Byron and Sadler Lead the Way for JRM at Texas

JR Motorsports | 4/8/2017

Advance Auto Parts Axalta Elliott Sadler Justin Allgaier Michael Annett News OneMain Pilot Flying J Race Report Texas William Byron XFINITY Series

William Byron and Elliott Sadler led the way for JRM with Top-10 finishes in today's NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Race 6 of 33: My Bariatric Solutions 300 at Texas Motor Speedway
Track Specs: 1.5-mile quad-oval / 200 laps
Weather: Mostly Sunny; 82 degrees
Race Winner: Erik Jones

Byron’s Finish: 7th
Sadler’s finish: 10th
Allgaier’s finish: 13th
Annett’s Finish: 20th

William Byron

William Byron led 17 laps on his way to capturing his fifth top-10 finish of 2017 at Texas Motor Speedway Saturday afternoon. Byron crossed the line seventh in the My Bariatric Solutions 300, maintaining his second-place position in the NXS Championship Standings. The 19-year-old is now only six points behind teammate Elliott Sadler.

The No. 9 Axalta/Priefert Chevrolet started the 200-lap race from the fifth position. By lap 3, Byron had advanced two positions and was running third when the No. 21 of Daniel Hemric spun in front of the No. 9 machine, bringing out the first caution of the day on lap 13. Byron reported that his car was a tick free and the team elected to stay out on track, restarting second. On lap 23, the Charlotte-native radioed to the team that his Axalta Chevrolet was free on the initial turn in.

At the conclusion of Stage One, Byron was scored in the fourth position. He told the team that his car needed to be more secure on the initial take off. The team called Byron to pit road for right side tires, fuel and an air-pressure adjustment on lap 47. After a quick pit stop by the No. 9 crew, Byron was set to restart from the first position. After taking the green flag on lap 58, Byron quickly radioed to the team that his Chevrolet was loose on two tires. 

When the caution flag waved on lap 85, crew chief Dave Elenz made the call to stay out on track in an attempt to gain a playoff point at the conclusion of the stage. Byron held onto the lead from lap 85 to lap 92, winning Stage Two and collecting that point. Before coming to pit road, the driver reported that his machine still took off free. Byron visited pit road under the stage-ending caution for four tires, fuel and a track-bar adjustment, restarting 12th on lap 98. 

Byron quickly set his sights on the cars in front of him and by lap 140, was scored in the seventh position. The team called Byron to pit road for a green-flag stop on lap 150 for four tires, fuel and an additional adjustment to help the car’s handling. On lap 165, Byron radioed to the team that his car was free back to the initial gas on both ends of the track. The No. 9 Axalta/Priefert Chevrolet was scored in the seventh position on lap 185 and would maintain that position through the conclusion of the race.

Erik Jones crossed the finish line first and was followed by Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick, Austin Dillon and Cole Custer rounding out the top five. 

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

“It was really important for us to win a stage today and get the bonus points. We had a top-five car for sure, but we just got caught up in traffic there at the end. It is hard to pass with the one lane here on this new surface. The track widened up as the race went on and we were able to pass some guys. Overall, the race just didn’t play out like we would have liked, but we got some extra points and it was a good day overall.”

Elliott Sadler

Elliott Sadler and the OneMain Financial team earned their fifth consecutive top-10 finish in the My Bariatric Solutions 300 on Saturday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway. His second-place running position at the conclusion of Stage Two allowed Sadler to hold his NASCAR Xfinity Series point standings lead over teammate William Byron by six.

After advancing into the third and final round of qualifying in Fort Worth, Sadler rolled off the grid for the 300-mile event in 10th place. Within just 11 laps, the JR Motorsports driver was able to relay to his team that the No. 1 Chevrolet was too tight in Turns 1 and 2. The tough-handling condition held the OneMain Financial team to a 14th-place finish as no pit stops for adjustments were made until Stage One ended.

A quick stop under the stage-ending caution put the No. 1 team in eighth place for the start of Stage Two. With adjustments being made in the right direction, the Emporia, Va. native was able to race his way into the top 10. Electing to stay out under the lap-87 caution, Sadler took the final restart of the stage in third place. By gaining one position as the laps winded down, the OneMain Financial team claimed nine regular season points with their second-place finish at the end of Stage Two.

