Xfinity Series championship

NASCAR America: Experience vs. Youth: Justin Allgaier battling Christopher Bell

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The Cup series has the Big 3. Xfinity has the Dynamic Duo.

As the Xfinity Series begins its playoffs Friday at Richmond Raceway (7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN), many experts believe two drivers have an easy path to Homestead. Justin Allgaier has scored five wins and 39 playoff points. Christopher Bell has 32 playoff points. The next closest driver is Elliott Sadler with 11.

Allgaier is mindful of the accomplishments that brought him to this position. He is having a career year and knows it.

“Up until last year I’d won maybe one race a year at the max,” Allgaier told NBCSN’s Marty Snider during Xfinity Media Day. “Last year we won two, which was spectacular, but to be able to win five races this year, to have the regular-season championship, to just be as successful as we’ve been this year is just amazing.”

But that does not make him a favorite in his mind. There are simply too many other drivers that can win. Too many variables.

“There’s so many competitors right now in this Xfinity Series that are just absolutely fantastic. I don’t know that we have a clear-cut favorite,” Allgaier said.

On Tuesday’s edition of NASCAR America, Jeff Burton agreed.

“I think that (Allgaier’s) a favorite, but by a little bit, not a lot. … When I think about the Xfinity race from Richmond in the spring, Joe Gibbs Racing dominated it and it will be interesting to see, now as we go to more mile-and-halves … can Joe Gibbs Racing and Christopher Bell … get their rhythm back.”

Kyle Petty also puts Bell in the battle.

“This kid’s confident,” Petty said. “He shows confidence in every turn of the wheel. Everything he does. … and he shows great maturity.

“We’ve got youth and exuberance in Christopher Bell. We’ve got experience and maturity in Justin Allgaier and this is a battle. And it’s going to be interesting to see how it plays out.”

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NASCAR America: Daniel Suarez wins historic Xfinity Series championship

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NASCAR America takes another look at the drama surrounding final restart in the Ford EcoBoost 300 after Cole Whitt didn’t pit and prevented title contenders Erik Jones and Justin Allgaier from making a final push. Daniel Suarez took advantage of it became the first foreign-born driver to win a national NASCAR title.

NASCAR America: Top three drivers vie for Xfinity Championship (VIDEO)

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Chase Elliott, Chris Buescher and Ty Dillon discuss the mounting pressure in the Xfinity Series Championship battle. The top three drivers are separated by 28 points.


Chris Buscher still atop Xfinity standings after Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen

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With a strong third-place finish, Chris Buescher remains first in the Xfinity Series championship standings following Saturday’s Zippo 200 race at Watkins Glen.

Chase Elliott and Ty Dillon are now tied for second, 24 points behind Buescher. Elliott finished seventh in the race, while Dillon finished fifth.

MORE: Ty Dillon, Regan Smith scuffle, exchange fighting words after Xfinity race (VIDEOS)

Regan Smith, who tangled with Ty Dillon both in the race and in a shoving match after the event, said the outcome likely ended both his and Dillon’s chances to earn the championship.

“I guarantee, I might have lost the championship today, but he sure as hell did, too,” an incensed Smith said of Dillon. “There’s zero chance that 3 car (Dillon’s) wins this championship, and we’ll make sure of it.”

Here’s how the points look after Saturday’s race:

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