Truck Series Playoff Clinch Scenarios Heading To Darlington

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One of the most difficult things for drivers and teams to navigate in NASCAR is the unknown, and this weekend majority of the field has never raced at the ‘Track too Tough to Tame’ Darlington Raceway making it an ultimate wild card for the drivers trying to make the Playoffs.

Five drivers have already clinched a spot in the 10-driver NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series postseason field: Austin Hill, Zane Smith, Sheldon Creed, Matt Crafton and Grant Enfinger.

Can Clinch Via Points

If there is a new winner, the following drivers could clinch by being 56 points above the 4th winless driver in the standings.

  • Brett Moffitt can clinch a spot in the Playoffs with 7 points at Darlington.
  • Ben Rhodes can clinch a spot in the Playoffs with 41 points at Darlington.
  • Christian Eckes can clinch a spot in the Playoffs with 52 points at Darlington.

If there is a repeat winner, the following drivers could clinch by being 56 points above the 5th winless driver in the standings. They would also clinch if there was a new winner among Brett Moffitt, Ben Rhodes, Christian Eckes, or Tyler Ankrum and being 56 points above the 4th winless in the standings.

  • Brett Moffitt can clinch a spot in the Playoffs with 3 points at Darlington.
  • Ben Rhodes can clinch a spot in the Playoffs with 37 points at Darlington.
  • Christian Eckes can clinch a spot in the Playoffs with 48 points at Darlington.
  • Tyler Ankrum can clinch only a spot in the Playoffs with help.

Can clinch via win

The following drivers would clinch on their win alone:

  • Brett Moffitt
  • Ben Rhodes
  • Christian Eckes
  • Tyler Ankrum
  • Todd Gilliland
  • Derek Kraus
  • Tanner Gray
  • Raphael Lessard
  • Stewart Friesen
  • Johnny Sauter
  • Ty Majeski

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

  • Austin Wayne Self: Could only clinch with help
  • Tate Fogleman: Could only clinch with help
  • Spencer Boyd: Could only clinch with help
  • Jordan Anderson: Could only clinch with help

Additionally, Austin Hill could clinch the Regular Season Championship by being 61 points above the second-place driver in the standings, which would require help. 

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Playoff Outlook following Daytona:

RankDriverPointsRace WinsStage WinsPlayoff PtsPts From Cutoff
1Sheldon Creed4753419In On Wins
2Zane Smith #5212414
3Grant Enfinger4222111
4Austin Hill549127
5Matt Crafton449105
6Brett Moffitt516044118
7Ben Rhodes48300085
8Christian Eckes #47100073
9Tyler Ankrum41300015
10Todd Gilliland41102213
11Derek Kraus #398000-13
12Tanner Gray #342000-69
13Raphael Lessard #338000-73
14Stewart Friesen314000-97
15Johnny Sauter312011-99

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