Staff Report


Finishing 11th at Phoenix wasn’t enough for Matt Tifft to advance to the Championship 4 in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Despite qualifying 4th for Saturday’s race, Tifft, a native of Hinckley, Ohio finished outside the top-ten in both stages.

William Byron, Justin Allgaier, Elliott Sadler and Daniel Hemric will be the four drivers racing for the title at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Byron sealed a spot by winning the race after clinching a spot earlier in the race on points. Allgaier and Sadler both clinched on points. The final spot was decided on the final lap. Hemric battled with Cole Custer in the final laps, beating Custer to the checkered flag to advance by 4-points. Like Tifft, Custer, Ryan Reed and Brennan Poole failed to advance.

The NASCAR XFINITY Series championship will be decided on Saturday, November 18th.