With Justin Haley’s recent addition to the 2019 NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers lineup, there’s no shortage of talent in the series for next season. In fact, the 2019 year may be one of the best battles to watch in the world.
We know the IndyCar Series always produces some strong racing from start to finish, but the XFINITY Series may be there now too.
With the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series having rides dry up, most of the young talent has to come back to the XFINITY Series for another year. In the last few years, drivers like Christopher Bell, Cole Custer and Tyler Reddick would have places in a Cup Series ride for 2019. Instead, they’re back in the XFINITY Series.
Reddick, is the defending series champion and moves from JR Motorsports to Richard Childress Racing. Bell, set a rookie record with seven wins in 2018. He returns to Joe Gibbs Racing. Custer, is back with Stewart-Haas Racing for a third year. All three made the Championship 4 this past season.
That’s already a strong group.
But, throw in Haley who won three Truck Series races in 2018 to the mix with Kaulig Racing, Chase Briscoe who won a Truck Series race in each of the last two years and won on the Charlotte ROVAL in XFINITY Series competition last October in a second SHR car, Austin Cindric coming back to Team Penske and Chip Ganassi Racing going full time again with Ross Chastain, and you have seven drivers there alone that can all win the 2019 title.
On top of that, we didn’t even mention Noah Gragson who won in each of the last two years in the Truck Series with Kyle Busch Motorsports and made it to the Championship 4 in the series last year replacing Elliott Sadler in the No. 1 Chevrolet with JRM in 2019. His teammate Justin Allgaier is back again after winning seven times in 2018 too.
That’s nine drivers there alone that can all win the championship.
GMS Racing is rumored to be working out a deal with John Hunter Nemechek for the No. 23 Chevrolet too. If that deal gets finalized, that’s 10 legit drivers that can all compete each week for wins and the championship.
Find me a closer bunch in NASCAR.
None of this is counting the rides during the regular season that the Cup Series drivers will contest in either.
Half of the Championship 4 in the Truck Series from last season is in the XFINITY Series in 2019. 75-percent of the Championship 4 in the XFINITY Series from 2018 is back in the series too.
The 2019 season is going to be among the best the series has ever seen.