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August 29, 2023

Clinch scenarios for Xfinity Series drivers at Darlington Raceway


Daniel Hemric and Josh Berry race against each other
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Only two regular-season races remain for the NASCAR Xfinity Series, starting with Saturday’s Sports Clips Haircuts VFW Help A Hero 200 (3:30 p.m. ET, USA Network, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, NBC Sports App).

Four-time winner Austin Hill holds a 27-point lead over Justin Allgaier for the Regular Season Championship, with Allgaier scoring his second win of 2023 last weekend at Daytona International Speedway. Nemechek sits third, 28 points back of Hill, with five wins in his pocket.

Cup Series regular Kyle Larson won the spring race at Darlington and returns this weekend in the No. 17 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.

MORE: Current Xfinity standings | Weekend schedule: Darlington

Already Clinched

The following eight drivers have clinched a spot in the 12-driver postseason field: Austin Hill, Justin Allgaier, John Hunter Nemechek, Cole Custer, Sam Mayer, Chandler Smith, Sammy Smith, Jeb Burton.

Can clinch via points

If there is a repeat winner or a win by a driver who cannot advance to the playoffs, the following drivers could clinch by being 56 points above the fourth winless driver in the standings. The same point requirements listed below would hold true if a new win comes from among Josh Berry, Sheldon Creed or Daniel Hemric.

— Josh Berry: Would clinch with 21 points

— Sheldon Creed: Could only clinch with help

— Daniel Hemric: Could only clinch with help

If there is a new winner from Parker Kligerman or another winless driver lower in the standings but still eligible to advance to the playoffs, the following drivers could clinch by being 56 points above the third winless driver in the standings.

— Josh Berry: Would clinch with 54 points

— Sheldon Creed: Could only clinch with help

Can clinch via win

The following drivers would clinch on their win alone:

— Josh Berry, Sheldon Creed, Daniel Hemric, Parker Kligerman, Riley Herbst, Brandon Jones, Brett Moffitt, Kaz Grala, Parker Retzlaff, Ryan Sieg, Jeremy Clements, Anthony Alfredo, Josh Williams, Joe Graf Jr.

Can clinch Regular Season Championship

Additionally, the Regular Season Championship could be clinched by the following drivers:

— Austin Hill: Could only clinch with help

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