It’s Vegas, baby! And what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas … unless it’s the last NASCAR Xfinity Series race of the regular season. Then, everyone will know exactly what happened.
We find ourselves at the culmination of the Xfinity Series’ regular season. So far, we haven’t seen any betting odds at sportsbooks online, but we have had a look at the entry list and we know a thing or two about this track. So, let’s take a gander.
NASCAR Xfinity Top-Five
Tyler Reddick leads the pack of Xfinity drivers with 1078 points. Christopher Bell is riding the second-place slot 2i5h 1028 points and in a couple of ways is having a better season than Reddick, given he has two more wins than the No. 1 driver. Cole Custer sits in third and he has a chance to finish the season with an even higher seed if he keeps his momentum through this weekend. Cole finished seventh in Indianapolis, adding another 39 points to his tally.
Justin Allgaier hasn’t taken a checkered flag yet this season, but he has a whole handful of top finishes. His second-place finish at the Lilly Diabetes 250 attests to that. His 10 top-fives are good enough for 4th place. Rounding out the top-five, Austin Cindric has 877 points but had a bit of trouble over at the Brickyard with a DNF.
Can No.7 Keep Momentum?
Justin Allgaier should be on our list of top fantasy drivers for the final race of the regular season. His consistency for finishing in the top 10 has been astounding. Last weekend, he qualified at No. 8, which made nine straight top-ten starts. Look for him to qualify well in Las Vegas as well and bring that number to 10 consecutive top-tens.
The No. 7 car immediately started moving up the board after the start. Allgaier gained a couple of positions and finished sixth during the first stage and even took the second-stage win and another playoff point by holding off Kyle Busch. That said, he couldn’t hold the Buschwacker off forever. Kyle Busch was gifted the lead after a crash with just eight laps to go. He also got a push from Allgaier’s teammate. So, the win ‘wasn’t in the cards’ for Justin Allgaier. He was hoping to get back to back wins at the Brickyard but instead had to settle for his fourth second-place finish this season.
Kyle Busch admitted that he got a lot of help from the drivers behind him and that if the race would have gone on for just two more laps, the No. 7 car would have caught him. Instead, he took his 96th victory lap in the Xfinity Series.
Back to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch won here back in March, but he’s not on the entry list for Joe Gibbs Racing this Saturday, So, will Justin Allgaier finally get a win on the 14th? If he finishes strong, he could collect a full 8 playoff points – getting by Cole Custer– and make a strong run at Homestead and possibly even the Championship.
Points leader, Tyler Reddick should be considered as well as the Indiana race-leader Christopher Bell. Both of these drivers took hard collisions at the end of the race in Indiana and will be looking for some redemption in Las Vegas.
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