We’re through the two NASCAR XFINITY Series practice sessions at the Dover International Speedway. All that’s left in Saturday’s Bar Harbor 200 (3 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
The race itself, should be wild. This is the final race of the opening round of the XFINITY Series playoffs. Through the first two races, only one of the 12 playoff eligible drivers have won. That means we still have seven more spots open for 11 drivers.
Who’s going to take them?
Here are the top five favorites to win Saturday’s race outright.
Surprisingly, the JR Motorsports driver is on the bubble right now. He’s seventh out of the eight transfer spots but only 11 points to the good. Allgaier, has finishes of 32nd and 15th respectively in the playoffs thus far which has put the top seed in this position that he’s in.
I have a feeling though, that he lives little doubt on Saturday.
Allgaier, had 14 straight top 10 finishes prior to this recent bad luck string, which means the speed is there. He won at this very track in the spring and has four top four finishes in his last five starts on the Monster Mile.
He was runner-up in this race last year too.
Furthermore, he led the way in each of the two practice sessions on Friday.
You can’t count him out on Saturday. Bell, finished fourth in his lone Dover start back in May and was third in one of his two Truck Series starts on the Monster Mile too. Heading into the weekend, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver has four straight top 10 finishes including a first and fifth place result in the playoffs.
He was fifth and fourth respectively in practice on Friday.
He’s +14 in the standings but like Allgaier, he will leave little doubt on his playoff chances leaving Dover. Custer, has an 8.3 average finishing position on the 1-mile track with two top eight finishes in three tries. He was fourth and ninth respectively in his two Truck Series starts as well.
On the season, Custer has 10 top 10 finishes in his last 12 starts including 14 of the last 17. He was in the top three (2,3) in both practices on Friday.
He’s coming on strong recently. Reddick, finished fifth in the spring race and has three top eight finishes in as many tries in the Truck Series. One of those top eight’s was a win in fact.
His last five starts on the season has him third, second, 28th, seventh and ninth respectively.
In practice on Friday, Reddick was second and sixth respectively.
He’s due for a win and could get it on Saturday. Hemric, was fourth and seventh respectively in the two sessions on Friday afternoon and has two top four finishes in his last two Dover starts in the series. In Truck competition, Hemric finished fourth and ninth respectively.
He has three top 10 finishes in his last four starts on the year.