Bubble Trouble: Playoff shakeups continue In The Nascar Xfinity Series

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Kyle Busch was victorious once again in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, this time at Texas Motor Speedway. With Busch’s win, there are still seven spots left in the field for a driver to make it into the Playoffs with a win or on points.

The five Xfinity drivers locked into the postseason on wins are Austin Cindric, Justin Allgaier, AJ Allmendinger, Jeb Burton, and Myatt Snider.

Daniel Hemric holds the sixth spot in the standings and is the highest ranked driver without a win so far in 2021. He is 155 points above the cutline currently. His Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Harrison Burton is behind him in seventh, 120 points from the cutline. Both of these drivers have a good cushion right now, but a win would be preferred to make sure they’re in the post-season.

Kaulig Racing’s Justin Haley is sitting in eighth in the driver standings Playoff outlook, he’s 102 points above the cutline and the only Kaulig Racing driver not in the Playoffs on wins yet. 

Once we get to ninth in the standings, the points tighten up. Brandon Jones is in ninth (+51), Noah Gragson 10th (+28), Michael Annett is in 12th (+24) and Jeremy Clements is holding the final Playoff transfer spot just 24 points up on Brandon Brown in 13th – the first spot outside the cutoff.

Of the drivers vying for the final spots in the Playoffs that are above the cutline in points, Annett and Clements are the only two that have previous experience at Nashville. Annett has made six start at Nashville posting one top 10, and Clements has made five starts at the 1.33-mile track posting a best finish of 19th.

NASCAR Xfinity Series Driver Playoff Outlook Following Texas-1:

RankDriverPointsStartsRace WinsStage WinsPlayoff PtsPts From Cutoff
1Austin Cindric610143621In On Wins
2AJ Allmendinger502142313
3Justin Allgaier439142111
4Jeb Burton42414105
5Myatt Snider32514105
6Daniel Hemric48814055155
7Harrison Burton45314011120
8Justin Haley43513*033102
9Brandon Jones3841401151
10Noah Gragson3611402228
11Michael Annett3571400024
12Jeremy Clements3571400024
13Brandon Brown33314000-24
14Riley Herbst30614000-51
15Ryan Sieg27014000-87
16Landon Cassill24514000-112
17Alex Labbe22514000-132

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.