The pressure is on as the Round-of-16 comes to a close on Tuesday night for the Canadian eMotorsports Network NASCAR Series at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Night Race at the Bristol Motor Speedway. The top-12 drivers over the last two-playoff races will advance to the next round, with championship hopes being squashed for the bottom four finishers.
Currently, Ryan Gibson and Corbin MacAulay are locked into the Round-of-12 with their wins at Darlington and Richmond, while Darcy Ford has also clinched a spot in the next round on points.
Scott Bailey, Mike Marini and Chad Hyder, fourth through sixth, are all sitting in comfortable positions, each with 40-plus point cushions over the 13th place driver.
Jose Mercado, Jason MacQuarrie and Trevor Kinsey are also sitting comfortably inside the cut-off line, with 27, 27 and 26-point cushions respectively. Barring something sensational happening, they should all advance to the next round, currently sitting seventh through ninth.
Where it gets interesting is 10th through 15th, separated by only 20-points.
Kevin Daigle is in the best position of these six drivers, sitting with a 16-point cushion in tenth, while Jacob Nelson holds a six-point cushion in 11th. Daniel Cudmore currently holds the 12th and final advancing spot by just one-point over Michael Robinson in 13th. Jason Maluchnik sits in 14th, just two points back from advancing, while Lee Campbell is in 15th, just four points back.
Kevin Fenech is in 16th position; he must win the race on Tuesday to advance to the next round.
The 250-lap race will no doubt produce some drama as the field battles for every available point around the half-mile speedway.
With stage-points up for grabs, every point will matter this Tuesday night. Join us at www.facebook.com/eMotorsportsCAN at 7:45pm eastern to see everything unfold live as we approach the Round-of-12 in the 2020 Canadian eMotorsports Network NASCAR Series playoffs.
The series visited the Bristol Motor Speedway during the pre-season in April, with Ryan Gibson earning the win over Jose Mercado and Darcy Ford.
Short-track racing has been rare during the regular season, with stops at New Hampshire and Richmond as the only tracks under one-mile in length so far. Jose Mercado and Corbin MacAulay earned the wins in those two races. The only other short track race before the end of the season is the second last race at Martinsville.
Here is a full breakdown of the playoff standings entering the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Bristol Night Race.
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Date: Monday, September 28, 2020