Preview: Chicagoland 300

JR Motorsports | 9/13/2017

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JR Motorsports heads to Chicagoland Speedway this weekend for the final race of the NASCAR Xfinity Series regular season. In 36 NXS starts at Chicagoland, JRM has two wins, nine top fives and 19 top 10s.

TRACK: Chicagoland Speedway
RACE: Chicagoland 300 (200 laps / 300 miles)
DATE: Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017
TV: 3:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN
RADIO: 3 p.m. ET on MRN and Sirius XM Ch. 90

Quotes

Elliott Sadler: “It was great to be able to clinch the regular-season championship at my home track last Friday. This weekend is all about learning as much as we can for the playoffs and obviously trying to get a win to get more playoff points. We had a strong run at Chicago last year and I know Kevin (Meendering, crew chief) and the guys will have a great strategy in place for Saturday.”

Michael Annett: “It is clear what we need to do to secure our spot in the NXS playoffs, and we’re heading to Chicagoland Speedway with the idea of doing that. We had a good run going at Richmond, had a great long-run car, and it could have been even better had we not run the right-rear tire off it battling in the pack. Jason Stockert (crew chief) and my No. 5 team are putting great cars under me each week, and I have no doubt they’ll do it this weekend at Chicagoland so we can start our playoff run on a good note.” 

Justin Allgaier: “I can’t wait to get to Chicagoland. It’s one of my favorite tracks, my home track, and it’s going to be a big weekend for BRANDT as well. I know they are going to have a lot of guests and I’m also going to have a lot of family and friends there. Our No. 7 team is already locked into the playoffs, but we really want to get a win this weekend and hopefully get some more bonus points before the field is set for Kentucky.”

William Byron: “I am ready to get to Chicago. This is the last race before our playoffs begin, so we are going to use this race to get ready for the tracks coming up over the next seven weeks. Our mile and a half program is good, which is what we need going into the playoffs where most of the tracks that we visit are that length. These guys work hard every week and I am hoping we can finish off the regular season strong this weekend and have good momentum going into next week.”

Notes

  • Elliott Sadler and the No. 1 JR Motorsports team have clinched the NASCAR Xfinity Series regular-season championship with one race remaining and will receive 15 additional playoff points for accomplishing the feat.
  • In 14 NXS starts at Chicagoland Speedway, Sadler has claimed one win (2012), three top-five and eight top- 10 finishes. Sadler has led 158 laps at the 1.5-mile track, the most among current NXS regulars.
  • At tracks measuring 1.5 miles in length, Sadler has two wins (Kentucky, Chicago) and 25 top-five finishes in NXS competition. He has led a lap at each track, totaling 442 laps among them.
  • Michael Annett’s best finish in eight starts at Chicagoland is fifth, coming in the fall race in 2012. He has a total of three top-10 finishes there.
  • Annett is currently 10th in series points, but 11th on the playoff grid. He has to outpoint Brendan Gaughan by one point to maintain 11th in the standings if there is a new NXS-eligible winner. If not, he has a 26-point lead over Dakoda Armstrong in 13th.
  • Annett’s average finish in NXS races at Chicagoland is a solid 12.8.
  • The Iowa native will be part of the NXS driver panel in the media center at 11 a.m. CT on Friday, Sept. 15.
  • Justin Allgaier has one win, three top-five and six top- 10 finishes in nine starts at his home track, Chicagoland Speedway. His average finish there is 8.2.
  • The Illinois native captured the victory in 2011, leading only the final lap. • Last year, Allgaier started third, led three laps and finished fifth in the 200-lap event.
  • This season on tracks measuring 1.5 miles, the 31-yearold driver has a best finish of fourth at Las Vegas.
  • Allgaier is already locked into the 2017 NXS playoffs, but is looking to still build valuable bonus points this weekend before the cutoff.
  • William Byron has one previous start at Chicagoland Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series where he scored a 30th -place finish.
  • The 19-year-old currently has accumulated 17 playoff points going into this weekend’s race and remains second in the NXS point standings.
  • Byron has nine NXS starts on tracks measuring 1 to 2 miles in length, which includes three top-five and seven top-10 finishes. 

Appearances

Justin Allgaier

DATE: September 16

TIME: 10:15 - 10:45 a.m. CT  

LOCATION: Chicagoland's Infield Zone

William Byron

DATE: September 16

TIME: 10:30 - 10:45 a.m. CT  

LOCATION: Xfinity Zone

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XFINITY Series Schedule

  • September 30 03:00 PM ET
    Drive Sober 200 presented by the DE Office of Highway of SafetyDover International Speedway
  • October 7 03:00 PM ET
    BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF NORTH CAROLINA DRIVE FOR THE CURE 300Charlotte Motor Speedway
  • October 21 03:00 PM ET
    Kansas Lottery 300Kansas Speedway
  • 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

XFINITY Series Standings

After VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300

Kentucky Speedway | 9/23/2017
RankDriverPointsBehind
1Justin Allgaier (P)20570
2Cole Custer # (P)20570
3Elliott Sadler (P)2055-2
4Daniel Hemric # (P)2052-5
5William Byron # (P)2051-6
6Brennan Poole (P)2047-10
7Matt Tifft # (P)2036-21
8Ryan Reed (P)2034-23
11Michael Annett (P)2022-35