Preview: Irish Hills 250

JR Motorsports | 6/14/2017

Elliott Sadler Justin Allgaier Liberty University Michael Annett Michigan News OneMain Pilot Flying J Race Preview Suave William Byron XFINITY Series

JR Motorsports heads to the Michigan International Speedway this weekend for the Irish Hills 250. In 23 NXS starts at the 2-mile oval, the team has two wins, eight top fives and 16 top 10s.

TRACK: Michigan International Speedway
RACE: Irish Hills 250 (125 laps / 250 miles)
DATE: Saturday, June 17, 2017 
TV: 1 30 p.m. ET on FS1
Radio: 1 p.m. ET on MRN and Sirius XM Ch. 90 

Quotes

Elliott Sadler: “Michigan is a very fast track and horsepower is extremely important to having a fast car. I know Kevin (Meendering, crew chief) will have a good grasp on our handling with it being his home track. I’m ready to get our OneMain Financial Chevrolet to the front.” 

Michael Annett: “Michigan is a fun track to race on, having so many lines you can run. The big key there is momentum, so you have to keep it wound up to make good time. We had a good run going at Pocono last week, on the right strategy, but we got so tight over the last run that we couldn’t make up any ground. Jason (Stockert, crew chief) and the guys are working so hard to give me good cars, and we’re going to Michigan with the idea that we’re going to have a good weekend.”

Justin Allgaier: “I’m pumped to get to Michigan. We had a great race at Pocono last weekend and we were able to take over the points lead. That was big for us and we want to keep building on that. Michigan is such a fun, fast race track and I know that this Suave Men team has been working hard to make sure we have an awesome Chevrolet Camaro this weekend.” 

William Byron: “I am really looking forward to Michigan this weekend. JR Motorsports has been strong there in the past and our No. 9 Liberty University team is excited to get there. It’s a fast track and I am ready to see what we can do in the race.”   

Notes

  • After earning five top-five and 10 top-10 finishes so far this season, Sadler currently sits second in the NASCAR Xfinity Series point standings. The Virginia native is one marker behind teammate Justin Allgaier.
  • In 12 starts at Michigan International Speedway, the OneMain Financial driver has two top-five finishes and seven top 10s. Last June, Sadler and the No. 1 JR Motorsports team finished fifth.
  • Crew chief Kevin Meendering is from Grand Rapids, Mich., 125 miles northeast of the race track. 
  • Michael Annett’s best finish at Michigan International Speedway is 12th, coming in 2012.  
  • On 2-mile tracks in NXS competition, Annett has completed 99.7 percent of the laps run in his 12 starts (1,674 of 1,679 laps).
  • To date this season, on tracks 2 miles or larger, Annett’s average finish is 11.7, with a best result of seventh at Talladega.
  • Following his runner-up finish at Pocono last weekend, Justin Allgaier took over the NXS point standings lead for the first time this season by one point over teammate Elliott Sadler.
  • The 31-year-old driver has one top five and three top 10s in six NXS starts at MIS, with a best finish of fourth (2010). • Last year, Allgaier finished eighth at the 2-mile, Dshaped oval after starting fourth.
  • The Illinois native placed ninth earlier this season at Fontana, the only 2-mile track the NXS has competed on so far in 2017.
  • William Byron remains third in the NASCAR Xfinity Series points standings following last weekend’s event in Pocono.
  • The 19-year-old has one previous start at Michigan International Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series where he finished fourth after leading nine laps.
  • Byron has one top-five finish this season on a 2-mile track, after finishing fifth at Auto Club Speedway earlier this year. 

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RankDriverPointsBehind
1William Byron # (P)40340
2Elliott Sadler (P)4029-5
3Justin Allgaier (P)4025-9
4Daniel Hemric # (P)4003-31
5Cole Custer #2288-1746
6Brennan Poole2223-1811
7Matt Tifft #2211-1823
8Ryan Reed2161-1873
9Michael Annett2155-1879