Allgaier Tops Sadler in Tense Dover Dash 4 Cash Battle

JR Motorsports | 5/5/2018

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JRM's Justin Allgaier topped teammate Elliott Sadler off the final corner on Saturday to win the OneMain Financial 200 at Dover. The victory also earned Allgaier the NXS Dash 4 Cash payout.

Race 10 of 33: OneMain Financial 200 at Dover International Speedway
Track Specs: 1-mile concrete oval / 200 laps
Weather: Mostly cloudy; 72 degrees
Race Winner: Justin Allgaier

Allgaier’s Finish: 1st       
Sadler’s Finish: 2nd         
Reddick’s Finish: 5th       
Annett’s Finish: 15th      

Justin Allgaier

Justin Allgaier and the SiteOne Landscape Supply team came home with the victory and the $100,000 Xfinity Dash 4 Cash bonus on Saturday afternoon in the OneMain Financial 200 at Dover International Speedway. With a first-place finish, Allgaier and the No. 7 team have clinched a spot in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs. Leading 104 laps en route to the victory, plus earning a Stage Two win, Allgaier collected six playoff points and moved to second place in the NXS point standings. The win was the sixth-career NXS victory for the JR Motorsports driver and his first at Dover.

Starting sixth in the 200-lap race, the Illinois native wasted no time advancing his position on the track, taking over third on the first lap. He remained inside the top five for the first 45 laps to finish second in Stage One. Under the stage-ending caution, Allgaier relayed that his SiteOne Landscape Supply Chevy was on the tight side. Crew chief Jason Burdett called him to pit road for four tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment.

The 31-year-old driver took the green flag for Stage Two in the seventh spot on lap 53 and just 10 laps later was battling for second. Within just a couple laps he made the pass and set his sights on the leader, JRM teammate Tyler Reddick. Soon he was able to track him down and took over the lead for the first time of the day on lap 77. He held on to the top spot for the remainder of Stage Two, collecting a coveted playoff point when the green-and-white checkered flag came out at the completion of lap 90. The team made a pit stop for four tires, fuel and an air-pressure adjustment to help with the tight condition that the SiteOne Landscape Supply Chevy continued to show.

With some cars staying out during the stage-ending caution, Allgaier started the final stage from the eighth position on lap 99 and made a strong move to the outside that allowed him to move up to fourth in a hurry. He didn’t stop there as he was able to surpass the next two cars and made it by leader Elliott Sadler on lap 111 to retake the point. On lap 115 he told the team that the SiteOne Landscape Supply Camaro was pretty sporty and was still the front runner with a caution came out on lap 129 for a spin. With the entire field needing to make one more pit stop to make it to the finish, they all came down pit road. The No. 7 team made a fast stop for four tires and fuel and got Allgaier off pit road first. He restarted from the top spot and held on to the position through a couple more cautions. On the final restart, with less than 30 laps to go, Allgaier again held on to the top spot, but Sadler remained close behind him. In the closing laps an intense battle between teammates ensued. The two made contact coming to the checkered flag, but it was Allgaier who came out on top to score his first NXS win of the season.

Allgaier earned JR Motorsports their second victory of 2018 and third at Dover International Speedway. Sadler came home in second and was followed by Daniel Hemric, Christopher Bell and Reddick.

Justin Allgaier, driver No. 7 SiteOne Landscape Supply team

“First of all, God is good all the time. That race, I couldn’t ask for anything better. Everybody at JR Motorsports has done a fantastic job. My wife and my daughter aren’t here and that’s probably the hardest part about today. Elliott and I had a great race, especially there at the end. It was so much fun today and I can’t thank everybody enough. We had a new partner on the car this weekend, SiteOne Landscape Supply. I’m proud to put them in Victory Lane and get the Xfinity Series Dash 4 Cash. Again, hats off to everybody. These guys (the team) are the reason we’re in Victory Lane.”

Elliott Sadler

Elliott Sadler and the OneMain Financial team earned a runner-up finish in the OneMain Financial 200 on Saturday afternoon at Dover International Speedway. This finish brings Sadler to 100 top-five finishes in his NASCAR Xfinity Series career—a feat only eight other drivers have achieved. In the Xfinity Dash 4 Cash finale, the driver of the No. 1 Chevrolet also finished second. Although he didn’t take home the $100,000 prize this weekend, Sadler qualified for (three) and won (two) the most D4C events this season and continues to hold onto the NXS point standings lead for a ninth consecutive week.

