Justin Allgaier Wins at Phoenix Raceway, JRM Finishes Inside Top 10

JR Motorsports | 3/18/2017

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Justin Allgaier and the No. 7 BRANDT team took the victory in Saturday's DC Solar 200 at Phoenix Raceway, and claimed an additional $100,000 payday as part of Xfinity's Dash 4 Cash program.

Race 4 of 33: DC Solar 200 at Phoenix International Raceway
Track Specs: 1-mile oval / 200 laps
Weather:  Sunny; 96 degrees
Race Winner: Justin Allgaier

Allgaier’s Finish: 1st

Byron’s Finish: 4th

Sadler’s finish: 5th

Annett’s Finish: 9th

Justin Allgaier

Justin Allgaier and the BRANDT Professional Agriculture team had two reasons to celebrate on Saturday afternoon after winning the DC Solar 200 and claiming the first $100,000 Dash 4 Cash prize of the season. Allgaier led 85 of 200 laps on his way to earning his fourth-career NASCAR Xfinity Series victory and the first NXS win at Phoenix International Raceway for JR Motorsports. The victory earned Allgaier five NXS playoff points and moved him up to fourth in the championship standings, just 29 points behind the leader.

Starting fifth in the 200-mile race, Allgaier advanced to second by lap 2. When the first caution waved on lap 13, the 30-year-old relayed to the team that he was really good to start and was beginning to get a touch tight in the center. The team stayed out and on the lap-19 restart, Allgaier was able to stay with leader Erik Jones, surpassing him on lap 20. The two continued to battle, but Allgaier was able to maintain the lead until Jones got by on lap 29.

Back in second, Allgaier relayed that the BRANDT Chevy was getting tighter as he ran. The Illinois native fought as hard as he could, but faded back to sixth by time the caution fell for the end of Stage One at the completion of lap 60. The team opted to pit for four tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment to loosen up the No. 7 Camaro. Starting Stage Two in fourth on lap 71, Allgaier jumped to second by the end of the first lap back under green and retook the lead on lap 82. With 15 laps remaining in the stage, the JRM driver came over the radio to say he was starting to tighten up again. Second-place Ryan Blaney was starting to gain momentum and made the pass on Allgaier with 11 laps remaining to win the second stage. Allgaier’s second-place stage finish qualified him for a spot in the Xfinity Dash 4 Cash leading into the final portion of the race.

Under the caution, the team gave the BRANDT Chevy four tires, fuel and an additional wedge adjustment. Allgaier started the final stage in fourth on lap 130 and quickly worked his way to second before another caution fell on lap 134. On the lap-138 restart, Allgaier took the green on the bottom and worked his way by Austin Dillon to retake the top spot with 62 laps to go in the race. When another caution came out on lap 156, the team made their final pit stop of the race, taking four tires when some opted to take two. The option put Allgaier in seventh for the restart with 37 to go, but it proved to be the right call as he was able to retake command of the race with 35 laps remaining.

On lap 168, another yellow waved for a spin and on the restart with 28 to go, second-place Jones got the jump, taking over the lead. Allgaier was able to work his way back by with 19 laps to go and ultimately held off his competitors over two more restarts to claim his fourth-career NXS victory in 211 starts and JRM’s 32nd NXS win.

Allgaier beat Blaney to the line to earn his first victory with JRM. Jones finished third with Allgaier’s teammates William Byron and Elliott Sadler rounding out the top five. The day ended with all four of JRM’s entries finishing inside the top 10. Allgaier’s Xfinity Dash 4 Cash bonus was his second with JRM.                                                                                                                                                  

Justin Allgaier, driver No. 7 BRANDT Professional Agriculture team

“Last year was tough. We had really good runs all year but we weren't able to get to Victory Lane, but these guys fought hard. This was the same group of guys we had last year, and to be able to do it here in Phoenix and win the first Xfinity Dash 4 Cash race. A huge thank you to them for what they do for our sport. I have to thank all of our partners here at JR Motorsports. Rick Brandt has been wanting us to get a win and we’ve be trying. A huge thank you to everybody back at the shop. This is a team effort. We had four really good JR Motorsports hot rods out there. How cool is it to get a Camaro to Victory Lane here at Phoenix?”

William Byron

William Byron and the No. 9 Axalta/Ameristar Chevrolet brought home a fourth-place finish at Phoenix International Raceway Saturday afternoon and was one of four NASCAR Xfinity Series regulars that qualified for the Dash 4 Cash. Byron gained 43 points in today’s race and is now second in the NXS championship standings, 11 markers behind teammate Elliott Sadler.

