NASCAR XFINITY Series
Next Race: Ticket Galaxy 200
The Place: Phoenix Raceway
The Date: Saturday, Nov. 11
The Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
TV: NBC, 3 p.m. ET
Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Distance: 200 miles (200 laps); Stage 1 (Ends on lap 60),
Stage 2 (Ends on lap 120), Final Stage (Ends on lap 200)
Phoenix Raceway Is XFINITY Playoff Drivers Last Chance At The Championship 4
Eight drivers still have a shot to lock up their spot in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoff Championship 4 this Saturday, Nov. 4 in the Ticket Galaxy 200 at Phoenix Raceway (on NBC at 3:30 p.m.); as all four positions to move on to Homestead-Miami Speedway and vie for a title are still up for grabs.
Time To Clinch: The Playoff Eight Will Be Soon Be Four Following Phoenix
Below are the clinch scenarios for each Round of 8 Playoff driver heading into the weekend:
Elliott Sadler (0 Wins This Round, 3,103 Points) – With a win, Sadler would clinch. If a Playoff driver wins, he would clinch with 32 points. If a Playoff driver doesn’t win, he would clinch with 27 points.
William Byron (0 Wins This Round, 3,098 Points) – With a win, Byron would clinch. If a Playoff driver wins, he would clinch on points with 37 points. If a Playoff driver doesn’t win, he would clinch with 32 points.
Justin Allgaier (0 Wins This Round, 3,094 Points) – With a win, Allgaier would clinch. If a Playoff driver wins, he would clinch on points with 41 points. If a Playoff driver doesn’t win, he would clinch on points with 36 points.
Brennan Poole (0 Wins This Round, 3,079 Points) – With a win, Poole would clinch. If a Playoff driver doesn’t win, he would clinch on points with 51 points. He could also clinch on points with help if a Playoff driver wins.
The next four Playoff drivers can clinch a spot in the next round on points, but will need help to do it. They can also clinch a spot in the Championship 4 with a win this weekend at Phoenix.
Matt Tifft (0 Wins This Round, 3,074 Points) – Currently five points back from fourth-place Brennan Poole.
Cole Custer (0 Wins This Round, 3,066 Points) – Currently 13 points back from fourth-place Brennan Poole.
Daniel Hemric (0 Wins This Round, 3,061 Points) – Currently 18 points back from fourth-place Brennan Poole.
Ryan Reed (0 Wins this Round, 3,046 Points) – Currently 33 points back from fourth-place Brennan Poole.
NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoff Round Of 8 Driver Performances At Phoenix
All eight XFINITY Playoff drivers are digging for the same thing this weekend – a chance at the title in Homestead-Miami. But first, they need to get past Phoenix Raceway to do that. Below are the Playoff Round of 8 drivers’ career performances at Phoenix Raceway:
|Rank||Driver||Races||Poles||Wins||Top Fives||Top 10s||DNFs||Average Finish||Driver Rating*|
* – Driver Rating based on last 25 races at Phoenix Raceway (2005 – 2017).
Two things instantly pop out when looking at the above information. First, only two (Sadler and Allgaier) of the eight Playoff drivers have made 10 or more starts at Phoenix, and they are the only two with wins at the 1-mile track.
Secondly, half of the eight Playoff drivers (Byron, Tifft, Custer and Hemric) made their series track debut at Phoenix Raceway earlier this season.
Allgaier Has A Chance To Become The Second Driver In Series History To Sweep Phoenix
JR Motorsport’s driver Justin Allgaier can become just the second driver in NASCAR XFINITY Series history to sweep both races at Phoenix Raceway in a single season if he wins the Ticket Galaxy 200 this weekend; joining Kyle Busch.
Busch has swept both series races at Phoenix in a single season twice – in 2013 and last season.
Of the seven tracks on the series schedule the competitors visit twice in a single season (Daytona, Dover, Iowa, Kentucky, Phoenix, Richmond and Texas) only Texas has been swept in 2017 (by Erik Jones).
Allgaier has made 14 starts at Phoenix, posting one win, five top fives, nine top 10s and an average finish of 8.1.
Series Record In Our Midst: 18 Different Winners Would Tie Most In Single NASCAR XFINITY Series Season
Two races are left on the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series schedule, offering two more opportunities for new drivers to extend the current different winners list (17) to a record tying 18 different winners; a record that was set back in 1988 – 29 years ago.
The record-setting 1988 NASCAR XFINITY Series season that saw 18 different winners was composed of a tide of drivers who became the faces of the sport over the last few decades – some even went on to NASCAR Hall of Fame careers – Harry Gant (five wins), Larry Pearson (three), Tommy Ellis (three), Tommy Houston (three), Rick Mast (two), Rob Moroso (two), Bobby Allison, Bobby Hillin Jr., Dale Earnhardt, Dale Jarrett, Darrell Waltrip, Dick McCabe, Geoff Bodine, Jim Hensley, Mark Martin, Michael Waltrip, Mike Alexander and Morgan Shepherd (each had one win).
