Youth is the name of the game in the NASCAR XFINITY Series as four of the sports’ growing stars will fight it out for the championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday afternoon.
Season Statistics: One race win, Two stage wins, 13 top-five’s, 25 top-10’s
After a slow start to the Round of 12, Cole Custer did what he needed to do in the Round of 8, scoring the victory at Texas Motor Speedway to lock himself into the Championship 4. He then backed it up with a solid eighth at ISM Raceway.
Custer scored his first career series victory at Homestead-Miami Speedway last year, to go along with a 17th-place finish in 2016.
Season Statistics: Seven race wins, Six stage wins, 18 top-five’s, 20 top-10’s
Christopher Bell was hot through the Round of 12 with a pair of victories at Richmond Raceway and Dover International Speedway in the midst of an impressive rookie campaign. However, the first two races of the Round of 8 saw him spin on the opening lap, forcing him into a must-win situation at ISM. Despite having to start from the rear of the field due to failing pre-qualifying inspection three times, he was able to score the victory.
He qualified third last year at Homestead-Miami Speedway, before finishing 36th following a blowing an engine.
Season Statistics: One race win, One stage win, Six top-five’s, 19 top-10’s
Consistency paid off for Tyler Reddick as a sixth-place finish at ISM Raceway for his fifth playoff top-10 allowed him to transfer into the Championship 4. While he hasn’t reached victory lane since the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway, he has challenged for victories, including leading until the last lap at Texas Motor Speedway before being passed by Custer.
He finished fourth in his first trip to Homestead-Miami Speedway last year after starting pole.
Season Statistics: Zero wins, Nine stage wins, 15 top-five’s, 22 top-10’s
Daniel Hemric has been solid through the playoffs with six straight top-10 performances, including a runner-up this past Saturday at ISM Raceway. Despite not winning a race this year, he has led 440 laps.
He placed 34th in his first trip to Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2017 after starting fourth.
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