Custer Dominates Saturday’s Camping World 300 in Chicago

JOLIET, Ill – The “Big 3” in the NASCAR XFINITY Series dominated another week. For the 11th time in 15 races run in 2019, either Cole Custer, Christopher Bell or Tyler Reddick reached victory lane.

This time – it was Custer.

The Stewart-Haas Racing driver took his No. 00 Ford to victory in Saturday’s Camping World 300 at the Chicagoland Speedway as he led a race high 150 of 200 laps in the dominating win. The victory was Custer’s fourth of the season and sixth of his NXS career with him becoming the first Ford driver to win this race at Chicagoland since Joey Logano’s victory in 2013. Coincidentally enough, Logano started on the pole for Saturday’s race and followed Custer across the finish line by 2.917-seconds in his No. 12 Ford.

This was Logano’s first start in the series this season as he led 20 laps himself in the runner-up finish.

Christopher Bell came home third in his No. 20 Toyota for his first top five in the series on the track. He finished 12th last year. It was also his third top five result in the last four starts on the season and fifth top five in the last seven races overall. In fact, in his last 11 starts on the year, Bell has seven top three finishes.

Michael Annett kept his strong season going in his No. 1 Chevrolet on Saturday in coming home fourth. It was his second top five finish of his career on the 1.5-mile track and sixth top 10 in-a-row on the season. Overall, he now has 11 top 10’s in 2019.

Brandon Jones rounded out the top five in his No. 19 Toyota for his first top five finish since Atlanta back in February. That was his second in-a-row to start the season as he came home third in the season opener at Daytona.

The race saw six cautions for 30 laps and 10 lead changed among five drivers.

“Big 3 Reigns”

The “big 3” now only are dominating victories in 2019 but they’re also leading a ton of laps. While Bell and Reddick failed to lead a lap on Saturday, Custer’s 150 laps led give the trio of drivers 1,770 on the year. That’s 64% of the overall laps led.

Kyle Busch (345) and Justin Allgaier (242) are the only other driver to have led more than 90 laps in 2019.

64-percent of the laps led and 73-percent of the wins in 2019 for them. That’s dominance.

Battle For 4th Best

We know the “Big 3” are strong, but who would be the fourth driver in Homestead? Annett, looks the part but there are some other strong ones. Austin Cindric finished sixth on Saturday for his 12th top 10 result of 2019 and eighth in his last nine starts on the season. If you go back to the last 12 races run, Cindric’s worst finish is 11th.

Noah Gragson has also been coming along. He has five straight top seven finishes in his No. 9 Chevrolet including a seventh place run on Saturday.

Justin Allgaier had a horrible day with a 33rd place result. It was his worst finish since Talladega (28th) though as he had four top five finishes in the five starts prior to Chicago.

Camping World 300 Results

  1. 00 Custer

  2. 12 Logaon

  3. 20 Bell

  4.  1 Annett

  5. 19 Jones

  6. 22 Cindric

  7.  9 Gragson R

  8. 11 Haley

  9. 10 Chastain

  10.  2 Reddick

  11. 18 Herbst

  12. 23 Nemechek

  13. 39 Sieg

  14. 51 Clements

  15. 08 Gaulding

  16. 98 Briscoe R -1

  17. 81 Earnhardt -1

  18.  8 Smith -1

  19. 28 Lee -1

  20.  4 Cassill -1

  21. 07 Black Jr. -1

  22. 01 Leicht -1

  23. 86 Brown R -2

  24. 15 McLeod -4

  25. 42 Finchum, -5

  26. 0 Smithley -5

  27. 36 Williams -5

  28.  5 Mills -5

  29. 99 Martins -6

  30. 78 Miller -6

  31. 90 Bassett Jr. -7

  32. 74 Murphy -8

  33.  7 Allgaier OUT

  34. 35 Gase OUT

  35. 66 Hill OUT

  36. 17 Bilicki OUT

  37. 52 Starr OUT

  38. 38 Green OUT

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