NXS Bubble Trouble: Playoff Shakeups Continue

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Kaulig Racing’s AJ Allmendinger got his second win of the 2021 NASCAR Xfinity Series season last weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, which means for the drivers without a win, they haven’t lost another spot up for grabs in the post-season.

Currently, there are still only five drivers locked into the postseason with wins – Austin Cindric, Justin Allgaier, AJ Allmendinger, Jeb Burton, and Myatt Snider.

That means there are seven spots left in the field to either make it in with a win or on points. Daniel Hemric jumped back up to sixth in the standings and is the highest ranked driver without a win right now. He’s 128 points above the cutline so his points cushion is strong but if bad luck continues to strike for him, he might lose the gap.

Hemric and his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Harrison Burton are tied with a 128-point cushion, but Hemric owns the tiebreaker due to best finishes this season.

Their Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Brandon Jones has been improving in the last few weeks. He had been sitting in the final Playoff transfer spot after a couple bad finished but has made his way up to ninth. Justin Haley is still sitting in eighth, the only Kaulig Racing driver without a win so far this season.

Noah Gragson has been up and down all season but is currently in the final Playoff transfer spot, 15 points above the cutline. He has had a handful of bad results, including last weekend at Mid-Ohio where he didn’t even make it one lap around the track, but is hoping he can swing the pendulum back to the positive this weekend at Texas.

Brandon Brown is in 13th in the standings, 15 points below the cutline right now. He’s had a career season and has been above the cutline as well as below. If he stays consistent, he’ll be able to jump back above the cutline. Riley Herbst and Ryan Sieg are sitting in 14th and 15th, respectively. The two have been running up front more regularly now and are fighting their way into the top 12.

NASCAR Xfinity Series Driver Playoff Outlook Following Mid-Ohio:

RankDriverPointsStartsRace WinsStage WinsPlayoff PtsPts From Cutoff
1Austin Cindric558133520In On Wins
2AJ Allmendinger462132313
3Justin Allgaier395132111
4Jeb Burton41913105
5Myatt Snider32113105
6Daniel Hemric43713055128
7Harrison Burton43713011128
8Justin Haley40112*03392
9Brandon Jones3451301136
10Jeremy Clements3341300025
11Michael Annett3261300017
12Noah Gragson3241302215
13Brandon Brown30913000-15
14Riley Herbst27913000-45
15Ryan Sieg24413000-80
16Landon Cassill22313000-101
17Alex Labbe20613000-118

Note: The (*) symbol by the number of Starts indicates a driver missed a race but is still eligible for the Playoffs due to receiving a waiver.