JRM Continues Points Stranglehold on the Strength of Two Top-Three Finishes in California

JR Motorsports | 3/18/2018

California Cessna Elliott Sadler Hellmann's Justin Allgaier Michael Annett Nationwide Children's Hospital News Pilot Flying J Race Report Tyler Reddick XFINITY Series

JRM made a lot of noise in Saturday's NXS race at Auto Club Speedway, challenging for a potential victory with Justin Allgaier, Elliott Sadler and Tyler Reddick.

Race 5 of 33: Roseanne 300 at Auto Club Speedway
Track Specs: 2-mile D-shaped oval / 150 laps
Weather:  Mostly cloudy, 57 degrees
Race Winner: Joey Logano

Allgaier’s finish: 2nd   
Sadler’s finish: 3rd
Reddick’s finish: 7th
Annett’s finish: 18th       

Justin Allgaier

Justin Allgaier and the No. 7 Hellmann’s team wrapped up a successful West Coast swing on Saturday at Auto Club Speedway, posting their third straight top-three finish. Allgaier held off teammate Elliott Sadler in the closing laps of the Rosanne 300 to earn his second runner-up finish in as many weeks. The 31-year-old driver remains third in the NASCAR Xfinity Series point standings, just five markers behind the leader.

Allgaier rolled off sixth for the 150-lap race and moved up to fifth within the first lap. Early in the run he relayed to crew chief Jason Burdett that the No. 7 Chevy was tight in the center of the turns and pretty free on exit. Showing consistent speed on the long run, Allgaier worked his way up to the second spot on lap 30 after making the pass on the No. 00 of Cole Custer. Just a couple laps later the caution flag waved and NASCAR opted to end the stage under yellow-flag conditions on lap 35, with Allgaier earning nine stage points for his second-place finish. Under the yellow, the team called Allgaier to pit road for four tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment.

When the green flag dropped for Stage Two on lap 41, Allgaier was in the second position. Just three laps later, he relayed to the team that the Hellmann’s Chevy was still tight through the center of the corners and was lacking side bite on exit. Allgaier was running in the fifth position when the caution came out just one lap shy of the stage-end. Under the yellow, the Illinois native reported that he needed help on corner exit. The team made a pit stop once the stage concluded for four tires, fuel, and track-bar and air-pressure adjustments.

The Hellmann’s Camaro started the final stage in sixth on lap 77 and was up to fourth on lap 85. Allgaier radioed shortly after that the No. 7 was better on corner exit after the adjustments. He was running in third when the caution came out on lap 99 after the No. 20 spun. The team called Allgaier in under the yellow for four tires and fuel. He fired off on the restart in third on lap 103 and just one lap later the caution came out once again. The team opted to stay out and remain in the third spot for the restart. Once the green flag was back in the air, Allgaier got a good start and battled three-wide for the race lead. He was in the second spot when yet another caution flag waved. The team called Allgaier to pit road for four tires and fuel.

The JRM driver restarted in fifth on lap 115 after some cars opted to stay out, including No. 22 of Joey Logano, who was leading the race. With fresh tires, Allgaier drove from fifth to second within one lap. He was closing in on Logano when the yellow flag waved on lap 122. Allgaier stayed out and assumed the race lead after Logano pitted. Choosing the outside line for the lap-125 restart, Allgaier battled with Sadler for the top spot. Sadler took the lead, but Logano was able to surpass them both with fresher tires. With 15 laps to go, the driver of the No. 7 worked his way passed Sadler to get back to the second position. The caution flag came out with just 12 remaining and Allgaier came to pit road for a final stop for four tires and fuel. He took the green flag in seventh with eight laps to go and was all the way back up to second within one lap. He was able to hold off Sadler in the closing laps to take the checkered flag in the runner-up spot.

Logano ultimately claimed the victory ahead of Allgaier and Sadler, with Austin Dillon and Daniel Hemric rounding out the top five.

Justin Allgaier, driver No. 7 Hellmann’s team

“We worked really hard today. We felt like yesterday in practice we had a really strong Hellmann’s Chevy and the conditions were just a little bit different today, so we had to work on it some. Jason Burdett (crew chief) made a great call to pit there towards the end and put tires on and catch the No. 22 off sequence. We were kind of hoping it would take him a bit longer to get back up towards the front, but all-in-all it was a solid day. We had a rough pit stop on the last stop, but the guys were lights out on pit road all day and honestly it put us in a great position to get up the inside and be able to make some spots on that last restart. The No. 22 was definitely the class of the field today. Our West Coast swing has been great. I wish we had a win, but any time you’re up towards the front like that it’s a good day.”

