This season’s dynamic trio of Tyler Reddick, Christopher Bell and Cole Custer added to their stake in dominance last week with Custer picking up his series best fifth victory at Kentucky Speedway. It’s a single season highlight reel for Custer already and still, the 21-year old Stewart-Haas Racing driver trails championship leader Reddick and second place Bell in the driver standings. That’s how good the talented trio have been.
The three drivers have won 12 of the year’s 17 races (a 70.6% winning percentage). And Bell arrives at New Hampshire Motor Speedway as the defending champion of Saturday’s ROXOR 200 (4 p.m. ET on NBCSN, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
The race will be of particular interest to the NASCAR Xfinity Series driver standings. Bell is the only former winner entered, with six-time champ Kyle Busch sitting this year’s New Hampshire race out and only one fulltime Monster Energy Cup driver on the grid (Paul Menard).
Among the current Xfinity Series top five in the driver standings only Bell and Custer can claim a top-10 average at the track. Custer finished ninth in both his previous starts. Reddick, who holds a 67-point edge over Bell and a 75-point advantage over Custer atop the series standings, started ninth and finished 25th last year due to a pit road penalty in his only New Hampshire start.
Austin Cindric, who is ranked fourth in the Xfinity driver standings, is looking for his first victory of the season. He started 15th and finished 17th last year in his first New Hampshire Xfinity race.
Similarly, Justin Allgaier, who is fifth in points and still looking for his first win of the season after a career high five-win 2018, has five top 10s in eight starts at the track. His best showing is sixth-place finish in 2010 and he’s only led two laps total in those eight races.
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