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Getty Elliott Sadler has the most top-10s in a 33-race season.

The 2022 season ended after Ty Gibbs won the Xfinity Series championship. Several drivers had strong performances but none tied Elliott Sadler’s historic mark.

Back in 2016, Sadler finished second in the championship standings while driving for JR Motorsports.

He won three races and posted 29 top-10 finishes and 14 top-fives. The 29 top-10s were the most in a single Xfinity Series season since the schedule moved to 33 races.

This mark has remained since the 2016 season. Though regular-season champion AJ Allmendinger nearly matched it during the 2022 season. He won five races and posted 28 top-10s and 17 top-fives before ending the season fifth in the championship standings.

He was not able to match Sadler, but he still ended his final full-time Xfinity Series season with the second-most top-10s in a 33-race season. Now Allmendinger will return to the Cup Series full-time.

A Former Champion Had More Top-10s in an Expanded Era

GettyElliott Sadler (front) races at Phoenix Raceway in 2016.

Sadler has the most top-10 finishes in a 33-race season, but there are multiple drivers that topped 29 between 2005 and 2010 when the Xfinity Series had 35 races in a season.

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Kevin Harvick has the most. He posted 32 top-10s in 35 starts in 2006 while also winning nine times. The California native capped off the season by winning the championship over Carl Edwards.

The list of drivers that topped 29 top-10s in a 35-race season also includes Clint Bowyer (2008), Edwards (2009), and Kyle Busch (2009). Brad Keselowski posted 29 on the dot during the 2010 season en route to winning the championship.

The schedule dropped from 35 races down to 34 in 2011 as Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the championship. The number of races fell once again in 2012 to 33 as Stenhouse captured his second straight title. This number has remained the standard ever since.

A New Crop of Drivers Will Aim for the Same Consistency

GettyElliott Sadler (right) celebrates a Dash 4 Cash win.

Top-10 finishes don’t result in wins or the championship, but they do aid in the pursuit. Stacking consistent finishes only sets up strong finishes and puts the driver in a position to potentially capture the win.

Allmendinger was the most recent driver to draw near Sadler’s mark, but there will be more drivers with the opportunity in 2023. There will be newcomers to the Xfinity Series, as well as returning drivers that have showcased their skills in previous seasons.

One potential driver that could match the mark is a former teammate of Sadler. Justin Allgaier finished the 2016 season third in the championship standings after securing 27 top-10 finishes and 13 top-fives. Allgaier didn’t reach Victory Lane during the season, but he used consistency to gain crucial points.

The veteran driver will now return to the Xfinity Series and JR Motorsports for the 2023 season. He remains in pursuit of the championship trophy after reaching the final four five times since 2016, and he will kick off his campaign once again at Daytona International Speedway on February 18, 2023.

Will Allgaier be the one to match Sadler’s mark of 29 top-10 finishes in a 33-race season? It’s possible. He has been consistent since joining JR Motorsports, and he has more than 20 top-10s in five of the past seven seasons.

 

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NBC "The Voice" top 10 contestants.

NBC’s “The Voice” season 22 is heading into the semi-finals, and that means there are only eight contestants remaining in the season. One eliminated contestant posted a heartfelt message to their fans after being sent home from the show.

Kique Gomez, who was eliminated during the Tuesday, November 29 episode of the show, thanked his fans for allowing him so much time to perform for them.

“It’s taken me a minute to post about leaving the show,” Gomez wrote on Instagram. “Trying to process the radical change I just went through is so much brain power. Now that I’ve had time to think I just want to reiterate how insanely thankful I am for my Voice family.”

He added, “I truly love you all so much. You have changed my life in so many ways.”

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In the post, Gomez added that he wanted to thank everyone who worked on “The Voice,” not just the contestants he was competing against.

“When I say voice family I am referring not only to the other contestants but also the people that work on the show and the staff on set,” the artist wrote. “They work so hard behind the scenes to make this show happen and it is incredible to watch. This experience has taught me so much and has given me a platform to be myself and just share my music which is all I’ve ever wanted to do. To finish, this show was just the start. Expect some really good stuff to come soon like better than anything ever probably maybe not but also probably.”

Gomez was congratulated in the comment section, including by Parijita Bastola, who is a top 8 contestant. The two sparked dating rumors online earlier in the season after flirty social media comments.

“i love you 4 life,” she wrote on the post. Then, she commented, “You are my favorite human.”

Some Fans Think Gomez Was at a Disadvantage

Gomez performed virtually in a pre-recorded package for his last two performances on the show after testing positive for COVID-19.

After the first pre-recorded performance, some people took to Reddit to say they thought that having a pre-recorded performance like he did put him at a disadvantage against the other contestants.

“I mean, it definitely seems like a disadvantage to me. The context of a live show, the audience, the hype — a lot of performers thrive on this and perform better then in an empty room. And Kique really hasn’t shown any degree of performance anxiety / nerves so far this season, my bets are on him being one of these people who perform better live,” one person wrote.

Another said that it was impressive that he pulled through with the performance at all since he was sick with COVID.

The next night, Gomez had to perform virtually once again when he was placed in the Wildcard Instant Save round, and he was ultimately not voted through to the semi-finals. Kim Cruse clutched the wildcard spot, and Gomez and Rowan Grace were sent home.

“The Voice” airs on Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

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