XFINITY Race Preview: Texas

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Justin Allgaier has the post-season points lead heading into Saturday night's O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 in Texas. (Photo: Getty Images)

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NASCAR XFINITY Series news, notes and fast facts in advance of Saturday's O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Radio: PRN
TV: NBCSN, 8 p.m. (ET)
Race Distance: 300 miles (200 laps)
Stage Lengths: Stage 1 (Ends on lap 45), Stage 2 (Ends on lap 90), Final Stage (Ends on lap 200)

Races: 33
Pole Winners: 21
Youngest Pole Winner: Erik Jones (4/10/2015 - 18 years, 9 months, 11 days)
Oldest Pole Winner: Mark Martin (11/4/2006 - 47 years, 9 months, 26 days)
Race Winners: 16
Youngest Race Winner: Chase Elliott (4/4/2014 - 18 years, 4 months, 7 days)
Oldest Race Winner: Jeff Purvis (4/6/2002 - 43 years, 1 month, 18 days)
Races Won from Pole: 4
Last Race Won from Pole: Kyle Busch (4/8/2016)
Race Record: Busch - 151.707 mph (4/5/2008)
Qualifying Record: Jeff Green - 193.493 mph (4/6/2002)

  Last Race Most/Largest Fewest/Smallest
Cars: 40 43 - 23 Times(11/3/2012) 40 - 9 Times (11/3/2015)
Lead Changes: 11 22 (4/12/2013) 3 (4/6/2002)
Leaders: 7 11 (4/12/2013) 3 (4/8/2016)
Cautions: 6 10 (3/29/2003) 3 (4/8/2011)
Caution Laps: 31 55 (4/1/2000) 13 (4/5/2008)
Lead Lap Finish: 9 27 (4/6/2002) 8 (11/4/2006)
Running at the Finish: 33

38 - 2 Times  (4/8/2006)

22 (11/7/2009)
Laps Led (Winner): 112 179 (11/7/2009) 6 - 3 Times  (11/5/2011)
Margin of Victory*: 0.512 3.486 (11/3/2007) 0.128 (4/14/2007)

*Since 1993 (advent of digital timing and scoring); does not include races completed under caution

A Dive Into the XFINITY Playoff Round of 8 at Texas
Just eight drivers remain in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoffs as the series heads to Texas Motor Speedway. Below is a quick look at the eight challengers' career performances at Texas and what they will need to do to secure a spot in The Championship 4:

Justin Allgaier (No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet) 
Allgaier is currently the No. 1 seed going into Texas this weekend with 3,066 points; 33 points ahead of the Playoff cutoff line and fifth-place Matt Tifft. In 30 starts this season, Allgaier has posted two wins, 10 top fives and 16 top 10s. He has made 14 starts at Texas, posting seven top-10 finishes and an average finish of 12.4. He finished 10th in this event last season.

Clinch Scenario: Allgaier can clinch a spot in the next round with a win. He could also clinch on points with a new winner and help.

William Byron (No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet)
Byron rolls into Texas as the second seed with 3,064 points, 31 points ahead of fifth-place Matt Tifft - the first position outside the playoff cutoff. In 30 starts this season, Byron has three wins, 10 top fives and 19 top 10s. He made his series debut at Texas earlier this season. He started fifth and finished seventh.

Clinch Scenario: Byron can clinch a spot in the next round with a win. He could also clinch on points with a new winner and help.

Elliott Sadler (No. 1 JR Motorsports Chevrolet)
Sadler is currently ranked third in the playoff standings with 3,055 points, 22 ahead of fifth-place Matt Tifft in the first position outside the playoff cutoff. In 30 starts this season, Sadler has 11 top fives and 23 top 10s. He's made 19 starts at Texas, posting two poles, three top fives, 12 top 10s and an average finish of 11.6.

Clinch Scenarios: Sadler could clinch a spot in the next round with a win this weekend. He could also clinch on points with a repeat winner and help.

Brennan Poole (No. 48 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet)
Poole currently sits fourth in the XFINITY Series Playoff standings with 3,038 points, just five ahead of fifth-place Matt Tifft. In 30 starts this season, Poole has four top fives and 15 top 10s. Poole, from The Woodlands, Texas, has made four starts at his home track, posting one top 10 and an average finish of 19.2.

Clinch Scenario:
Poole can clinch a spot in the next round with a win.

Matt Tifft (No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)
Tifft heads to Texas this weekend ranked fifth in the playoffs with 3,033 points. He's the first driver outside the cutoff, five points back from Brennan Poole in fourth. In 30 starts this season, Tifft has two top fives and 11 top 10s. He's made three starts at Texas, posting two top 10s and an average finish of 12.7.

Clinch Scenario: Tifft can clinch a spot in the next round with a win.

Ryan Reed (No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford)
Reed currently is sixth in the standings with 3,032 points, six behind fourth-place Brennan Poole. In 30 starts this season, Reed has one win, two top fives and seven top 10s. He's made seven series starts at Texas, posting a best finish of 11th earlier this season. His average finish at Texas is 14.9.

