Preview: Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300

JR Motorsports | 4/11/2018

Armour Bristol BurgerFi Elliott Sadler Justin Allgaier Michael Annett News Pilot Flying J Preview Suave Tyler Reddick XFINITY Series

JRM heads to Bristol Motor Speedway controlling the top two spots in NASCAR Xfinity Series points.

TRACK: Bristol Motor Speedway
RACE: Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 (300 laps / 159.9 miles)
DATE: Saturday, April 14, 2018
TV: 1 p.m. ET on FS1
RADIO: 12:30 p.m. ET on PRN and SiriusXM Ch. 90


Elliott Sadler: “Bristol Motor Speedway is an awesome track and a track that I circle each year on my calendar. This season, my team has been really consistent, running up front and recovering from adversity. Bristol is a strong track for me and a track where my team knows we can be competitive. Our last three runs there have been all top-four finishes. I like our odds of getting our Armour Chili Chevrolet to Victory Lane this weekend.”

Michael Annett: “We did some good things at Texas, and we’re heading to Bristol with some momentum. My Pilot Flying J team has run well the last two times we’ve been there and it seems to be a solid track for me. We’re getting better every time out, and while we’re not where we need to be yet in the points, the schedule includes some tracks that are really good for us in this next four-race segment. Bristol is a great place to kick off that stretch, and we are looking for some solid finishes.”

Justin Allgaier: “Bristol is just a place that the allure of it alone is incredible. Once you get rolling and you kind of get comfortable, it’s just been one of those places that suits my driving style really well. You can be aggressive. You can charge the corners. You can do all the things that you shouldn’t do everywhere else and it seems to work. I’ve been fortunate enough to be in good equipment with good people around me. That’s a testament to these guys at JR Motorsports that work on the cars. I’m looking forward to seeing what our Suave Men team can accomplish this weekend.”

Tyler Reddick: “You always have to be on your toes when you are racing at Bristol. You know that you’re never really going to get a clean lap out there and you’ll constantly have to adjust your line around the track to either get around a car you’re racing or to get around a lapped car. So you’re always having to adjust to compensate for something. But I’m really looking forward to getting to Bristol this weekend with our BurgerFi Chevrolet. Bristol is a place where you can race from the bottom to the top of the track, which is always fun for me because I love to run by the wall. I’m ready to get there and see what we can do on Saturday.”


• Elliott Sadler tied his record of six straight single-digit finishes to start a season last weekend at Texas. Two years ago, Sadler also kicked off 2016 with only single-digit finishes before placing 15th at Bristol Motor Speedway.

• With his eighth-place finish last Saturday, the Virginia native remains at the top of the NASCAR Xfinity Series point standings for a fourth consecutive week.

• Bristol is one of Sadler’s strongest tracks with multiple wins (1998 and 2012) and a high of 214 laps led. In addition to his wins, Sadler has eight top fives, 11 top 10s and one pole award (2010) in 22 NXS starts at BMS. Sadler’s first Cup Series win came at Bristol in 2001.

• Michael Annett’s best NXS finish at BMS came in 2011, when he was sixth at the checkered flag. He was 10th in this race one year ago.

• Bristol’s high banks have been good to the 31-year-old Iowa native. Annett has earned four top-10 finishes in 11 NXS starts and his average finish there is better than any other short track.

• In his last six NXS starts at BMS, Annett has finished no worse than 12th in his Pilot Flying J-sponsored machine.

• In 11 Xfinity starts at Bristol, Annett has completed 99.6 percent of all laps attempted there.

• Justin Allgaier heads to BMS this weekend fifth in the NXS point standings, 32 points behind the leader.

• In 14 NXS starts at Bristol, the 31-year-old driver has six top-five and eight top-10 finishes. He earned his first career NXS victory at the high-banked short track back in 2010 and earned a pole award back in 2013.

• Last fall Allgaier led 75 laps at BMS, finishing the race in the fifth position. In the spring he ran inside the top 10 for much of the day, but damage from a late-race incident relegated him to a 14th -place finish.

• In all, the Illinois native has led 166 laps at Bristol, second only to teammate Elliott Sadler among NXS regulars.

• Tyler Reddick will make his second career NXS start at BMS this weekend. Reddick recorded an 11th-place finish in his lone NXS start at the half-mile short track last fall.

• In four NXS starts on short tracks, Reddick has earned a best finish of third in the June 2017 event at Iowa.

• In two career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at Bristol, Reddick has scored one top-10 finish (2015) and one pole (2016).

• Reddick currently ranks second in the championship standings, trailing teammate Elliott Sadler by 11 points and leads the Rookie of the Year standings by nine points.



XFINITY Series Schedule

  • February 16 02:30 PM ET
    Daytona 300Daytona International Speedway
  • February 23 02:00 PM ET
    Rinnai 250Atlanta Motor Speedway
  • March 2 04:00 PM ET
    Boyd Gaming 300Las Vegas Motor Speedway
  • March 9 04:00 PM ET
    Xfinity Series 200 at PhoenixISM Raceway
  • March 16 05:00 PM ET
    Xfinity Series 300 at FontanaAuto Club Speedway

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