Like/Don’t Like: Where Are the Xfinity Elites

Justin Allgaier

A two-week break is plenty of time to digest the early goings-on for the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Let’s chew over things I like and don’t like in everybody’s favorite Saturday racing division.

Don’t Like: There are no elite Xfinity Series regulars

Based on Production in Equal Equipment Rating, the highest ranked series regular is Elliott Sadler, whose 2.778 PEER is the third-best among drivers with at least six starts this season. Justin Allgaier holds a 2.056 PEER and beyond that, no Xfinity Series title-eligible driver has a production rating above 2.000. Jeff Green is the seventh-most productive driver. That should be surprising, but he is a former series champ after all.

Is this a lean year? Perhaps. William Byron, Daniel Hemric, Tyler Reddick and Cole Custer are rookies in the series and rookies tend to struggle, but we’ve come to expect immediate returns from our top prospects. Byron’s 0.944 PEER isn’t stellar — it isn’t awful; by comparison, it ranks 10th in the series — considering less than a year ago, he was being fast-tracked to the Cup Series by Hendrick Motorsports. Now, there is a possibility that an out-of-work driver could take the wheel of the sport’s most famous ride. That’s strange, right? How many instances in other sports are there in which someone off the scrap heap replaces a legend? Byron’s relative struggle, a perception that can shift with a win or two, has serious ramifications on 2018 planning … Read More

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