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NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship 4 Preview


We continue with this week’s slate of Championship 4 Chase previews today with the NASCAR XFINITY Series. In a series where veterans, young guns, and even underdogs have thrived in the first year of the Chase format, 4 now remain out of the 12 started. Here’s a look at the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship hopefuls this weekend at Homestead.

#19-Daniel Suarez: The second year XFINITY Series driver finally broke through with his first career win at Michigan in June, and since then his championship prospects have risen tenfold. In addition to his win at Dover in the first round of the Chase, He hasn’t finished outside the top 5 since Richmond in September and only has 5 finishes outside the top 10 since his win at Michigan. His 2 wins, along with remarkable consistency makes him a favorite.

#1-Elliott Sadler: It seems like almost every year since returning to the XFINITY Series in 2010 he’s found himself in a championship battle in the closing races, but only to fall short. This year may be the one that changes that, thanks to 3 wins (Including one in the Chase at Kentucky) and consistency that has otherwise cost him title chance after chance without it. Will this finally be the year Sadler wins the XFINITY Series championship?

#20-Erik Jones: Some gems shine brighter than others, but none in NASCAR the past few years have shined more than Byron, Michigan native Erik Jones. The 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion wasted no time making in impact as a rookie in the XFINITY Series, winning at Bristol in only the 7th race of the season. Since then his additional wins at Dover, Iowa, and Chicagoland have all-but-assured himself of ROTY. But, Erik has shown some cracks in the wall in the Chase with the pressure mounting and a future Cup ride looming for 2017 with only 2 top 5 finished in the Chase.

#7-Justin Allgaier: After spending the last 2 years in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with HScott Motorsports, he returned the the XFINITY Series with JR Motorsports. His hard luck times in the Cup Series were instantly forgotten with top 10 finishes in 6 of the season’s first 7 races. Even as he enters without a single win all season, he enters the Championship 4 Round as a remarkable sleeper with only 6 finishes outside the top 10 all season. But, can he break a string of 6 finishes outside the top 10 at Homestead to claim his first title in NASCAR?

And The Champion Is… Daniel Suarez: Let’s face it, nobody enters Homestead more red hot and ready to shock the auto racing world more than Suarez. Yes, Erik Jones may have been hot all season, but the teammate to the rookie has turned it on when it has mattered. Not only do i predict him to become NASCAR’s first Latino National Division Champion, but he will also win Saturday’s Ford 300 in the process.