Preview: LTi Printing 250

JR Motorsports | 6/6/2018

Brandt Elliott Sadler Justin Allgaier Michael Annett Michigan Nationwide Children's Hospital News OneMain TMC Tyler Reddick XFINITY Series

The NASCAR Xfinity Series season continues Saturday and JRM is eager to get back on track for 250 miles of high-speed action this weekend in the Irish Hills of Michigan.

TRACK: Michigan International Speedway
RACE: LTi Printing 250 (125 laps/250 miles)
DATE: Saturday, June 9, 2018
TV: 1:30 p.m. ET on FOX
RADIO: 1 p.m. ET on MRN and SiriusXM Ch. 90

Quotes:

Elliott Sadler: “As a team, we’ve had some really good runs at Michigan over the last two seasons. All season, I have been wanting to get a win for Kevin (Meendering, crew chief) and my guys, who work so hard week in and week out building me fast Chevrolets. To get to Victory Lane this weekend, at Kevin’s hometrack, would be awesome—and I know it would mean a lot to him. We’re going to continue running our race and fighting to keep our OneMain Financial Chevrolet up front.”

Michael Annett: “We were really good with the new aero package at Pocono, the Pilot Flying J Chevrolet was fast and we were able to move up easily. Unfortunately, we ended up with suspension damage and couldn’t bring it home. I’ve been happy with the car the last several weeks, we just need some luck to go our way at some point this season. We’ve got some ground to make up for the Playoffs, and Michigan is a good place to do that.”

Justin Allgaier: “Man, I’m ready to get to Michigan and try to get this monkey off our back. We’ve had two rough weeks with wrecks and that’s put us back in the points. It would be great to turn things around and get back on track heading into the summer. Last week at Pocono, we had a fast car and we were very competitive with the new aero package, so I think we’ll be in good shape this weekend if we can get some better luck.”

Tyler Reddick: “We are very interested to see the improvements we have made after Pocono heading into Michigan now that we have a race under our belt with this aero package. Dave (Elenz, crew chief) and I believe that the cars will run faster in a pack in Michigan with this aero package. Because of that we are confident that what we will be fast right off the truck and that we will contend for the victory on Saturday with our Nationwide Children’s Hospital Chevrolet.”

Notes:

• After claiming his 12th consecutive single-digit finish in just 12 races this season, Sadler is now only two finishes away from tying his record of 14 straight (2016). With his continuous strong runs, the Virginia native remains atop the NASCAR Xfinity Series point standings.

• At Michigan International Speedway, the veteran driver has three top fives and eight top 10s in 13 NXS starts.

• In his two starts at Michigan with JR Motorsports, Sadler has never finished outside the top five after rolling off the grid from the third-place position in both events.

• Crew chief Kevin Meendering is from Grand Rapids, Mich., located 125 miles northwest of the track.

• Michael Annett finished 12th at Michigan in 2012, his best Xfinity Series result in the Irish Hills.

• His best finish on a 2-mile track is sixth, at Auto Club Speedway, coming in 2009.

• Last year at MIS, Annett started ninth and was running in the top 10 before getting caught up in an early incident just 38 laps into the race.

• The Iowa native is 15th in points after Pocono, the first race with the new NXS aero package this season.

• TMC Transportation will make its 2018 debut on the No. 5 JRM Chevrolet this weekend. TMC is the country’s largest employee-owned flatbed trucking company.

• In seven NXS starts at MIS, Justin Allgaier has one top five and three top 10s. His highest finish of fourth came in 2010 after Allgaier took the green flag in seventh.

• On tracks measuring 2 miles in length, the Illinois native has four top-10 finishes in his five most recent starts, with an average finish of 9.0.

• Allgaier currently sits sixth in the NXS point standings and is looking to rebound this weekend in Michigan after being caught up in wrecks two weeks in a row.

• The driver of the No. 7 BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevy is celebrating a birthday this week. Allgaier turns 32 on Wednesday, June 6.

• Tyler Reddick will make his second career NXS start at Michigan this weekend. The California native finished 13th in his lone start at the 2-mile oval last season.

• Reddick previously made two Truck Series starts at Michigan with a best finish of ninth coming in 2015.

• To date in 2018, Reddick ranks first in quality passes (596) and first in speed on restarts (8.5) among series regulars.

• Following Pocono, Reddick sits fourth in the NXS point standings and first in the Rookie of the Year standings.

• Dave Elenz, crew chief of the No. 9 team, is from Gaylord, Mich., just 230 miles north of the racetrack.

XFINITY Series Schedule

  • June 30 03:30 PM ET
    Overton's 300Chicagoland Speedway
  • July 6 07:30 PM ET
    Firecracker 250Daytona International Speedway
  • July 13 08:00 PM ET
    Alsco 300Kentucky Speedway
  • July 21 04:00 PM ET
    Lakes Region 200New Hampshire Motor Speedway
  • July 28 03:30 PM ET
    U.S. Cellular 250Iowa Speedway

XFINITY Series Standings

After Iowa 250

Iowa Speedway | 6/17/2018
RankDriverPointsBehind
1Elliott Sadler5040
2Cole Custer500-4
3Daniel Hemric497-7
4Tyler Reddick #473-31
5Christopher Bell #471-33
6Justin Allgaier453-51
7Brandon Jones431-73
15Michael Annett267-237