When Clements scored his second NASCAR Xfinity Series win in a chaotic Wawa 250 at Daytona, it appeared that he had locked himself into the playoffs for the third time and the second year in a row.
However, Clements and the No. 51 team were handed an L2 penalty days later after the winning car was taken to the R&D Center for further inspection. NASCAR claimed there were issues with the intake manifold on Clements’ car.
The win stood, but Clements lost his playoff eligibility. The team was also docked with a loss of 75 driver and owner points while crew chief Mark Setzer was fined $60,000.
However, with the penalty overturned, Clements is officially locked into the playoffs that will be begin after the conclusion of Friday’s (Sept. 16) race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
After the penultimate race of the regular season at Kansas Speedway, Ryan Sieg was 13 points ahead of Sheldon Creed for the final playoff spot. The cut line now shifts to Landon Cassill (+19), with Sieg (-19) and Creed (-32) on the outside looking in.
About the author
Stephen Stumpf is the NASCAR Content Director for Frontstretch, and his weekly columns include “Stat Sheet” and “4 Burning Questions.” Stephen also writes commentary, contributes weekly to the “Bringing the Heat” podcast and is frequently at the track for on-site coverage. A native of Texas, Stephen began following NASCAR at age 9 after attending his first race at Texas Motor Speedway.
Follow on Twitter @stephen_stumpf.
A daily email update (Monday through Friday) providing racing news, commentary, features, and information from Frontstretch.com
We hate spam. Your email address will not be sold or shared with anyone else.