The final race of the NASCAR XFINITY Series regular season will conclude this weekend for the inaugural DC Solar 300 (5 p.m. ET/NBCSN/PRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). This will be the first time that the series has visited the 1.5-mile Nevada track in this time of year. Like the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the XFINITY Series used to have just one annual visit to Vegas a year. That normally occurred in the spring.
Now, not only do they return to a big weekend, this is their cutoff race.
With that being said, due to NASCAR rules, no driver that is earning points in the Cup Series can race in the XFINITY Series for the duration of the season. That means the attention in their race this weekend is all on the XFINITY Series regulars.
Here are the top five favorites.
Is their a hotter driver in NASCAR right now? Allgaier, is coming off of his third win in the last five races as he was victorious in Indianapolis on Monday. The JR Motorsports driver has 13 straight top 10 finishes to his credit and finished third in Vegas back in March. On 1.5-mile track this season, Allgaier has brought his No. 7 Chevrolet home in the top seven in four of them.
Maybe this is the race he comes out of his slump. Bell, hasn’t scored a top five finish since Bristol. In fact, that’s his lone top five since Mid-Ohio. His last three races have seen him finish 23rd, 34th and ninth respectively. But, he’s been so strong on 1.5-mile tracks this season. In six starts, he has five top three finishes including a win in the last one at Kentucky.
He was running very well at Indy before his hard crash on the backstretch. That ended a streak of eight straight top 10 finishes. In fact, he has 13 top 10 results over his last 15 starts on the season, nine of which occurring in the top five. He’s also been very good on 1.5-mile tracks in 2018. He has five straight top 10 finishes on them including results of fourth, second, third and fifth respectively over the last four. In the two practice sessions, he was sixth and third respectively.
He’s getting hotter and hotter as his fifth place run in Indy was his third top five finish in his last five starts on the season. Also, Hemric has a top 11 in all six starts on 1.5-mile tracks this season including five straight in the top seven. He was runner-up at Kentucky in July too. He was fourth and fifth respectively in practice on Friday.
Don’t sleep on him this weekend. Tifft, has five straight top 10 finishes in his No. 2 Chevrolet and has been in the top 12 in all but one start on 1.5-mile tracks in 2018. He was first and eighth respectively in practice on Friday.