Justin Allgaier Bags Pole Position With Chase Briscoe on Front Row for NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship Race

Published 11/04/2020, 12:31 PM EST
Oct 10, 2020; Concord, North Carolina, USA; NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Justin Allgaier (7) races Myatt Snider (93) during the Drive for the Cure 250 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


This weekend, NASCAR will crown the Cup, the Truck, and the Xfinity Series champions after the season finale at Phoenix. For the NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers, it is a showdown between Justin Allgaier, Justin Haley, Austin Cindric, and Chase Briscoe.

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On Saturday, the advantage lies in front of Allgaier as he is set to start on pole position. Right on his tail is Chase Briscoe, with Austin Cindric and Justin Haley, third and fourth.

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All 4 of them are gunning for the championship, and only one can triumph. A win will seal the deal, but if that does not happen, it all depends on who crosses the finish line first.

It is also worth noting that Texas and Martinsville winner, Harrison Burton, starts 5th. Behind him are Noah Gragson, Ross Chastain, Brandon Jones, Riley Herbst, and Michael Annett in the Top-10.

 

Can Justin Allgaier win the NASCAR Xfinity Series championship in 2020?

In theory, he can absolutely try his hardest to win the 2020 Xfinity championship. None of the 4 drivers have won the Xfinity championship, so this adds even more personal pressure. Allgaier has come closest to the title, as he finished 3rd in 2011, 2016, and 2017.

Meanwhile, Haley’s best finish is 12 that came in 2019. Chase Briscoe’s best finish is 5th, and Austin Cindric had a career-best finish of 6th place, both of which came in 2019.

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Oct 17, 2020; Kansas City, Kansas, USA; NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Justin Haley (11) leads Justin Allgaier (7) and Ben Kennedy (2) and Riley Herbst (18) during the Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Finally, the quartet will also have to keep an eye out for Harrison Burton, who won the last 2 races. Burton has been on fire over the past couple of weeks, so he will likely throw a massive spanner in the works for the grid leaders.

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At 34, Justin Allgaier is pretty much a veteran and knows plenty of tricks. On the other end of the scale, Haley, Briscoe, and Cindric are no slouches, and this will be a tough battle.

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