The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is off this weekend, as is the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, but the NASCAR X-Finity Series drivers will still be racing though. It’s the X-Finity Series’ drivers time to shine, as with this being the last off weekend for the Cup teams, the drivers that do double-duty are taking this weekend off.
That’s great news for drivers like Elliot Sadler, Erik Jones, Justin Allgaier and Daniel Suarez, as they don’t have to fight for wins with Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Austin Dillon, Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Larson and other Cup guys this weekend. This is a race for only X-Finity Series drivers with the exception of Ryan Blaney.
Blaney, will be the one full-time Cup entry in the field as he will drive the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford for Team Penske. Everyone else are X-Finity Series regulars or one-offs.
Owen Kelly will drive the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota while Kenny Habul will be behind the wheel of the No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet. Then, Sam Hornish Jr. will get his chance in the No. 2 Richard Childress Chevy entry, as the cars that are usually reserved for Cup drivers are filled with someone else.
That leaves this weekend’s race wide open. Will one of the top X-Finity Series drivers win or will one of the road course ringers get to victory lane?
We do know this, we will have a different winner at Mid-Ohio as the other three winners in the event, A.J. Allmendinger, Chris Buescher and Regan Smith are all on the Cup level and will not be competing at the northern Ohio track on Saturday afternoon.
That’s why this race is crucial as it can really make or break the points standings.
Sadler leads Suarez by 11 points entering this weekend while Ty Dillon is sitting in third 39 points back. Erik Jones is fourth, 55 points out while Allgaier is fifth 58 points back.
The bubble spots are close too as Blake Koch only leads Ross Chastain by two points for the final Chase spot. But, Dakoda Armstrong is in striking distance as he’s only nine points out while Jeremy Clements is just 14 markers back.
That’s why this weekend is going to be fun to watch because it’s going to be just X-Finity Series drivers duking it out with a lot on the line.