5 key storylines for 2021 Xfinity Series season

As NASCAR’s second department, the Xfinity Series yearly sees a few of its finest chauffeurs make the dive to racing on (mainly) Sundays in the Cup Series.

However going into 2021, much of in 2015’s playoff and champion competitors are back for another run.

That leads off our 5 essential stories for the upcoming Xfinity season…

Stiff competitors

3 of in 2015’s Champion 4 chauffeurs – consisting of series champ Austin Cindric – and 6 of the leading 8 chauffeurs in the 2020 standings return.

Amongst this group are Cindric, Justin Allgaier, Justin Haley, Noah Gragson, Brandon Jones, and Harrison Burton, who integrated to win 21 of 33 races in 2015.

Besides them, a number of other playoff chauffeurs return, consisting of Michael Annett, Ryan Sieg, Brandon Brown, and Riley Herbst.

Greater stakes

Herbst is among a number of chauffeurs going into circumstances with greater stakes for them.

After having a hard time to maintain with Jones and Burton as a novice at Joe Gibbs Racing, he has actually relocated to Stewart-Haas Racing, where he’ll drive the No. 98 that Cup Series-bound Chase Briscoe required to a series-best 9 wins in 2015.

Herbst’s replacement at JGR is Daniel Hemric, who goes back to full-time status after running 21 races in 2015 for JR Motorsports. Hemric thinks he lastly has devices that provides him the raw speed he requires to end up being a routine winner in NASCAR.

An unusual profession course has actually caused a full-time flight for Myatt Snider with Richard Childress Racing. Snider divided the 2020 season in between RCR and RSS Racing after completing in the NASCAR Euro Series the previous year.

Then there’s Jeb Burton, who changes Cup-bound Ross Chastain in the No. 10 for Kaulig Racing. Burton has actually contended part-time in the Xfinity Series for the previous 5 years, most just recently in 2020 with JR Motorsports (11 races).

Kaulig increasing

Mentioning Kaulig Racing, they’re constructing off their finest season to date in the Xfinity Series by broadening to a three-car lineup in 2021 with Haley, Burton, and NBC Sports expert AJ Allmendinger, who relocates to full-time status.

Haley’s go to the Champion 4 revealed that Kaulig is among the series’ leading groups, along with JR Motorsports and Cup-adjacent programs from Group Penske, Stewart-Haas Racing and Joe Gibbs Racing.

They might be even much better in 2021. The group has actually been powerful on superspeedways, and a broadened roadway course schedule provides Allmendinger more opportunities to win.

When It Comes To Burton, he might require time to jell with his brand-new team. However 12 top-10 surfaces in 18 starts over the previous 2 years with JR Motorsports reveals that he’s capable.

Rule the road

Going back to those road courses, the Xfinity Series will – like the Cup Series – face seven of them this coming season.

Allmendinger and Cindric, who combined to win three of the four road races in 2020, stand to be the favorites in this part of the schedule.

But keep an eye on Gragson, who earned “podium” surfaces on the road courses at Indianapolis (third), Daytona (third), and Charlotte (second behind Allmendinger). In his outlier at Road America, he still finished a respectable sixth.

Dash 4 Cash

Four vastly different tracks make up this season’s Xfinity Dash 4 Cash schedule, which will see select drivers compete for cash bonuses.

NASCAR’s smallest and biggest tracks, Martinsville Speedway (Apr. 9) and Talladega Superspeedway (Apr. 24), make up the first 2 events on the Rush schedule.

Darlington Raceway’s 1.366-mile egg-shaped asphalt oval follows on Might 8, followed by the Might 15 ending on Dover International Speedway’s concrete mile.

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5 essential stories for 2021 Xfinity Series season initially appeared on NBCSports.com

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.