Xfinity Playoff Bubble: Who’s in, Who’s out?

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With seven different race winners so far in 2021 and five drivers already locked in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs, there are a lot of shakeups each week in the Playoff picture. 

Jeb Burton’s win in the rain-shortened race at Talladega Superspeedway put Burton and the No. 10 Kaulig Racing team in the Playoffs. He became the second Kaulig Racing driver to punch their Playoff ticket.

Daniel Hemric has stayed consistent and keeps the highest Playoff spot without a win. He’s 132 points above the cutline and has three stage wins and three Playoff points.

In terms of biggest surprises in the Playoff outlook so far, two drivers are standing out. Jeremy Clements has been in the top 12 for most of the season and has shown speed all year. Clements is currently 45 points above the Playoff cutline in ninth in the Playoff standings.

The biggest jump in the standings that is notable is Noah Gragson. Gragson, who won the Dash 4 Cash prize for back-to-back weeks has made his way up to 10th in the standings. 

Brandon Brown jumped ahead of the cutline after his performance at Talladega, he was below the cutline but swapped places with Michael Annett heading into this weekend.

Of the drivers inside the Playoff outlook top 12 that are still looking for a win this season, Gragson has the best average finish at Darlington Raceway with a 3.7; followed by Harrison Burton (7.5), Riley Herbst (11.0), Justin Haley (11.3), Brandon Jones (12.0), Michael Annett (17.6), Daniel Hemric (18.0) and Josh Williams (18.3).

NASCAR Xfinity Series Driver Playoff Outlook Following Talladega-1:

RankDriverPointsWinsStage WinsPlayoff PtsPts From Cutoff
1Austin Cindric3672414In On Wins
2Jeb Burton270105
3AJ Allmendinger257116
4Myatt Snider239105
5Justin Allgaier217105
6Daniel Hemric308033132
7Harrison Burton27500099
8Justin Haley26901193
9Jeremy Clements22100045
10Noah Gragson21702241
11Brandon Jones19801122
12Brandon Brown19100015
13Riley Herbst176000-15
14Michael Annett175000-16
15Tommy Joe Martins140000-51
16Josh Williams135000-56

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