NASCAR Xfinity Series Youth Movement Continue Ties with Iowa Speedway
Recently, the NASCAR Xfinity Series has stood as a big stage for up-and-coming young stars in NASCAR to showcase their talents. At the same time, Iowa Speedway has produced future stars of the sport since it began hosting prominent national motorsports events in 2007.
Through the first five races, the top-10 in driver points are young individuals who have captured success at Iowa Speedway. Winning here has catapulted some of NASCAR’s youngest stars into household names, becoming “persons-of-interest” in the sport and leading the track to adopt the tagline: “Stars Are Made Here.”
Following last weekend’s race at Auto Club Speedway, the average age of the series’ top-10 drivers is a youthful 26.0. Eight of the top-10 in the NASCAR Xfinity Series championship driver standings are in their 20s; the youngest being former Iowa Speedway winner Cole Custer, at the age of 20.
The two elders of the group are Elliott Sadler, 42 and Justin Allgaier, 31. Sadler, current standings leader, is just four points ahead of his JR Motorsports teammates Tyler Reddick, who stands in second and five points ahead Justin Allgaier, in third. To put in perspective how young some of these drivers are, Sadler is twice the age of three of his top-10 competitors – Cole Custer (20), Brandon Jones (21) and Matt Tifft (21).
There’s an abundance of young talent in NASCAR today that is waiting to evolve at the next level. Bell, Custer, Jones and Reddick continue to prove why they are bona fide stars of the future. Many of the young stars are also products of the NASCAR Next program. NASCAR Next is an overarching industry initiative to help spotlight NASCAR’s rising stars and bolster fan recognition around talent that will hopefully grow into NASCAR mainstays.
Reddick, the Sunoco Rookie of the Year, took advantage of Christopher Bell’s misfortunes last week at Auto Club Speedway to open a 22-point lead in rookie points standings after Bell finished outside the top-20. Custer and Jones are former winners at Iowa Speedway while Custer is also a NASCAR Next alumnus. Erik Jones also swept the NASCAR Xfinity Series races at Texas Motor Speedway last season.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series returns to action on April 7th at Texas Motor Speedway for the My Bariatric Solutions 300.
Rank | Driver | Date of Birth | Age
1 | Elliott Sadler | 4.30.1975 | 42
2 | Tyler Reddick | 1.11.1996 | 22
3 | Justin Allgaier | 6.6.1986 | 31
4 | Christopher Bell | 12.16.1994 | 23
5 | Daniel Hemric | 1.27.1991 | 27
6 | Cole Custer | 1.23.1998 | 20
7 | Spencer Gallagher | 11.20.1989 | 28
8 | Ryan Truex | 3.18.1992 | 25
9 | Brandon Jones | 2.18.1997 | 21
10 | Matt Tifft | 6.26.1996 | 21