Five things to watch for in Saturday's Xfinity race
The NASCAR Xfinity Series returns to action on Saturday at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway for the series’ seventh race of the season and the second “Dash4Cash” race of the year.
Here are five things to watch for in Saturday’s race:
Justin Allgaier won the first “Dash4Cash” race at Phoenix and collected the $100,000 bonus. If he can win the bonus at the next three events – Bristol, Richmond and Dover – he will collect $400,000 in winnings plus a $600,000 bonus from Xfinity for a grand total of $1 million.
Series points leader Elliott Sadler has earned the most Stage points (62) through the first six races. Nearly 28 percent of Sadler’s 225 driver points have come from results in the first two Stages of the races.
Darrell Wallace Jr. has finished sixth in the last five consecutive races. If he does so again at Bristol, he will tie Jack Ingram for the series record lead in consecutive single finishing positions inside the top-10. Ingram finished second a series record six times in 1983.
There have been five different winners in the last five Xfinity races at Bristol. What are the chances for a sixth? It may prove difficult as four of the five previous winners in the current streak are entered in Saturday’s race – Austin Dillon, Erik Jones, Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney. All-time series wins leader Kyle Busch is the only one of the five not entered.
- While two series regulars – Ryan Reed and Justin Allgaier – have won in the first six races, together they have only led a combined 94 laps in their two victories. Allgaier has led the most laps of all series regulars (85). Sadler is second (40) and William Byron is third (19). Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Joey Logano has led the most laps in series competition this year (195).
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