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RESULTS

START POS

FINAL STATUS

LAPS COMPLETED

LAPS LED

POINTS

PLAYOFF POINTS

1

John H. Nemechek

20 |

7

Running

200

154

60

7

2

Brandon Jones

9 |

4

Running

200

2

42

0

3

Sheldon Creed

2 |

16

Running

200

0

42

0

4

Parker Kligerman

48 |

15

Running

200

0

42

0

5

Austin Hill

21 |

9

Running

200

0

42

0

6

Josh Berry

8 |

6

Running

200

0

38

0

7

Brett Moffitt

25 |

10

Running

200

0

31

0

8

Derek Kraus

11 |

18

Running

200

0

33

0

9

Joe Graf Jr

19 |

11

Running

200

0

28

0

10

Kaz Grala

26 |

31

Running

200

0

27

0

11

Parker Retzlaff

31 |

26

Running

200

0

28

0

12

Jeb Burton

27 |

17

Running

199

0

25

0

13

Josh Williams

92 |

24

Running

199

0

24

0

14

Connor Mosack

24 |

20

Running

199

0

23

0

15

Jeremy Clements

51 |

21

Running

199

0

22

0

16

Mason Massey

08 |

37

Running

199

0

21

0

17

Ryan Ellis

43 |

23

Running

199

0

20

0

18

Justin Allgaier

7 |

1

Running

199

40

35

0

19

Matt Mills

53 |

27

Running

198

0

0

0

20

Kyle Sieg

29 |

29

Running

198

0

17

0

21

Dawson Cram

07 |

25

Running

198

0

16

0

22

Cj McLaughlin

28 |

38

Running

198

0

15

0

23

Riley Herbst

98 |

8

Running

198

0

16

0

24

Joey Gase

35 |

36

Running

198

0

13

0

25

Garrett Smithley

4 |

34

Running

198

0

12

0

26

Leland Honeyman

66 |

28

Running

197

0

11

0

27

Anthony Alfredo

78 |

32

Running

197

0

10

0

28

Brennan Poole

6 |

33

Running

197

0

9

0

29

Rajah Caruth

45 |

22

Running

197

0

0

0

30

Ryan Sieg

39 |

14

Running

196

0

7

0

31

Nick Leitz

38 |

30

Running

194

0

0

0

32

Chandler Smith

16 |

12

Running

186

0

5

0

33

Blaine Perkins

02 |

35

Brakes

140

0

4

0

34

Daniel Hemric

10 |

5

Running

120

0

3

0

35

Sammy Smith

18 |

2

Accident

97

1

17

0

36

Cole Custer

00 |

3

Accident

60

3

10

0

37

Sam Mayer

1 |

13

Accident

20

0

1

0

38

Kyle Weatherman

91 |

19

Accident

19

0

1

0

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  • POS 1 | LEADER

    John Hunter Nemechek

    POS1

    LEADER

    John Hunter Nemechek

    Driver badge number 20 |

  • POS 2 | 7.521

    Brandon Jones

    POS2

    7.521

    Brandon Jones

    Driver badge number 9 |

  • POS 3 | 11.881

    Sheldon Creed

    POS3

    11.881

    Sheldon Creed

    Driver badge number 2 |

John Hunter Nemechek rolls to Kansas victory; Xfinity Playoffs field set

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — There were no mixed feelings on Parker Kligerman‘s part — he was ecstatic that John Hunter Nemechek asserted absolute domination over the rest of the field in Saturday‘s Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway.

Nemechek‘s sixth victory of the season assured Kligerman, who finished a strong fourth, of a berth in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs, which open next Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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Kligerman outlasted Riley Herbst, who entered the race with a one-point advantage for the final Playoff spot but ran afoul of the left rear of Kligerman‘s car after a restart in Stage 2.

Nemechek did all he could to overtake Austin Hill for the Regular Season Championship. He won the first and second stages and beat runner-up Brandon Jones to the finish line by a whopping 7.521 seconds. Hill ran fifth to secure the regular-season title by five points after leading by 23 entering the race.

