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The NASCAR Xfinity Series returns from its final break for the decisive stretch.
After Brandon Jones’ unexpected win at Kansas, no drivers have secured a spot in the Championship round.
Texas will be the second opportunity to do so.
The fight is still relatively close, and another upset could very well turn the title race on its head.
Where: Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, TX
When: Saturday, November 2nd at 8:30 PM EST
How: NBCSN (TV) | Performance Racing Network (Web radio)
Cole Custer leads the Big Three contender heading into this weekend.
The Stewart-Haas driver is the defending O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 winner.
Custer had never finished outside the top 5 at Texas, but a DNF in this year’s Spring race ended that streak.
Despite this, #00 remains the favorite for this year’s playoff race.
Custer had a very good showing at Kansas two weeks ago, leading the most laps before coming together with Tyler Reddick and dropping to 11th.
The Stewart-Haas driver is tied for the series lead in wins this year, with seven trips to victory lane.
He is currently second in the standings, 38 points above fifth-place cutoff.
Custer has 15 top 5 and 21 top 10 finishes in 30 starts.
Christopher Bell will have a very good shot at winning this race for the first time.
The Joe Gibbs driver came close to doing it in the last three starts but ended up falling just short of it.
He started the last two races from the pole but failed to turn it into a win.
Bell retired from last year’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 after crashing out by himself while battling among the front-runners.
He bounced back this year, leading the most laps and finishing a very good third.
Bell also scored a second-place finish in the 2018 Spring race.
The Joe Gibbs driver sits on top of the standings, a comfortable 49 points ahead of the fifth-place cutoff.
Bell is tied for the series lead in wins with seven, and also 18 top 5 and 19 top 10 finishes through 30 races.
Tyler Reddick, as we all know it, is consistency personified, and it’s no different when it comes to his record at Texas.
The reigning Xfinity Series champion is coming off back-to-back second-place finishes at the track.
Reddick led the most laps in last year’s edition of the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300.
Earlier this year, in classic Tyler Reddick fashion, he ran among the top 5 for the whole race before moving up to the runner-up spot in the final laps.
The Richard Childress driver is almost guaranteed to finish inside the top 3 and could fight for the win.
Reddick has two second-place finishes in the last three races this season.
The regular-season champion is currently third in the standings, 37 points above the cutoff.
He has five wins while holding a series-best 22 top 5 and 25 top 10 finishes.
Austin Cindric needs a repeat from his 2018 result.
The Team Penske driver finished a very solid third in last year’s edition of the race, his best result in the postseason.
After scoring three consecutive top 3 finishes in this year’s playoffs, Cindric had a terrible run at Kansas.
He had a run-in with Harrison Burton and crossed the line down on the 25th.
As a result, he desperately needs a win to advance into the Final Four.
It’s been a career year for the sophomore driver.
Prior to his Kansas disaster, Cindric had scored seven top 5 finishes in ten races, including back-to-back wins at Glen and Mid-Ohio.
He has now dropped to eighth and last among the remaining contenders and has to make up quite a bit of ground.
Cindric is 30 points behind the cutoff for Homestead.
Justin Allgaier finally scored his first career top 5 finish at Texas in last year’s edition of this race.
The JR Motorsports driver had previously scored seven top 10 finishes in 16 starts.
As always, experience will be on the Xfinity Series veteran’s side.
Still chasing after his first win of the season, #7 is coming off a great run to start the playoffs.
Allgaier finished all four races inside the top 5.
He swept both stages at Dover, finishing second.
Allgaier also had a second a fifth place in the final two regular-season races, which means that he now has six consecutive top 5 finishes.
Following the chaotic race at Kansas, he has now moved up to fourth in the standings, two points above the cutoff.
Allgaier has 15 top 5 and 22 top 10 finishes this season.
Chase Briscoe has also shown some promising results in this year’s playoffs.
The Stewart-Haas driver has been quietly racking up points and was one of the big winners at Kansas.
After scoring his third top 5 finish in four playoff races, the rookie moved up to fifth in the standings.
Briscoe has not finished lower than 9th this year’s postseason.
He scored back-to-back poles at the Charlotte Roval and Kansas, leading the most laps in both races.
Briscoe already has a win this season and seems to be getting closer and closer to adding a second one to the count.
He has 12 top 5s this season and an impressive 24 top 10 finishes, which ranks him second behind reigning champion Tyler Reddick.
The latest odds for O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 are provided by 888Sport NJ.
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