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2015 NASCAR Xfinity Series season preview

NASCAR driver Chase Elliott will take over the No. 24 car from Sprint Cup star Jeff Gordon in 2016, but first there’s the matter of defending his championship in the Xfinity Series this year.
NASCAR driver Chase Elliott will take over the No. 24 car from Sprint Cup star Jeff Gordon in 2016, but first there’s the matter of defending his championship in the Xfinity Series this year. GETTY

Looking at the 2015 NASCAR Xfinity Series:

Preseason Top 10

1. Chase Elliott, JR Motorsports: There is a lot left to accomplish before he moves to the Sprint Cup Series in 2016. Another title in this series ranks No. 1.

2. Ty Dillon, Richard Childress Racing: Dillon made great strides in 2014 and expect him to go toe-to-toe with Elliott battling for this season’s championship.

3. Brian Scott, Richard Childress Racing: He has been knocking on Victory Lane door for a while. It’s time to bust it down.

4. Elliott Sadler, Roush Fenway Racing: Will an offseason move from Joe Gibbs Racing to RFR change his fortunes when it comes to winning a NASCAR championship?

5. Chris Buescher, Roush Fenway Racing: Perhaps the most improved driver in the series in 2014. Has all the tools to become a top star in NASCAR.

6. Regan Smith, JR Motorsports: He has been fighting to get out of the shadow of his teammate. This would be a good time for a breakthrough season.

7. Brendan Gaughan, Richard Childress Racing: His move from Trucks to Xfinity paid off handsomely last season. Now, it’s time to see if he can produce the consistency necessary for a title.

8. Daniel Suarez, Joe Gibbs Racing: There will be a big learning curve for JGR’s development, driver but he appears to be a quick study.

9. Darrell Wallace Jr., Roush Fenway Racing: Wallace is hoping to be able to run the full season. It will definitely help him in his transition from the Truck series.

10. Dakota Armstrong, Richard Petty Motorsports: With a year under his belt at RPM, look for Armstrong to improve his consistency and perhaps contend for some wins.

They said it

▪ “I am ready to get back to Daytona. It’s been a long offseason, and it has been lacking seat time, so we are excited to get back to racing. I know that we will have a fast Ford in Daytona, and we plan to take it to Victory Lane.” – Chris Buescher

▪ “The first goal is going to be to learn. I pretty much believe that this is the most important thing. After that, I believe we are going to be competitive, and if we are competitive and start running in the top 10 or top five then with some luck we are going to be getting the chance to get a win.” – Daniel Suarez

▪ “I have goals I want to try to achieve on the Xfinity side – try to step up, compete for hopefully more wins and compete for another championship – that would be great. There’s a lot of things between now and next season that I’d like to try and accomplish.” – Chase Elliott

Observations

▪  It will be a difficult season for Chase Elliott as he will be pulled several directions, by his team, the media and fans. He already knows he will take over Jeff Gordon’s ride in the Cup series next season but still must focus on the Xfinity Series.

▪ Richard Childress Racing and Roush Fenway Racing have invested a large commitment in the series this season. With the talent at their disposal, both should compete regularly for wins.

▪ Who will be this season’s surprise star? Keep an eye on Cale Conley, a former K&N Pro Series East driver who will run full time for TriStar Motorsports.

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