Results, point standings after Xfinity playoff opener
Christopher Bell punched his ticket to the second round of the Xfinity playoffs by winning Friday’s race at Richmond.
It’s Bell’s fifth win of the season.
He beat Ross Chastain, Daniel Hemric, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Tifft.
Earnhardt led a race-high 96 laps and won Stage 2 in his first NASCAR start since last year.
With his win, Bell is the only driver who doesn’t have to worry about next weekend’s race on the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval.
He’s the first driver to lock a spot in the second round of the playoffs.
While Bell leads the standings, Hemric is second (-28 points).
The top five is completed by Justin Allgaier (-34), Chastain (-37) and Sadler (-38).
Austin Cindric (-62) and Ryan Reed (-63) are in the 11th and 12th spots.