Preview: Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300

JR Motorsports | 4/19/2017

Armour Bristol Cessna Dash4Cash Elliott Sadler Justin Allgaier Liberty University Michael Annett News Pilot Flying J Race Preview William Byron XFINITY Series

The NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend for the second Dash 4 Cash race of 2017.

TRACK: Bristol Motor Speedway
RACE: Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 (300 laps / 159.9 miles)
DATE: Saturday, April 22, 2017 
TV: 1 p.m. ET on FS1
Radio: 12:30 p.m. ET on PRN and Sirius XM Ch. 90

Quotes

Elliott Sadler: “Bristol Motor Speedway is my favorite track. It’s such an amazing facility and a unique experience for fans. The track offers drivers a lot of options as far as being able to run the low, middle or high groove. Our team knows this is a track we have a good chance at getting our Armour Vienna Sausage 150 Years Chevrolet to Victory Lane. With the Dash 4 Cash, it makes it that much more exciting.” 

Michael Annett: “I have always enjoyed racing at Bristol Motor Speedway, it is just a fun place to race. High banking, two and three-wide racing, and surrounded by fans is what we as drivers love. Our Pilot Flying J team have made some great strides here in the last couple of weeks and we are going to continue to improve as we head to northeast Tennessee for a race I always have circled on my schedule.”

Justin Allgaier: “Bristol has just been one of those places where the very first time I turned laps around the race track I felt comfortable. Last year we he had great finishes, so I’m ready to head back there and hopefully pick back up where we left off with our Cheney Brothers Chevrolet. Plus it’s a Dash 4 Cash race. How great would it be to get another $100,000 for JR Motorsports? We’ve won one already this year, so I’d like nothing more than to go out there and grab another one for this team.”

William Byron: “I’m really looking forward to heading to Bristol. It’s good for us to get back on a short track and I’ve been there before, so I’m just excited to get there and see what we can do with our Liberty University Chevrolet. Hopefully we’ll have a good result.” 

Notes

  • For a fifth consecutive week, Elliott Sadler leads NASCAR Xfinity Series point standings.
  • Bristol Motor Speedway is one of two tracks (also Talladega) in which Sadler has multiple wins. He visited Victory Lane at BMS in 1998 and 2012.
  • In addition to his wins, the Virginia native has six top-five finishes, nine top-10 finishes and one pole award in 20 starts at BMS.
  • Sadler was one of four drivers to qualify for the first Xfinity Dash 4 Cash event of the season at Phoenix. The No. 1 team ultimately finished the D4C event in third and fifth in the race itself.
  • Michael Annett has nine NXS starts at Bristol Motor Speedway with three top-10 finishes and a best finish of sixth in 2011.
  • The Iowa native has completed 99.5 percent of laps attempted at the northeast Tennessee speedway with an average finish of 14.0.
  • This weekend marks the second Dash 4 Cash race of the season. In 2012, Annett won the Dash 4 Cash at Indianapolis taking home the $100,000 bonus.
  • Bristol is a home race for primary sponsor Pilot Flying J, with its corporate headquarters located 100 miles south in Knoxville, Tenn. 
  • Justin Allgaier already took home $100,000 in Xfinity’s Dash 4 Cash at Phoenix after capturing the victory. He is the only driver left in the running for the $1 million D4C bonus, which he could do by sweeping the remaining three D4C events.
  • The 30-year-old earned the first NXS win of his career at BMS in the spring of 2010.
  • In 12 NXS starts at BMS, Allgaier has one win, five top fives and seven top 10s.
  • Last season at BMS, Allgaier scored two top-five finishes, placing fifth in April (D4C qualifier) and second in August.
  • William Byron has two career starts at BMS, placing fourth in the Camping World Truck Series race last year and second in the K&N Pro Series East race in 2015.
  • Byron was one of four drivers to qualify for the first Dash 4 Cash race of the season at Phoenix last month, finishing fourth in the 200-lap event and runner-up for the D4C prize.
  • After six NXS races this season, Byron still leads the NXS rookie standings by 24 points over Daniel Hemric.

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XFINITY Series Schedule

  • November 4 08:30 PM ET
    O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 Texas Motor Speedway
  • November 11 03:30 PM ET
    Ticket Galaxy 200Phoenix International Raceway
  • November 18 03:30 PM ET
    Ford EcoBoost 300Homestead-Miami Speedway

XFINITY Series Standings

After Kansas Lottery 300

Kansas Speedway | 10/21/2017
RankDriverPointsBehind
1Justin Allgaier (P)30660
2William Byron # (P)3064-2
3Elliott Sadler (P)3055-11
4Brennan Poole (P)3038-28
5Matt Tifft # (P)3033-33
6Ryan Reed (P)3032-34
7Daniel Hemric # (P)3032-34
8Cole Custer # (P)3030-36
10Michael Annett2081-985