Top-10 Finishes for Byron and Sadler at New Hampshire

JR Motorsports | 7/15/2017

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William Byron and Elliott Sadler showed the way for JRM in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, bringing home top-10 finishes.

Race 17 of 33: Overton’s 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Track Specs: 1.058-mile oval / 200 laps
Weather: Partly Cloudy; 73 degrees
Race Winner: Kyle Busch

Byron’s Finish: 3rd
Sadler’s finish: 7th
Annett’s Finish: 16th   
Allgaier’s finish: 32nd   

William Byron

William Byron captured his sixth top-five finish of the season on Saturday afternoon during the Overton’s 200 after bringing home a third-place finish. Byron was the highest-finishing NASCAR Xfinity Series regular and remains second in the championship standings, 45 points behind teammate Elliott Sadler.

The No. 9 Axalta/Peerless Chevrolet qualified seventh on Saturday morning and the team knew they had a car that would compete well up front. Seven laps into the 200-lap event, Byron radioed to the team that his Chevrolet was free. On lap 31 the first caution flag of the day was shown and the 19-year-old radioed that his machine was free at the start, but good overall at the end of the run. That yellow flag turned into a red flag for inclement weather. When the race went back under yellow flag conditions, Byron was scored in the seventh position.

Before the field took the green flag, Byron visited pit road for right-side tires and fuel. The team restarted from the 13th position due to the top-nine competitors staying out on track. Between the time the field took the green flag and to when the field completed Stage One, Byron had advanced four positions to finish the stage in the ninth position. Byron reported that his car was a little tight, but not bad. The team elected to stay out on track and not pit.

The No. 9 Chevrolet started Stage Two from the sixth position and by lap 52, Byron was in a battle with three cars for the fifth position.  On lap 86, the driver radioed to the team that his car needed to be a little freer. At the conclusion of Stage Two, Byron was scored in the fifth position and relayed to the team that the right-side tires were giving up at the end. Byron was the highest finishing NXS regular following Stage Two. Crew chief Dave Elenz called Byron to pit road for four tires and fuel while under caution and the team restarted from the sixth position.

On lap 107, Byron reported that his Axalta/Peerless Chevrolet needed to be tighter at the beginning of the run. The Charlotte-native was scored in the fourth position on lap 115 and was able to get around the No. 20 of Ryan Preece on lap 135 for the third position. 30 laps later, Byron relayed to the team that his machine needed to be tighter. The team elected to make their green-flag pit stop for four tires and fuel with 31 laps to go. Byron was scored in the third position with 23 laps remaining and would remain in that position at the conclusion of the Overton’s 200. Kyle Busch scored the victory and was followed by Preece, Byron, Kyle Larson and Brad Keselowski rounding out the top five.

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

“Overall, we had a good day. I feel like we were able to maximize our day and we made great pit stops all day long. The call for right-side tires was great for our car and it put us in a position to run up front with those guys. I feel like our team keeps improving through the race and we continue to get better, which is a great quality. Hopefully we can continue this through the month of July and bring that momentum into the playoffs.”

Elliott Sadler

Elliott Sadler and the OneMain Financial team earned a seventh-place finish in the Overton’s 200 late Saturday afternoon at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Sadler’s highest-finishing position out of the NASCAR Xfinity Series regulars at the conclusion of Stage One and second highest following Stage Two allowed him to hold onto his NXS point standings lead.

After advancing into the third and final round of qualifying, Sadler began the 200-mile event in eighth place. On lap 15, the Virginia native relayed to his team that his No. 1 Chevrolet was tight rolling into the center, but overall handling well. As weather neared the speedway, Sadler was racing his teammate, William Byron for seventh place. It was on lap 31 that the yellow flag was displayed for a competitor before going to red as inclement weather reached the track. After the race resumed, the OneMain Financial team elected to stay out and maintain track position. The team restarted the race in second, alongside teammate Justin Allgaier. Sadler took over the lead and led five laps before he was passed by teams with newer tires. When the stage ended on lap 45, Sadler was in the fourth-place running position—the highest position of any full-time series driver.

Opting to visit pit road under the stage-ending caution for fresh tires and fuel, the No. 1 team began Stage Two in 13th place after other teams decided to remain on track. With adjustments being made in the right direction, the OneMain Financial driver raced his way back into the top 10 within just three laps. Continuing to make his way through the field with the help of his spotter, Sadler was back racing Byron for fifth place—and the highest position among Xfinity Series drivers—as the stage end was closing in. Unable to complete the pass, the No. 1 Chevrolet finished the stage in sixth.

A quick pit stop following Stage Two gave the OneMain Financial team a top-five starting position for the final long run of the race. The veteran driver was quick to report chatter in his right-rear tire, but remained on track, driving through the tough-handling condition. The team fell back a few spots during the long green-flag run, but raced their way back to seventh before coming to pit road under green. The fresh tires, adjustment and fuel top off gave Sadler the handling he needed to make his way back forward. A strong final drive gave Sadler and the OneMain Financial team their 11th top-seven finish of the season.

Kyle Busch won the NXS event, followed by Ryan Preece, Byron, Kyle Larson and Brad Keselowski to round out the top five.

Elliott Sadler, driver No. 1 OneMain Financial team

“My guys did a great job today and battled hard all day. This OneMain Financial Chevrolet handled pretty good throughout the track changes with the rain, but had a little vibration in Stage Two in the right-rear tire that caused us to fall back a little. We’ll take this and move on to the next one.”

