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Examining playoff picture for Cup, Xfinity, Truck Series

Martin Truex Jr. breaks down what happened at the end of the Southern 500 and explains how proud he is of clinching regular-season title.

Here is a breakdown of the playoff situation for each of NASCAR’s three national series.

Monster Energy Cup Series

  • One race remains in the regular season (Saturday at Richmond at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN)
  • 13 drivers are locked into the playoffs with a win (Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Blaney, Kurt Busch, Ryan Newman, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Austin Dillon and Kasey Kahne).
  • Three drivers (Chase Elliott, Matt Kenseth, and Jamie McMurray) are the only drivers capable of making the playoffs on points.
  • 17 drivers can still make the playoffs with a win,
  • Martin Truex Jr has clinched the regular season championship and the 15 playoff points associated with it.

Xfinity Series

  • Two races remain in the regular season (Friday at Richmond and Sept. 16 at Chicagoland).
  • Four drivers are locked into the playoffs with a win (William Byron, Justin Allgaier, Ryan Reed and Jeremy Clements).
  • Elliott Sadler, Brennan Poole and Daniel Hemric clinched a playoffs spot on points.
  • Cole Custer is in the playoffs if there is not a new winner who is outside the current playoff cutoff
  • At least three drivers will make the playoffs on points.
  • Elliott Sadler will clinch the 2017 regular season championship if he has a 61-point lead over second place in points following Richmond (he enters with a 91-point lead).

Camping World Truck Series

  • One race remains in the regular season (Sept. 15 at Chicagoland Speedway).
  • Six drivers are locked into the playoffs with a win (Christopher Bell, Johnny Sauter, Matt Crafton, John Hunter Nemechek, Austin Cindric and Kaz Grala).
  • Chase Briscoe has locked into the playoffs on points
  • Only one spot remains in the playoffs at Chicagoland
  • Only seven points separate the drivers currently eighth (Ben Rhodes) in playoff standings and ninth (Ryan Truex) in playoff standings