Sadler and Annett Lead the JRM Charge at Texas Motor Speedway

JR Motorsports | 4/7/2018

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Elliott Sadler and Michael Annett led the JRM contingent in Saturday's NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Race 6 of 33: My Bariatric Solutions 300 at Texas Motor Speedway
Track Specs: 1.5-mile quad-oval / 200 laps
Weather: Cloudy; 40 degrees
Race Winner: Ryan Blaney

Sadler’s finish: 8th
Annett’s finish: 15th
Reddick’s finish: 23rd
Allgaier’s finish: 35th

Elliott Sadler

Elliott Sadler and the OneMain Financial team earned their sixth consecutive single-digit finish in the My Bariatric Solutions 300 on Saturday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway after finishing eighth. His strong drive towards the front of the field allowed Sadler to increase his NASCAR Xfinity Series point standings lead over teammate Tyler Reddick by seven markers to 11.

The OneMain Financial team began the 200-lap event from the 34th starting position after the team was unable to make a qualifying run at Texas due to not getting through inspection before the conclusion of Round One. With perseverance, the No. 1 team began to race forward from the drop of the green flag. Through a series of cautions and with overall good handling, Sadler worked his way from 34th to 15th by lap 34. In the closing laps of Stage One, the Virginia native reported his Camaro was a bit snug. It was then that crew chief Kevin Meendering planned the first round of adjustments for the upcoming stage-ending caution. When Stage One concluded, the OneMain Financial team was in 13th place.

A quick stop under the stage-ending caution put the No. 1 team in 11th for the start of Stage Two. With adjustments being made in the right direction, the veteran driver was able to break into the top 10, running sixth at lap 56. Electing to pit under the lap-81 caution for tires, fuel and a track-bar adjustment, Sadler took the final restart of the stage in 21st place. In the final green-flap lap of Stage Two, Sadler drove his OneMain Financial Chevrolet up five positions, finishing the stage in 16th place.

Opting to stay out following Stage Two, Sadler began the final stage of the race in the sixth-place running position. The improved handling of the OneMain Financial Chevrolet allowed Sadler to race within the top 10 throughout the second half of the race. When the green-flag pit stops began, the OneMain Financial team was in seventh. Another quick stop for fresh tires and fuel kept the No. 1 team in contention. In the closing laps of the race, Sadler fought tighter handling, ultimately finishing the event in the eighth position.

Ryan Blaney won the 300-mile NXS event and was followed by Christopher Bell, Daniel Hemric, Cole Custer and Ryan Preece to round out the top five.

Elliott Sadler, driver No. 1 OneMain Financial team

“This OneMain Financial team fought hard all weekend long. Kevin (Meendering, crew chief) and the guys made some great changes from practice to today. We didn’t start from where we would have liked to, but my team never gave up. We had good pit stops and adjustments all day, getting us up front and in contention. I wish we could have grabbed the last Dash 4 Cash qualifying position, but I’m proud to walk away with another top-10 finish this season. That’s a single-digit finish for every race this season.”

Michael Annett

Michael Annett overcame damage to his left front fender early in Saturday’s My Bariatric Solutions 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race and posted a 15th-place finish in his No. 5 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet. Annett led five laps on the day as well.

After qualifying was shortened by rain, Annett rolled off 20th for the 200-lap event. The 31-year-old Iowa driver picked up two spots in the opening laps before a caution waved for a spin in Turn 2. On the ensuing restart, another car pushed up into Annett’s left front fender, splitting the bodywork and causing a tire rub serious enough to bring him to pit road under green. The fender was split and curled under, so the team changed left-side rubber and pulled the fender out and off the tire before sending him back out a lap down.

Fortunately, the caution waved again as Annett was exiting, for Jamie McMurray’s slide down the front straight. Annett had to slow down to miss the wayward machine, but was still the only car a lap down and got the free pass for the next restart. He was able to climb to 31st by the time the next yellow waved on lap 17 and finished the 45-lap Stage One in 24th place.

