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Xfinity and Truck Series Playoff Preview



Over the weekend, the Playoff fields were set for both the NASCAR Xfinity Series and the Camping World Truck Series. This is the second year of a playoff format for each series, and the first year for stage racing. The Xfinity and Truck Series Playoffs mirror the Cup Series’ format. There are 12 contenders in the Xfinity Series and 8 in the Truck Series.

Truck Series Playoffs

Friday night saw the Camping World Truck Series run their regular season finale at Chicagoland Speedway. Defending champion Johnny Sauter won TheHouse.Com 225. The last remaining Playoff spot went to Ben Rhodes on points. Furthermore, Rhodes won it in a tiebreaker over Ryan Truex. Finally, the Regular Season Champion was Christopher Bell. Of the 8 drivers in the Truck Series Playoffs, 6 have won this season. The Playoff standings are below.

Christopher Bell2,040 Points
Johnny Sauter-15
John Hunter Nemechek-26
Matt Crafton-26
Chase Briscoe-31
Austin Cindric-33
Ben Rhodes-33
Kaz Grala-35

Xfinity Series Playoffs

Saturday afternoon saw the Xfinity Series regular-season finale, also from Chicagoland Speedway. Justin Allgaier won the race after late-race contact between Erik Jones and Ryan Blaney. The last 2 unreserved Playoff berths went to Michael Annett and Brendan Gaughan. The Regular Season Champion was Elliott Sadler. 4 Xfinity drivers won their way into the Playoffs this season. The current standings are below.

William Byron2,025 Points
Justin Allgaier-2
Elliott Sadler-5
Daniel Hemric-16
Brennan Poole-19
Ryan Reed-20
Jeremy Clements-20
Cole Custer-20
Blake Koch-20
Matt Tifft-21
Brendan Gaughan-22
Michael Annett-24

Both series have 7 races left before a champion is crowned. 2 rounds of eliminations will narrow the fields down to 4 final contenders. For the Trucks, the championship favorites are Bell, Sauter, and Crafton. In Xfinity, the other contenders will probably have to topple the JRM juggernaut. 3 of their 4 drivers are 1-2-3 in the standings.

While the Cup Series Playoffs are in full swing, the Xfinity and Truck Playoffs will start this weekend. The Truck Series will race the UNOH 175 on Saturday from New Hampshire Motor Speedway. In addition, the Xfinity Series has a standalone event this weekend at Kentucky Speedway.

In conclusion, NASCAR will have 3 intense Playoff battles in 2017. Cup drivers are not allowed in Playoff events. So expect hard racing and new winners. The next several weeks should have plenty of racing action. There will be 3 unpredictable championship battles. Only time will tell who will win.