Clinch Scenario: Reed can clinch a spot in the next round with a win.

Daniel Hemric (No. 21 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet)
Hemric rolls into Texas this weekend ranked seventh in the XFINITY Series standings with 3,032 points, six behind fourth-place Poole. In 30 starts this season, Hemric has six top fives and 15 top 10s. He made his series track debut at Texas earlier this season. He started seventh but finished 32nd after being in an accident in the early stages of the race.

Clinch Scenario: Hemric can clinch a spot in the next round with a win.

Cole Custer (No. 00 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford)
Custer currently is ranked eighth in the playoff standings with 3,030 points, eight back from fourth-place Poole. In 30 starts this season, Custer has five top fives and 16 top 10s. He made his series track debut at Texas earlier this season. He started sixth and finished fifth.

Clinch Scenario: Custer can clinch a spot in the next round with a win.


Three Races Left for a Record-Tying 18th Different Winner This Season

2017 NXS Winners

Wins

Kyle Busch

5

Kyle Larson

3

William Byron

3

Brad Keselowski

2

Denny Hamlin

2

Erik Jones

2

Justin Allgaier

2

Ryan Blaney

2

Alex Bowman

1

Aric Almirola

1

Christopher Bell

1

Jeremy Clements

1

Joey Logano

1

Ryan Preece

1

Ryan Reed

1

Sam Hornish Jr

1

Tyler Reddick

1

The 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series season has produced a total of 17 different winners and is the first time the series has seen that many different winners since 1994 (23 seasons ago).

 

17 different winners in a single NASCAR XFINITY Series season has only happened three other seasons (1994, 1992 and 1989), and is the second highest number of different winners in single NXS season behind the record of 18 different winners in 1988.  

 

2017 Could See an Impressive Seven First-Time Winners

Following Christopher Bell’s win at Kansas two weeks ago, the 2017 season is now tied with seven other seasons (1987, 1989, 1991, 1996, 2002, 2004 and 2006) for the second most first-time winners behind the inaugural series season, 1982, which saw 14 first-time winners.

 

So, will we see a seventh? There is a good chance.

 

Of the 40 drivers entered this weekend, 21 (52.5%) have yet to win in the NASCAR XFINITY Series; including four of the Playoff contenders – Cole Custer, Matt Tifft, Brennan Poole and Daniel Hemric.   

 

Texas Motor Speedway has produced five first-time NASCAR XFINITY Series winners (all-time) – Erik Jones (2015), Chase Elliott (2014), Trevor Bayne (2011), Kurt Busch (2006) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (1998).

 

Plus, since 2007 (last 10 seasons), there have been 35 first-time winners fielded by 12 different organizations in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Of the 12 organizations since 2007, Joe Gibbs Racing has produced the most first-time winners (six; Christopher Bell, Ryan Preece, Erik Jones, Daniel Suarez, Aric Almirola and Joey Logano); followed by Chip Ganassi Racing and Roush Fenway Racing (with five each). 


Different Winners Streak Could Reach 11 This Weekend

Date

2017 Winners

Track

8/12/2017

Sam Hornish Jr

Mid-Ohio

8/18/2017

Kyle Busch

Bristol

8/27/2017

Jeremy Clements

Road America

9/2/2017

Denny Hamlin

Darlington

9/8/2017

Brad Keselowski

Richmond

9/16/2017

Justin Allgaier

Chicago

9/23/2017

Tyler Reddick

Kentucky

9/30/2017

Ryan Blaney

Dover

10/7/2017

Alex Bowman

Charlotte

10/21/2017

Christopher Bell

Kansas

Over the last 10 races, Victory Lane has had a rotating door in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, hosting 10 different winners; a streak that began on August 12, 2017 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. This weekend, Texas Motor Speedway will serve as the stage for a possible 11th different winner in as many races.

 

The last time the NASCAR XFINITY Series saw a streak of 11 different winners was back in 2014 – Elliott Sadler (Talladega), Sam Hornish Jr. (Iowa), Kyle Larson (Charlotte), Kyle Busch (Dover), Paul Menard (Michigan), Brendan Gaughan (Road America), Kevin Harvick (Kentucky), Kasey Kahne (Daytona), Brad Keselowski (New Hampshire), Chase Elliott (Chicago) and Ty Dillon (Indianapolis).

 

Two drivers looking to play spoiler this weekend and extend the different winners streak are Kyle Larson, the defending winner of last season’s XFINITY Playoff race at Texas, and Erik Jones, the winner of this season’s spring Texas race. Both are not on the current 10 different winners list, and both are the only two previous series Texas winners entered this weekend. Larson has made seven series starts at Texas, amassing one win (2016), two top fives and an average finish of 14.2. Erik Jones has made five series starts at Texas, posting two wins (2015, 2017), five top fives and an average finish of 2.4.

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