Updated XFINITY Series Chase grid after opening race at Kentucky
Sorting it out after Chase opener
After a wild night at Kentucky Speedway in the opening race of the inaugural XFINITY Series Chase, take a look at who sits where in the updated Chase standings. Remember, only eight drivers out of the current 12-driver field will advance to the second round of the playoffs after the next two races at Dover and Charlotte.
12. Ty Dillon, 2015 points
With no bonus points from regular-season race wins to fall back on, Dillon's wreck with Erik Jones as they battled for third place with 13 laps remaining on Saturday could prove to be disastrous to his championship hopes. Dillon's No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet was too heavily damaged to get back on the track with so few laps left, and he ended up finishing 27th. Only Jones, scored in 28th, was worse -- but Jones has the advantage of four regular-season race wins and the bonus points that come with them to provide him with a cushion Dillon lacks.
11. Brandon Jones, 2015
Jones, an XFINITY Series rookie, sits 11th on the Chase grid after hitting the wall on Lap 95 of Saturday's race at Kentucky. He ended up finishing 26th in the race, third-worst among the Chasers.
10. Ryan Sieg, 2025
Sieg is 10th in Chase points after finishing 16th at Kentucky.
9. Erik Jones, 2027
When you lead a race-high 100 laps but your No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota goes home on a hook, it's a regrettable night. But this is where Jones' four regular-season race wins and the bonus points that come with them pay off, taking at least a little sting out of his 28th-place finish -- worst among all Chasers at Kentucky. Sitting just on the outside of the top 8 looking in, though, Jones knows he has work to do in the next two races.
8. Blake Koch, 2030
Koch is eighth in the Chase standings after finishing 11th at Kentucky.
7. Brennan Poole
Brennan Poole is seventh in the Chase standings after securing a 10th--place finish at Kentucky.
6. Justin Allgaier
Allgaier's Saturday night could have ended up much, much worse after a run-in with Sam Hornish Jr. on Lap 130 at Kentucky. Even though his No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevy looked like it had been through a war by the time it was over, he still rallied for a respectable ninth-place finish.
5. Darrell Wallace, Jr., 2034
Wallace is fifth on the Chase grid after finishing eighth at Kentucky. He's tied with Ryan Reed with 2034 points, but Reed currently owns the tiebreaker because he finished one spot in front of Wallace on Saturday.
4. Ryan Reed
Reed moved up to fourth in the Chase standings because only three other Chasers scored finishes better than his solid seventh-place run at Kentucky.
3. Brendan Gaughan, 2036
Gaughan had a strong run in the Chase opener, leading 19 laps en route to finshing sixth. That puts him third overall in the updated Chase standings, only 14 points behind leader Elliott Sadler and just six behind Daniel Suarez in second place.
2. Daniel Suarez, 2042
Suarez finished second in the race in his No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota and ranks second on the updated Chase grid, eight points behind Sadler and six clear of Brendan Gaughan in third.
1. Elliott Sadler, 2050
Sadler scored his third win of the season and became the first XFINITY driver to secure his place in the second round of the Chase at Kentucky.