Sadler and Reddick Rebound, Lead JRM at Pocono

JR Motorsports | 6/2/2018

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Elliott Sadler and Tyler Reddick rebounded after an up and down day to both finish in the Top-10 Saturday at Pocono Raceway.

Race 12 of 33: Pocono Green 250 at Pocono Raceway
Track Specs: 2.5-mile triangular oval / 100 laps
Weather: Mostly Cloudy, 77 degrees
Race Winner: Kyle Busch

Sadler’s Finish: 6th          
Reddick’s Finish: 9th       
Annett’s Finish: 35th      
Allgaier’s Finish: 37th

Elliott Sadler

Elliott Sadler and the No. 1 OneMain Financial team endured a roller-coaster day in Saturday’s Pocono Green 250 at Pocono Raceway to claim a stout sixth-place finish. The team’s consistent efforts continue to pay dividends as Sadler maintains the NASCAR Xfinity Series point lead on the strength of 12 consecutive top-10 finishes.

Sadler fired off in seventh position and wasted little time climbing to sixth in the opening 10 laps of the race. Early on, he radioed crew chief Kevin Meendering and diagnosed various handling issues in each of Pocono’s three corners. As the field stretched out under green-flag conditions in the opening 25 laps, Sadler picked off a handful of spots. He climbed to fourth for the conclusion of Stage One.

Under the stage-ending caution, Sadler brought the OneMain Financial entry to the attention of the crew for four tires, fuel and a slight air pressure tweak. He returned to the track and lined up for the Stage Two restart in third place. After a short run another caution slowed the field, with Sadler occupying the runner-up position. But following a restart on lap 35, which pinned the OneMain Financial Chevrolet to the bottom line, he dropped to 10th, commenting the sticker tires put on under the last stop made the car too free in traffic. He gained two spots in the closing laps of Stage Two to claim the eighth position.

The stage-concluding caution proved fortuitous for the No. 1 team as an oil-tank bracket had come loose under the car, which had the potential to become problematic for the team if left unchecked. The crew went to work on a fix during the caution period, utilizing multiple pit stops to properly repair the issue. As a result, Sadler took the ensuing restart in 29th

Sadler went to work through the final stage, showcasing the strength of the No. 1 machine and methodically climbed back up the leaderboard. He found a spot inside the top 10 by the 70th circuit and continued to slice his way through the field, securing sixth by the time the checkered flag flew.

Kyle Busch won the race and was followed to the line by Chase Elliott, Daniel Hemric, Austin Cindric and Cole Custer.

Elliott Sadler, driver No. 1 OneMain Financial team

“My guys did a great job today. We had to battle back through all that traffic and got ourselves a sixth-place finish. We wanted a top five [and] we got close. We had some good battles out there. I’m very proud of everyone on this OneMain Financial Chevy team. That’s what being a team is all about. You have to sometimes go through adversity, and we felt like the past two weeks we’ve done that through the race and got ourselves some good top-five finishes.”

Tyler Reddick

Tyler Reddick, driver of the No. 9 Pinnacle Financial Partners Chevrolet Camaro, ran inside the top 10 for much of Saturday afternoon’s NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Pocono Raceway, earning stage points in both Stage One and Two before ultimately taking the checkered flag in the ninth position. The result is Reddick’s eighth top-10 finish of 2018, tying the JR Motorsports driver for third among all series drivers in top-10 finishes this season.

Reddick took the green flag for the 100-lap event from the ninth position after advancing to the final round of knockout qualifying on Saturday morning. After beginning the opening stage fighting a loose-handling condition, Reddick reported to crew chief Dave Elenz that the Pinnacle Financial Partners Chevrolet had shifted toward the tight-side in traffic. Despite not handling to his liking, Reddick maintained his top-10 track position throughout the 25-lap stage, taking the green-and-white checkered flag to end Stage One on lap 25 in the ninth position, earning two valuable stage points in the process.

Crew chief Dave Elenz called Reddick to pit road in-between stages for four tires and an air pressure adjustment in the hopes of improving the handling of the Pinnacle Financial Partners Chevrolet. Following the stop, Reddick returned to the track for Stage Two in the fourth position and remained inside the top five until a lap 34 restart shuffled the Corning, Calif. native back to 10th as a result of the inside line not getting up to speed as quickly as the outside line heading into the first corner. Reddick pressed forward during the closing laps of the second stage, moving back into the ninth position with two laps remaining to again earn two valuable stage points when the green-and-white checkered flag was displayed on lap 50.

During the stage-ending caution, Elenz called Reddick back to pit road as the field got the one-to-go signal to top-off on fuel with the hope being that the race would run green to the finish. As a result of the stop, Reddick took the ensuing restart for the final stage in the 23rd position before quickly charging forward, improving eight positions before an inopportune caution on lap 56 nullified the fuel strategy. During the caution period, Elenz told Reddick to remain on the racetrack while several of the leaders came to pit road, moving the JRM driver up to ninth for the lap 60 restart. Reddick continued to fight for position inside the top 10 until the tight-handling condition worsened, shuffling the driver of the Pinnacle Financial Partners Chevrolet back to 14th.

With the tight-handling condition persisting, Reddick never gave up as he steadily worked his way forward in the closing laps, rejoining the top 10 with 14 laps remaining before crossing the finish line for the final time in the ninth position.

Kyle Busch took home the victory with Chase Elliott, Daniel Hemric, Austin Cindric and Cole Custer rounding out the top five. 

