3 to seek Xfinity title, then join Cup Series
years for JR Motorsports, finishing third in the series in 2016 and 2017. He won five races last year and was a championship contender until being eliminated at Phoenix following a wreck.
He had much different emotions last weekend at ISM Raceway
Allgaier won for the first time in 40 races, taking advantage of Bell’s late penalty for speeding on pit road, to punch his ticket to the finale.
He cried as he crossed the finish line.
He’s now considered the underdog at Homestead, where he’s yet to finish in the top five in nine Xfinity Series races at the track.
“Last year missing it, then this year being more competitive, I think it makes me realize how much more I want to be here and do this,” Allgaier said. “Hopefully experience helps. It means I’m getting old, that’s all I know.” as well as those for Custer and Reddick. “See what is different about the throttle application, brake application, what the hands are doing inside the car. Pretty happy and excited for this weekend.
“We’ve been hitting it hard, focusing on this since Homestead last year. Definitely got a great idea of the direction we’re headed. We have a phenomenal car for this weekend.”
The 21-year-old Custer has been the series’ best performer this season at intermediate tracks, like Homestead. He has seven wins in 2019, with four of those coming at intermediate tracks.
He also won at Homestead in 2017 in dominating fashion and finished second last year to Reddick after leading a race-high 95 laps. He never fell out of the top five during the 200-lap finale.
“You can’t be overly confident,” Custer said. “That doesn’t do you any good, but at the same time, I think we should have a fast car and you just got to take it one step at a time.”