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Making The Field: 2022 NXS ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond Raceway

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Attention teams of the NASCAR Xfinity Series, this is the one and only warning to get extra body panels ready, because we’re venturing into the land of full-contact short track racing, starting with Saturday’s Toyota Care 250 at Richmond Raceway.

Last weekend at Circuit of The Americas, AJ Allmendinger became the fifth winner of the 2022 NASCAR Xfinity Series season, joining Ty Gibbs, Cole Custer, Austin Hill, and Noah Gragson.

There are a total of 42 cars entered for Saturday’s 250-lap event at the 0.75-mile facility, meaning four drivers will be sent home, before the green flag drops on the seventh race of the 2022 season.

Ryan Preece (BJ McLeod Motorsports) and Dillon Bassett (Bassett Racing) will be the two drivers attempting their first start of the season. However, Derek Griffith (Sam Hunt Racing), Rajah Caruth (Alpha Prime Racing), and Howie DiSavino III (Alpha Prime Racing) will all attempt to make their series debut.

While Sam Hunt Racing’s No. 26 is likely more than safe for Saturday’s event, in terms of points provisionals, both Caruth and DiSavino III will need to post solid laps in qualifying, in order to secure their debuts.


LOCKED IN:

#DriverTeamReason
9Noah GragsonJR Motorsports1st in 2022 NXS OP
*PWP #1
16AJ AllmendingerKaulig Racing2nd in 2022 NXS OP
*PWP #2
54Ty GIbbsJoe Gibbs Racing3rd in 2022 NXS OP
*PWP #3
7Justin AllgaierJR Motorsports4th in 2022 NXS OP
*PWP #4
11Daniel HemricKaulig Racing8th in 2022 NXS OP
*PWP #7

Noah Gragson, AJ Allmendinger, Ty Gibbs, and Justin Allgaier – the top-four drivers in 2022 NASCAR Xfinity Series Owner Points — are all mathematically locked into the field for Saturday’s Toyota Care 250 at Richmond Raceway, based on their points position. Daniel Hemric – the series’ defending champion – is also guaranteed a spot in the field.


FEELING ALRIGHT:

#DriverTeamReason
8Josh BerryJR Motorsports5th in 2022 NXS OP
*PWP #5
21Austin HillRichard Childress Racing6th in 2022 NXS OP
*PWP #6
19Brandon JonesJoe Gibbs Racing7th in 2022 NXS OP
1Sam MayerJR Motorsports9th in 2022 NXS OP
26Derek GriffithSam Hunt Racing10th in 2022 NXS OP
39Ryan SiegRSS Racing11th in 2022 NXS OP
2Sheldon CreedRichard Childress Racing12th in 2022 NXS OP
98Riley HerbstStewart-Haas Racing13th in 2022 NXS OP
68Brandon BrownBrandonbilt Motorsports14th in 2022 NXS OP
*PWP #8
18John Hunter NemechekJoe Gibbs Racing15th in 2022 NXS OP
*PWP #9
10Landon CassillKaulig Racing16th in 2022 NXS OP
23Anthony AlfredoOur Motorsports17th in 2022 NXS OP
07Joe Graf Jr.SS Green Ligh Racing18th in 2022 NXS OP
02Brett MoffittOur Motorsports19th in 2022 NXS OP
27Jeb BurtonOur Motorsports20th in 2022 NXS OP
*PWP #10
36Alex LabbeDGM Racing21st in 2022 NXS OP
66JJ YeleyMBM Motorsports22nd in 2022 NXS OP
44Rajah CaruthAlpha Prime Racing23rd in 2022 NXS OP
08David StarrSS Green Light Racing24th in 2022 NXS OP
31Myatt SniderJordan Anderson Racing25th in 2022 NXS OP
*PWP #11

Based on recent qualifying trends, as well as the quality of the cars listed in the groups above, it’s a pretty safe assumption that drivers sitting 5th to 25th in 2022 NASCAR Xfinity Series owner points are feeling alright about their chances of making Saturday’s event at Richmond Raceway.

If needed, Josh Berry, Austin Hill, Brandon Brown, John Hunter Nemechek, Jeb Burton, and Myatt Snider can rely on a Past Winners Provisional to clinch a spot in the 38-car field, provided a PCP isn’t used.

