3 to seek Xfin­ity ti­tle, then join Cup Se­ries

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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.”

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