Jeremy Clements will race in the NASCAR Xfinity Series playoffs after announcing Tuesday that their penalty appeal was successful.
Clements initially earned a playoff spot for winning the Wawa 250 at Daytona but an intake manifold violation took his playoff spot away, along with 75 driver and owner points, 10 playoff points and $60,000. Following Tuesday’s announcement, Clements and his family team will get it all back.
The penalty reversal knocks Ryan Sieg out of a playoff spot, entering the September 16 regular-season finale at Bristol Motor Speedway (7:30 p.m. ET; TV: USA; Radio: PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
Before Clements’s penalties were reversed, Ryan Sieg held the final playoff spot by 13 points ahead of Sheldon Creed. After the reversal, Landon Cassill holds the final spot by 19 points ahead of Sieg and 32 ahead of Creed:
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For the playoffs, Jeremy Clements is currently tied for the No. 8 seed, at 2005 points, with Sam Mayer.
Mayer is currently eighth in the regular-season standings, five points ahead of Riley Herbst. Mayer can finish with as few as 2004 points to start the playoffs, should he lose eighth in points to Herbst – and as much as 2012 points to start, should he hold onto eighth after sweeping the stages and winning at Bristol.
Clements can also start the playoffs with 2012 points if he sweeps the stages and wins at Bristol.