Series championship-eligible drivers remain winless six races into the 2016 NASCAR Xfinity Series season, heading into Saturday’s race at Bristol (Ten.) Motor Speedway, thanks, in large part, to series domination by Sprint Cup Series 2015 champion Kyle Busch, along with a win apiece for two other Sprint Cup drivers, Austin Dillon and Chase Elliott. As a result, at least so far, provisional Chase berths are held by virtue of the points standings, with Daniel Suarez continuing to lead the way, but only by the slimmest of margins. Suarez is ahead of NASCAR veteran Elliott Sadler by a single point after the April 9 race at Texas Motor Speedway and heading into tomorrow’s race at Bristol.
Suarez has 207 points to Sadler’s 206 after six races on the 33-race schedule. They’re the only two drivers over the 200-point threshold. Sadler’s JR Motorsports teammate, Justin Allgaier, though, is just outside the 200+ point category with 198. Other drivers rounding out the top-five in the championship points standings include Brandon Jones and and Suarez’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Erik Jones.
Here’s a look at the top-12 of the Xfinity Series points standings:
1. Daniel Suarez (207 points)
2. Elliott Sadler (206)
3. Justin Allgaier (198)
4. Brandon Jones (193)
5. Erik Jones (192)
6. Ty Dillon (187)
7. Brendan Gaughan (183)
8. Darrell Wallace Jr. (160)
8. Ryan Reed (160)
10. Brennan Poole (152)
11. Ryan Sieg (130)
12. Blake Koch (129)
With Busch’s series-leading four wins in the first six races, the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, primarily driven by Busch, is atop the Xfinity Series owner points standings with 239 points to the 221 by the No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet team. Meanwhile, the No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet team, dubbed JRM’s “All-Star” team with a roster of primarily Sprint Cup drivers behind the wheel is third in the Xfinity owner standings.
The No. 19 JGR Toyota of Suarez is the highest in the owner standings among teams with a series championship-eligible driver behind the wheel full-time, as it sits fourth in the owner standings.
Here’s a look at the top-10 of the Xfinity Series owner points standings:
1. No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota (239 points)
2. No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet (221)
3. No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet (217)
4. No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota (207)
5. No. 1 JR Motorsports Chevrolet (206)
6. No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet (198)
7. No. 22 Team Penske Ford (195)
8. No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet (193)
9. No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota (192)
10. No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet (187)