After a strong qualifying run on Saturday morning, Sadler began the 200-mile event in fourth place. The OneMain Financial driver was quick to begin claiming track position and was up to second place by the conclusion of lap 2. As the field approached the halfway point of Stage One, Sadler began recording lap times that were the quickest in the field. It was on lap 23 that the OneMain Financial Chevrolet took the lead and led the remainder of the stage. The stage win was the No. 1 team’s third of the season, now the most of any series regular team.

A quick stop under the stage-ending caution kept the No. 1 team in the top five for the start of Stage Two, after a few cars elected to remain on track. Following the opening laps of the second stage, the Virginia native reported that his OneMain Financial Chevrolet grew to be a little tight due to the track conditions changing. When the caution flag waved on lap 79, crew chief Kevin Meendering made the strategy call to bring Sadler down pit road for fresh tires, fuel and an adjustment—the opposite call of the other leading teams. When the stage concluded just a few laps later, the No. 1 Camaro was in 16th place.

Opting to stay out due to their recent stop, the OneMain Financial team began the final stage of the race in fourth place. With the improved handling of his Camaro, Sadler reclaimed the lead by lap 104. Shortly thereafter, fellow JR Motorsports teammate Justin Allgaier, who was also an Xfinity Dash 4 Cash contender, made the pass on Sadler for first with the help of his newer tires. Through a series of cautions, the two teammates remained on track, battling for first place. With just under 50 laps to go, Sadler found himself in fourth, after getting caught on the outside, but was once again logging lap times fastest of the field. On the final restart of the day, Sadler made another strong drive putting himself back into second place, racing Allgaier for the lead and D4C $100,000 bonus. The veteran driver worked to plan a last lap pass on Allgaier with hopes of taking the checkered flag in the OneMain Financial 200, but ultimately finished his partner’s event behind Allgaier in second place.

The finish was the team’s eighth top-five of the season, continuing their single-digit streak to start this season.

Daniel Hemric, Christopher Bell and JRM teammate Tyler Reddick rounded out the remaining top five at Dover.

Elliott Sadler, driver No. 1 OneMain Financial team

“I really wanted to get the win for my team. My guys have brought fast cars every week and this would have been the race to do it—with our partner in the OneMain Financial 200. It was a great race and another strong finish, but I need to close it out. I want to get Kevin (Meendering, crew chief) and my guys a checkered flag, not just a top-five finish. Congratulations to Justin Allgaier and JR Motorsports on another one-two finish.”

Tyler Reddick

Tyler Reddick, driver of the No. 9 Hennessey Performance Chevrolet Camaro, ran inside the top five for much of Saturday afternoon’s NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Dover International Speedway, pacing the field for 23 laps before ultimately taking the checkered flag in the fifth position. The result is Reddick’s second top-five and seventh top-10 finish of the 2018 season, keeping the JR Motorsports driver in the top three in the championship standings behind teammates Elliott Sadler and Justin Allgaier. 

Reddick took the green flag for the 200-lap event from the 33rd position after not being able to make a qualifying attempt due to still being in the tech line as time expired in the first round of qualifying. Despite starting in the back, Reddick persevered and charged forward, improving 15 positions before the first caution of the day on lap 2. Reddick’s march forward continued on the ensuing restart as the driver of the Hennessey Performance Chevrolet only needed seven laps to move into the top 10 and 20 laps to move up to seventh before the caution flag came out once again on lap 30. Reddick then took advantage of the lap 34 restart to race into the top five and end the opening stage in the fifth position, earning six valuable stage points in the process.

After pitting for four tires in-between stages, the Corning, Calif. native returned to the track for the beginning of Stage Two in the third position and only needed one lap to move into the race lead. Reddick held on to the lead for 23 laps before a tight-handling condition shuffled the driver of the Hennessey Performance Chevrolet back to second behind JRM teammate Allgaier. Despite losing the lead, Reddick maintained his track position to end Stage Two in second and earn an additional nine stage points.

Prior to the beginning of the final stage, crew chief Dave Elenz called Reddick to pit road for four tires and a chassis adjustment in the hopes of alleviating the tight-handling condition. Reddick returned to the track following the pit stop in the ninth position and utilized a long green-flag run to drive back up to fifth before another caution provided Elenz with an opportunity to make adjustments to the Hennessey Performance Chevrolet. After gaining one position on pit road, Reddick took the lap 134 restart from the fourth position before quickly moving into third. The JRM driver remained in third through a lap 168 caution period but was forced three-wide following a lap 173 restart, shuffling Reddick back to fifth.