Byron qualified on the pole for the 200-mile event and the team knew that they had a fast Chevrolet for today’s race. Ten laps into the first run, Byron was scored in the third position. The first caution of the day was shown on lap 13 and Byron reported that his Chevrolet was free on the start, but started coming to him as the run went on. The Axalta/Ameristar Chevrolet restarted third after electing not to pit.

On lap 25, Byron was scored in the fourth position. He radioed to the team shortly after lap 40 and reported that his Chevrolet was on the tight side. The 19-year-old advanced one position to end Stage One in the third position, qualifying for the Dash 4 Cash. At the conclusion of Stage One, Byron reported that his Axalta/Ameristar Chevrolet started off free, then became tight during the middle of the run and ended the run good. The No. 9 Axalta/Ameristar Chevrolet visited pit road under caution for four tires, fuel and a track-bar adjustment, restarting sixth.

When the third caution of the day was shown on lap 86, Byron came over the radio and told the team that the racing surface had less grip and said that he couldn’t fire off that run. The team elected to stay out to maintain their track position. The No. 9 machine restarted fifth and with less than 20 laps to go in Stage Two, the Axalta/Ameristar Chevrolet made contact with the wall in Turn 4. Byron reported that he needed his Chevrolet to be more free after hitting the wall. At the conclusion of Stage Two, Byron brought his Chevrolet to pit road for four tires, fuel, a wedge and track-bar adjustment to help free up the car.

Under caution on lap 157, the No. 9 Axalta/Ameristar team called Byron to pit road for four tires and fuel. The team had issues on pit road, which forced the team to restart from the 14th position. Following the stop, Byron reported that his car was much better and told the team that four tires was the way to go. Within 25 laps, the Axalta/Ameristar machine had advanced eight positions and was scored in the sixth position.

Byron would knock off two more positions before the checkered flag to bring home a fourth-place finish in the DC Solar 200. This fourth-place finish would help advance Byron to second in the NXS championship standings.

Teammate Justin Allgaier brought home the win, followed by Ryan Blaney, Erik Jones, Byron and Sadler.

William Byron, driver No. 9 Axalta/Ameristar Chevrolet team

“We had a great Axalta/Ameristar Chevrolet this weekend. Early into the race, I got loose and smacked the wall. That took a lot of grip out of our Chevrolet, but my team made all of the right adjustments on pit road and got it back where we needed it to be. We qualified for Dash 4 Cash in Stage One, which was great and Justin (Allgaier) brought home the check. I can’t thank JR Motorsports enough for giving us fast cars each and every week. All in all, it was a great weekend.”

Elliott Sadler

Elliott Sadler and the OneMain Financial team took the checkered flag in fifth place Saturday afternoon in the DC Solar 200. After claiming a top-five and top-four finish in Stages One and Two, respectively, Sadler continues to build on his NASCAR Xfinity Series points standings lead following the fourth race of the season at Phoenix International Raceway.

After starting sixth at the one-mile low-banked oval, Sadler quickly began his battle for a top-five running position. By lap 7, the OneMain Financial Chevrolet completed the pass to claim fifth and began to race steady. Under the first caution of the day, Sadler relayed to the No. 1 team that the handling on their Camaro was “good on entry, but tight on the throttle.” As the field raced through the long green-flag run, the veteran driver found speed and made his way back into fifth place after falling to eighth. The strong drive allowed Sadler and the OneMain Financial team to finish Stage One in the fifth-place running position and also claim one of four spots in the Xfinity Dash 4 Cash.

Stage Two brought a similar fight for Sadler and his JR Motorsports teammates. On lap 85, the OneMain Financial driver reported the Chevrolet remained tight in the center, but the changes being made were moving the tight-handling in the right direction.  The Emporia, Va., native, battled for third place throughout the final few laps of the stage, but ultimately took the Stage Two ending caution in fourth place.

The final stage brought a different challenge for Sadler as he was plagued with a loose-handling condition after the wedge adjustment made under caution. After slipping back into ninth place, the OneMain Financial team elected to stay out under the following two cautions to help gain and hold their track position near the top five. A strong drive to the finish line gave Sadler and the OneMain Financial team their second top-five finish of the season and a third-place finish in the Xfinity Dash 4 Cash.

JRM teammate Justin Allgaier won the 200-mile event, followed by Ryan Blaney, Erik Jones, teammate William Byron and Sadler to round out the top five.

