Tyler Reddick not only clinched the regular season championship for the 2019 NASCAR XFINITY Series campaign on Saturday night at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but the Richard Childress Racing driver also earned five more playoffs points via a win in the race itself too.
Reddick, stretched his fuel 70 laps (105 miles) until the end and earned his fifth victory of the season on Saturday on the 1.5-mile track.
Also, the 12 driver playoff field was set as well, as joining Reddick into the postseason is Christopher Bell, Cole Custer, Austin Cindric, Chase Briscoe, Justin Allgaier, Michael Annett, Noah Gragson, Brandon Jones, Justin Haley, Ryan Sieg and John Hunter Nemechek.
The tracks are as follows –
9/20 – Richmond
9/28 – Charlotte ROVAL
10/5 – Dover
10/19 – Kansas
11/2 – Texas
11/9 – Phoenix
11/16 – Miami
With that being said, the “Big 3” are leaps and bounds ahead of everyone else while the fourth spot to Homestead is wide open still.
Bell, despite not winning the regular season championship, has an 11 point lead over Custer and Reddick heading to Richmond. He ends the regular season with six wins, 17 top five finishes and 18 top 10’s. Bell, also has nine top four finishes over the final 11 weeks.
Custer, also had six wins to go along with 13 top fives and 18 top 10’s. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver had four straight top 10 finishes to close out the regular season as well as six over the final eight weeks.
Reddick, earned five wins himself to go with 20 top five’s and 22 top 10’s. The RCR driver closed out the regular season himself with nine top five finishes over the final 10 weeks including four of the final five being in the top three.
Cindric is the next best but 27 points behind third. He had 18 top 10 finishes including five in the final seven weeks.
Briscoe is +8 on the bubble and saw a streak of nine straight top 10’s come to an end on Saturday after an end of race speeding penalty on pit road. He did have 20 top 10’s for the season.
Allgaier, is also +8 and closed out 2019’s regular season with 10 top 10 finishes. But, he’s yet to win a race this season too.
Annett, is +5 and that’s all because of his season opening win at Daytona. He hasn’t scored a top five finish since Kentucky which no finishes better than eighth since then. His last four results are 12th, 13th, 12th and 13th respectively.
Gragson, holds the eighth and final spot that transfers to the second round right now. He ended the regular season with four straight top eight finishes to go along with nine top 10’s over the final 10 weeks. This car has won the last two championships in the series too.
Jones, is -1 but has three straight top seven finishes to close out the regular season. The top five in Vegas was his first since June 29 (Chicagoland Speedway) as those are his only two since the first two races of the season.
Haley, is -2 as he closed out the regular season with just one top five since a runner-up in Daytona. He does have 17 top 10’s for the year.
Sieg, is -4 while Nemechek is -5.