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Josh Berry earns NXS win at Dover, jumps to No. 4 seed

DOVER, DELAWARE – APRIL 30: Josh Berry, driver of the #8 Tire Pros Chevrolet, drives during the NASCAR Xfinity Series A-GAME 200 at Dover Motor Speedway on April 30, 2022 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

DOVER, DEL. — Josh Berry won Saturday’s A-Game 200 at Dover Motor Speedway and moved up to the No. 4 NASCAR Xfinity Series playoff seed with his first win of the 2022 season.

Berry took the lead from teammate Justin Allgaier with 55 laps to go and never looked back as he earned five playoff points for winning Saturday.

Allgaier finished second after earning a playoff point for winning stage two. He led the most laps – 67 – and also finished second in stage one. The strong performance ties him with Brandon Jones for fifth in the regular-season points standings.

DOVER, DELAWARE – APRIL 30: Justin Allgaier, driver of the #7 Door Bumper Clear Chevrolet, and Josh Berry, driver of the #8 Tire Pros Chevrolet, race during the NASCAR Xfinity Series A-GAME 200 at Dover Motor Speedway on April 30, 2022 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Teammate Sam Mayer bested Allgaier to earn a playoff point for winning stage one.

After winning the stage and pitting, Mayer’s left-rear tire fell off the car, forcing him to pit and start in the rear for stage two. Mayer finished 11th in stage two and fifth in the overall race. He outscored Ryan Sieg by 15 points and took seventh in the regular-season standings from him.

Top 10 finishers are as follows: Josh Berry, Justin Allgaier, Ty Gibbs, Noah Gragson, Sam Mayer, A.J. Allmendinger, Brandon Jones, Sheldon Creed, Riley Herbst, Ryan Sieg

Stage 1 Top 10: Sam Mayer, Justin Allgaier, Josh Berry, Brandon Jones, John Hunter Nemechek, Ty Gibbs, A.J. Allmendinger, Noah Gragson, Riley Herbst, Sheldon Creed

Stage 2 Top 10: Justin Allgaier, Brandon Jones, A.J. Allmendinger, Josh Berry, Ty Gibbs, Riley Herbst, Noah Gragson, Daniel Hemric, Sheldon Creed, Austin Hill

Landon Cassill was the only seeded driver who did not earn any stage points Saturday. Cassill, Hemric and Hill were the only seeded drivers who did not finish in the top 10 – in 11th, 12th and 14th respectively.

Ty Gibbs retained second in the regular-season points standings from Noah Gragson by finishing two spots better than Gragson in each stage and one spot better than him in the overall race.

Gragson dropped to the No. 3 seed as he is now third, but tied for second, in the regular-season standings.

DOVER, DELAWARE – APRIL 30: Ty Gibbs, driver of the #54 Monster Energy Toyota, and Noah Gragson, driver of the #9 Bass Pro Shops/TrueTimber/BRCC Chevrolet, race during the NASCAR Xfinity Series A-GAME 200 at Dover Motor Speedway on April 30, 2022 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

The playoff points and seeding in the table below are determined by what it would look like if the regular season ended today.

Playoff SeedDriverPlayoff Points TotalBase PointsRegular-Season Points Position/PointsPoints for Race Wins (5 Pts/Win)Stage Wins (1 Pt/Win)
1Ty Gibbs2027200010 (2nd); +2 points; +1 points position15 (Las Vegas, Atlanta, Richmond)2 (Richmond – Stage 2, Martinsville Stage 1)
2 (+1)A.J. Allmendinger2022200015 (1st)5 (COTA)2 (Atlanta – Stage 2, COTA – Stage 1)
3 (-1)Noah Gragson 202120008 (3rd) -2; -110 (Talladega, Phoenix)3 (Las Vegas – Stages 1 and 2, Phoenix – Stage 2)
4 (+1)Josh Berry201420007 (4th)5 (Dover) +5 points2 (Talladega – Stage 1, Atlanta – Stage 1)
5 (-1)Brandon Jones201220006 (5th)5 (Martinsville)1 (Martinsville – Stage 2)
6 (+1)Justin Allgaier200720005 (6th)2 (Dover — Stage 2, Talladega – Stage 2) +1
7 (-1)Austin Hill200620001 (10th) -1; -15 (Daytona)
8Sam Mayer200620004 (7th) +1; +12 (Dover — Stage 1, COTA – Stage 2) +1
9Ryan Sieg200320003 (8th) -1; -1
10Daniel Hemric20022000(12th)2 (Daytona – Stages 1 and 2)
11Riley Herbst200220002 (9th) +1; +1
12Landon Cassill20002000(11th)

NOTE: Playoff points for a driver’s regular season points position are only accrued at the end of the regular season

E.g., If Driver A has three wins and two stage wins – and is second in points – they have earned 15 playoff points for their three race wins and two playoff points for their two stage wins. However, they have not earned 10 playoff points for being second in the regular season points yet – they would earn those points if they were second in points at the end of the regular season.

NASCAR Xfinity Series regular-season points standings after Race No. 10, the A-Game 200 at Dover Motor Speedway:

DOVER, DELAWARE – APRIL 30: Brandon Jones, driver of the #19 Menards/Pelonis Toyota, leads the field to the green flag to start the NASCAR Xfinity Series A-GAME 200 at Dover Motor Speedway on April 30, 2022 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
  1. A.J. Allmendinger 427 points (1 win)
  2. Ty Gibbs 384, -43 behind Allmendinger (3 wins)
  3. Noah Gragson 384, -43 (2 wins)
  4. Josh Berry 339 (-88, 1 win)
  5. Brandon Jones (1 win)
  6. Justin Allgaier 317 (+75)
  7. Sam Mayer 297 (+55)
  8. Ryan Sieg 287 (+45)
  9. Riley Herbst 277 (+35)
  10. Austin Hill (1 win)
  11. Landon Cassill 265 (+23)
  12. Daniel Hemric 259 (+17)
  13. Anthony Alfredo 242 (-17 to a playoff spot)
  14. Sheldon Creed 217 (-42)
  15. Brandon Brown 204 (-55)
  16. Jeb Burton 201 (-58)
  17. Brett Moffitt 191 (-68)
  18. Alex Labbe 164 (-95)
  19. Jeremy Clements 151 (-108)
  20. Myatt Snider 143 (-116)

Bold denotes driver virtually locked into the playoffs with a win
Italics denote driver currently not in a playoff spot

The next race for the NASCAR Xfinity Series is the May 7 Mahindra ROXOR 200 at Darlington Raceway (1:30 p.m. ET; TV: FS1; Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

In the last May race at Darlington, Justin Allgaier won and picked up five playoff points. Austin Cindric won stage one and Harrison Burton won stage two. Cindric and Burton each picked up one playoff point for their efforts.

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