After pitting for four tires and a track-bar adjustment on the break—and gaining six spots thanks to his Pilot Flying J pit crew—Annett started 18th for Stage Two. He had gained another spot on the track, passing JRM teammate Tyler Reddick on lap 66, before the caution waved again. Annett told crew chief Jason Stockert that the adjustments made his entry better but tightened the car everywhere else. Another caution, just nine laps before the end of Stage Two, saw the team make the call to stay out, and that worked out well. Several cars ahead of Annett pitted to gain track position by not pitting on the stage break, and that put Annett ninth when it ended, earning two stage points.

After pitting for four more tires and further adjustments, Annett took off from 18th for the final 110-lap stage. On lap 99, disaster was narrowly averted when Brandon Jones and Kaz Grala tangled on the frontstretch. Annett was close to both drivers and just missed the spinning cars. On the restart, Annett again fired off 18th and was running 19th when green-flag stops began at lap 136. Annett stayed out while the majority of the field hit pit road, eventually assuming the lead on lap 149. He would stay atop the leaderboard until lap 153 when he came down for his own pit stop.

Unfortunately, that put him a lap down to the leaders in 17th spot. On lap 168, he passed into 16th and took 15th place later in the run when Kevin Harvick pitted under green. He would stay there the rest of the way.

Ryan Blaney won the race, followed by Christopher Bell, polesitter Daniel Hemric, Cole Custer and Ryan Preece. Elliott Sadler, in eighth, was the top finisher for JR Motorsports.

Michael Annett, driver No. 5 Pilot Flying J team

“That was a pretty hard-fought race and we ended up 15th, which is better than where we started and a lot better than where we started this weekend. We were able to take advantage of some strategy and lead five laps, so that’s a positive. We could have had a really bad day with that tire rub early on, but Jason (crew chief Jason Stockert) and the team rallied to get the Pilot Flying J Chevrolet fixed right and we had no more problems with it. Great job on pit road today, too, and it seems like we gain spots every time we come down. On to Bristol and looking forward to another good run.”

Tyler Reddick

Tyler Reddick, driver of the No. 9 BurgerFi Chevrolet Camaro, battled for position inside the top 10 for much of Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series My Bariatric Solutions 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. He earned valuable stage points in the opening stage and was running in the top five in the final stage before a penalty for speeding at the entry of pit road during a green-flag pit stop on lap 137 relegated the JR Motorsports driver with a 23rd-place finish. With the result, Reddick remains second in the championship standings, 11 points behind JRM teammate Elliott Sadler.

Reddick began the afternoon in the sixth position after qualifying was ended after one round on Saturday morning due to a persistent mist affecting the track conditions. From the drop of the green flag, Reddick methodically moved forward, taking advantage of three early caution periods to race into the top three. Reddick remained inside the top three for the final 24 laps of Stage One, taking the green-and-white checkered flag on lap 45 in the third position. The result earned the driver of the BurgerFi Chevrolet eight valuable stage points.

Crew chief Dave Elenz took advantage of the stage-break to call Reddick to pit road for four tires and a slight adjustment, sending the Corning, Calif. native back out for the beginning of Stage Two in the third position. Despite restarting third, Reddick immediately reported that the BurgerFi Chevrolet had become extremely loose rolling through the corner. This loose-handling condition ultimately shuffled the JRM driver back to 19th before an opportune caution on lap 70 provided another opportunity to come to pit road for four tires and adjustments. Returning to the track in 25th, Elenz took advantage of another caution with 11 laps remaining in Stage Two to keep Reddick on the racetrack while several of the leaders came to pit road. The strategy call paid off as Reddick took the green-and-white checkered flag to end the second stage in the 12th position.

Prior to the beginning of the final stage, the decision was made to leave the driver of the BurgerFI Chevrolet out while the remaining leaders came to pit road, moving Reddick into second for the lap-97 restart. After initially sliding back to third, Reddick settled back in to the top three and remained there until the JRM driver reported that he had a tire going down, leading to a green-flag pit stop on lap 137. To compound the issues further, Reddick was caught speeding on the entry to pit road and was forced to serve a penalty.

