The Xfinity Series’ championship Chase has come down to four drivers and two teams.
When the green flag drops Saturday afternoon in the Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Erik Jones and Daniel Suarez will compete with JR Motorsports’ Elliott Sadler and Justin Allgaier for the title. It’s the same format as the Cup Chase on Sunday and the Truck Series finale Friday night: The top finisher among those four will win the championship.
“It’s interesting that the four guys in here are both from the same teams, two and two,” said Jones, who has made a brief but successful stop in the Xfinity this season, after winning the Truck Series title in 2015 and before moving up to Cup in 2017.
But if you take the four of us and add us all together, there’s really not that many wins between the four of us.
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Here’s what else is interesting about the Chase’s final four drivers: Each of them advanced to Homestead on points. The three semifinal races were won by Cup regulars Kyle Busch (Kansas and Phoenix) and Kyle Larson (Texas). This is the final season this kind of thing can occur. Beginning next season, Cup regulars won’t be permitted to race in the Xfinity or Truck postseasons (Cup drivers with more than five years of experience will also be limited to 10 regular-season races in either of those divisions).
0 Victories among the Xfinity series’ final four drivers in the semifinals.
That means there is no clear-cut favorite among the Xfinity’s final four Saturday. Jones has the most victories (four) among them (Busch led the series with 10). Suarez is the most recent winner (Dover in the second round). At 41, Sadler is the oldest and has the most experience. Allgaier, although he hasn’t won this season, has been among the series’ most consistent drivers, remaining third in points since midseason.
“Obviously a win would be a great thing, I would love to see it,” said Allgaier, who has three career Xfinity victories. “But if you take the four of us and add us all together, there’s really not that many wins between the four of us. Look, a championship is a championship. That would be pretty cool to be able to win the race and win the championship.”