Cole Custer won his 1st NASCAR XFINITY Series race & William Byron won the Championship

Credit: 352936(Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images) Cole Custer, driver of the #00 Haas Automation Ford, crosses the finish line to win the NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 18, 2017 in Homestead, Florida.

Starting from 2nd Place Car 00 Cole Custer Haas Automation Ford won the 23rd Annual Ford EcoBoost 300, his 1st win in 38 NASCAR XFINITY Series races. This is his 1st win & 19th Top 10 finish in 2017. This is his 1st win & 1st Top 10 finish in 2 races at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Cole Custer was the highest finishing rookie. 2nd Place Car 22 Sam Hornish Jr. REV/Fleetwood Ford, started from 8th place posted his 4th Top 10 finish in 7 races at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It is his 3rd Top 10 finish in 2017. 3rd Place Car 9 William Byron Liberty University Chevrolet, started from 6th place posted his 1st Top 10 finish in his 1st start at Homestead-Miami Speedway. William Byron is the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series champion & is the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year.

Credit: 352933 (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images) Cole Custer, driver of the #00 Haas Automation Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 18, 2017 in Homestead, Florida.

4th Place Car 42 Tyler Reddick BBR/Granger Smith Chevrolet, started from pole followed by 5th place Car 18 Ryan Preece Safelite AutoGlass Toyota, started from 5th place. 6th Place Car 48 Brennan Poole DC Solar Chevrolet, started from 7th place followed by 7th place Car 19 Matt Tifft Dollar Shave Club #DSC500 Toyota, started from 10th place. 8th Place Car 1 Elliott Sadler OneMain Financial
Chevrolet, started from 14th place followed by 9th place Car 5 Michael Annett Pilot Flying J Chevrolet, started from 18th place. Lastly in the Top 10 was Car 60 Ty Majeski Ford EcoBoost Ford, in 10th place, started from 9th place. Chevrolet is the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series manufacturer’s champion. The 2017 season has seen 18 different winners tying the series record set back in 1988.

Credit: 352925(Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images) Tyler Reddick, driver of the #42 BBR/Granger Smith Chevrolet, leads the field past the green flag to start the NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 18, 2017 in Homestead, Florida.

The race had 3 Cautions for 14 Laps: 1st Caution on lap 20 for Car 14 JJ Yeley TriStar Motorsports Toyota Incident Turn 2. 2nd Caution on lap 47 for Stage 1 Conclusion. 3rd Caution on lap 92 for Stage 2 Conclusion.

Credit: 352926(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) William Byron, driver of the #9 Liberty University Chevrolet, Elliott Sadler, driver of the #1 OneMain Financial Chevrolet, Justin Allgaier, driver of the #7 BRANDT/TradeMark Nitrogen Chevrolet, and Daniel Hemric, driver of the #21 Poppy Bank Chevrolet, lead the field during pace laps prior to the NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 18, 2017 in Homestead, Florida.

The race had 5 Lead Changes among 2 drivers: Lap Leaders: T. Reddick 1-2; C. Custer # 3-23; T. Reddick 24-26; C. Custer # 27-48; T. Reddick 49-61; C. Custer # 62-200. Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): C. Custer # 3 times for 182 laps; T. Reddick 3 times for 18 laps.

Credit: 352927(Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images) Daniel Hemric, driver of the #21 Poppy Bank Chevrolet, leads Elliott Sadler, driver of the #1 OneMain Financial Chevrolet, during the NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 18, 2017 in Homestead, Florida.

Stages:
Stage #1 Top Ten: 00,42,23,3,18,60,21,1,14,01
Stage #2 Top Ten: 00,22,42,18,9,1,48,60,7,24

Credit: 352931(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) William Byron, driver of the #9 Liberty University Chevrolet, and Rick Hendrick celebrate with the trophy in Victory Lane after placing third and winning the NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship during the NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 18, 2017 in Homestead, Florida.

