We’re down to four drivers in the NASCAR XFINITY Series with a shot to win this year’s championship. When the checkered flag drops on Saturday’s Ford EcoBoost 300 (3:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), the season champion will be crowned.
Going for it is two rookies and two second year drivers. The youth with big teams will shine on Saturday. Who will it be?
- Cole Custer – How can I not go here? He dominated this race last year and won the last 1.5-mile track of the season at Texas. He has four top eight finishes in his last five starts in the playoffs and had five top five finishes in his last seven starts on 1.5-mile tracks. At Darlington, a track similar to Homestead, he finished runner-up too.
- Christopher Bell – He found new life and if he can stay out of trouble, he will be a factor. He may be a rookie but he set a rookie season record for wins with seven. He’s at his best it seems on 1.5-mile tracks and won the Truck Series title at Homestead just one year ago. Bell, has six top seven finishes in his last nine starts on the season.
- Daniel Hemric – He will be close but the lack of wins may hurt him. He does have two runner-up finish in his last three starts on the season and a top 10 in every playoff race this season, but does he have enough speed to hang with Custer and Bell?
- Tyler Reddick – He has two top five finishes and three top sixes on his last four 1.5-mile starts. Prior to that though, he had one top 10 (8th) in five tries. Reddick, does have five top 10’s in his last six starts on the season and ends a Round of 8 with finishes of fifth, second and sixth respectively. He has the best stats at Homestead with being fourth last year and third and second in the Truck Series. Does that pay off?