After a couple weeks off, the NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers return to action for this weekend’s My Bariatric Solutions 300 (3 p.m. ET/FOX/PRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at the Texas Motor Speedway. The main players will be the favorites once again. But, unlike in the years past, we don’t have a recent winner in the field.
Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Erik Jones, Kyle Busch and Chase Elliott have combined to win the last 10 XFINITY Series races in Texas. Busch and Jones have combined to win three a piece between the two, while Keselowski has made two trips to victory lane on the 1.5-mile track. Neither of those five drivers are entered to compete in Saturday’s race.
So, who are the favorites then?
How can you not go with Harvick here? He’s made one start this season, and he only led 141 laps en route to a dominating performance back in February in Atlanta. While Texas may be repaved and Atlanta not, both tracks are similar in shape though. Harvick, is also very good at Texas in a Cup car, as well as in the XFINITY Series too. He finished third in this very race in 2017 and has six straight top five finishes in XFINITY Series competition in Texas. His No. 98 Ford will be strong on Saturday.
The No. 22 Ford has been a bullet this season. In fact, it has been the victory lane in the last two XFINITY Series races. Brad Keselowski won at Phoenix and Joey Logano in Fontana. Will the third Team Penske driver make it three straight this weekend in Texas?
Blaney has made one start this season and that came at Vegas back in March. He finished fourth. He finished second in both XFINITY Series races at Texas in 2017. He also finished runner-up in XFINITY Series competition in 2013 too.
Need I say more?
What a start to the season its been for the Joe Gibbs Racing rookie. He has three top four finishes over his last four series starts. On 1.5-mile tracks this year, he was third in Atlanta and second in Vegas. Last year, he raced in the Fall XFINITY Series race at Texas and came home sixth. In his two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts last year at Texas, he finished first and third respectively.
His No. 20 Toyota will be contending for a win on Saturday too.
No one enters this weekend hotter than Allgaier. Over his past four series starts, he’s finished sixth, third, second and second respectively. While he’s never had a top five finish at Texas, he’s a prime candidate to do so on Saturday. His No. 7 Chevrolet will be contending for the win.
It’s been 44 long races since Sadler has last won a race. But, it’s not like he hasn’t been close. Take this year for example, Sadler has a top 10 finish in all five starts. Four of those five are actually inside of the top five itself. At Texas, Sadler has five straight top 10 finishes and nine straight inside the top 11. His last finish outside of the top 15 was all the way back in November 2007.
His winless streak could end this weekend in his No. 1 Chevrolet.