It’s time for one of the most interesting stretches of the NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule.
The series will make three stops at road courses over the next four rounds.
This comes at a crucial point of the season, as we reach round 20.
In other words, once it’s all said and done at The Glen, there will only be six races left.
Road-course races are a great opportunity for drivers just inside or outside the bubble.
A win means a guaranteed spot in the playoffs since no drivers outside the top 3 have scored victories.
Three drivers taking part in this race have won at road courses in the Xfinity Series.
What: Zippo 200 at The Glen
Where: Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, NY
When: Saturday, August 3rd at 3:00 PM EST
How: NBC (TV) | Motor Racing Network (Web radio) | NBC Sports App
Justin Allgaier was the man to beat at road courses last season.
The Xfinity Series veteran scored two wins and also a third-place finish in four starts.
Allgaier has always been a solid road course racer, scoring a win at Montréal in 2013.
He is on a streak of five consecutive top 10 finishes at Watkins Glen.
While Allgaier has never won at the track, that could change this season.
The JR Motorsports driver is still winless in 2019, however.
Allgaier is fourth in points with eight top 5 and ten top 10 finishes in 19 starts.
Chase Briscoe scored his first career win in the Xfinity Series at the Charlotte roval last season.
The Stewart-Haas Racing driver also has a solid career record at road courses.
Briscoe has only missed out on the top 10 once in four starts.
He made two appearances at road courses last season, his other result a 14th at Mid Ohio.
The Xfinity Series rookie finished fourth at New Jersey in ARCA and seventh at Mosport in the Truck Series.
Briscoe is coming off his first win in 2019 and has relied on consistency to fight among the top contenders.
He is currently seventh in points with eight top 5 and 15 top 10 finishes – second among regular drivers.
Cole Custer is the best road course racer among the 2019 season’s Big Three.
While he has never won at one, Custer has a rather impressive record.
His lowest finish at a road course in 2018 was a seventh at Mid Ohio.
Custer scored one pole and also led the most laps at Mosport in two Truck Series starts.
His other career results include a pole at New Jersey in ARCA.
The Stewart-Haas driver has five career starts at the Glen, two in the Xfinity Series.
Custer scored one pole and two top 5s in three K&N starts, with one top 10 in two Xfinity starts.
He is third in points, tying for the series’ lead in wins with five.
For the first time in a while, Christopher Bell won’t be among the favorites.
While the Joe Gibbs driver has a decent record at road courses, it isn’t particularly great.
Bell scored one top 5 and two top 10 finishes in four starts last season.
He finished ninth at The Glen in what remains as his only start at the NY track.
His other results at road courses include two top 10s, one in the Truck Series and another in ARCA.
Bell is second in points with five wins, 11 top 5 and 12 top 10 finishes.
Justin Haley is on the rise.
The Xfinity Series rookie remains as one of four full-season drivers without a DNF in 2019.
Haley had a great month in July, scoring his first-ever NASCAR win in the Cup Series at Daytona.
He also scored a career-best in the Xfinity Series with a runner-up at the superspeedway.
Haley has an incredible record at road courses through his career.
He scored one pole and five top 5 finishes in five K&N Series starts.
In ARCA, Haley scored a pole and finished third at Road America.
In the Truck Series, a DNF at Mosport in 2017 remains as his only finish outside the top 5 at a road course.
He made up for it by scoring the win last season.
With Kaulig Racing’s recent improvements, expect Haley to be a solid contender at Watkins Glen.
Austin Cindric’s background as a road course racer will likely help him.
He showed some of that last season, scoring pole-positions at Mid Ohio and Charlotte.
Cindric has three career wins in NASCAR, all at road courses, including his only victory at a national series.
The Team Penske driver won from the pole at VIR and Watkins Glen in K&N, and then at Mosport in the Truck Series.
The sophomore driver is still chasing after his first win in Xfinity.
Cindric is fifth in points with six top 5 and 13 top 10 finishes this season.
John Hunter Nemechek could also be a surprise winner this weekend.
The rookie had solid results at Mosport in the Truck Series.
In 2016, Nemechek scored a controversial win at the Canadian track after punting Cole Custer into the final corner.
He finished second at the track last season and has three top 10s in four starts.
The GMS Racing driver has never started at a road course in the Xfinity Series.
Nemechek is tenth in points with two top 5 and ten top 10 finishes.
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