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2018 playoff outlook for Xfinity, truck series as schedule winds down


The truck series playoff field will be set Thursday night at Bristol Motor Speedway and it is a pretty simple scenario.

The next night, the Xfinity Series teams will take to the track with five races left in the regular season. That series’ playoff scenarios also are fairly simple but still have time to get complicated.

The two NASCAR development series have quite different schedules.

In trucks, five drivers are in the playoffs with wins — Johnny Sauter, Brett Moffitt, Noah Gragson, Justin Haley and Ben Rhodes — and Grant Enfinger is in as long as he starts the race at Bristol. It leaves Stewart Friesen and Matt Crafton on a little bit of a bubble — each can get knocked out if a driver who is not in the top-8 in the standings wins at Bristol.

See more at ESPN.