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XFINITY Chase 101: What you need to know

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Elimination-style playoffs arrive for the 2016 XFINITY Series season, and excitement is building. The process is similar to how Kyle Busch made his way to the Sprint Cup Series title in 2015, but we're here to help with a quick refresher on how the Chase Grid system works and how it's unique for the NXS.


THE SEEDING

A win in the first 26 races all but guarantees a driver entry into the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase, provided the driver is in the top 30 in points and has attempted to qualify for each race. Drivers who win two Dash 4 Cash bonuses are also all but guaranteed a Chase berth.


Each of the 12 drivers who qualifies for the Chase Grid starts with 2,000 points, plus three points for each win earned during the first 26 regular-season races. After the bonus points for wins are added, drivers are ranked in order of the reset points. 


THE ROUNDS

Round of 12: The first round consists of the races at Kentucky, Dover, and Charlotte. If a driver wins a race in the Round of 12, the driver automatically advances to the next round. The remaining available positions (1-8) that have not been filled by wins will be filled on points. 


Tiebreaker: If any position comes down to a tiebreaker, only the three races in the Round of 12 matter. Wins and finishes in the regular season won't, so the drivers will need to run up front to challenge for the win. If they can't win, they'll need to have more second-place finishes, third-place finishes, etc. than their competitors in order to break the tie and advance. If two drivers have the exact same finishes, the tiebreaker then goes to the driver who scored the best finish first.


Round of 8: Each driver who advances to the next round (Kansas, Texas, Phoenix) then will have their points reset to 3,000. Drivers who win a race in the Round of 8 automatically advance to the Championship 4. The remaining available positions (1-4) that have not been filled by wins will be filled on points. 


Tiebreaker: If any position comes down to a tiebreaker, only the three races in the Round of 8 matter. Wins and finishes in the regular season won't, so the drivers will need to run up front to challenge for the win. If they can't win, they'll need to have more second-place finishes, third-place finishes, etc. than their competitors in order to break the tie and advance. If two drivers have the exact same finishes, the tiebreaker then goes to the driver who scored the best finish first.


Championship 4: The four drivers who advance to the Championship 4 at Homestead will have their points reset to 4,000. The highest finishing Championship 4 driver will be crowned the NASCAR XFINITY Series champion.


THE NASCAR XFINITY SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP


The final race is all about order of finish. No bonus points for laps led, etc. The four finalists will start the race tied, and the highest finisher among them at Homestead-Miami Speedway will win the NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship.


THE POINTS
Drivers who don't advance to the next round will have their point totals reset to the Chase-start base of 2,000 (with any regular-season wins bonus points), plus the additional points they've earned during the Chase. The idea, which was actually a driver-led suggestion, is that those eliminated from the postseason still have something to race for -- fifth place. A driver eliminated in the opening Round of 12, for example, can still finish ranked higher than someone who just misses the Championship Round cut.

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