With multiple cars opting to stay out, Sadler began the final stage of the race in the 20th-place running position. The improved handling of the OneMain Chevrolet, following the changes made by the No. 1 team under caution, allowed Sadler to drive through the field within 15 laps. By lap 112 the veteran driver was back competing in the top 12. When the green-flag pit stops began shortly thereafter, the OneMain Financial team found themselves just outside of the top 10. With perseverance and the right adjustments, the team battled back for a solid 10th-place finish.

Erik Jones won the NXS event, followed by Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick, Austin Dillion and Cole Custer to round out the top five.

Elliott Sadler, driver No. 1 OneMain Financial team

“The first race after a repave is always a challenge for teams. We battled tough handling all day, but were able to fight through and finish second in Stage Two. We’ll keep battling and building off our Top 10 finishes. We’re all looking forward to an extra week to get the OneMain Financial Chevrolet ready for Bristol. We know that’s a place we can win.”

Justin Allgaier

Justin Allgaier and the Advance Auto Parts team persevered to bring home a 13th-place finish in Saturday’s My Bariatric Solutions 300 at Texas Motor Speedway, after battling an ill-handling racecar and getting caught up in a mid-race wreck. Six races into the season, Allgaier sits fifth in the NASCAR Xfinity Series point standings, just 51 points behind the leader.

Starting 20th in the 300-mile event, Allgaier slid back to 21st early in Stage One, but then started working his way up inside the top 20. During the first caution of the day on lap 13, he was running in 18th when he reported that the No. 7 Chevy was tight in the center of the turns at both ends of the track. The team opted to stay out and after the restart, Allgaier was up to 14th by lap 16. Soon after, Allgaier came over the radio to report that the tight condition was worse and he was losing grip on corner exit as he slipped back to 16th on lap 29. The 30-year-old driver remained there to finish out Stage One at the conclusion of lap 45.

Under the stage-ending caution, the team made a pit stop for four tires, fuel and a track-bar adjustment to help with handling. Allgaier started Stage Two in 17th on lap 58 and worked his way up to 11th by lap 61. Another caution came out with 28 laps to go in the stage and Allgaier stayed out to restart 10th. Just two laps back under green, the Illinois native was caught up in a multi-car wreck that caused some damage to the rear of the Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet. The team pitted for four tires, fuel, and made the necessary repairs to get Allgaier back out on track. He restarted in 21st with 19 laps to go in the stage and was back up to 12th when yet another yellow flag was shown with seven laps remaining. While several cars pitted under the caution, crew chief Jason Burdett made the call for Allgaier to stay out, putting him in fourth for the restart with three to go. Allgaier maintained position to end Stage Two in fourth place, claiming seven stage points.

During the caution for the end of the second stage, Allgaier came to pit road for four tires, fuel and a track-bar adjustment, as his Chevrolet had still been on the tight side. Restarting 14th for the final stage on lap 98, Allgaier got caught on the outside and faded back to 18th by lap 102. He radioed to the crew that he was too free at the top. Shortly after, he began climbing back through the field, making his way to 14th by lap 112. Allgaier held the position as green-flag pit stops began on lap 140. The team called Allgaier to pit road with 53 laps to go for four tires, fuel and another chassis adjustment. As stops cycled through, Allgaier found himself in 12th place, but with race leader Erik Jones closing in on him. With 40 laps remaining, the No. 7 Chevy went a lap down and Allgaier came over the radio to report that the Advance Auto Parts Chevy was still really tight. He fought hard to try to hold off the competition in the closing laps and ultimately took the checkered flag in 13th place.

Jones went on to win the NXS event and was followed by Ryan Blaney, with Kevin Harvick, Austin Dillon and Cole Custer rounding out the top five.                                                                                                                                                  

Justin Allgaier, driver No. 7 Advance Auto Parts team

“Overall it was a tough day for our Advance Auto Parts team. We just couldn’t get the handling right on our Chevrolet Camaro. These guys worked hard all day long though to try to find what we needed and made some quick repairs after we were caught up in that wreck to help us bring home a top 15. Now I’m really looking forward to heading to Bristol in a couple of weeks. That place has been good to us in the past, so hopefully we’ll be back to running up front and contending for a win.”

