Cole Custer regained the lead after the final restart with two laps to go Saturday, pushing past rookie driver Tyler Reddick to win the NASCAR Xfinity race at Texas and locking in a chance to race for the series championship.

It was the first win of the season for the 20-year-old Custer, who maintained control after he and Reddick made hard contact while racing to the checkered flag.

The field crosses the starting line for the NASCAR Xfinity Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Fort Worth, Texas.
The field crosses the starting line for the NASCAR Xfinity Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Fort Worth, Texas.

Reddick did take over the series points lead from retiring driver Elliott Sadler, who finished eighth and dropped to second in points.

Ryan Truex (20) and Ryan Sieg (39) spin in turn 2 during the NASCAR Xfinity Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Larry Papke)
Ryan Truex (20) and Ryan Sieg (39) spin in turn 2 during the NASCAR Xfinity Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Larry Papke)

There are three championship-contending spots for Homestead that will be decided next week at Phoenix.

The restart came after the 13th caution, the most ever in an Xfinity race at Texas. The final charge to the finish left Custer with a winning margin of .162 of a second, the third-closest at the 1 1/2-mile track.

Tightly bunched for a restart, the field for the NASCAR Xfinity Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 approaches the start-finish line at Texas Motor Speedway, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Larry Papke)
Tightly bunched for a restart, the field for the NASCAR Xfinity Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 approaches the start-finish line at Texas Motor Speedway, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Larry Papke)

Custer led four times for 16 laps. Reddick led a four times for 54 laps.

Carl Long (66) drives through the front stretch grass after losing control in turn 4 early in the NASCAR Xfinity Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Fort Worth, Texas.
Carl Long (66) drives through the front stretch grass after losing control in turn 4 early in the NASCAR Xfinity Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Fort Worth, Texas.

Austin Cindric, another playoff contender, finished third.

Carl Long (66) spins at the exit of turn 4 early in the NASCAR Xfinity Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Randy Holt)
Carl Long (66) spins at the exit of turn 4 early in the NASCAR Xfinity Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Randy Holt)

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Source: The Associated Press

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