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The NASCAR Xfinity Series’ last race of the season will have many interesting storylines.
This is going to be the final race in the series for the Big Three of Christopher Bell, Tyler Reddick, and Cole Custer.
The trio, which dominated the past two seasons, will move on to the Cup Series for 2020.
For one last time, however, the rising stars are going to duel it out in the Xfinity Series cars.
Where: Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, FL
When: Saturday, November 16th at 3:30 PM EST
How: NBC (TV) | Motor Racing Network (Web radio) | NBC Sports App
Cole Custer had two dominant runs at Homestead in his two career starts.
The Stewart-Haas driver won in 2017, leading an impressive 182 laps from the front row and sweeping both stages on his way to victory lane.
Last year, Custer started from pole and led a race-high 95 laps, again sweeping both stages on the way to a runner-up finish.
Homestead has clearly been his best track, the combined 277 laps led being his most at any track on the schedule.
Tyler Reddick won at Homestead last year to secure an unexpected title.
The defending Xfinity Series champion moved to the front during the final stage and ran uncontested until the checkered, even after brushing the wall.
Reddick led 44 laps on his way to victory lane, having arrived as the dark horse candidate.
Now with Richard Childress, he ironically arrives as the dark horse again despite winning the regular-season title in dominant fashion.
Reddick finished fourth at the track in 2017 as a rookie, leading 18 laps from pole.
Christopher Bell arrives as the championship favorite, but his record at Homestead tells a different story.
The Joe Gibbs driver was also considered the favorite last year but was a non-factor for the entire race.
Bell finished down in 11th place, leading nine laps.
His other result was a DNF in 2017.
Bell has five starts at Homestead between the Truck and Xfinity Series, with only 24 laps led.
His 23.5 average finish is the second-worst of his career in the series.
But Bell has shown the ability to perform well at any track this season, so his troubles may have become a thing of the past.
John Hunter Nemechek is the only driver on the grid other than Custer and Reddick to have led at least one lap at Homestead.
He had a very solid showing last year, starting and finishing third while leading 52 laps.
It’s been a challenging year for Nemechek in his first season as a full-time driver in the Xfinity Series.
Having moved from powerhouse Chip Ganassi Racing to GMG, he failed to repeat his good results from 2018.
Nemechek has seemingly returned to his best form in the playoffs and is on a streak of four consecutive top 10 finishes.
Chase Briscoe will be making his second start at Homestead in the Xfinity Series.
The Stewart-Haas driver had a very good run in the playoffs, scoring three top 5 finishes in the first four races.
The rookie is setting himself up for success in 2020, as he will likely enter the new year as the title favorite.
In order to build momentum, Briscoe could closeout 2019 with a win at Homestead.
He won at the track in 2017 as a Truck Series driver, leading the most laps from pole-position.
Briscoe finished 13th last year in his only start at Homestead as an Xfinity driver.
Austin Cindric also had a strong showing in this year’s playoffs.
The Team Penske driver finished four of the first five races inside the top 3.
However, a terrible race at Kansas, which saw him get involved in multiple incidents, cost a shot at the championship.
Cindric could add another good result at Homestead to end his year on a high and build momentum for 2020.
The Team Penske driver finally scored his first career win in the Xfinity Series this year.
He has yet to win on an oval, however, and Homestead could be the place where it happens.
Cindric finished fifth as a rookie in last year’s championship finale.
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