As a result of the penalty, Reddick was shuffled back outside of the top 20 and off of the lead lap. Utilizing a never-give-up attitude, the driver of the BurgerFi Chevrolet improved five positions to rejoin the top 20 before having to hit pit road once again under green for fuel with six laps remaining. In the end, Reddick was scored with a 23rd-place finish.

Ryan Blaney brought home the victory with Christopher Bell, Daniel Hemric, Cole Custer and Ryan Preece rounding out the top-five.

Tyler Reddick, driver No. 9 BurgerFi team

“Today was a learning day for sure. We know that we had a really fast BurgerFi Chevy and I can’t thank Dave (Elenz, crew chief) and my guys enough for all of their hard work throughout this weekend. I know what I need to do to continue to get better each and every week and I’m definitely looking forward to getting back to the track next week in Bristol and unload with another fast JR Motorsports Chevy.”

Justin Allgaier

Justin Allgaier and the BRANDT Professional Agriculture team had a fast Chevrolet all weekend long, but a part failure ultimately forced the team to retire from the race early at Texas Motor Speedway, relegating them to a 35th-place finish. The 31-year-old driver now sits fifth in the NASCAR Xfinity Series point standings, 32 markers outside of the lead.

Allgaier qualified eighth for the sixth race of the season and wasted no time working his way up towards the front. By the end of the first lap he had the BRANDT Chevy in the sixth position and was up to fifth when the first yellow flag of the day waved just two laps into the race. The first stage became marred with cautions, not giving Allgaier much opportunity to advance his position. He had radioed just nine laps in that the BRANDT Chevy was really good, but just a touch free in the center of the turns at both ends of the track. The team’s day took a turn when the Illinois native relayed on lap 30 that he thought the BRANDT Camaro was down a cylinder. He was running in seventh but began losing positions, finishing Stage One in the 17th spot on lap 45.

Under the stage-ending caution, crew chief Jason Burdett called for the team to lift the hood during the pit stop to take a closer look. In an effort to diagnose and fix the issue, Burdett had Allgaier bring the No. 7 Chevy to the garage just a few laps later. After the team made repairs, Allgaier was sent back out on the track, 25 laps down. When the crew made a pit stop at the conclusion of Stage Two, the BRANDT Chevy’s engine cut off and was unable to re-fire, ending the team’s day early. Allgaier ultimately finished the race in 35th place.

Ryan Blaney took home the victory and was followed by Christopher Bell, Daniel Hemric and Cole Custer, with Ryan Preece rounding out the top five.

Justin Allgaier, driver No. 7 BRANDT Professional Agriculture team

“Man, I hate it for this BRANDT Professional Agriculture team. We had a great car all weekend and were driving away from guys today when we started having problems. It would have been awesome to qualify for the first Xfinity Dash 4 Cash race of the season, but we’ll head to Bristol and try for another shot at it. This team brought a fast Chevy, we just had tough luck today.”

 

 

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XFINITY Series Schedule

  • July 28 05:00 PM ET
    U.S. Cellular 250Iowa Speedway
  • August 4 03:30 PM ET
    Zippo 200Watkins Glen International
  • August 11 03:00 PM ET
    Mid-Ohio ChallengeMid-Ohio Sports Car Course
  • August 17 07:30 PM ET
    Food City 300Bristol Motor Speedway
  • August 25 03:00 PM ET
    Road America 180Road America

XFINITY Series Standings

After Lakes Region 200

New Hampshire Motor Speedway | 7/21/2018
RankDriverPointsBehind
1Daniel Hemric6500
2Christopher Bell #644-6
3Elliott Sadler643-7
4Cole Custer637-13
5Justin Allgaier602-48
6Tyler Reddick #553-97
7Brandon Jones543-107
14Michael Annett343-307