After Herbst had trouble, the only circumstance that could have kept Kligerman out of the playoffs was a victory by Jones. Nemechek would have none of that.

“(Crew chief) Ben (Beshore) and all the guys made the right adjustments all day,” said Nemechek, who won for the second time at Kansas and the eighth time in his career. “They brought a really fast hot rod. … Overall, just super pumped, super ecstatic.

“I‘m looking forward to getting the Playoffs started next week at Bristol. We came in here trying to get the Regular Season Championship. I thought that we were going to have a 60-point day this weekend, and that‘s what we did. We controlled what we could control. We did everything that we possibly could.

“So, let‘s go to the playoffs — I‘m ready.”

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Sheldon Creed finished third, 11.881 seconds behind Nemechek, followed by Kligerman and Hill.

“I was definitely the biggest John Hunter fan on the last run there,” quipped Kligerman, who finished 25 points ahead of Herbst for the final playoff spot in a battle that featured substantial swings throughout the season. “I‘m really proud of this whole Big Machine Racing team. … We executed at a high level.

“With what I‘ve seen do for the last 12 weeks, I felt like, if we could just get in the playoffs, and we bring this going forward, we‘re going to race for a championship.”

Just short of midway through Stage 2, much of the suspense disappeared from the race for the final Playoff spot. On a restart on Lap 65, Kligerman had difficulty getting his No. 48 Chevrolet into gear. Creed, immediately behind Kligerman, ran into the back of the 48 and moved to the right.

Herbst, who started two cars behind his rival for the final berth, clipped the left-rear of Kligerman‘s car with the right-front of the No. 98 Ford, cutting his right-front tire and damaging the quarter panel.

Herbst lost two laps on pit road changing tires, but he regained both circuits in short order, taking a wave-around at the end of Stage 2 and as the beneficiary during the eighth caution for a dramatic Lap 97 wreck at the front of the field involving Creed, Sammy Smith, pole winner Justin Allgaier and Jones.

Back on the lead lap, Herbst charged through the field and reached the ninth position, but another flat right-front tire forced him to pit road on Lap 127 and ended his chances to secure a Playoff berth.

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As it turned out, Daniel Hemric clinched the 11th of 12 playoff spots by starting the race, leaving Kligerman and Herbst to battle for the last one. They join Nemechek, Hill, Allgaier, Cole Custer, Sam Mayer, Chandler Smith, Creed, Josh Berry, Sammy Smith and Jeb Burton, all of whom had qualified for the playoffs before Saturday‘s race.

Though Hill secured the regular-season title, he feels his Richard Childress Racing team has work to do to match Nemechek‘s pace in the upcoming seven playoff races.

“Just happy that we were able to bring home the Regular Season Championship, get the extra 15 bonus points — which is huge,” Hill said. “But we‘ve got to go to work. We‘ve got to be better. The 20 (Nemechek) was the class of the field all day.

“Really kind of stunk up the show there, so we‘ve got to go back to the drawing board, figure out what we‘ve got to do better for next time.”

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Berry, Brett Moffitt, Derek Kraus, Joe Graf Jr. and Kaz Grala finished sixth through 10th, respectively.

The seven-race playoffs open Friday with the Food City 300 (7:30 p.m. ET, USA, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, NBC Sports App) at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Note: Inspection in the Xfinity Series garage at Kansas was completed without major issue, confirming Nemechek’s victory. NASCAR officials discovered three teams with unsecured lug nuts in a post-race check. The No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet of Sheldon Creed was found with two unsecured lugs, which should result in a one-race suspension for crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz and a fine in next week’s penalty report. Two teams each had one unsecured lug nut — the No. 21 RCR Chevrolet of Austin Hill and the No. 27 Jordan Anderson Racing Chevy of Jeb Burton. Those infractions should result in a monetary fine for each team’s crew chief, according to guidelines in the NASCAR Rule Book.

Contributing: Staff reports