AVONDALE, AZ – Christopher Bell will be racing for the 2019 NASCAR XFINITY Series championship for the second consecutive year. That’s not surprising. He’s won a series high eight times in 2019. This time though, he’s backing his way in compared to last year. Last season, Bell won the NXS race at the ISM Raceway in November. This year, he dominated in Phoenix, but a costly pit road speeding penalty kept him out of pit lane.
Bell, led the first 95 laps. He won both stages for the 22nd stage victories of the season. But, the pit road speeding penalty coupled with a spin on Lap 115 dropped him to a 16th place finish.
In the playoffs, Bell has scored only two top 10 finishes in six tries, both being wins. While he has won eight times this season, he’s backed his way into the Final Four in comparison to his opposition.
Justin Allgaier joins Bell into the final round via his win Saturday in Phoenix. Allgaier, has 16 straight top 10 finishes and seven top five finishes in his last eight starts on the year. His 39 race winless streak also comes to an end as well.
Cole Custer clinched his spot into the final round at the end of the second stage. Custer, has nine top 10 finishes in his last 10 starts on the year.
Tyler Reddick grabs the final spot and has four top three finishes in his last seven races on the season, five of which being in the top 10. Reddick, won the championship last year and has won five times in 2019. Custer, has won seven times himself. Combined, Bell, Custer and Reddick have won 20 of the 32 races run in 2019. Allgaier, has won just once.
But, Allgaier arguably has the most momentum while Custer has the second best followed by Reddick and Bell.
It’s JRM, Stewart-Haas, Joe Gibbs Racing and RCR going for the title. This will be a heavyweight fight in Homestead.