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NASCAR Xfinity: how to advance in chase

By AMANDA VINCENT
The Drive for the Cure 300 NASCAR Xfinity Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, originally scheduled for Friday night but pushed to Sunday evening after the also-postponed Sprint Cup Series race at the track, is the final race of the first round of the first-ever Xfinity Series chase. So, the waving of the checkered flag Sunday evening not only will signal the end of the race, it’ll also symbolize the end of 2016 championship hopes for four drivers.
Elliott Sadler and Daniel Suarez, already, have secured their berths in the second round of the chase, set to start Oct 15 at Kansas Speedway near Kansas City.
Eight drivers, in all, will advance to round two. Justin Allgaier, Brendan Gaughan, Ryan Reed, Darrell Wallace Jr., Blake Koch and Brennan Poole are the six drivers heading into Sunday’s Charlotte race in the provisional advancing positions. As a result, they are in control of their own destinies, having shots at getting into the Chase, regardless of what happens to their fellow-chasers.
Ty Dillon, Erik Jones, Ryan Sieg and Brandon Jones, though, are in the provisional elimination spots, heading into Charlotte. So, the only way they may guarantee chase survival, regardless of performances from fellow-chasers, is by winning the race. Otherwise, they’ll need a little help.
Here are the chase-clinch scenarios for the other six not already locked-in (courtesy of 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.
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