NASCAR America: Who is the favorite for the Xfinity title?
Jeff Burton thinks Cole Custer is “hurt” by his lack of experience in championship scenarios in racing, but that he’s ultimately the favorite to win the Xfinity Series title Saturday in Miami.
Custer is the defending winner of the Ford EcoBoost 300. While not part of the Championship 4 last year, Custer led 182 of 200 laps and won by 15 seconds over Sam Hornish Jr.
Burton, Steve Letarte and Dale Earnhardt Jr. discussed on NASCAR America who they think is the favorite in Saturday’s race (3:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN), as Custer faces seven-time winner Christopher Bell, Tyler Reddick and Daniel Hemric.
“I don’t know that Custer is the favorite for me,” Earnhardt said. “I think Christopher Bell is probably going to have the best speed. I’d be surprised if Custer is faster than him in the practice and the race.
Bell will make his second Xfinity start in Miami, but his fifth overall in NASCAR after also making three Truck Series starts there. Two of those were as part of the Championship 4.
Letarte said Reddick is the driver “I don’t want to see in my mirror.”
“I feel his inexperience may almost be a benefit because he may go past the edge, but until he hits something, he’ll probably be closing on your bumper putting the pressure on you to see if you can make a mistake or not,” Letarte said.
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