The day before the Cup Series title is decided, the Xfinity Series will do the same with the Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway (3:30 p.m. ET Saturday on NBCSN).
Regardless of who claims the title, the series will have its seventh different champion in as many years. They’ll also be the 13 different champion in 14 years.
Here’s a further breakdown of what would be accomplished by each driver should they emerge as the 2018 Xfinity champion.
YOUNG MAN’S SERIES
If Bell (23 years old), Reddick (22) or Custer (20) win, they’ll be the eighth consecutive champion 25 or younger.
Hemric (27) would be the first champion over 25 since Brad Keselowski (26) in 2010.
If Reddick or Custer win, they’ll join Kevin Harvick as the second California natives to win the title.
Reddick hails from Corning while Custer is originally from Ladera Ranch. Harvick, who won the title in 2001 and 2006, is from Bakersfield.
Bell enters the race with a rookie record seven wins this season
CHAMPIONSHIP POTION No. 9
If Reddick wins the title – in his last race with JR Motorsports before moving to Richard Childress Racing next season – he would deliver JR Motorsports its third Xfinity title. All three – Elliott in 2014 and Byron in 2017 – have come from the No. 9 team.
A Reddick title would also mean all three JRM titles have been with drivers in their first full-time year with the team.
Reddick won the pole for this race last year with Chip Ganassi Racing and placed fourth.
Hemric will take part in his last Xfinity race as a full-time driver before departing for RCR’s No. 31 car in the Cup Series.
If he wins the race Saturday, it would not only be Hemric’s first career Xfinity win (in 66 starts), it would be his first career NASCAR win (in 118 starts across all three national series).
Should he not win the race but win the title, Hemric would join Austin Dillon (2013) as the second winless Xfinity champion.
He would also become the first Xfinity champion without any series wins to his name.