Michael Annett 

Michael Annett had a good run going in the early stages of Saturday’s Overton’s 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway before rain interrupted it, moving from 23rd starting spot to 17th when the rain came down and put the race under the red flag after 31 laps.

When it resumed, Annett discovered that his brake pedal, a key component to success on the 1.058-mile oval, was inconsistent, and that complicated the rest of his run. When the green flag waved again, Annett reported that he had to pump the brakes up on every lap, which meant that consistency was going to be at a premium the rest of the way. He restarted fifth when the leaders in front of him pitted, and finished Stage 1 in 12th place.

Pitting at the end of Stage 1, crew chief Jason Stockert called for four tires, fuel and track-bar and air-pressure adjustments, in addition to taking a look at the brakes. He sent Annett back out in 29th spot, hopeful that the brake condition would ease. It seemed to work, as Annett put his head down and picked off 11 spots over the next 13 laps. By the end of Stage 2, he had climbed all the way back to 16th. Annett reported that the car was definitely better and had not lost rear grip, but he needed to turn better in the center of the corner. The brake problem was still there, which was affecting his consistency lap to lap.

Stockert called for more of the same changes as the first stop and sent his driver back out in 15th spot for the final 105 laps. Over that distance, Annett stayed in the top 16 and finished there, despite going a lap down with 57 laps remaining. He kept pushing, and Stockert played a long game by keeping him out several laps longer than planned to see if he could get back on the lead lap, but it wasn’t to be. He did get his lap back when the cars around and ahead of him pitted, but once he made his stop on lap 175, he was back a lap down. With no cautions—there were just three for a total of 15 laps, and two of them were at the end of stages--he lost another before the end of the race and finished 16th.

Kyle Busch won the race, followed by Ryan Preece, JRM teammate William Byron, Kyle Larson and Brad Keselowski. Annett’s finish moved him up a spot to ninth in the point standings, with a 57-point cushion over the playoff cut line.

Michael Annett, driver No. 5 Pilot Flying J team

“We kind of got behind the eight-ball early when the brake pedal got a little inconsistent, but we worked hard to stay in touch with the leaders all day. It was just so hard to run a consistent lap. Jason (Stockert) made good adjustments all day, keeping the rear grip and security in it, and we were turning solid laps, so it was a good lesson to learn. The Pilot Flying J team worked really hard to keep me in it, and we had a good day in the points, so we’ll take it and go on to Indy.”

Justin Allgaier

Justin Allgaier and the BRANDT Professional Agriculture team finished 32nd in Saturday’s Overton’s 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Allgaier was running inside the top 10 in Stage Two when driveline issues forced the team to the garage for repairs. The JR Motorsports driver remains third in the NASCAR Xfinity Series point standings, 90 points behind the leader.

Starting 11th in the 200-lap race, Allgaier climbed up to sixth by lap 4 and maintained position until the caution came out on lap 31 for an incident on the track. Under the yellow, Allgaier reported that the BRANDT Chevy was too tight center. Shortly after, rain blanketed the track, bringing out the red flag. Once the red flag was lifted, a majority of the leaders came to pit road. The No. 7 team elected to stay out, putting Allgaier in the lead for the restart on lap 36. Back under green, a battle among teammates ensued, with Allgaier and Elliott Sadler fighting for the lead. Cars with fresher tires caught the two in the closing laps of the first stage and ultimately Allgaier crossed the line in sixth to end Stage One.

Under the stage-ending caution, the BRANDT team came to pit road for four tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment. The Illinois native started Stage Two in 15th  on lap 52 and was back up to seventh on lap 70. Soon after, Allgaier reported that there was an issue with his No. 7 Camaro and crew chief Jason Burdett instructed him to go to the garage on lap 82. The team made quick repairs, getting Allgaier back out only 26 laps down in 35th position. The 31-year-old was able to gain three positions on the track as the race wound down, finishing 32nd at the Magic Mile.

Kyle Busch won the NXS race and was followed by Ryan Preece, William Byron and Kyle Larson, with Brad Keselowski rounding out the top five.

Justin Allgaier, driver No. 7 BRANDT Professional Agriculture team

“We had a really fast BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevy today that was probably a top-five car, but unfortunately our finish didn't show that. We had driveline issues and had to go to the garage to change the transmission. Hats off to these guys though, they made repairs fast and were able to get us back out as quick as possible. We'll go back and take a look at it more at the shop and get ready to move on to Indy.”

 

No. 9 Axalta/Peerless Chevrolet Camaro

William Byron

Start

7th

Finish

3rd

Laps Completed (Led)

200 of 200 (0)

Points (Bonus)

42 (0)

Point Standings (from leader)

2nd (-45)

Status

Running

 

No. 1 OneMain Financial
Chevrolet
Elliott Sadler

Start

8th

Finish

7th

Laps Completed (Led)

199 of 200 (5)

Points (Bonus)

42 (0)

Points Standings (from leader)

1st (+45)

Status

Running

 

No. 5 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet Camaro

Michael Annett

Start

23rd      

Finish

16th   

Laps Completed (Led)

198 of 200 (0)

Points (Bonus)

21 (0)

Standings (from leader)

9th (-265)

Status

Running

 

No. 7 BRANDT Professional Agriculture Camaro

Justin Allgaier

Start

11th 

Finish

32th

Laps Completed (Led)

173 of 200 (2)

Points (Bonus)

10 (0)

Point Standings (from leader)

3rd (-90)

Status

Running

 

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XFINITY Series Standings

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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