Capsule Of Championship 4 NASCAR XFINITY Series Drivers

The final round is on the horizon as four NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers will take a shot at winning the 2017 season championship. What’s rare about this year’s final race, is it’s JR Motorsports against Chip Ganassi Racing. Last year, it was JRM vs. Joe Gibbs Racing as each team has two drivers each. This year, JRM has three drivers compared to Ganassi’s one.

So, who takes it all?

Justin Allgaier

2017 Stats

Wins: 2

Top 5s: 10

Top 10s: 17

Laps Led: 495

Championship 4 Appearance: 2

 

Outlook

Allgaier is the last XFINITY Series regular to win a race this season as that came at Chicagoland in September. Throughout the playoffs, no playoff driver reached victory lane. So, Allgaier has that distinction going for him. He’s also considered one of the best to race at Homestead, so don’t count out Allgaier on winning his first career NASCAR championship on Saturday afternoon. Allgaier, has six top 10 finishes over the last nine races of the season, including four of which in the top five. Watch out for his No. 7 Chevrolet this weekend.

William Byron

2017 Stats

Wins: 4

Top 5s: 11

Top 10s: 21

Laps Led: 262

Championship 4 Appearance: 0

Outlook

Byron is the only other driver among the four to win a race this year. In fact, he won four, two of which at prestigious tracks (Daytona and Indianapolis). While the kid has veins of steel and will move up to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series next season, he’s not overlooking a shot at his first NASCAR title too. Last year, Byron narrowly missed out on the final round appearance in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He ended up winning the finale at Homestead anyways. Can he win again this weekend? If so, it would be a title winning day. Don’t overlook that this very car won the championship with Chase Elliott two years ago too and that Byron has had four top 10 finishes over the last five races, three of those were inside the top five.

Elliott Sadler

2017 Stats

Wins: 0

Top 5s: 12

Top 10s: 24

Laps Led: 123

Championship 4 Appearance: 2

Outlook

The veteran of the group is also primed for his first NASCAR championship. Sadler, has been here before, as he’s been a championship contender in every season that he’s been back in the XFINITY Series. While he hasn’t won a race all year, in fact it’s been 38 races since he has, don’t count out Sadler on Saturday. He’s had 24 top 10’s this season, same amount that Martin Truex Jr. has in Cup. But, Sadler has done so in three less races. He enters Homestead on the heels of eight straight top 10 finishes and has a lot of experience on the South Florida track. He can put a lot of pressure on everyone else.

Daniel Hemric

2017 Stats

Wins: 0

Top 5s: 7

Top 10s: 16

Laps Led: 70

Championship 4 Appearance: 0

Outlook

Hemric entered Saturday needing a prayer. He got that. As he entered Phoenix 18 points out, he ended up taking a spot into the Championship 4. Now, it’s four Chevy drivers against one another. Plus, Hemric has had six top seven finishes over his last eight starts on the season. He won’t go down easy. Saturday showed that.

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