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After two rounds, the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series playoffs will have the first elimination race.
Dover International Speedway hosts this weekend’s race and will determine which drivers are going to advance.
Four racers will say goodbye to their hopes of winning the championship, with the remaining eight going to the next round.
It will be the series’ second stop at the Monster Mile this season.
Although a good number of drivers are still in contention, this race will likely be a mere formality, as the top 8 drivers are virtually locked in.
Barring some unforeseen circumstances, don’t expect too many surprises.
Where: Dover International Speedway in Dover, DE
When: Saturday, October 5th at 3:00 PM EST
How: NBCSN (TV) | Motor Racing Network (Web radio) | NBC Sports App
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Christopher Bell is the defending race winner and the early favorite.
The Joe Gibbs driver won last year’s edition of this race, and also scored victory earlier this year in May.
After running second in the first two stages, #20 jumped to the front after the final pit stop.
Bell, therefore, has an impressive record of two wins in three starts at Dover, his other result being a very solid fourth-place finish.
He won the postseason opener at Richmond for the second year in a row, qualifying for the Round of 8 right away.
Bell had a solid run at Charlotte undone by a late-race incident with Chase Briscoe.
The second-year driver leads the points with seven wins, 18 top 5 and 19 top 10 finishes.
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Cole Custer is coming off two solid showings at the Monster Mile.
He finished second in the second 2018 race and looked set to win in May this year.
The Stewart-Haas driver led 144 laps from the pole and won both stages, but dropped to second and fourth during the final pit stops.
Custer did not show the same pace in the pack and remained in fourth place until the checkered.
He has three top 5 finishes in five starts at Dover and only missed out on the top 10 once.
Custer is second in the postseason standings with six wins, 14 top 5 and 20 top 10 finishes, and is safely through to the Round of 8 already.
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Justin Allgaier was the only driver other than Custer and Bell to lead a lap at Dover in May.
The Xfinity Series veteran finished second, his fourth consecutive top 3 result at the Monster Mile.
The JR Motorsports driver has six top 5 finishes, including one win, in his last seven starts at the track.
Allgaier is still winless in 2019 after scoring a career-high five victories last season.
He is currently fifth in points with 13 top 5 and 20 top 10 finishes.
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Tyler Reddick, as expected, had a solid afternoon at Dover earlier this year.
The Richard Childress Racing driver finished third, scoring his second top 5 in the last three starts at the Monster Mile.
Despite not leading a single lap, Reddick ran inside the top 4 all race.
The reigning champion bounced back from an average opener at Richmond to finish second at Charlotte last weekend.
Reddick has dropped down to third in the standings since the start of the playoffs and could use some bonus points.
He has five wins and leads all drivers in top 5 and top 10 finishes, with 21 and 24 respectively.
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Austin Cindric has clearly established himself as the best driver outside of the Big Three.
The Team Penske driver kicked off the postseason with a second-place finish from the pole at Richmond.
He followed it up with a third-place at Charlotte, making it four top 3 finishes in four road course races this season.
Cindric is still chasing after his first career win at the oval and has a solid record at Dover.
The Team Penske driver has three top 10 finishes in three starts at the track.
He is currently fourth in points with two wins, 12 top 5 and 20 top 10 finishes.
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Chase Briscoe had a very good showing at the Charlotte roval last weekend.
The Stewart-Haas scored his first pole position in the Xfinity Series.
In the race, Briscoe led the most laps and won the first stage, but was spun out by Christopher Bell and ultimately finished ninth.
The rookie finished fifth at Dover earlier this year in only his third ever race at the challenging Monster Mile.
Briscoe is sixth in points with one win, ten top 5 and 22 top 10 finishes.
Another win and more bonus points would help his bid to reach the Final Four.
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If you are looking for a high-risk, high-reward pick, Brandon Jones could be a good one.
The Joe Gibbs driver is at danger of facing an early exit.
He is 11 points behind eighth-place Michael Annett and is the first driver outside the cutoff.
Jones will likely have to go for his first career win if Annett doesn’t hit trouble.
Dover could be the best place to do it.
Jones has three consecutive top 10 finishes at the track but did well at the Monster Mile last year.
He scored one pole-position and led a combined 74 of 400 laps between the two races.
Jones has four top 5 and 13 top 10 finishes in 2019.
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