By the Numbers: Round of 8 Clinch Scenarios for JRM Drivers

Ron Lemasters | JR Motorsports | 10/6/2017

Advance Auto Parts Elliott Sadler Justin Allgaier Liberty University Michael Annett News OneMain Playoffs TMC William Byron

The first elimination race in the NXS Playoffs happens this weekend, and here are all the scenarios pertaining to how the four JRM drivers advance to the Round of 8.

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Oct. 6, 2017) – This weekend’s Drive for the Cure 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway is the cutoff race for the first round of the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs, and JR Motorsports drivers are in great shape to move on to the Round of 8.

Justin Allgaier and No. 7 Team: First in Championship Points

Allgaier is the point leader heading into the 200-lap event on Saturday, and his path to the next round is fairly simple. All he has to do is earn three points, should there be a new winner, or score one point if a driver who has already won takes the checkered flag first. The No. 7 Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet driver has won twice already this season, the second one coming last month at Chicagoland Speedway, which is also a 1.5-mile track. Of course, if Allgaier wins Saturday, he advances as well.

William Byron and No. 9 Team: Second in Championship Points (-3)

Byron, just three points behind his teammate in second place, has a similar path to the Round of 8. The driver of the No. 9 Liberty University Chevrolet needs to score just seven points in the event a new driver wins, or just five if it’s a repeat winner. Like Allgaier, a win punches his ticket to the next round as well. Interestingly, of Byron’s three victories this season, none have come on a 1.5-mile speedway. He’s won at the .875-mile Iowa Speedway, Daytona International Speedway and Indianapolis Motor Speedway, both of which are 2.5-mile ovals.

Elliott Sadler and No. 1 Team: Third in Championship Points (-13)

For Sadler and the No. 1 OneMain Financial team, the scenario is the same. He’s 41 points ahead of the ninth-place driver, which means he needs to score 17 points with a new winner and 15 if a driver who has already won takes the checkers first. Sadler also advances with a victory in his own right. Interestingly enough, Sadler’s average finish in 21 starts at CMS is 17.1.

Michael Annett and No. 5 Team: 10th in Championship Points (-7 from cutoff)

Annett, driver of the No. 5 TMC Transportation Chevrolet, has the toughest route to the Round of 8 among JRM’s quartet. He can, of course, advance with a victory at Charlotte, but to advance on points, he needs help.

Annett, 10th in points, is seven points out of the eighth and final spot, currently held by Ryan Reed. Brendan Gaughan, five points ahead of Annett in ninth, also sits between the Iowa native and the second round of the playoffs. The math is pretty simple. Annett needs to outpoint Reed by eight and Gaughan by six to stay in the race for the final four at Homestead-Miami Speedway next month.

The 11th- and 12th-place drivers, Blake Koch and Jeremy Clements, are five and 13 points, respectively, behind Annett and within range of the JRM driver as well.

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Homestead-Miami Speedway | 11/18/2017
RankDriverPointsBehind
1William Byron # (P)40340
2Elliott Sadler (P)4029-5
3Justin Allgaier (P)4025-9
4Daniel Hemric # (P)4003-31
5Cole Custer #2288-1746
6Brennan Poole2223-1811
7Matt Tifft #2211-1823
8Ryan Reed2161-1873
9Michael Annett2155-1879