In the closing laps Reddick pressed forward despite the return of the tight-handling condition and in the end took the checkered flag in the fifth position.

JRM teammate Allgaier brought home the victory with teammate Sadler, Daniel Hemric, Christopher Bell and Reddick rounding out the top five.

Tyler Reddick, driver No. 9 Hennessey Performance team

“Our Hennessey Performance Chevrolet was really fast all day today. It was fun being able to move through the field the way we did and get out front and lead some laps. It was a good day overall for everyone at JRM with Justin (Allgaier) and Elliott (Sadler) going one-two as well. I just want to thank Dave (Elenz, crew chief) and all of my guys for their hard work. Today was something that we can really build off of going forward and take to Charlotte to keep this momentum going.”

Michael Annett

Michael Annett finished 15th in Saturday’s OneMain Financial 200 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway, capping a day that saw him start deep in the field, rally for stage points and have a chance to battle for the top 10 as the final laps wound down. His finish also capped a great day for JR Motorsports, with Justin Allgaier winning the race in a close finish over Elliott Sadler and Tyler Reddick finishing fifth.

The Pilot Flying J Chevrolet rolled off 37th for the start of the 200-lap race on the 1-mile concrete oval, having missed qualifying earlier in the day after troubles in pre-race inspection. Several other cars did as well, and that packed several really fast cars in the lower rows for the start. On the initial green flag, Annett moved up quickly, and when the caution waved on lap 2 for Matt Tifft’s spin, he had gained 11 spots.

Through the rest of Stage One, Annett concentrated on moving up as far as he could in the least amount of time. By lap 27, the Iowa native was 21st, and at lap 36 he’d moved all the way up to 16th. The handle on his Pilot Flying J Chevy was getting looser on entry and tighter in the center and on exit. A bobble running the low line cost him four spots near the end of the stage and he ended the 45-lap run in 20th.

For Stage Two, after crew chief Jason Stockert called him down for four tires and fuel, Annett restarted 19th and immediately went on a charge. He was 15th in just four laps, and after the race’s third caution flag, he had moved to 13th. As other cars hit pit road to jump the Stage Two break, Annett took the green flag 10th for the last 10 laps of Stage Two and finished ninth to earn stage points for the second straight week. Pitting for four tires, fuel and adjustments, Annett began the final stage in 22nd.

As the final 101-lap stage began, Annett moved up three spots on the first lap and was 17th at lap 103. By lap 117, he was 15th and the sixth caution of the day for John Hunter Nemechek’s contact with the wall allowed Stockert to call Annett to pit road on lap 130 for his last set of Goodyear tires, fuel and more adjustments to help his handling. The Pilot Flying J crew gained a spot on the exchange and he restarted 14th.

Over the final 50 laps, Annett ran as high as 13th while battling a progressively tighter Chevrolet. On a restart with 27 laps remaining, Annett dropped three spots to 16th as the field around him scrambled for every position, and he got back to 15th with five laps remaining in the race. Annett remained 14th in series points, 23 out of the top 12.

Allgaier held off a fast-closing Sadler off Turn 4 on the final lap to earn the victory and the $100,000 Xfinity Dash 4 Cash prize by .306 seconds. Daniel Hemric was third, followed by Christopher Bell and JRM’s Tyler Reddick. Sadler and Allgaier combined to win three of the four Dash 4 Cash prizes.

Michael Annett, driver No. 5 Pilot Flying J team

“We had a great Pilot Flying J Chevrolet today, and had chances to get to the top 10 late in the race. After missing qualifying earlier, we knew we had to go hard from the initial start and we ended up scoring stage points for the second week in a row. On that whole last run, I don’t know why, but I just kept getting tighter. I couldn’t turn where I needed to turn to get spots. Great job from Jason (crew chief Jason Stockert) and my Pilot Flying J team, and we’ll come back after the break with a lot of intensity.”

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XFINITY Series Standings

After Rock N Roll Tequila 170

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course | 8/11/2018
RankDriverPointsBehind
1Christopher Bell #7710
2Elliott Sadler754-17
3Daniel Hemric754-17
4Cole Custer752-19
5Justin Allgaier751-20
6Brandon Jones623-148
7Tyler Reddick #606-165
13Michael Annett405-366