David Starr – driving the SS Green Light Racing No. 08 — will find himself in a better position coming into this weekend’s event, after the team was able to acquire owner points from DGM Racing’s No. 92, which sat 24th in owner points.


DANGER ZONE:

#DriverTeamReason
91Mason MasseyDGM Racing26th in 2022 NXS OP
35Joey GaseEmerling-Gase Motorsports27th in 2022 NXS OP
48Jade BufordBig Machine Racing28th in 2022 NXS OP
51Jeremy ClementsJeremy Clements Racing29th in 2022 NXS OP
28Kyle SiegRSS Racing30th in 2022 NXS OP
6Ryan Vargas JD Motorsports31st in 2022 NXS OP
4Bayley CurreyJD Motorsports32nd in 2022 NXS OP
45Howie DiSavino IIIAlpha Prime Racing33rd in 2022 NXS OP
99Stefan ParsonsBJ McLeod Motorsports34th in 2022 NXS OP
5Ryan PreeceBJ McLeod Motorsports35th in 2022 NXS OP
38Parker RetzlaffRSS Racing36th in 2022 NXS OP
78Josh WilliamsBJ McLeod Motorsports37th in 2022 NXS OP
34Kyle WeathermanJesse Iwuji Motorsports38th in 2022 NXS OP
47Brennan PooleMike Harmon Racing43rd in 2022 NXS OP

*MUST QUALIFY ON TIME*
52Harrison RhodesJimmy Means Racing47th in 2022 NXS OP

*MUST QUALIFY ON TIME*
77Dillon BassettBassett Racing48th in 2022 NXS OP

*MUST QUALIFY ON TIME*
55Matt MillsBJ McLeod MotorsportsNo Points

*MUST QUALIFY ON TIME*

Entering Richmond, drivers and teams that are sitting outside the top-25 in NASCAR Xfinity Series owner points, are probably somewhat worried about their chances of qualifying into Saturday’s event, at varying degrees.

While some may be confident in their ability to post a time inside the top-33, many times this season has a driver been unable to post a time, due to a mechanical issue. For these teams, not posting a time could be catastrophic.

Brennan Poole, Harrison Rhodes, Dillon Bassett, and Matt Mills are the four drivers that will have to post a time inside the top-33 if they’re hoping to qualify for the 250-lap event.


RAINOUT PROCEDURE:

In the event that Saturday’s qualifying session at Atlanta is canceled due to inclement weather – despite the forecast showing low probability as of Thursday — the following procedure will be utilized.

  • Positions 1 to 30 will be assigned to the top-30 vehicles in current year’s NASCAR Xfinity Series owner points, that are entered in the event.

9 – Gragson
16 – Allmendinger
54 – Gibbs
7 – Allgaier
8 – Berry
21 – Hill
19 – Jones
11 – Hemric
1 – Mayer
26 – Griffith
39 – Ry. Sieg
2 – Creed
98 – Herbst
68 – Brown
18 – Nemechek
10 – Cassill
23 – Alfredo
07 – Graf
02 – Moffitt
27 – Burton
36 – Labbe
66 – Yeley
44 – Caruth
08 – Starr
31 – Snider
91 – Massey
35 – Gase
48 – Buford
51 – Clements
28 – Ky. Sieg

  • The next available positions will be assigned to any team owners/drivers that have won a points-paying event in the NASCAR Xfinity Series’ current or previous season (Owners before Drivers, in the event more than eligible spots in the field): NONE
  • The next available positions, if any, will be assigned to any drivers who are eligible past champions of the NASCAR Xfinity Series. (Must have won a title in last 10 seasons, competed in series’ previous season, and be running for points): NONE
  • The next available starting positions, if any, will be assigned to the teams that are highest in NASCAR Xfinity Series owner point standings, that have yet to secure a spot in the field:

6 – Vargas
4 – Currey
45 – DiSavino III
99 – Parsons
5 – Preece
38 – Retzlaff
78 – Williams
34 – Weatherman

Therefore, in the event of a qualifying cancelation, Brennan Poole (Mike Harmon Racing), Harrison Rhodes (Jimmy Means Racing), Dillon Bassett (Bassett Racing), and Matt Mills (BJ McLeod Motorsports) would fail to make the race.

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Joseph Srigley
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University of Windsor | Business Administration - Supply Chain & Data Analytics Editor at TobyChristie.com

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