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NASCAR Xfinity: playoff standings

2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series playoffs group photo (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)

2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series playoffs group photo (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)

By AMANDA VINCENT

With the 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series regular season winding down Saturday with the checkered flag on TheHouse.com 300 at Chicaogland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., the playoff field has been set and points have been adjusted ahead of the playoffs kickoff Sept. 23 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta.

Sadler clinched the 2017 regular-season title a week earlier at Richmond Raceway in his home state of Virginia, and with that title came a 15 playoff point bonus. Still, Sadler will begin the playoffs in third spot behind a couple of his JR Motorsports teammates, William Byron and Justin Allgaier. Byron and Allgaier were multi-race winners in the regular season, with Byron getting to victory lane three times and Allgaier claiming his second win of the season at Chicagoland. Sadler, meanwhile, has yet to win in 2017. He claimed the regular-season championship on consistency.

“It’s exciting to have cars this competitive,” JRM co-owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. said. “You have to remind yourself to earlier times when it was really hard to run in the top three, really hard to win races. We’ve got a great group of people now, a lot of talent, a lot of ability behind these guys.”

All four Jr Motorsports drivers made the playoffs, with Michael Annett locking-in his spot in the Chicagoland regular-season finale.

All but three of the 12 playoff spots were claimed ahead of Chicagoland, and Annett was among the three drivers provisionally in but not locked-in when the green flag waved Saturday — the other two being Blake Koch and Brendan Gaughan. All three remained in position to officially make the playoffs with a repeat winner in victory lane.

Here’s a look at the standings, heading into the first playoff race at Kentucky Speedway:
1. William Byron — 2025 points
2. Justin Allgaier — 2023 points
3. Elliott Sadler — 2020 points
4. Daniel Hemric — 2009 points
5. Brennan Poole — 2006 points
6. Ryan Reed — 2005 points
6. Jeremy Clements — 2005 points
6. Cole Custer — 2005 points
6. Blake Koch — 2005 points
10. Matt Tifft — 2004 points
11. Brendan Gaughan — 2003 points
12. Michael Annett — 2001 points

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