Cole Custer, Corey Lagoe and Harrison Burton start the second half of the regular season with very few NASCAR Cup Series The drivers are behind them in the rankings and many of the stars of the Xfinity series are looking to rise to the next level.
While it’s not necessarily a career-killing combo, it’s a wake-up call on the eve of Coca-Cola 600. All three need to step up or face the prospect of losing their ride in the top NASCAR series.
Stewart-Haas Racing already has a Cole Custer alternative available
Cole Custer He was 15 years old while winning NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races in 2013, and won the Camping World Truck Series a year later. After three years of spice in Xfinity cars, Stewart-Haas Racing brought him to the Trophy series.
It only took Custer 17 races to find Victory Lane in the first series, but he’s been zero for 68 since then. What’s more, there were only two Top 10 Finals last season and none yet in 2022. While one could argue that the entire SHR Cup Series program was derailed, Custer was sitting below the racing version From Mendoza line For too long, winning the Xfinity Series race in Fontana doesn’t make a difference.
There is no indication of that Ryan Press He got his first crack at returning to the cup series full-time in 2023, but SHR has him waiting in the wings and won’t have to plunge into the Xfinity ranks of the likes of Josh Perry, Noah Gragson or even veteran AJ Allmendinger.
Custer’s probability of getting himself out of 27The tenth put on Points List far. At 24 years old, however, he is young enough to return to the Trophy series after returning to the Xfinity series to rebuild his self-confidence.
Harrison Burtons rookie season It was awful
One of the truisms of almost any profession is that it is usually not a good idea to be the person to replace them the guy. Austin Sendrick reduced that to nonsense by winning the Daytona 500 on his debut in the points race as a replacement for Brad Kiselowski.
However, Cindric wasn’t supposed to be in the picture. Penske’s team had intended to prepare him for 2023 by spending the season with the Wood Brothers. When Keselowski left for Roush Fenway, Cindric landed at Penske, and the Wood Brothers issued the call for Harrison Burton, exiting Xfinity’s unbeaten season.
Burton is 21 and drives a one-car team whose best years are a distant memory, so he’ll get another chance sooner rather than later. But his performance so far doesn’t justify staying in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2023. Introducing the next generation car may have been a factor, but Matt DiBendetto was significantly more competitive in the #21 Ford a year ago.
Burton’s best show was 14The tenth in Darlington, and there were too many of the 24 . finishesThe tenth or worse. He matches fellow rookie Todd Gilliland Burton on points despite poor equipment and support.
Cory Lagoi is a veteran warrior in trouble
The prospect matters, at least when it comes to sponsorship money. But that’s honestly about all he might be working on Corey Lagoy Fit as we look toward 2023. While Cole Caster and Harrison Burton are relatively young, Lajoie is 30 years old and not winning the 177th NASCAR Cup Series. Fifth place in Atlanta this season represented his best result ever, and LaJoie has only achieved five of the top 10 results of his career.
7 on the Spire Motorsports Chevy isn’t exactly the trophy series driver’s dream ride, but LaJoie is 30 years oldThe tenth in points. Any of the six Xfinity Series stars would deserve a chance to beat that, as would Ryan Preece if he didn’t go along with the plans at Stewart-Haas Racing.
All stats courtesy of Racing reference.