Cole Custer won the race with a Margin of Victory: 15.405 Seconds. Cole Custer said. “We knew we were going be really good this weekend, but our Haas Automation Mustang was unreal. We really wanted to have a good showing at Ford Championship Weekend. Even though we weren’t in it we wanted to win.”

William Byron said. “I don’t know that I took a breath the last 20 laps. That was incredible. I just have to thank this team. This is awesome. Elliott raced me clean, and we just raced hard for it. I just can’t believe this. I’ve just got to thank God for giving me this platform to perform. I can’t believe this. I’m tired, whew. I’ve never driven that hard in my life.”

Car 1 Elliott Sadler OneMain Financial Chevrolet was angry with Car 18 Ryan Preece Safelite AutoGlass Toyota for costing him the Championship.

Credit: 352935(Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images) William Byron, driver of the #9 Liberty University Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after placing third and winning the NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship during the NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 18, 2017 in Homestead, Florida.

NASCAR Statement:

William Byron Wins 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship
Byron Also Takes Sunoco Rookie of the Year;
No. 22 Team Penske Ford Captures Owners Title;
Chevrolet Wins Bill France Performance Cup as Top Manufacturer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 18, 2017) – William Byron’s meteoric NASCAR rise continued Saturday, as the 19-year-old added two more superlatives to an already lengthy list – 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series Champion and 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year. Byron is only the second driver to win the XFINITY Series championship in his rookie season (Chase Elliott, 2014).

Following an extraordinary rookie campaign, the NASCAR Next graduate, who finished third, outlasted his Championship 4 competitors Elliott Sadler (eighth), Justin Allgaier (12th) and Daniel Hemric (34th) in the Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway to capture his second NASCAR title. He also won the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship in 2015. With the 2017 championship, Byron –at 19 years, 11 months and 20 days – is the second-youngest champion in series history (Elliott was 18 years, 11 months, 18 days).

This season, Byron drove the No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet to four wins, 12 top fives and 22 top 10s. His victories came at Iowa, Daytona, Indianapolis and Phoenix, which helped propel him to a lofty position in the standings – from race No. 2-33, he never dropped lower than fifth in the standings.

Byron’s ascent to the top level of the sport will continue in 2018, as Hendrick Motorsports announced that he will drive the iconic No. 24 Chevrolet in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Byron is the fourth member of the NASCAR Next program to win a NASCAR national series championship (Chase Elliott, NASCAR XFINITY Series, 2014; Erik Jones, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, 2015; Daniel Suarez, NASCAR XFINITY Series, 2016).

With its second-place finish, the No. 22 Ford won the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series Owner Championship for Team Penske, the organization’s fourth XFINITY Series owner title. This season, the No. 22 was piloted by Ryan Blaney (11 races), Brad Keselowski (nine), Joey Logano (seven), Sam Hornish Jr. (five) and Austin Cindric (one race).

Chevrolet, on the strength of 12 victories, clinched the Bill France Performance Cup – the manufacturers’ championship – in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Because Chevrolet owned a more than 40-point lead in the standings following Phoenix, the automaker clinched the title one race early. It is Chevrolet’s 18th Bill France Performance Cup win.

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race Number 33
Unofficial Race Results for the 23Rd Annual Ford Ecoboost 300 – Saturday, November 18, 2017
Homestead-Miami Speedway – Homestead, FL – 1.5 Mile Paved Total Race Length – 200 Laps – 300 Miles

