NASCAR Xfinity: making the chase — where they stand after Bristol
By AMANDA VINCENT
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regulars were the stars of the Food City 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Bristol (Ten.) Motor Speedway on Friday night, with Kyle Larson dominating the race and Austin Dillon taking the late lead on his way to the win. As a result the win tally for Xfinity championship-eligible drivers remains at five victories between three drivers.
Erik Jones has three wins, while his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Daniel Suarez and Elliott Sadler have one apiece after 22 races.
Four races remain in the series regular season before the Xfinity Series embards on its first chase to determine its 2016 champion. With only three series regulars finding their ways to victory lane, several positions in the 12-driver chase remain for winless drivers, regardless of whether or not any new winners get to victory lane in the next four races.
Justin Allgaier, after finishing second and highest among championship-eligible drivers at Bristol, is third in points, highest among drivers who are winless, so far, this season. Ty Dillon trails Allgaier by a single point.
Here’s a look at the standings following Friday night’s race at Bristol, including drivers locked into the chase, drivers with provisional chase berths, and a few others who still have a shot of getting into the chase by virtue of points:
1. Erik Jones (3 wins)
2. Elliott Sadler (1 win)
2. Daniel Suarez (1 win)
4. Justin Allgaier (685 points)
5. Ty Dillon (684 points)
6. Brendan Gaughan (667 points)
7. Brennan Poole (631 points)
8. Brandon Jones (627 points)
9. Darrell Wallace Jr. (574 points)
10. Ryan Reed (532 points)
11. Blake Koch (499 points)
12. Ryan Sieg (487 points)
13. Ross Chastain (472 points)
14. Dakoda Armstrong (471 points)
15. Jeremy Clements (465 points)