Josh Berry Wins, Punches Ticket to Xfinity Series Finale

Xfinity Series
Josh Berry celebrates in Victory Lane after winning a NASCAR Xfinity auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 28, 2022, in Concord, N.C. (AP Photo/Matt Kelley)(Matt Kelley / Associated Press)

Josh Berry takes the checkered flag at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to punch his ticket to the Championship Four in Phoenix. Berry led 65 laps en route to his third win of the season and guarantees he’ll be one of the four drivers racing for the Xfinity Series Championship. The victory is key if Berry hopes to compete with A. J. Allmendinger and Noah Gragson; the pair have dominated the Xfinity Series standings all year long.


While it was a great day for Berry, and a good day for most of the eight driers still alive in the playoffs, it was a bad day for regular season champion A. J. Allmendinger. Green flag pit stops, and loose tires doomed the Dinger to a 22nd place finish. He was the only one of the Championship eight to finish outside the Top 10. If the final race was next week, Allmendinger would miss the Championship Four. But he still has two races to put himself in the finale.


The win wasn’t just a big win for Berry, it was also a milestone for Chevrolet. It was Chevy’s 500th win in the Xfinity Series. It also clinched the Manufacturer’s Championship for the bow ties for the sixth consecutive year. It’s clear Chevy is the dominant manufacturer in the Xfinity Series, if not all of NASCAR.


The series now moves to Homestead for the second race of the Round of Eight. Noah Gragson, who reeled off four wins in a row earlier this season, leads the points following Allmendinger’s disappointing day in Las Vegas. Right now, Ty Gibbs and Justin Allgaier would join Gragson and Berry in the Championship Four. But there’s still a lot of racing to go in these final two races before the finale.

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