Playoff Clinch Scenarios for the Xfinity Series Heading to Darlington

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With four races left in the NASCAR Xfinity Series regular season, time is running short for the drivers not locked into the Playoffs to secure their spot going into the postseason.

Seven drivers have already clinched a spot in the 12-driver postseason field: Austin Cindric, Chase Briscoe, Noah Gragson, Justin Haley, Harrison Burton, Justin Allgaier and Brandon Jones.

Can Clinch Via Points

If there is a new winner, the following driver could clinch by being 166 points above the 2nd winless driver in the standings.

  • Ross Chastain can clinch a Playoff spot with 24 points at Darlington Raceway. He is the only driver who can clinch a Playoff berth without a win this weekend.

If there is a repeat winner, the following driver could clinch by being 166 points above the 3rd winless driver in the standings. They would also clinch if the new winner was Michael Annett and being 166 points above the 2nd winless in the standings.

  • Ross Chastain can clinch regardless of finish at Darlington Raceway.

Can Clinch Via Win

The following drivers would clinch on their win alone:

  • Ross Chastain
  • Michael Annett
  • Riley Herbst
  • Ryan Sieg

The following drivers could clinch with a win and clinching a Top 20 position:

  • Brandon Brown: Would clinch with 48 points
  • Jeremy Clements: Could only clinch with help
  • Myatt Snider: Could only clinch with help

NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoff Outlook following Daytona:

RankDriverPointsRace WinsStage WinsPlayoff PtsPts from Cutoff
1Chase Briscoe9106535In On Wins
2Austin Cindric9685934
3Noah Gragson8422818
4Justin Haley7572313
5Harrison Burton #7522010
6Brandon Jones6522212
7Justin Allgaier7501813
8Ross Chastain860011420
9Michael Annett663000223
10Riley Herbst #582000142
11Ryan Sieg52602286
12Brandon Brown47200032
13Jeremy Clements440000-32
14Myatt Snider #414000-58
15Josh Williams386000-86
16Jesse Little384000-88

Expect the battle for the final spots left in Playoffs to stay close this weekend at Darlington because the drivers on the Playoff bubble share very similar average finishes: Ryan Sieg (18.4), Jeremy Clements (19.9), Josh Williams (20.0) Brandon Brown (21.0), Myatt Snider (35.0), Jesse Little (36.0).

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