Michael Annett

Michael Annett, driver of the No. 5 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet, finished 20th in Saturday’s My Bariatric Solutions 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. Hard-nose racing and sheer endurance kept the Iowa native motivated while turning laps around the reconfigured and repaved TMS.

Annett took the green flag in the 34th position after a qualifying session that did not go according to plan. It did not take long for the No. 5 Chevrolet to start advancing through the field as he was scored in 29th by lap 10. The first caution of the day came out on lap 13, but the call from the box was to stay out and maintain track position. Restarting 27th, Annett came across the radio reporting that his Pilot Flying J Chevrolet was tight through Turns 1 and 2. By the end of Stage One, Annett picked off another position to finish the stage in 26th, only one lap down.

Stage Two saw a ton of action with multiple cautions and aggressive racing. Lap 63 brought out a caution and the No. 5 was in the lucky dog position, gaining his lap back. Jason Stockert (crew chief) opted to keep the Pilot Flying J Chevrolet off pit road and save his allotment of tires for later on in the race. Lap 67 brought out the biggest multi-car caution of the day when the No. 6 of Bubba Wallace got turned around on the backstretch. Annett managed to slide through most of wreckage, but did obtain minor damage to the nose of his No. 5 Camaro. While pitting for four tires and fuel, the team determined that the nose was dented in, but there was no hole. Running in the 19th position when the caution flag flew at lap 87, the Pilot Flying J team opted to stay out and gain track position while most of the field pitted. Restarting ninth, Annett only surrendered five positions to finish Stage Two in 14th.

The third and final stage saw the No. 5 Camaro take the green flag from the 18th position. While Stage Two was filled with cautions, the Final Stage was caution free with one long green-flag run. Due to the damage on the nose of the Pilot Flying J Chevrolet, Annett felt like the car was too tight and moving up the turns too much. Despite a tremendous effort by the Pilot Flying J team, Annett crossed the finish line in 20th position. This finish moved Annett back one position in the Xfinity Series points to ninth.

Erik Jones dominated the field today at Texas and took home the trophy. Rounding out the top five, in order, were Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick, Austin Dillon, and Cole Custer.

Michael Annett, driver No. 5 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet

“Our Pilot Flying J team did a great job today at Texas. Handling was an issue for us for the majority of weekend and had we not gotten the damage on the nose, I believe we would have finished better than we did. Overall, I am happy with the hard work and sweat our No. 5 team showed this weekend and we’ll take what we learned and move on to Bristol.”

 

No. 9 Axalta/Priefert Chevrolet Camaro

William Byron

Start

5th

Finish

7th

Laps Completed (Led)

200 of 200 (17)

Points (Bonus)

47 (1)

Point Standings (from leader)

2nd (-6)

Status

Running

 

 

 

No. 1 OneMain Financial
Chevrolet Camaro
Elliott Sadler

Start

10th

Finish

10th

Laps Completed (Led)

199 of 200 (0)

Points (Bonus)

36 (0)

Points Standings (from leader)

1st (+6)

Status

Running

 

 

No. 7 Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro

Justin Allgaier

Start

20th

Finish

13th

Laps Completed (Led)

199 of 200 (0)

Points (Bonus)

31 (0)

Point Standings (from leader)

5th (-51)

Status

Running

 

 

No. 5 Pilot Flying J

Chevrolet Camaro

Michael Annett

Start

34th

Finish

20th

Laps Completed (Led)

197 of 200 (0)

Points (Bonus)

17 (0)

Standings

9th  (-95)

Status

Running

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XFINITY Series Schedule

  • August 18 07:30 PM ET
    Food City 300Bristol Motor Speedway
  • August 27 03:00 PM ET
    Road America 180 Fired up by JohnsonvilleRoad America
  • September 2 03:30 PM ET
    VFW Sport Clips Haircuts 200Darlington Raceway
  • September 8 07:30 PM ET
    Virginia 529 College Savings 200Richmond International Raceway
  • September 16 03:30 PM ET
    Chicagoland 300Chicagoland Speedway

XFINITY Series Standings

After Mid-Ohio Challenge

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course | 8/12/2017
RankDriverPointsBehind
1Elliott Sadler7630
2William Byron #682-81
3Justin Allgaier621-142
4Brennan Poole581-182
5Daniel Hemric #567-196
6Cole Custer #505-258
7Matt Tifft #494-269
8Ryan Reed457-306
12Michael Annett410-353