NXS Playoffs Begin At Vegas

Justin Allgaier

The DC Solar 300 on Saturday marks the final regular season race for the Xfinity Series with three Playoff positions still to be firmed up, technically. Five-race winner Justin Allgaier leads the points by 49 over Cole Custer, who has 20 top-10 finishes but is still looking for his first 2018 victory.

 Rookie Christopher Bell, 23, has four race wins and is third in the standings, trailing Allgaier by 52 points. After leading the standings for four weeks this summer, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver has finishes of 23rd or worse in two of the last three races. He won the pole position, however, and finished runner-up to Kyle Larson in the Vegas race in March.

 Others to have already clinched a postseason berth include Daniel Hemric, Elliott Sadler, Brandon Jones, Matt Tifft, and Ryan Truex. Saturday’s race will formalize the final three spots in the Playoff rankings, which are currently filled by Ryan Reed, Ross Chastain, and Austin Cindric. A win by a championship-eligible driver outside of the 12 listed above would push one of those three out of contention.


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