Elliott Sadler

Elliott Sadler and the Cessna team brought home a third-place finish in the Roseanne 300 on Saturday afternoon at Auto Club Speedway. After claiming fourth in the first two stages of the race and another top-five finish for the season, Sadler increased his driver standings lead to four points over teammate Tyler Reddick.

The No. 1 team began the 150-lap event from the 11th position, but was quick to make the top 10 by lap 7. On lap 20, the Cessna Chevrolet was in the six-place running position and logging lap times that were the quickest of the field. The Emporia, Va. native relayed to his team that his Camaro was free off Turn 4, but he was able to keep control of the handling and race his JR Motorsports teammates Justin Allgaier and Reddick for top-five positioning. When the first caution flag of the day was displayed on lap 33, Sadler was in the fourth position. This is where the Cessna driver would finish the stage as Stage One concluded under the yellow.

Under the stage-ending caution, Sadler made his first visit to pit road for tires, fuel and an adjustment. When the race resumed for the second stage, the Cessna team was in sixth. Sadler was quick to report that the No. 1 Chevrolet had improved on the restart, but he was still loose exiting Turn 4. On lap 57, Sadler began racing Allgaier once again for position. They raced hard and clean throughout the remainder of the stage, which ended following the lap-69 caution. Consecutively, the Cessna team was in the fourth-place position at the stage end.

Pitting under caution before the final stage began put the Cessna team in ninth. During the pit stop, the team opted for four fresh tires, a wedge and track-bar adjustment and fuel. On the restart, Sadler slipped back to 12th but was back up in the top 10 just eight laps later. When the next caution of the day was displayed, Cessna crew chief Kevin Meendering called Sadler down pit road for tires, fuel and another set of changes to adapt to the upcoming shorter runs. Shortly thereafter, the No. 1 of Sadler was back racing the No. 7 of Allgaier. It wasn’t until the next yellow flag on lap 106 that the veteran driver and team decided to stay out under yellow to hold their track positon. A strong restart allowed Sadler to make his way from second to the front of the field and take the lead for the next four laps.

When the final caution of the day was displayed, Sadler was scored in third. The last 10 laps brought another great battle between the JRM teammates. When the checkered flag waved, the Cessna team was in third place. Sadler claimed his fourth top five of the season and fifth top 10 in the fifth race of 2018.

Joey Logano crossed the finish line first and was followed by Allgaier, Sadler, Austin Dillion and Daniel Hemric to round out the top five.

Elliott Sadler, driver No. 1 Cessna team

“We had a fast Cessna Chevrolet today. All of the guys at JR Motorsports have done a great job of providing us with competitive top-five cars. We had good long-run speed and Kevin (Meendering, crew chief) made some good adjustments to get us to where we needed to be for the shorter runs there at the end. To start out the season with four top fives is a great rebound from Homestead. The wins will come if we keep staying consistent.”

Tyler Reddick

Tyler Reddick, driver of the No. 9 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Chevrolet Camaro, fought for position inside the top 10 throughout Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Roseanne 300 at Auto Club Speedway, earning valuable stage points in both Stage One and Stage Two before taking the checkered in the seventh position. With the result, Reddick has recorded a top-10 finish in four of the first five races of the 2018 season and remains second in the championship standings, four points behind JR Motorsports teammate Elliott Sadler.

Reddick took the green flag for the 150-lap event from the 16th position and wasted little time moving forward, improving eight positions by the completion of the opening lap and a total of 11 positions before the first caution of the day came out on lap 33. With the caution falling so late in Stage One, NASCAR opted to end the stage under yellow with Reddick scored in the fifth position, earning the driver of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Camaro six valuable stage points.

Crew chief Dave Elenz called Reddick to pit road in between stages for four tires and a slight adjustment, sending the Corning, Calif. native back out for the lap-40 restart in the fourth position. Reddick battled inside the top five throughout the entire second stage, using a long green-flag run to drive up to second before the caution came out once again on lap 69. This caution, like the previous one on lap 33, led to the stage ending under caution with Reddick sitting in second and earning another nine valuable stage points.

The JRM driver took the green for the final stage from second on lap 76 and maintained his top-three track position until a lap 97 caution provided Elenz with another opportunity to bring Reddick to pit road for fresh tires and adjustments. Reddick took the lap-102 restart in second and continued to fight for position until a caution on lap 111 opened the door for another round of pit stops. After pitting for four tires and fuel, Reddick returned to the track in ninth as several cars opted for different strategies on pit road, shuffling up the running order.

Despite the loss of track position, Reddick pressed forward and continued to battle for position inside the top 10 until the final caution of the day came out on lap 140. Reddick took the ensuing restart from eighth before improving one position in the closing laps to take the checkered flag in seventh.

With the result, Reddick has now recorded a top-10 finish in six of his last seven NXS starts dating back to Kansas Speedway in the fall of 2017.