The 17 different NASCAR XFINITY Series winners in 2017 includes Kyle Busch (five wins), Erik Jones (three), Kyle Larson (three), William Byron (three), Brad Keselowski (two), Denny Hamlin (two), Justin Allgaier (two), Ryan Blaney (two), Alex Bowman, Aric Almirola, Christopher Bell, Jeremy Clements, Joey Logano, Ryan Preece, Ryan Reed, Sam Hornish Jr., Tyler Reddick (each have one).
The one driver not already on the 2017 different winners list, but who is entered this weekend and is a former series Phoenix winner, is Elliott Sadler. Sadler has made 17 series starts at Phoenix, posting one win, five top fives, nine top 10s and an average finish of 11.7.
The Streak Continues: 12th Different Winner In A Row Possible At Phoenix
This past weekend at Texas, Erik Jones added his name to the active NASCAR XFINITY Series streak of winners that has reached 11 different drivers dating back August 12 at Mid-Ohio.
The record for the longest streak of different winners in consecutive races in series history is 13 back in 1988.
This season’s streak of 11 different winners is the ninth time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series history a streak of 11 or more different drivers have won. The first time the series witnessed a streak like this was at the conclusion of the 1986 season and the beginning of 1987. The eight other streaks were in single seasons – 1988 (13 different winners), 1989 (11 different winners), 1991 (11), 1998 (11), 2003 (11), 2006 (11), 2014 (11) and 2017 (11).
|2017 NXS Season Streak||Record: 1988 NXS Season Streak|
|Erik Jones||Texas||11/4/2017||Tommy Houston||Rougemont||6/11/1988|
|Christopher Bell||Kansas||10/21/2017||Bobby Hillin Jr||Dover||6/4/1988|
|Alex Bowman||Charlotte||10/7/2017||Dale Jarrett||Charlotte||5/28/1988|
|Ryan Blaney||Dover||9/30/2017||Darrell Waltrip||Nashville Fgds||5/21/1988|
|Tyler Reddick||Kentucky||9/23/2017||Larry Pearson||South Boston||5/14/1988|
|Justin Allgaier||Chicago||9/16/2017||Rick Mast||Nazareth||5/7/1988|
|Brad Keselowski||Richmond||9/8/2017||Tommy Ellis||Hampton (VA)||4/30/1988|
|Denny Hamlin||Darlington||9/2/2017||Dale Earnhardt||Bristol||4/9/1988|
|Jeremy Clements||Road America||8/27/2017||Geoff Bodine||Darlington||3/26/1988|
|Kyle Busch||Bristol||8/18/2017||Jimmy Hensley||Martinsville||3/13/1988|
|Sam Hornish Jr||Mid-Ohio||8/12/2017||Mark Martin||Rockingham||3/5/1988|
If the series has another different winner this weekend, the 2017 different winner streak will stand alone as the second-longest different winner streak in series history behind the record 1988 season (13 different winners in consecutive races).
Tucson Native Alex Bowman Returns To NASCAR XFINITY Series This Weekend At Phoenix
How good is Arizona native Alex Bowman’s life right now? Pretty good.
The 24-year old from Tucson, Arizona, was named the driver to replace retiring Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet next season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Plus, Bowman has only made one start this season in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, and did so in impressive fashion, taking the checkered flag at Charlotte Motor Speedway while making his series debut driving for Chip Ganassi Racing.
This weekend, the up-and-coming star is back behind the wheel of the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, looking to showcase more of his driving talent.
Bowman has made five series starts at Phoenix, posting a best finish of 11th back in 2013. His average finish at Phoenix is 22.4. He competed in this event last season driving for JR Motorsports – he started seventh but finished 38th after being caught in an incident.
NASCAR XFINITY Series Etc.
Double Dippers – Several drivers from the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will try their luck this weekend at Phoenix in the NASCAR XFINITY Series race – MENCS Drivers: Austin and Ty Dillon, Erik Jones, Ryan Blaney, Corey LaJoie, Gray Gaulding and Alex Bowman; NCWTS Drivers: Christopher Bell and Joe Nemechek. None of the aforementioned drivers are former NASCAR XFINITY Series winners at Phoenix.
Manufacturer Championship (Bill France Performance Award) Update – Chevrolet currently holds a 58-point lead over Toyota in the NASCAR XFINITY Series manufacturer standings. To clinch an early title, Chevrolet needs to leave Phoenix Raceway with a 61-point lead over second place.