
8. Darrell Wallace Jr. (3009 points)
Separate from the Xfinity Series driver chase is a chase for car owners. With several teams in the series competing with Cup drivers, who don’t collect driver points, in their cars, the line-up of chasers looks somewhat different for the owner chase.
With Kyle Busch driving the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota into victory lane at Kansas Speedway on Saturday, that No. 18 team has locked-up a spot in the next round of the owner chase.
Meanwhile, the No. 1 JR Motorsports Chevrolet team of series regular Elliott Sadler and the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota of regular Daniel Suarez lead the way among the rest after the completion of one race in the second round, each with 3039 points. The No. 22 Team Penske Ford team is a single point behind them with 3038 points.
Here’s a look at the owner points standings after Kansas Speedway:
1. No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota (1 win)
2. No. 1 JR Motorsports Chevrolet (3039 points)
2. No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota (3039 points)
4. No. 22 Team Penske Ford (3038 points)
5. No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet (3036 points)
6. No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet (3027 points)
7. No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet (3024 points)
8. No. 62 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet (3010 points)