The Xfinity Series’ yearly stop at Michigan is going to be slightly different this year.
This race has been dominated by drivers from the Cup Series in the most recent editions.
Only three of the last 15 races at Michigan went to Xfinity Series-only regulars.
Daniel Suárez was the last one to do so during his title-winning 2016 season.
This adds an element of unpredictability to this year’s race.
What: LTi Printing 250
Where: Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, MI
When: Saturday, June 8th at 1:30 PM EST
How: FS1 (TV) | Motor Racing Network (Web radio)
It’s hard to point a clear favorite this time around.
However, Cole Custer is the closest one to that.
The Stewart-Haas driver was the highest finisher at Michigan last year among the returning drivers.
Custer came home third behind winner Austin Dillon and now Cup Series regular Daniel Hemric.
Although Fontana and Michigan aren’t as identical now as they were in the past, the tracks do share some similarities.
Cole Custer won at the Californian track earlier this year, which could help at Michigan.
Add his win at Pocono to the mix, and the pick looks even better.
Custer pulled off a beautiful move on the final lap to overtake Tyler Reddick for the win.
The sophomore driver is in great form this season, sitting third in points.
He is tied with a series-leading three wins, seven top 5 and eight top 10 through 12 races.
Christopher Bell scored an 11th place finish in his only Xfinity Series start at Michigan.
Always an early favorite, Bell will look to recapture his last Truck Series race at the track.
Driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports, he scored a runner-up finish there during his championship-winning 2017 season.
Bell is second in points with three wins, seven top 5 and eight top 10 through 12 races.
Points leader Tyler Reddick does not have a particularly great record at Michigan either.
His usual consistency, on the other hand, should be enough to have him among the favorites.
Reddick has the seventh place as his best result at the track in two Xfinity starts.
In the Trucks, his best result was a ninth-place finish.
Still, the Richard Childress Racing driver comes into this round in great form.
Despite losing the race at Pocono on a final lap move by Cole Custer, Reddick’s results are simply impressive.
The reigning champion has two wins, ten top 5 and 11 top 10 finishes in 12 starts this season.
Reddick’s worst result this season is the 14th place at Las Vegas.
He has not finished lower than fourth since then, scoring nine consecutive top 4 finishes.
Chase Briscoe has a decent previous record at Michigan.
The Xfinity Series rookie scored a second place in his only ARCA Series start at the track in 2016.
Briscoe then finished ninth in the Truck Series the following year.
His form is improving in 2019, with a run of eight consecutive top 10 finishes before round 11 at Charlotte.
Briscoe also has an impressive run of six top 5 finishes in the last eight races.
The Stewart-Haas driver is currently sixth in points.
Series veteran Justin Allgaier has the most experience at Michigan with eight starts.
His record, on the other hand, isn’t good.
Allgaier has one top 5 and four top 10 finishes at the two-mile oval.
After scoring a career-high five wins in 2018, he has not made it back to victory lane this season.
The JR Motorsports driver has five top 5 and six top 10 through 12 starts.
Second-year driver Austin Cindric is still looking for his first series victory.
While he scored a 23rd place at Michigan last year, Cindric did finish second in his only Truck Series start.
The Team Penske driver has four top 5 and ten top 10 in 2019, sitting fourth in points.
Cindric is riding a streak of six consecutive top 10 finishes.
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