Preview: Drive for the Cure 300

JR Motorsports | 10/4/2017

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JR Motorsports heads to Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend for the final race in the Round of 12 for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs. In 52 NXS starts at Charlotte, JRM has 10 top fives and 23 top 10s.

TRACK: Charlotte Motor Speedway
RACE: Drive for the Cure 300 (200 laps / 300 miles)
DATE: Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017
TV: 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN
RADIO: 2:30 p.m. ET on PRN and Sirius XM Ch. 90

Quotes

Elliott Sadler: “This weekend is an important one with it being the first cutoff race for the Xfinity Series and also the hometown race for many. Personally, it’s also important because it raises a lot of awareness for breast cancer, which means a lot to my family. I can’t thank OneMain Financial enough for the opportunity to run our pink paint scheme. I’m looking forward to using the notes from last year’s secondplace finish and hopefully getting our pink Chevrolet to Victory Lane.” 

Michael Annett: “It all comes down to this weekend at Charlotte. We know what we have to do, and Jason (Stockert, crew chief) and my No. 5 TMC Transportation team are focused solely on that. The run at Dover was what we needed, and now we have to go out and finish ahead of the 16 (Ryan Reed) and the 62 (Brendan Gaughan) and see where that gets us in terms of advancing to the Round of 8. Obviously, it’s really important that we pull out all the stops and get to the Round of 8, and that’s what we’re going to do.”

Justin Allgaier: “I’m excited about racing at Charlotte this weekend. It’s home and we’ve got a lot of family coming into town. We’ve been good at mile-and-a-half tracks this year and we’ve got a lot of positives on our plate right now. Everybody at JR Motorsports has been running on all eight cylinders and I’m really, really proud of this No. 7 team especially. Hopefully we can go there and get a win and lock our way into the next round of the playoffs and gain a few more bonus points. If we can do that, it will be a success.”

William Byron: “We had a great weekend last week and we are looking to translate that into this weekend’s race at home. Everyone at JR Motorsports has been working hard this year and I think we have been strong, overall, throughout the playoffs. We are showing up, unloading and having speed right off the truck. That is what we need this weekend and I am confident that we will move to the next round and hopefully contend for the win at my home track.” 

Notes

  • Heading into the final race before the NASCAR Xfinity Series playoff field drops to eight, Elliott Sadler is currently in third—only 13 points behind the leader.
  • Following his top-10 finish at Dover, Sadler is now only two away from claiming his 200th top-10 finish in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.
  • In 21 NXS starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the No. 1 driver has five top-five finishes, nine top-10 finishes and one pole award (2012). Last season in the Drive for the Cure 300, Sadler finished runner-up in the 200-lap event. 
  • Michael Annett has two top-10 finishes at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 11 NXS starts, and both have come in the fall race on the 1.5-mile quad-oval. He was 10th in both 2012 and 2013.
  • The 31-year-old Iowa driver enters the race seven points out of eighth place in points, the cutoff for the Round of 8 in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs. Ryan Reed currently occupies the coveted eighth position. Annett joins Brendan Gaughan, Blake Koch and Jeremy Clements as the list of drivers currently outside the cutoff line.
  • Justin Allgaier heads to Charlotte as the NXS points leader after his second-place finish at Dover International Speedway last weekend. He sits three markers ahead of teammate William Byron.
  • In 14 NXS starts at Charlotte, Allgaier has three topfive and eight top-10 finishes, with a best finish of third (2010). He’s led a total of 14 laps at the 1.5-mile track and has an average finish of 11.8. He also captured the pole there earlier this season.
  • The Illinois native has three top-five finishes at mileand-a-half tracks this season, including a win at Chicagoland Speedway.
  • William Byron brought home a 14th -place finish earlier this season at his home track and finished 10th in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2016.
  • Byron and the Liberty University team have participated in two test sessions at the 1.5-mile speedway this season.
  • The 19-year-old jumped to second in the NXS point standings on the strength of a third-place run in Dover last weekend.
  • Byron continues to lead the Rookie of the Year standings by 40 points over Daniel Hemric. 

 

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XFINITY Series Schedule

  • 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
  • November 18 03:30 PM ET
    Ford EcoBoost 300Homestead-Miami Speedway

XFINITY Series Standings

After Drive for the Cure 300

Charlotte Motor Speedway | 10/7/2017
RankDriverPointsBehind
1William Byron # (P)30260
2Justin Allgaier (P)3023-3
3Elliott Sadler (P)3020-6
4Daniel Hemric # (P)3009-17
5Cole Custer # (P)3007-19
6Brennan Poole (P)3006-20
7Ryan Reed (P)3005-21
8Matt Tifft # (P)3004-22
10Michael Annett (P)2058-968