Elliott Sadler, driver No. 1 OneMain Financial team

“Did you know you can get loans in the same day when you go into a OneMain Financial? That’s how fast they are and that’s how fast JR Motorsports was today. It was fun battling with William (Byron, teammate) and Bubba (Wallace) all day. Three JRM cars in the top five—we’ll take that and move on from here. I’m proud of our OneMain Financial team. The way we ran here last year and to come back and run in the top five all day—I’m proud of Kevin (Meendering, crew chief) and the guys. Congratulations to Justin Allgaier on winning the race today and bringing home the money. ”

Michael Annett

Michael Annett, driver of the No. 5 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet, finished ninth in Saturday’s DC Solar 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Phoenix International Raceway. Through determination and a no-quit spirit the Pilot Flying J Chevrolet team not only cracked the top 10 in the point standings, but landed their first top-10 finish of 2017.

The No. 5 Camaro rolled off the starting grid from the 12th position at Phoenix and immediately started to battle a tight condition. The tight-handling car only got tighter and forced Annett to have to adjust his driving in order to keep the car under control. Annett moved from 12th to 19th by the end of the Stage One. “No stopping power into the corner,” was the call that came from Annett as he brought the Pilot Flying J Camaro to pit road for four tires, fuel, and a track bar adjustment.

Stage Two saw the 30-year-old restarting from the 15th position and advancing to the 14th position by lap 76. The yellow flag flew at lap 86 and the No. 5 Chevrolet opted to stay out even though the tight condition remained. Gaining three positions as other cars pitted, Annett restarted the race 12th and only surrendered two positions to 14th as Stage Two concluded.

The Iowa native brought the No. 5 Camaro to pit road for fuel, tires, air pressure and a wedge adjustment in order to help the car free up. Annett restarted the final stage from the 14th position and quickly advanced to 12th by lap 132. With 50 laps remaining in Phoenix, it came down to crunch time. A caution at lap 157 gave the No. 5 team the opportunity to pit for tires, fuel, and more wedge. This proved to be the adjustments that Annett needed as he restarted 13th and moved up to 11th. The final caution of the day at lap 191 happened in front of the No. 5 Camaro and Annett was able to avoid it and move up to eighth, before the red flag was displayed. After the red flag was lifted, Annett restarted in eighth and ultimately crossed under the checkered flag in ninth. This finish spring boarded the No. 5 Pilot Flying J Camaro back to the top 10 in the Xfinity Series point standings.

JRM teammate Justin Allgaier left with the trophy in Phoenix. He was followed by Ryan Blaney, Erik Jones, William Byron, and Elliott Sadler rounding out the top five.

Michael Annett, driver No. 5 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet

“It feels great to finish in the top 10. Early in the race we were a little tight, but our Pilot Flying J team did an amazing job on pit road helping to free up the car and improve lap by lap. This is the momentum our team needed as we head into California. I am proud of our guys and the effort they put in today and look forward to getting back to the track next week.” 

 

 

No. 7 BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet Camaro

Justin Allgaier

Start

5th

Finish

1st

Laps Completed (Led)

200 of 200 (0)

Points (Bonus)

54 (5)

Point Standings (from leader)

4th (-29)

Status

Running

 

 

 

No. 9 Axalta/Ameristar Chevrolet Camaro

William Byron

Start

1st

Finish

4th

Laps Completed (Led)

200 of 200 (0)

Points (Bonus)

43 (0)

Point Standings (from leader)

2nd (-11)

Status

Running

 

 

No. 1 OneMain Financial
Chevrolet Camaro
Elliott Sadler

Start

6th

Finish

5th

Laps Completed (Led)

200 of 200 (0)

Points (Bonus)

45 (0)

Points Standings (from leader)

1st (+11)

Status

Running

 

 

No. 5 Pilot Flying J

Chevrolet Camaro

Michael Annett

Start

12th

Finish

9th

Laps Completed (Led)

200 of 200 (0)

Points (Bonus)

28 (0)

Standings

9th (-55)

Status

Running

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XFINITY Series Standings

After AMERICAN ETHANOL E15 250 PRESENTED BY ENOGEN

Iowa Speedway | 6/24/2017
RankDriverPointsBehind
1Elliott Sadler5020
2Justin Allgaier477-25
3William Byron #445-57
4Daniel Hemric #356-146
5Ryan Reed347-155
6Brennan Poole336-166
7Cole Custer #322-180
8Darrell Wallace Jr.321-181
10Michael Annett304-198