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Wednesday, September 28, 2022
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Making The Field: 2022 NXS Call 811 Before You Dig 250 at Martinsville Speedway

 

From a fairly calm event at Richmond, the NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to the full-contact, high-intensity, half-mile paperclip of Martinsville Speedway for the shortest track on the schedule thus far, and one that promises to deliver tempers and crumpled fenders.

Last weekend at Richmond Raceway, John Hunter Nemechek and Ty Gibbs engaged in an intense battle for the victory at the three-quarter-mile oval, with Gibbs getting the nod for his third victory of the season.

There are a total of 43 entries for Friday’s Call 811 Before You Dig 250, meaning five drivers will be sent home before the field takes the green flag for the eighth race of the 2022 NASCAR Xfinity Series season.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. – driving the fifth entry for JR Motorsports — is among the cars entered in the 250-lap event, as the NASCAR Cup Series winner returns for his yearly contest in NASCAR’s second-tier series.

Howie DiSavino III, Chad Finchum, Natalie Decker, Harrison Rhodes, and Ronnie Bassett Jr. will all look to rebound from early-season DNQs and make their first starts of the season.


LOCKED IN:

#DriverTeamReason
16AJ AllmendingerKaulig Racing1st in 2022 NXS OP
*PWP #1
54Ty GibbsJoe Gibbs Racing2nd in 2022 NXS OP
*PWP #2
9Noah GragsonJR Motorsports3rd in 2022 NXS OP
*PWP #3
8Josh BerryJR Motorsports4th in 2022 NXS OP
*PWP #4
11Daniel HemricKaulig Racing8th in 2022 NXS OP
*PWP #6

As a result of their owner points position entering Martinsville, AJ Allmendinger, Ty Gibbs, Noah Gragson, and Josh Berry are all guaranteed a spot in Friday’s Call 811 Before You Dig 250. Daniel Hemric – the series’ most recent champion — is also locked in via past champions provisional.


FEELING ALRIGHT:

#DriverTeamReason
7Justin AllgaierJR Motorsports5th in 2022 NXS OP
*PWP #5
1Sam MayerJR Motorsports6th in 2022 NXS OP
19Brandon JonesJoe Gibbs Racing7th in 2022 NXS OP
21Austin HillRichard Childress Racing9th in 2022 NXS OP
*PWP #7
39Ryan SiegRSS Racing10th in 2022 NXS OP
18Ryan TruexJoe Gibbs Racing11th in 2022 NXS OP
98Riley HerbstStewart-Haas Racing12th in 2022 NXS OP
2Sheldon CreedRichard Childress Racing13th in 2022 NXS OP
68Brandon BrownBrandonbilt Motorsports14th in 2022 NXS OP
*PWP #8
26Derek GriffithSam Hunt Racing15th in 2022 NXS OP
23Anthony AlfredoOur Motorsports16th in 2022 NXS OP
27Jeb BurtonOur Motorsports17th in 2022 NXS OP
*PWP #9
10Landon CassillKaulig Racing18th in 2022 NXS OP
02Brett MoffittOur Motorsports19th in 2022 NXS OP
07Joe Graf Jr.SS Green Light Racing20th in 2022 NXS OP
36Alex LabbeDGM Racing21st in 2022 NXS OP
44Howie DiSavino IIIAlpha Prime Racing22nd in 2022 NXS OP
91Mason MasseyDGM Racing23rd in 2022 NXS OP
08David StarrSS Green Light Racing24th in 2022 NXS OP
66JJ YeleyMBM Motorsports25th in 2022 NXS OP

Based on recent qualifying trends, as well as the number and quality of cars listed in the groups above, it’s a fairly safe assumption that drivers sitting 5th to 25th in 2022 NASCAR Xfinity Series owner points are feeling good about their chances to make the field.

Justin Allgaier, Austin Hill, Brandon Brown, and Jeb Burton all have a past winners provisional available to them, should it be needed come Thursday’s qualifying session.


