The time has come! One more race is left to decide the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship winner. Four drivers have survived the Playoffs and will compete for the championship this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway as this years Championship 4 take center stage. Let’s take a quick look at the four contenders and how they stack up against each other:
Team: Joe Gibbs Racing
Wins: 8 (Atlanta, Bristol, Dover, Iowa, New Hampshire, Road America, Richmond, Texas)
Sophomore slump? Not for Christopher Bell! Bell has totaled a series leading eight wins on the season at a variety of tracks throughout the schedule. Leading the charge for Joe Gibbs Racing, Bell has 19 top fives and 20 top tens on the season, nearly matching his statistics from the 2018 season. Bell enters Homestead looking to claim his first Xfinity Series title before he moves up to the Monster Energy Cup Series in 2020.
Team: Stewart-Haas Racing
Wins: 7 (California, Richmond, Pocono, Chicago, Kentucky, Darlington, Dover)
Cole Custer sits just behind Christopher Bell on wins this season, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have what it takes to win it all this weekend. With 16 top fives and 23 top tens on the season, Custer has proven he can run up front and win, but with 4 DNF’s on the season, Custer has not been as consistent as some of his competitors. One thing Custer does have on his side is momentum, as he has not finished outside of 11th position over the last ten races.
Team: Richard Childress Racing
Wins: 5 (Talladega, Charlotte, Michigan, Bristol, Las Vegas)
Tyler Reddick has backed up his 2018 Xfinity Series Championship season with another stellar performance this year. Moving to Richard Childress Racing in 2019, Reddick has taken the No. 2 to victory lane five times on the year along with being the most consistent driver all season. With an average finish of 6.5, Reddick has claimed 23 top fives and 26 top tens while finishing outside of 16th position only twice this year. If anyone has a shot at defending their title in the top three series of NASCAR, it’s definitely Reddick.
Team: JR Motorsports
Wins: 1 (ISM Raceway)
The elder statesman of the Xfinity Series Championship 4, Allgaier rides into Homestead on a wave of momentum after winning the previous round at ISM Raceway. His consistency during the last half of the season is nothing to ignore either. Since Daytona in July, Allgaier has not finished outside of the top ten. That’s 16 top tens in 16 consecutive races! If Allgaier is going to win the championship, he will have to keep that streak going one race further.
Your 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series Champion will be…
To win the championship Saturday, the driver who puts his car in victory lane will be the champion. Simple, right? Bell has done that more than anyone this season, and baring any set backs, will do so this Saturday at Homestead. Momentum, however, is not on his side. Over the past five races, Bell has finished in the top ten only once, which was his win at Texas. Be that as his may, Bell wins when he needs to, and will get the job done this Saturday at Homestead!
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