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LAS VEGAS (AP) Ross Chastain opened this week preparing for the start of the Xfinity Series playoffs and celebrating his promotion to the Cup Series. He is one of the lucky title contenders – he knows where he will be driving next season.
The Xfinity Series prides itself as the “Names Are Made Here” division of NASCAR and it fits this class well. Regular-season champion Austin Cindric wants a Cup Series ride, Chase Briscoe has made earning a promotion a priority this season, Justin Haley is being eyed for a seat at the top level and Chip Ganassi Racing just gave Chastain a Cup job for 2021.
The 12 drivers are all vying to become the first new Xfinity Series champion in two years – Tyler Reddick moved to Cup this season after back-to-back titles – at the same time many are also navigating a crowded job market.