Tyler Reddick, driver No. 9 Pinnacle Financial Partners team

“We got the best we could out of today with our Pinnacle Financial Partners Chevrolet. We just couldn’t get the track position we needed at the right time and it seemed like each restart the line opposite ours would go. I just want to thank Dave (Elenz, crew chief) and everyone on this JR Motorsports team for their hard work this weekend. We fought hard all day today and I’m ready to get back after it again next weekend in Michigan.

Michael Annett

Michael Annett’s day at Pocono Raceway was filled with good things, but several bad things caused an early end to his run in the Pocono Green 250 for NASCAR Xfinity Series machines. Annett crashed off Turn 2 on lap 57, racing in a pack of cars, and the resulting damage was too much to make it to the end of the 100-lap event.

Starting 22nd, Annett advanced eight spots to 14th over the 25-lap Stage One before pitting at the end of it for four tires and fuel. After a fast pit stop, the Iowa native began Stage Two 11th with a ton of momentum. Heading off Turn 1 onto the Long Pond Straight on the restart at lap 31, Annett’s Pilot Flying J Chevrolet got loose and spun on the low line with the whole field bearing down on him. Luckily, none of the trailing cars made contact and Annett was able to get back to the pits to change four tires without losing a lap. That put him 27th in the rundown and he made up nine spots before crew chief Jason Stockert called his driver to pit road again on lap 47, three laps from the end of Stage Two, to change right-side tires and add fuel. He returned to the track in 27th spot, the same place he’d been before the stop.

When Stage Two ended, Annett pointed the Pilot Flying J Chevy back down pit road for left-side tires, an air-pressure adjustment and more fuel, jumping 16 spots on the exchange and starting the final stage in ninth position. After advancing to eighth on the first lap of the final stage, Annett got loose again off Turn 2 and slid straight across the exit to the outside wall, collecting Chase Briscoe along the way. The impact did meaningful damage to both the body and the underpinnings of the No. 5, and sent Annett back to pit road for repairs. After going down a lap to the leaders, Stockert sent Annett back out to see if he could ride it out to the finish, but the damage was too great to overcome. He was forced to the garage after 66 laps and finished 35th, which slowed Annett’s charge to the NXS Playoffs. He dropped from 13th to 15th in the standings after 12 races.

Kyle Busch won the race, followed by Chase Elliott, Daniel Hemric, Austin Cindric and Cole Custer.

Michael Annett, driver No. 5 Pilot Flying J team

“The Pilot Flying J Chevrolet was good to go today, but we got into that accident off Turn 2 and that was it. It bent a lot of stuff underneath the car. I was able to race today, moved up a lot of spots and had a good plan to get to the end with a good finish, but I got loose off the Tunnel Turn and that was that. My hands were all the way to the right and they (cars around him) just kept coming. We will go to Michigan next week and see if we can do it again, this time with a much better outcome.”

Justin Allgaier

Justin Allgaier ran as high as second in Saturday’s Pocono Green 250, but another run of bad luck struck the Breyers 2in1 team when the No. 7 Camaro suffered major damage during a wreck on lap 61. The 31-year-old driver was ultimately scored with a 37th-place finish and still sits sixth in the NASCAR Xfinity Series point standings.

Allgaier started the race in 19th and methodically started working his way through the field. Running in 16th on lap 4, the JR Motorsports driver relayed to his team that the No. 7 Chevy was on edge in the center of Turns 1 and 2 and tight in Turn 3. Even with handling issues he continued to gain positions on the track, finding himself in 11th on lap 14. Allgaier radioed to the team that as the run went on the edginess was still there, but that the Breyers 2in1 Chevy was getting tighter on corner exit. No. 7 spotter Eddie D’Hondt reminded Allgaier to stick with it as several other drivers were also battling issues. The Illinois native was able to hold on to it to finish Stage One in 11th on lap 25.

Finally with an opportunity to work on the car, the team made a stop for four tires, fuel and multiple air pressure adjustments. He took the green flag for Stage Two on lap 31 in seventh place and was up to fourth when a caution flag waved shortly after the restart as the No. 5 of Michael Annett got loose and spun. The team decided to stay out and Allgaier got another good restart, moving into the second position behind Cole Custer. The two paced the field for much of the second stage, but it came down to a battle among four drivers, with Allgaier taking third as the green-and-white checkered flag waved at the conclusion of lap 50.

Under the stage-ending caution, the driver of the No. 7 relayed that his Chevrolet was loose when he was running by himself and tight in traffic. Coming to pit road, the team made a stop for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. Knowing that fuel was going to be tight, the team had Allgaier come back down pit road as the field was coming to the green to top off his tank. Following another quick caution period, Allgaier restarted among the top 15 on lap 61 and was coming out of Turn 1 when he and another car made contact, causing the Breyer’s Chevy to get into the wall and come across traffic, collecting the No. 20 of Christopher Bell. The No. 7 Camaro sustained heavy damage and was unable to continue on. Allgaier was scored with a 37th-place finish.

Kyle Busch won the 100-lap NXS event and was followed by Chase Elliott and Daniel Hemric, with Austin Cindric and Cole Custer rounding out the top five.

Justin Allgaier, driver No. 7 Breyers 2in1 team

“We were trying to navigate our way through the restart there. We were coming off of Turn 1 and I kind of got turned and started to go to the right and it swung back to the left and I collected Christopher (Bell ) unfortunately and it wrecked both of our days. It’s just disappointing. Our Breyer’s 2in1 Chevy was really fast this weekend. We got up there and battled for the lead for a little while. The guys did a great job on pit strategy. I thought we were going to be in a really good spot. We’ll rebound for next week and go to Michigan and try to recover. We’ve had two terrible weeks in a row so I’m hoping to get this monkey off of our back.”

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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