Concord, NC – With the rain delayed Drive For The Cure 300 now in the books, the first round of the NASCAR XFINITY Series playoffs is now behind us as well. That means four drivers were eliminated from playoff contention and eight more keeping their 2017 championship dreams alive.
Despite the big Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers not being eligible to compete in the XFINITY Series playoff races, none of the XFINITY Series regulars reached victory lane in the opening round.
Tyler Reddick won the opening race of the first round at Kentucky Speedway, while Ryan Blaney took the checkered flag first last weekend at the Dover International Speedway. Alex Bowman won Saturday night’s third and final race of the first round at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
But, JR Motorsport drivers Justin Allgaier, Elliott Sadler and William Byron easily advanced to Round 2, while Chip Ganassi Racing’s Brennan Poole, Richard Childress Racing’s Daniel Hemric, Stewart-Haas Racing’s Cole Custer, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Matt Tifft and Roush/Fenway Racing’s Ryan Reed advancing on too.
That’s six teams still alive, three of which Chevrolet powered, two Ford and one Toyota. With that broken down even further though, Chevy powers five of the eight cars left. Ford has two and Toyota one.
Brendan Gaughan, Michael Annett, Blake Koch and Jeremy Clements were eliminated.
Round 1 Results
- William Byron +56 – 18th, 3rd, 16th
- Daniel Hemric +52 – 7th, 4th, 7th
- Cole Custer +50 – 5th, 8th, 6th
- Elliott Sadler +44 – 6th, 9th, 10th
- Justin Allgaier +39 – 3rd, 2nd, 33rd
- Brennan Poole +35 – 2nd, 5th, 5th
- Matt Tifft +16 – 9th, 6th, 9th
- Ryan Reed +1 – 10th, 16th, 12th
- Brendan Gaughan -1 – 14th, 10th, 11th
- Michael Annett -22 – 16th, 11th, 27th
- Blake Koch -25 – 17th, 19th, 25th
- Jeremy Clements -28 – 22nd, 22nd
Round 1 Notes
Justin Allgaier’s streak of three straight top three finishes and eight top 11’s in nine races comes to an end when his No. 7 Chevrolet hit debris late in the first stage at Charlotte. He finished 28th.
Cole Custer, Daniel Hemric, Elliott Sadler and Brennan Poole finished in the top 10 in all three races of the first round. They’re the only four to accomplish that feat. Custer, has seven top 10’s over his last eight starts on the season while Hemric has five straight top seven finishes and seven of which in his last nine starts on the season. All four are ones to watch in Round 2.
Chip Ganassi Racing and Team Penske combined to win all three races in the first round. None of the winners though were playoff drivers or even XFINITY Series regulars.
Round 2 Tracks
Oct. 21 Kansas Lottery 300 – Kansas Speedway (3 p.m. ET/NBC/MRN)
Nov. 4 O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 – Texas Motor Speedway (8:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/PRN)
Nov. 11 Ticket Galaxy 200 – ISM Raceway (3:30 p.m. ET/NBC/MRN)