Richard Childress Racing’s Tyler Reddick, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Christopher Bell and Stewart-Haas Racing’s Cole Custer have been so impressive this season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series that they are starting to draw comparisons to last season’s ‘Big 3’ in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, and rightfully so. Not only are they 1-2-3 in the NASCAR Xfinity Series driver standings this season, but they each have racked up three wins in just the first 13 races of the season, a feat the series hasn’t seen before. But their statistical dominance doesn’t end there.
Series standings leader Tyler Reddick, from Corning, California, has posted two poles, three wins (Talladega, Charlotte, Michigan), 11 top fives and 12 top 10s (both are series-most this season). He also leads the series in season-to-date driver rating with a 118.9. Plus, he has led the fourth-most laps (318 laps led, 13.61%) this season and has won three stages to boost his Playoff points total to 18. Looking to Iowa, Reddick will be one to watch; as he has made three series starts on the 7/8-mile track, posting one top five and two top 10s.
Second in the series standings is Christopher Bell, from Norman, Oklahoma, 89 points behind the series standings lead. Bell has posted three poles, three wins (Atlanta, Bristol, Dover), seven top fives and eight top 10s this season. He also has the second-best season-to-date driver rating (117.9) and leads the series in laps led (572 laps led, 24.48%). In addition, he has scored six stage wins, and has accumulated 21 Playoff points; both are the most in the series this season. This weekend at Iowa expect Bell to showcase more of his talent as the 24-year-old has made three previous starts at the 7/8-mile raceway posting a pole, a win (last July) and two top fives.
Third in series driver standings is Cole Custer, from Ladera Ranch, California, 117 points behind Tyler Reddick in the standings lead and 28 points back from second-place Christopher Bell. Custer, though currently slightly behind Reddick and Bell in points, has been stellar this season, posting three poles, three wins (California, Richmond, Pocono), seven top fives and eight top 10s. He also has managed five stage wins, bringing his Playoff points total to 20 (second-most behind Reddick’s 21). Much like his current position in the points, he has hoisted up the third-best season-to-date driver rating (114.4). The 21-year-old has also led the second-most laps (484 laps led, 20.71%) this season. Heading to Iowa this weekend, expect Custer to continue to be upfront. In four starts at the 7/8-mile track he has posted two top fives and three top 10s.