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JR Motorsports | 9/6/2017

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JR Motorsports heads to Richmond Raceway for this weekend's NASCAR Xfinity Series race. In 51 NXS starts at Richmond, JRM has three wins, 17 top fives and 29 top 10s.

TRACK: Richmond Raceway
RACE: Virginia529 College Savings 250 (250 laps / 187.5 miles)
DATE: Friday, Sept. 8, 2017
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN
RADIO: 7 p.m. ET on MRN and Sirius XM Ch. 90


Elliott Sadler: “Richmond is a special place to race at for me. I was close to getting my first win at Richmond this spring. We were running second and gaining on the lead with 10 laps to go when a caution came out for fluid. We're going to give it all we have this weekend to try and get the OneMain Financial Chevrolet to Victory Lane and finish these next two races as the regularseason champion.”

Michael Annett: “After the run we had at Road America and a decent showing at Darlington, we are focused on getting into the playoffs at Richmond. We finished in the top 10 in the spring race, and if we can do that again, we will look pretty good heading to Chicagoland for the cutoff race. Jason (Stockert, crew chief) and the guys are giving me great cars, and if I can qualify a little better, we’ll be in really good shape.” 

Justin Allgaier: “I’m really looking forward to heading to Richmond Raceway. We led a lot of laps there in the spring and came so close to winning. It would be great to go back there and get this No. 7 Hellmann’s team to Victory Lane. We definitely feel like we let one get away from us there and it would be great to get another win under our belts before the playoffs get underway in Kentucky in a couple of weeks.”

William Byron: “Richmond is always an exciting race and I am ready to get back to the track on Friday. We are racing under the lights, which is always a fun event for the fans. Our team has been working hard on this new composite body car and I think we will get a good feel for the car on Friday morning in practice. Hopefully we can grab another win before the regular season ends next week.” 

Dale Earnhardt Jr.: “JR Motorsports has been very strong at Richmond for the last handful of years, so it’s always at the top of the list when it comes to which races I want to run. Our cars led a lot of laps there in the spring race this year with Justin (Allgaier) and Elliott (Sadler), so we’ve got a good baseline setup going into the weekend. I look forward to seeing what we’re able to bring to the track and expect to have an opportunity to run well.” 


  • This weekend in his home state of Virginia, Elliott Sadler has the opportunity to clinch the NASCAR Xfinity Series regular season points championship. To do so, Sadler needs to hold a 61-point lead over teammate William Byron following Friday night’s event.
  • The Emporia, Va. native, has earned four top-five and 13 top- 10 finishes in 28 NXS starts at Richmond Raceway.
  • While competing at Richmond with JR Motorsports, Sadler has earned an average finished of 4.6.
  • In 10 NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at Richmond, Annett has one top five and three top 10s, with a best finish of fifth (fall 2012).
  • Earlier this season, Annett finished eighth in his first JRM start on the .750-mile D-shaped oval.
  • Over his last four starts at Richmond, Annett’s average finish is a stout 8.5, with his top-five run plus two top 10s.
  • Annett is currently ninth in series points, but 11th on the playoff grid. He has 23 points in hand over the cutoff with two races left before the playoff field is set.
  • Justin Allgaier has three top-five and five top-10 finishes in 13 NXS starts at Richmond.
  • The Illinois native’s best finish of second at the short track came earlier this year when he led 157 of 254 laps in the spring race. Allgaier raced inside the top six for the entire event.
  • In 43 NXS starts on tracks measuring less than 1 mile in length, the 31-year-old driver has one win (Bristol 2010), 10 top-five and 22 top-10 finishes. 
  • William Byron will make his second NXS start at Richmond Raceway on Friday. He started ninth in the spring and finished 30th after being involved in an on-track incident on lap 249.
  • The 19-year-old has one previous start at the .750-mile track in the K&N Pro Series East where he started from the pole and finished sixth.
  • Byron remains second in the NXS point standings and continues to lead the Rookie of the Year standings by 59 points over Daniel Hemric. 
  • In April 2016, Dale Earnhardt Jr. led 128 of 149 laps at Richmond Raceway en route to his first win driving for JR Motorsports. 
  • Earnhardt owns four NXS victories in six career starts at Richmond, including his past three starts dating back to 1999. He has led 733 of 1,399 total laps in those six races.
  • At Richmond, Earnhardt has only started outside the top four once in the NXS. On that occasion in 1999, he started 20th and led eight laps to claim his second win at the track. 


Michael Annett, Justin Allgaier and William Byron

DATE: September 8

TIME: 1:45 - 2:30 p.m. ET 

LOCATION: Xfinity Autograph Session: Richmond Raceway Amphitheater

Elliott Sadler

DATE: September 8

TIME: 2:30 p.m. ET 

LOCATION: Xfinity Zone

XFINITY Series Schedule

  • June 30 03:30 PM ET
    Overton's 300Chicagoland Speedway
  • July 6 07:30 PM ET
    Firecracker 250Daytona International Speedway
  • July 13 08:00 PM ET
    Alsco 300Kentucky Speedway
  • July 21 04:00 PM ET
    Lakes Region 200New Hampshire Motor Speedway
  • July 28 03:30 PM ET
    U.S. Cellular 250Iowa Speedway

XFINITY Series Standings

After Iowa 250

Iowa Speedway | 6/17/2018
1Elliott Sadler5040
2Cole Custer500-4
3Daniel Hemric497-7
4Tyler Reddick #473-31
5Christopher Bell #471-33
6Justin Allgaier453-51
7Brandon Jones431-73
15Michael Annett267-237