Allgaier and Sadler Cash in with Top-Five Efforts in Las Vegas

3/3/2018

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Justin Allgaier and Elliott Sadler both secured top-five finishes in Saturday's NXS race at Las Vegas. Reddick's eighth-place finish gave JRM three cars among the top eight.

Race 3 of 33: Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Track Specs: 1.5-mile tri-oval / 200 laps
Weather:  Partly Cloudy, 64 degrees
Race Winner: Kyle Larson

Allgaier’s finish: 3rd       

Sadler’s finish: 5th

Reddick’s finish: 8th

Annett’s finish: 13th

Justin Allgaier

Justin Allgaier and the BRANDT Professional Agriculture team earned a third-place finish in Saturday’s Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway after leading 12 laps and finishing inside the top 10 each stage. Allgaier now sits fourth in the NASCAR Xfinity Series point standings. The finish was his seventh top-10 effort in eight NXS starts at the 1.5-mile track.

The Illinois native qualified 12th for the 200-lap event and wasted no time once the green flag dropped, working his way inside the top 10 and remaining there for the duration of Stage One. He took the green-and-white checkered flag in the 10th position. Under the stage-ending caution, Allgaier radioed to the team that he had nothing to lean on. Crew chief Jason Burdett made the call for a pit stop for four tires, fuel and a track-bar adjustment, as well as air pressure adjustments.

Allgaier started Stage Two in the sixth position on lap 53 and powered his way to third by lap 68. The driver of the No. 7 Chevrolet liked the previous adjustments made to the car, but relayed that the Camaro was free in and tight in the center up top. He was able to hold on to the third position to finish the stage. The BRANDT team gave him four fresh tires and fuel under the yellow along with an air pressure adjustment.

When the green flag dropped for the final stage on lap 99, Allgaier was in the eighth spot. The outside line got a bad restart, but once everyone settled in, the 31-year-old driver was able to start picking off positions. He was up to fourth by lap 112 and radioed that he was good this stage, but was just a little tight through the center when the sun was out. The caution came out on lap 134 and the team made a pit stop for four tires and fuel. A quick stop allowed Allgaier to gain a spot on pit road and he was able to restart in the third position on lap 139. Just one lap later he took the lead and paced the field for 12 laps before the No. 42 of Kyle Larson made the pass to take over the top spot.

Allgaier was running in third on lap 160 when he reported that he couldn’t carry the speed he wanted to through the center of Turns 3 and 4. The JR Motorsports driver was racing in the fifth position when a caution came out with 15 laps to go. The field hit pit road and the team opted for four tires and fuel. He raced his way up to third once the race was back under way before another quick caution flag waved. Allgaier was able to get a good restart with seven laps remaining and hold on to the third spot at the finish of the race.

Larson won the 300-mile NXS race and was followed by Christopher Bell and Allgaier, with Ryan Blaney and Elliott Sadler rounding out the top five.

Justin Allgaier, driver No. 7 BRANDT Professional Agriculture team

“This BRANDT Professional Agriculture Camaro SS was really good all day. We struggled for the short-run speed that we were looking for when we got here this weekend and the guys went to work and did a great job. I’m really proud of this No. 7 team. We had a strong showing today and I’m looking forward to what that holds for the next couple of weeks.”

Elliott Sadler

Elliott Sadler and the OneMain Financial team are three-for-three this season with top-five finishes after claiming the fifth position Saturday afternoon at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the Boyd Gaming 300. Following the event, Sadler is tied with JR Motorsports teammate Tyler Reddick for the NASCAR Xfinity Series points lead. The Virginia native is ranked second, zero markers behind Reddick, who has one victory this season.

The veteran driver took the green flag for the 200-lap event in sixth place. Sadler was quick to report a tight-handling condition, which would plague him throughout the race. Using his experience, Sadler fought the tough handling throughout the first stage. It wasn’t until the end of Stage One, in which Sadler finished ninth, that Sadler came down pit road for fresh tires, fuel and loosening adjustments.

A quick pit stop by the OneMain Financial team put the No. 1 Camaro in seventh place for the start of Stage Two. Sadler raced his teammate, Reddick, throughout the majority of the second stage. Beginning on lap 74, the No. 1 team began to report top-three lap times over the radio. As the stage-end neared, the OneMain Financial driver relayed that the team was moving in the right direction, but the No. 1 Chevrolet was still too tight. As Stage Two concluded, Sadler was scored in the sixth position and returned to pit road.

