Preview: Ticket Galaxy 200

JR Motorsports | 11/8/2017

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JR Motorsports heads to Phoenix Raceway this weekend for the final race in the Round of 8. In 48 NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at Phoenix, JRM has one win, 12 top fives and 26 top 10s.

TRACK: Phoenix Raceway
RACE: Ticket Galaxy 200 (200 laps / 200 miles)
DATE: Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017
TV: 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC
RADIO: 3 p.m. ET on MRN and Sirius XM Ch. 90


Elliott Sadler: “I couldn’t be more proud of my team and all of the hard work they’ve put into this season. With only one race before Homestead, we’re in a great position leading the points. We still have some work to do to lock ourselves into the Championship 4, but being 29 points above the cutoff gives us some room to be aggressive and race for stage points and ultimately the win. We’ve had some good runs on 1-mile tracks this season and Kevin (Meendering, crew chief) has done a great job at calling the races. It’s going to be fun weekend.” 

Michael Annett: “We were pretty sporty at times last week at Texas, and we were sporty at Phoenix in the spring, too. The whole Pilot Flying J team has been working very hard to make that happen on a weekly basis, and I think we’re almost there. The cars are fast, we’ve got good strategy and we’ve been able to take advantage of some circumstances, so we’re feeling pretty good about this weekend.”

Justin Allgaier: “It’s awesome that we were able to get a win at Phoenix earlier this year. We’ve been very blessed to be fast there and have good cars, but I feel like the tracks where you’re the most confident, you’ve still got to know that anything can and will happen. We’re going to go there and do everything we can do from a team and a driver standpoint and see what happens. This BRANDT Professional Agriculture team has been working hard all year long and I know we’re capable of competing for the championship in Homestead. Hopefully we finish strong in Phoenix and get the opportunity to do just that.”

William Byron: “I am ready to get to Phoenix this weekend. We qualified on the pole there in the spring and I feel great about our shorttrack program. We want and need to have a solid race on Saturday, so we can clinch our spot going into the championship race in Homestead.”


  • After earning the most stage points and overall race points at Texas, Elliott Sadler took over first place in the NASCAR Xfinity Series championship standings. He currently leads by five points over teammate William Byron.
  • In 17 NXS starts at Phoenix Raceway, Sadler has one win (2012), five top-five and nine top-10 finishes. •
  • This season, the Virginia native has finished inside the top 10 in all races held on 1-mile tracks, earning an average finish of 7.0 and a highest finish of fifth (Phoenix). 
  • Michael Annett’s best NXS finish at Phoenix Raceway is seventh place, coming in the fall race in 2012.
  • Four of Annett’s last five races at the 1-mile oval have ended with top-10 finishes, including ninth in the spring race this season.
  • Annett is 18 points out of ninth place in the standings, trailing Brendan Gaughan, with two races yet to run in the season. 
  • Justin Allgaier heads into the final race in the Round of 8 this weekend third in the NXS Playoff standings, 20 markers above the cutoff line.
  • In 14 starts at Phoenix Raceway, the 31-year-old driver has one win, five top-five and nine top-10 finishes, claiming the victory earlier this year.
  • He is riding a streak of five consecutive top-five finishes at the facility and holds an average finish of 2.8 in those events.
  • Five races into the playoffs, Allgaier has three top-five finishes, including a second-place run at Dover International Speedway, also a 1-mile track. 
  • William Byron is currently second in the NXS point standings, only five markers behind Elliott Sadler. The 19-year-old continues to lead the rookie standings.
  • Byron made his first NXS start at Phoenix Raceway earlier this season, capturing his first series pole and bringing home a fourth-place finish. He has two previous NCWTS starts at the raceway earning one pole award and leading 112 laps.
  • The Charlotte native has 10 starts this season on tracks measuring 1 mile or less, which include four top-five and seven top-10 finishes, with two pole wins (Phoenix, Dover II) and one win (Iowa). 



XFINITY Series Schedule

XFINITY Series Standings

After Ford EcoBoost 300*

Homestead-Miami Speedway | 11/17/2018
1Tyler Reddick (P)40400
2Cole Custer (P)4035-5
3Daniel Hemric (P)4033-7
4Christopher Bell # (P)4026-14
5Elliott Sadler2255-1785
6Matt Tifft2254-1786
7Justin Allgaier2251-1789
14Michael Annett632-3408