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NASCAR Xfinity: Elliott Sadler clinches regular-season title

Elliott Sadler (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)

Elliott Sadler (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)

By AMANDA VINCENT

With a fifth-place finish in the Virginia529 College Savings 250 at Richmond Raceway in his home state of Virginia on Friday night, Elliott Sadler clinched the 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series regular-season championship, one race shy of the regular-season finale Saturday 16 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill.

The honor carries with it a bonus of 15 playoff points.

“Thank you for the 15 points — something we had on our mind and wanted to work hard for this season,” Sadler said. “My team’s been very consistent and very fast. We’ve done very well with stage racing and to get 15 points, that takes us not only to the first round and through multiple rounds, getting to Homestead, means a lot for our team. That means we can go to Chicago and be aggressive and take some chances. We are going to use it as a preseason game to use the NFL analogy to kind of warm us up for Kentucky (the playoff opener). Feels very good to do it at Richmond of all places with my family and friends here.”

The bonus brings Sadler’s playoff-points tally to 20 ahead of the Chicagoland race, during which he could earn more. Those points will move with him from round to round of the playoffs, until the season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November. Sadler has yet to win in 2017, but he has garnered one playoff point in each of five stage wins, to this point, in the season.

With 13th and 14th-place finishes at Richmond, Matt Tifft and Cole Custer clinched spots in the playoffs with their positions in the points standings, joining Sadler, Poole and Hemric, who had already locked in on points.

Jeremy Clements also officially clinched a playoff spot with his 16th-place race finish. Clements was the race finisher a couple of races ago at Road America, but was near the bottom of the top-20 in points. His finish at Richmond on Friday night ensured he would be in the top-20 at regular-season’s end.

Other drivers already with playoff positions clinched by virtue of race wins include William Byron, Justin Allgaier and Ryan Reed.

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