‘THE DANGER ZONE’:

#DriverTeamReason
31Myatt SniderJordan Anderson Racing26th in 2022 NXS OP
*PWP #10
51Jeremy ClementsJeremy Clements Racing27th in 2022 NXS OP
35Shane LeeEmerling-Gase Motorsports28th in 2022 NXS OP
48Jade BufordBig Machine Racing29th in 2022 NXS OP
28Natalie DeckerRSS Racing30th in 2022 NXS OP
38Parker RetzlaffRSS Racing31st in 2022 NXS OP
5Matt MillsBJ McLeod Motorsports32nd in 2022 NXS OP
4Bayley CurreyJD Motorsports33rd in 2022 NXS OP
6Ryan VargasJD Motorsports34th in 2022 NXS OP
45Ryan EllisAlpha Prime Racing35th in 2022 NXS OP
99Stefan ParsonsBJ McLeod Motorsports36th in 2022 NXS OP
78Josh WilliamsBJ McLeod Motorsports37th in 2022 NXS OP
34Kyle WeathermanJesse Iwuji Motorsports38th in 2022 NXS OP
88Dale Earnhardt Jr.JR Motorsports39th in 2022 NXS OP

*MUST QUALIFY ON TIME*
47Brennan PooleMike Harmon Racing43rd in 2022 NXS OP

*MUST QUALIFY ON TIME*
52Harrison RhodesJimmy Means Racing45th in 2022 NXS OP

*MUST QUALIFY ON TIME*
13Chad FinchumMBM Motorsports47th in 2022 NXS OP

*MUST QUALIFY ON TIME*
77Ronnie Bassett Jr.Bassett Racing48th in 2022 NXS OP

*MUST QUALIFY ON TIME*

Entering Martinsville, the 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 Friday’s event at Martinsville.

While some may be confident in their ability to post a time inside the top-33, many times this season a mechanical issue has prevented a team from posting a qualifying time. For the teams listed directly above, not posting a time, will likely result in a DNQ.

Dale Earnhardt Jr, Brennan Poole, Harrison Rhodes, Chad Finchum, and Ronnie Bassett Jr. will all have to post a time inside the top-33 in qualifying, in order to make the race.


RAINOUT PROCEDURE:

With a chance of precipitation for Thursday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series qualifying session, it is possible that time trials could be canceled due to inclement weather, which would change the way in which the 38-car field is determined.

  • Positions 1 to 30 will be assigned to the top-30 vehicles in 2022 NXS OP, that are entered in the event:
    • 16 – AJ Allmendinger
    • 54 – Ty Gibbs
    • 9 – Noah Gragson
    • 8 – Josh Berry
    • 7 – Justin Allgaier
    • 1 – Sam Mayer
    • 19 – Brandon Jones
    • 11 – Daniel Hemric
    • 21 – Austin Hill
    • 39 – Ryan Sieg
    • 18 – Ryan Truex
    • 98 – Riley Herbst
    • 2 – Sheldon Creed
    • 68 – Brandon Brown
    • 26 – Derek Griffith
    • 23 – Anthony Alfredo
    • 27 – Jeb Burton
    • 10 – Landon Cassill
    • 02 – Brett Moffitt
    • 07 – Joe Graf Jr.
    • 36 – Alex Labbe
    • 44 – Howie DiSavino III
    • 91 – Mason Massey
    • 08 – David Starr
    • 66 – JJ Yeley
    • 31 – Myatt Snider
    • 51 – Jeremy Clements
    • 35 – Shane Lee
    • 48 – Jade Buford
    • 28 – Natalie Decker
  • The next available positions will be assigned to team owners/drivers that have won a points-paying NASCAR Xfinity Series event in the current or previous season (Owners before Drivers, in the event more winners than spots): NONE
  • The next available positions, if any, will be assigned to any drivers who have won a NASCAR Xfinity Series championship (must have competed in the series’ previous season and be running for series points)
    • 88 – Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  • The next available positions, if any, will be assigned to teams that are highest in NASCAR Xfinity Series owner points that have yet to be assigned a spot in the field.
    • 38 – Parker Retzlaff
    • 5 – Matt Mills
    • 4 – Bayley Currey
    • 6 – Ryan Vargas
    • 45 – Ryan Ellis
    • 99 – Stefan Parsons
    • 78 – Josh Williams
  • Therefore, in the event of qualifying being canceled, Kyle Weatherman, Brennan Poole, Harrison Rhodes, Chad Finchum, and Ronnie Bassett Jr. would fail to qualify for Friday’s Call 811 Before You Dig 250.
Joseph Srigley
Joseph Srigleyhttp://tobychristie.com
University of Windsor | Business Administration - Supply Chain & Data Analytics Editor at TobyChristie.com

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