Another fast stop gave the No. 1 team a top-five starting position for the final stage. Just after, on lap 102, the OneMain Financial spotter informed his crew of the best lap of the race—reconfirming positive adjustments. When the first caution of the final stage was displayed, crew chief Kevin Meendering called Sadler down pit road for four tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment. With all teams close on fuel mileage to the race end, the No. 1 driver began saving fuel with hopes of another caution-free run. It was on lap 186 that the yellow flag returned and the team elected to pit with the field for another fresh set of tires and fuel. Sadler took the final restart in seventh place and raced his way back into the top five. The OneMain Financial team earned their third consecutive top-five finish of the season and joined Reddick in holding 123 points atop the standings.

After 300 miles, Kyle Larson crossed the finish line first and was followed by Christopher Bell, JRM teammate Justin Allgaier, Ryan Blaney and Sadler to round out the top five.

Elliott Sadler, driver No. 1 OneMain Financial team

“I’m proud of my guys—from the car they brought to the adjustments they made. I was really hoping we were going to go green. I was saving (fuel) pretty hard throughout the whole last run and thought we were going to be in good shape. All-in-all, we had a great OneMain Financial Chevrolet. Three top-five finishes says a lot for this team and JR Motorsports. The guys have done a great job with the new composite bodies, learning each and every week.”

Tyler Reddick

Tyler Reddick, driver of the No. 9 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Chevrolet Camaro, battled for position inside the top 10 throughout Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, scoring stage points in both Stage One and Two before crossing the finish line for the final time in the eighth position. With the result, Reddick now moves into a tie atop the championship standings with JR Motorsports teammate Elliott Sadler. 

Reddick took the green flag for the 200-lap event from the seventh position after advancing to the final round of knockout qualifying on Saturday morning. After maintaining his top-10 track position through a lap-5 caution period, Reddick charged toward the front, joining the top five for the first time on lap 25 and driving into the top three by the completion of the opening stage. Overall, the driver of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Camaro took the green and checkered flag on lap 45 in the third position, earning eight valuable stage points.

Crew chief Dave Elenz called the Corning, Calif., native to pit road in between stages for four tires and a chassis adjustment, sending the JRM driver back out following the stop for the lap 52 restart in second. Reddick continued to fight for position inside the top three until a loose-handling condition in the closing laps of the caution-free second stage shuffled the Rookie of the Year contender back to fifth. Despite not handling to his liking, Reddick finished Stage Two in the fifth position and earned another six valuable stage points.

After pitting for four tires and a chassis adjustment before the final stage, Reddick took the lap-98 restart in seventh but slid back to ninth after a tight-handling condition developed rolling through the corner. An opportune caution on lap 133 provided another chance for the driver of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Camaro to come to pit road for four tires and adjustments. Reddick returned to the track following the stop in the fifth position but was shuffled back to seventh after getting caught in the middle lane following the lap-138 restart. Despite losing the track position at the beginning of the run, Reddick marched back up the leaderboard over the long run, consistently running the fastest laps on the track and moving from seventh up to fourth before the caution came out once again on lap 184.

Elenz called Reddick back to pit road during this caution for four tires and no adjustments in a pit stop that saw the Nationwide Children’s Hospital pit crew gain three positions and send Reddick out as the race leader. After choosing the outside line for the lap-189 restart, Reddick jumped out to an initial advantage on the inside line before getting forced three-wide heading into the first corner and being shuffled back to fifth before the caution fell once again. Taking the final restart from fifth, Reddick fought hard for position in the final laps before ultimately taking the checkered flag in eighth.

With the result, Reddick is now tied for the championship lead with JRM teammate Sadler.

Kyle Larson scored the victory with Christopher Bell, JRM teammate Justin Allgaier, Ryan Blaney and Sadler rounding out the top-five.

Tyler Reddick, driver No. 9 Nationwide Children’s Hospital team

“My guys did a great job today. We had a really fast Nationwide Children’s Hospital Chevrolet Camaro all race long and our pit crew was on it, especially on that last stop. There’s just a couple of things I can do better to make sure we keep getting these kinds of solid results. I can’t wait for next week and to get after it in Phoenix.”

