NASCAR Championships

Anna Kasulas, Staff Writer

Going into the Texas weekend they will have passed the second cutoff race for both Xfinity and Cup. Both series are in their respective round of eight, while the Trucks approach their round of four proceeding Martinsville at the end of the month. While all this is going on the ARCA Menards Series, as well as the ARCA Menards Series West, only has one race left.

Cup Series

Of the original sixteen, only eight currently remain with it dwindling down to four following Martinsville at the end of the month. The drivers eliminated from the last round were Kevin Harvick, Christopher Bell, Alex Bowman and William Byron. Chase Elliott narrowly avoided elimination after Harvick wrecked him, but still managed to make the round of eight. The round of twelve ended with three different winners in all three races including a shocking win by Bubba Wallace at Talladega.

1 Kyle Larson +42 2 Denny Hamlin +7
3 Martin Truex Jr. +6 4 Ryan Blaney +1
5 Kyle Busch -1 6 Chase Elliott -2
7 Joey Logano -11 8 Brad Keselowski -16

 

Xfinity Series

The drivers cut from the championship battle following the Roval were Jeb Burton, Riley Herbst, Jeremy Clements and Myatt Snider. This was their first cutoff of only two, cutting down from 12 to eight. They closed out the round with three different winners, Josh Berry, AJ Allmendinger and the shocker of Brandon Brown.

1 AJ Allmendinger +34 2 Austin Cindric +28
3 Justin Allgaier +5 4 Noah Gragson +1
5 Daniel Hemric -1 6 Justin Haley -2
7 Harrison Burton -9 8 Brandon Jones -14

 

Camping World Truck Series

With so few races and drivers the trucks are still in their round of eight until Martinsville. They’ve been on a three week break following the race at Talladega. So far in the round none of the playoff drivers have gotten a win locking them into the Championship Four. They’ve had two unique first time winners in Christian Eckes at Las Vegas and Tate Fogleman at Talladega.

1 John Hunter Nemechek +36 2 Ben Rhodes +35
3 Matt Crafton +10 4 Sheldon Creed +5
5 Stewart Friesen -5 6 Chandler Smith -34
7 Carson Hocevar -40 8 Zane Smith -40

 

ARCA Menards Series

The ending of the run for this series is quickly approaching with their last being at Kansas Speedway on October 23. They will be closing out their season with a triple header weekend as the precursor to the Xfinity and Cup races. The entire season it has been a two car race for the championship between Corey Heim and Ty Gibbs. Heim is currently 34 points behind Gibbs going into Kansas with Nick Sanchez 271 points behind him. The only way Heim can claim ARCA Menards Series champion is if he finishes tenth or higher and Gibbs finishes below tenth or wrecks out. Though having five different winners this year no one has been able to top or compete with Gibbs aside from Heim.

ARCA Menards Series West

This series has only one race left at Phoenix Raceway (November 6), as a part of the Championship weekend with Cup, Xfinity and Trucks. Jesse Love has led in the point standings all season and is now at a one point lead over Paul Pedroncelli Jr. in second. Love took the championship last year claiming his title of Youngest NASCAR Champion at just 15 years old. Fielding six different winners this year in only eight races, Love has been able to remain on top.

ARCA Menards Series East

The East series came to a close on September 18 at Bristol Motor Speedway, with Sammy Smith coming out on top as champion. In eight races there were only three different winners in that of Ty Gibbs, Sammy Smith and Max Gutiérrez. Smith closed out with the win at Bristol a good 34 points above second place Daniel Dye. Sammy joins an elite list of drivers as one of the youngest NASCAR champions to date, being 17 when he won.