Joey Logano scored the victory with JRM drivers Justin Allgaier and Sadler finishing second and third, respectively. Austin Dillon and Daniel Hemric rounded out the top five.

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

“We had a really fast Nationwide Children’s Hospital Chevrolet today. It was a lot of fun running up by the wall all race long. I can’t thank my guys enough for their hard work and effort this weekend to give us a fast car. We know what we can do during these next two weeks off to continue to learn and get better before we get back going again in Texas.”

Michael Annett

Michael Annett was having a pretty good day at Auto Club Speedway, battling for eighth place with 45 laps remaining in Saturday’s Roseanne 300 for NASCAR Xfinity Series machines at Auto Club Speedway. Then he tangled with Christopher Bell off Turn 4. Despite some damage to his Pilot Flying J Chevrolet and losing a lap for repairs, Annett was within sight of the top 10 on the final restart of the day, but a tight condition at the green flag saw him drop to 18th at the finish.

The day started off very well for Annett on the initial green, when he drove from 18th starting spot to 13th at the end of the first lap of the 2-mile oval. The 31-year-old Iowa native battled a loose condition for much of the run, but held serve to finish 11th at the end of Stage One. The caution waved a few laps before the end, preventing him from challenging for stage points.

After a pit stop for four tires, fuel and an air-pressure adjustment, Annett returned to the track eighth thanks to quick work from his pit crew. The loose condition appeared again on the restart and he dropped to 12th in a couple of laps. The car came to him again later in the run and he had just passed John Hunter Nemechek for 10th when the latter blew a tire to bring out the caution with just five laps left in Stage Two. Annett was able to end the stage 10th and pick up a stage point.

Another trip to pit road for more tires and fuel also saw a wedge adjustment to help with the loose condition. Annett, who got another spot on pit road from his crew, had reported that the car wouldn’t take off and that he was later back to the throttle than his rivals. Restarting ninth for the final 80-lap run to the checkered, he dropped to 10th in the initial rush and ran there when Bell brought out the caution with a spin off Turn 4. Another stop for four tires and fuel took place and he exited in sixth spot, the best position he’d been in all day. Three laps into the green-flag run, Annett came from the bottom of the track off Turn 4 toward the wall, where Bell already ran. The two made contact, pushing Bell into the wall and nosing Annett’s Pilot Flying J Chevrolet into it as well. Both kept rolling and pitted the next time by.

Crew chief Jason Stockert and car chief Jonathan Davis led the repair effort, which cost the team a lap for pitting before pit road was open. The team completed repairs before the crash clock expired, and returned to the track in 22nd spot. The field was back under caution five laps later for debris, but Annett was not in position for the free pass. Another caution on lap 122 did the trick, however, putting Annett back on the same lap as the leaders. Stockert called his driver down for four more tires and Annett returned to the track in 12th, but fell back through the field after getting tight in Turn 1 on the restart. He battled the rest of the way and crossed the line 18th at the checkered flag. Annett’s performance was good enough to lift him two spots to 14th in series points after five races.

Joey Logano won the race, followed by JRM teammates Justin Allgaier and Elliott Sadler. Austin Dillon ran fourth and Daniel Hemric rounded out the top five.

Michael Annett, driver No. 5 Pilot Flying J team

“We had a decent run going in the Pilot Flying J Chevrolet today, and I was able to move up several spots at times. We were loose on takeoff all day, but I was able to counter that by changing my lines, and we were battling for eighth place in the final stage when we got into the 20 car (Bell). I had the car turned as far left as I could, but was just along for the ride on that one. Jason (crew chief Jason Stockert) and the team did a great job getting it fixed and back out, and we gained spots every time on pit road. We just couldn’t take off on that last restart. We have a couple of weeks to look at some things, and we will get back to it at Texas.”

 

 

No. 7 Hellmann’s Camaro

Justin Allgaier

Start

6th

Finish

2nd

Laps Completed (Led)

150 of 150 (2)

Points (Bonus)

50 (0)

Point Standings (from leader)

3rd  (-5)

Status

Running

 

 

No. 1 Cessna Camaro
Elliott Sadler

Start

11th

Finish

3rd

Laps Completed (Led)

150 of 150 (4)

Points (Bonus)

48 (0)

Points Standings (from leader)

1st (+4)

Status

Running

 

 

No. 9 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Camaro

Tyler Reddick

Start

16th  

Finish

7th 

Laps Completed (Led)

150 of 150 (0)

Points (Bonus)

45 (0)

Point Standings (from leader)

2nd (-4)

Status

Running

 

 

No. 5 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet Camaro

Michael Annett

Start

18th     

Finish

18th

Laps Completed (Led)

150 of 150 (0)

Points (Bonus)

20

Standings (from leader)

14th (-113)

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