Finish Start Car Driver Team Laps Status
1. 2. Car 00 Cole Custer # Haas Automation Ford 200 Running
2. 8. Car 22 Sam Hornish Jr. REV/Fleetwood Ford 200 Running
3. 6. Car 9 William Byron # (P) Liberty University Chevrolet 200 Running
4. 1. Car 42 Tyler Reddick BBR/Granger Smith Chevrolet 200 Running
5. 5. Car 18 Ryan Preece Safelite AutoGlass Toyota 200 Running
6. 7. Car 48 Brennan Poole DC Solar Chevrolet 200 Running
7. 10. Car 19 Matt Tifft # Dollar Shave Club #DSC500 Toyota 200 Running
8. 14. Car 1 Elliott Sadler (P) OneMain Financial Chevrolet 200 Running
9. 18. Car 5 Michael Annett Pilot Flying J Chevrolet 199 Running
10. 9. Car 60 Ty Majeski Ford EcoBoost Ford 199 Running
11. 12. Car 98 Casey Mears GEICO Military Ford 199 Running
12. 16. Car 7 Justin Allgaier (P) BRANDT/TradeMark Nitrogen Chevrolet 199 Running
13. 23. Car 62 Brendan Gaughan South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet 199 Running
14. 20. Car 33 Brandon Jones Jeld Wen/Menards Chevrolet 199 Running
15. 17. Car 24 Corey LaJoie youtheory Toyota 199 Running
16. 11. Car 11 Blake Koch LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet 199 Running
17. 19. Car 4 Ross Chastain Florida Watermelon Association Chevrolet 198 Running
18. 25. Car 2 Ben Kennedy # Rheem/Emerson Chevrolet 198 Running
19. 28. Car 23 Spencer Gallagher # Allegiant Airlines Chevrolet 198 Running
20. 15. Car 16 Ryan Reed Lilly Diabetes Ford 198 Running
21. 13. Car 3 Scott Lagasse Jr. Fight Colorectal Cancer/Screen Your Machine Chevrolet 198 Running
22. 21. Car 14 JJ Yeley TriStar Motorsports Toyota 198 Running
23. 29. Car 51 Jeremy Clements RepairableVehicles.com Chevrolet 197 Running
24. 26. Car 0 Garrett Smithley KSDT & Company Chevrolet 196 Running
25. 27. Car 07 Ray Black II ScubaLife.com Chevrolet 196 Running
26. 24. Car 93 Ryan Sieg Code Rum Chevrolet 196 Running
27. 22. Car 01 Joe Nemechek(i) Fleetwing Chevrolet 196 Running
28. 33. Car 90 Josh Williams Starbrite Startron Chevrolet 196 Running
29. 32. Car 52 Joey Gase Donate Life/Premier Millwright Chevrolet 195 Running
30. 36. Car 40 Chad Finchum Buddy Gregg RV’s & Motorhomes Toyota 194 Running
31. 30. Car 8 Caesar Bacarella Alpha Prime Apparel Chevrolet 193 Running
32. 38. Car 99 David Starr Mahindra Tractors Chevrolet 192 Running
33. 35. Car 78 BJ McLeod Main Gate Enterprises/Tattered Flag Project Chevrolet 191 Running
34. 4. Car 21 Daniel Hemric # (P) Poppy Bank Chevrolet 187 Running
35. 37. Car 39 Stephen Leicht RSS Racing Chevrolet 102 Brakes
36. 3. Car 20 Christopher Bell(i) GameStop/PowerA Toyota 78 Engine
37. 34. Car 13 Timmy Hill OCR Gaz Bar Dodge 54 Vibration
38. 39. Car 74 John Graham Magellan Aviation Dodge 31 Parked
39. 31. Car 15 Harrison Rhodes Masters Properties/Industrial Piping Solutions Chevrolet 19 Electrical
40. 40. Car 38 Jeff Green RSS Racing Chevrolet 10 Clutch

Race Comments: Prior to the start of the race, no cars dropped to the rear of the field under penalty. Failed to Qualify: (3) 46 Quin Houff, 55 Matt Mills(i), 89 Morgan Shepherd.

Caution Flags: 3 for 14 laps. Lead Changes: 5 among 2 drivers. Time of Race: 02 Hrs, 12 Mins, 13 Secs. Average Speed: 136.140 MPH. Margin of Victory: 15.405 Seconds.

Coors Light Pole Award: Tyler Reddick, #42 165.624 mph. Duralast Brakes “Brake In The Race” Award: Cole Custer, #00. Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race: Roush-Yates Engines, #00. Mobil 1 Driver of the Race: Cole Custer, #00. Sunoco Rookie of the Race: Cole Custer, #00.

(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

Next Race:Feb. 17, 2018 – Daytona International Speedway

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