Michael Annett

A solid day in the desert was what Michael Annett and the Pilot Flying J Chevrolet team wanted, and that’s exactly what they got with a 13th-place finish in Saturday’s Boyd Gaming 300 for NASCAR Xfinity Series machines at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Perhaps more importantly, the result was good for a 13-spot jump in series points after three races.

After starting 19th, Annett used Stage One to feel out his car and the track conditions. The car fired off on the loose side, but Annett moved around on the track and gained positions to finish the first 45-lap stage in 15th.  Crew chief Jason Stockert called his driver to pit road for four tires, an air-pressure adjustment and fuel, and the pit crew picked up three spots to send Annett out 12th.

On the restart to begin Stage Two, Annett got another spot on the initial burst and kept it up through the remainder of the run. At the end of the stage, he was a fraction of a second behind Kyle Busch for 10th, just missing a valuable stage point. Annett reported that his car was “a half-point tight” in Turns 3 and 4, but otherwise good. Another trip to pit road yielded more of the same adjustments, with four more tires and fuel, and the crew gained two more spots on pit road to send their driver out for the restart in ninth spot.

When the green flag waved to start the final segment, Annett found himself in a beehive of cars all clamoring for the same spot on the track. By the end of the first lap, he was 13th and at lap 114, he was 14th as his Pilot Flying J Chevrolet was free at both ends of the track.

When Austin Cindric brought out the yellow flag at lap 135, it gave Stockert another chance to adjust Annett’s ride. Coming in 13th, Annett left in the same position after four tires, fuel and air-pressure adjustments. It was at that point that Stockert told his driver to start saving fuel for the remainder of the run to the finish.

Another lightning-storm of a restart took place with 62 laps to go, and Annett gave a couple of spots away before getting back to 13th. He was 16th on lap 169, trying to save as much fuel as he could for the end. It was getting down to crunch time when the caution finally waved on lap 184 and the hoped-for caution took away the need to save. After a trip down pit road for more tires, fuel and adjustments, Annett rejoined the field in 13th, with an admonition from Stockert and spotter Kevin Hamlin to use whatever he had to clear the way if needed.

Restarting 12th, with 11 laps remaining, Annett took off to the high side and put the hammer down, topping a three-wide battle off Turn 2. He kept his foot in it until he got too close to the outside wall and slipped sideways. Another yellow limited the damage, and Annett started the final seven-lap run to the checkered in 14th. He picked off one more spot over the remaining distance to finish 13th. The finish allowed Annett to jump from 29th to 16th in the series points.

Race winner Kyle Larson led 142 of the 200 laps to top the field, with polesitter Christopher Bell second and JRM’s Justin Allgaier, Ryan Blaney and JRM driver Elliott Sadler rounding out the top five.

Michael Annett, driver No. 5 Pilot Flying J team

“We had some good speed in the Pilot Flying J Chevrolet today, and on the next-to-last restart we had a couple of positions in sight that would have gotten us closer to the top 10. I jumped outside and had a run, but got up in the sand near the wall and had to get out of it. As it was, we got a 13th-place finish that helped us a bunch in the points. All in all, it was a solid day and we look forward to getting to Phoenix next weekend.”

 

No. 7 BRANDT Professional Agriculture Camaro

Justin Allgaier

Start

12th

Finish

3rd

Laps Completed (Led)

200 of 200 (0)

Points (Bonus)

43 (0)

Point Standings (from leader)

4th (-28)

Status

Running

 

 

No. 1 OneMain Financial Camaro
Elliott Sadler

Start

6th

Finish

5th

Laps Completed (Led)

200 of 200 (0)

Points (Bonus)

39 (0)

Points Standings (from leader)

2nd (-0)

Status

Running

 

 

No. 9 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Camaro

Tyler Reddick

Start

7th 

Finish

8th 

Laps Completed (Led)

200 of 200 (3)

Points (Bonus)

43 (0)

Point Standings (from leader)

1st (+0)

Status

Running

 

 

No. 5 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet Camaro

Michael Annett

Start

19th     

Finish

13th

Laps Completed (Led)

200 of 200 (0)

Points (Bonus)

24

Standings (from leader)

16th (-77)

Status

Running

 

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XFINITY Series Schedule

XFINITY Series Standings

After Ford EcoBoost 300*

Homestead-Miami Speedway | 11/17/2018
RankDriverPointsBehind
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