Jeremy Clements went from 17th in the NASCAR Xfinity Series playoff standings entering Friday night’s Wawa 250 and exited 8th. His win at the World Center of Racing made his playoff eligible. However, that joy only last a couple of days.
NASCAR mandates that Xfinity Series teams present an engine to the R&D center at some point. This week, Jeremy Clements brought in their race winning one from Daytona. It was then that NASCAR found it didn’t pass the more through inspection and stripped Clements on his playoff clincher.
While Clements gets to keep the win, he’ll lose 75 driver points as one of the criteria and in fact drop down to 20th in the standings now. He’ll have to win 1 of the final 3 regular season races (Darlington, Kansas, Bristol) to get back in because he 208 points back with this penalty.
As a result, Ryan Sieg is the big winner in all of this. He entered Daytona 39 points to the good, left 12 points to the bad and now enters Darlington after this penalty back to being 43 points to the good again.
Sheldon Creed is also now the first driver out instead of the second being -43. Anthony Alfredo goes from being -91 to -79 with Brandon Brown being -86.
Above the cutline is Riley Herbst +150, Sam Mayer +129, Daniel Hemric +76, Landon Cassill +55 and Sieg +43.