The NASCAR XFINITY Series race this weekend at the Watkins Glen International road course should be another wild one. The race itself is as long as the Cup race on Sunday. In fact, it’s just eight laps shorter. The entry-list is also filled with a ton of Cup stars as well. With all the playoff implications on the line this month and a talented field, who wins?
Here are the top five favorites for Saturday’s Zippo 200 (3 p.m. ET/NBC/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
While he’s never been in an XFINITY Series race at Watkins Glen before, he is a road racing ace. This car has won on a superspeedway this year (Spencer Gallager at Talladega in April) so why not a road course? Allmendinger, is a past winner on the Cup level at Watkins Glen and has six top 10 starts there in his last seven visits.
He’ll roll off fourth on Saturday.
He was so strong in his last race in the series at New Hampshire. He also has two wins this season too. At Watkins Glen, he has four top three finishes, three of which runner-ups, in his last seven Cup starts. On the XFINITY Series level, he has eight top 10’s in nine tries including a win in 2013 and six top fours in his last seven attempts.
He will start on the front row in second.
You can’t overlook Keselowski’s teammate either. He has four straight top three finishes (3rd, 1st, 1st, 2nd) in XFINITY Series competition at the Glen and six in his last eight starts overall. On the Cup side, he has four top seven finishes in his last seven starts over there, including a win in 2015 and a runner-up in 2016.
He will roll off on the pole.
He’s due for a good road course finish. He came home third in this race in 2016 but last a year later. He’s started in the second row in each of the last three years on the XFINITY Series side a starts of sixth, second and second respectively on the Cup side.
He’s fast, but can he remain there?
He starts third.
He’s the lone XFINITY Series regular on this list. He’s been so strong lately and has four straight top 10 finishes at Watkins Glen. If anyone in terms of a regular is going to win, it’s Allgaier.