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NASCAR Xfinity: standings after Dover International Speedway

Justin Allgaier (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)

Justin Allgaier (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)

By AMANDA VINCENT

As Ryan Blaney got to victory lane in Saturday’s Use Your Melon Drive Sober 200 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway, NASCAR Xfinity Series regulars remain winless through the first two races of the series’ 2017 playoffs.

Justin Allgaier, though, took over sole possession of the championship points lead with a runner-up showing a Drover, breaking a tie he was in with Cole Custer, heading into the race. Custer finished eighth in Saturday’s race.

With a third-place finish, William Byron, moved up from fifth to second in the standing. He had dropped to fifth with a finish of 18th the previous weekend at Kentucky Speedway i Sparta. With Byron’s move up to second, JR Motorsprots is back in the top-three positions of the standings, with Allgaier, Byron and regular-season champion Elliott Sadler the top-three.

The first elimination race of the playoffs is scheduled for Sept. 7 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway with Brendan Gaughan, Michael Annett, Blake Koch and Jeremy Clements in the provisional elimination spots. Gaughan is two points behind Ryan Reed, the last driver provisionally in, heading to Charlotte. Annett, meanwhile, is an additional five points back. Then, Koch is another five playoff points behind Annett.

Here’s a look at the playoff standings, after Saturday’s race at Dover International Speedway:
1. Justin Allgaier — 2107 points, 23 playoff points
2. William Byron — 2104 points, 26 playoff points
3. Elliott Sadler — 2094 points, 20 playoff points
4. Cole Custer — 2093 points, 7 playoff points
5. Daniel Hemric — 2090 points, 9 playoff points
6. Brennan Poole — 2082 points, 6 playoff points
7. Matt Tifft — 2067 points, 4 playoff points
8. Ryan Reed — 2055 points, 5 playoff points
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9. Brendan Gaughan — 2053 points, 3 playoff points
10. Michael Annett — 2048 points, 1 playoff point
11. Blake Koch — 2043 points, 5 playoff points
12. Jeremy Clements — 2035 points, 5 playoff points

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