2020 NASCAR Xfinity Series Top 5 Young Drivers
The NASCAR Xfinity Series is set for an exciting new season.
With the Big Three of Tyler Reddick, Cole Custer, and Christopher Bell moving up to the Cup Series, the title fight is wide open.
This year’s field has an interesting mix of returning talent and promising rookies.
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Let’s take a look at the top 5 young drivers for the new season.
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5. Riley Herbst
Herbst will move to a full-time NASCAR ride for the first time.
He has been part of Joe Gibbs Racing since 2017, running mostly in the ARCA Series.
Herbst also made some appearances in the Truck and Xfinity Series.
He has a best finish of third in eight Truck starts, and a best finish of sixth in ten Xfinity Series.
This is his big chance to finally have a breakout year.
Herbst has one win in 38 ARCA starts, finishing fifth and third in points.
4. Harrison Burton
Part of the Toyota Racing Development program, Burton is coming off a disappointing rookie season in the Truck Series.
He failed to win a single race and could only manage a 12th place in points, scoring only seven top 5 finishes and 11 top 10 results in 23 starts.
Burton spent the 2018 season juggling between seats, making starts in the ARCA, Truck and K&N Series.
He won the East Series title in 2017, and scored three wins in 17 ARCA starts between 2017 and 2019, missing out on the top 10 only twice.
While Burton has shown flashes, he’s yet to deliver a consistently good season.
The move to the Xfinity Series full-time for 2020 could provide that needed spark.
He made nine starts in the series last year, with a best finish of fourth at Iowa in only his second race.
3. Noah Gragson
Gragson is entering his second full season in the Xfinity Series.
After two seasons in the K&N West Series, he made the move to race for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the 2017 Truck Series season.
Gragson spent two seasons in the trucks, scoring two wins and finishing the 2018 season as the runner-up to Brett Moffitt.
He moved up to the Xfinity Series last year, making the switch to JR Motorsports.
Despite struggling early on, Gragson found his groove and ended the year on a hot streak, scoring eight top 5 and 19 top 10 starts in the last 23 races.
Now with a full season behind him, the sophomore is expected to fight for the championship in 2020.
2. Justin Haley
Haley won the K&N East Series title in 2016, making the move to the Truck Series the following year.
He spent two years in the trucks, scoring three wins and finishing third in points in 2018.
Haley moved up to the Xfinity Series with Kaulig Racing.
The team had a breakout performance at Daytona in July, finishing 1-2-3 on track, with Haley coming home second.
While the rookie’s form dropped towards the end of the year, he still managed to qualify for the playoffs.
Haley also made his Cup Series debut, scoring an upset win the same weekend at Daytona in a rain-shortened race.
While Kaulig isn’t one of the top operations, Haley has now done a full season and should be fighting for wins in 2020.
Another good season should put him on the radar for the big teams as well.
1. Chase Briscoe
Arguably the early title favorite for 2020, Briscoe returns for a second full season.
A member of Ford’s driver development program, he won the ARCA Series title in 2016.
Briscoe then moved up to the Truck Series, doing one full season.
After driving a limited schedule in 2018, winning one race at the Charlotte roval, Briscoe contested the complete schedule last year.
As a rookie, he won one race and quickly established himself as one of the most consistent drivers.
Briscoe had 13 top 5 finishes and scored the second-most top 10 results with 26.
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2020 NASCAR Xfinity Series Top 5 Young Drivers FAQ
What is the NASCAR Xfinity Series?
The NASCAR Xfinity Series is promoted by NASCAR as the minor league of NASCAR
Who is the youngest driver to competed in the Xfinity Series?
Kaz Grala, born in 1998, is the youngest driver to have competed in the series.