Reddick, Allgaier Lead JRM in Rain-Shortened Michigan Race

JR Motorsports | 6/9/2018

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

Tyler Reddick and Justin Allgaier both turned in top-10 finishes Saturday as rain shortened the NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Michigan International Speedway.

Race 13 of 33: LTi Printing 250 at Michigan International Speedway
Track Specs: 2-mile D-shaped oval / 125 laps
Weather: Cloudy; 68 degrees
Race Winner: Austin Dillon

Reddick’s Finish: 7th
Allgaier’s Finish: 9th       
Annett’s Finish: 17th
Sadler’s Finish: 30th

Tyler Reddick 

Tyler Reddick, driver of the No. 9 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Chevrolet Camaro, earned a seventh-place finish in Saturday afternoon’s rain-shortened NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Michigan International Speedway. The result is Reddick’s ninth top-10 finish of the season and keeps the JR Motorsports driver fourth in the championship standings. 

Reddick took the green flag for the originally scheduled 125-lap event from the sixth position after heavy rain on Saturday morning forced NASCAR to cancel qualifying, setting the field by owner points per the rulebook. After initially getting forced three-wide and falling back to 10th on the opening lap of the race, Reddick took advantage of the outside line to draft into the top five and up to fifth before the first caution of the day came out on lap 16. The driver of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Chevrolet took the ensuing restart from the fifth position but was caught on the inside line without much drafting help and was shuffled back to outside the top 10 in the closing laps of the Stage One, taking the green-and-white checkered flag in 14th.

The Corning, Calif. native came to pit road in-between stages for four tires and an air-pressure adjustment, returning to the track for the beginning of Stage Two in the 18th position. Reddick only needed one lap to draft back into the top 10 following the restart, improving 10 positions to eighth before the caution came out once again on lap 36. The JRM driver maintained his track position inside the top 10 until a restart following a lap 46 caution period slid Reddick back to 14th as the inside line didn’t get up to speed as well as the outside line. Reddick then returned to pit road when the caution flag returned on lap 55 for four fresh tires. With several cars opting to stay out with the threat of rain in the area, Reddick took the green flag for the one-lap shootout to end Stage Two in 25th before ultimately ending the stage in the 23rd position.

Reddick was scored in the 20th position when the third and final stage went green on lap 65, but wasted little time moving forward, drafting back up to the 10th position before the caution came out on lap 72. Then, following a rash of cautions, Reddick lined up for the lap 88 restart in the eighth position before quickly moving into seventh as the skies opened up and rain began to fall.

After running several laps under caution, NASCAR deemed that the rain was too severe and that the race was official, crediting Reddick with a seventh-place finish. The result keeps Reddick in a tie for third among all series drivers in top-10 finishes this season with nine.

Austin Dillon earned the victory with Daniel Hemric, Cole Custer, Ryan Reed and Paul Menard rounding out the top five. 

Tyler Reddick, driver No. 9 Nationwide Children’s Hospital team

“I wish we could’ve ran this race to the end because we had a really fast Nationwide Children’s Hospital Chevrolet today. My guys on this JR Motorsports team worked really hard during practice yesterday and we made some good gains heading into today. It’s unfortunate that the rain couldn’t hold off until the end of the race but we had a good run back toward the front in the end and we will build off of this heading into next weekend in Iowa.” 

Justin Allgaier

Justin Allgaier and the No. 7 BRANDT Professional Agriculture team climbed their way to a ninth-place finish in Saturday’s rain-shortened LTi Printing 250 at Michigan International Speedway. The effort marks the BRANDT team’s eighth top-10 finish of the season.

Rain was the theme of the weekend as it washed out qualifying and delayed the green-flag by three hours. The field was set according to the NASCAR rulebook and Allgaier rolled off in ninth position. Even from the outset the team faced an uphill battle as they were forced to the rear of the field for unapproved adjustments.

Once the green flag waved, Allgaier quickly went to work, gaining 12 positions in the opening three laps. With passing at a premium due to a new aero package, the field fell single file before breaking apart into smaller packs. Allgaier climbed to 23rd with a tight condition by the race’s first caution flag and took the opportunity to visit pit road for a two-tire stop which netted the BRANDT team several positions. With a handful of competitors staying out, the No. 7 restarted 23rd. Allgaier would improve to 17th to finish out Stage One.

The team cycled to fifth under the stage-ending caution as other cars which stayed out earlier came down pit road. After being stuck in the unprefered line following the Stage Two restart, Allgaier undulated among the top 10 but found the 10th spot when a caution came out with a few laps remaining in the second stage. Crew chief Jason Burdett called Allgaier to pit road for four tires and fuel, and with others again opting not to pit, Allgaier lined up in 22nd. He maintained the position to conclude Stage Two.

The BRANDT Chevrolet took off for the final stage in 19th, racing hard among a tight and aggressive pack ramped up the threat of rain. Allgaier steered clear of the chaos and methodically climbed back to the 10th spot with 46 laps remaining. As the rain moved in, Allgaier snagged one final position just before the race was officially cut short by 34 laps.

Austin Dillon took the victory and was followed to the line by Daniel Hemric, Cole Custer, Ryan Reed and Paul Menard.

Justin Allgaier, driver No. 7 BRANDT Professional Agriculture team

“We had good speed in our BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet and I have to thank all the guys on this 7 team for their hard work all weekend. I think we saw what everyone expected out of this new package we raced today. The top lane was everything and it was definitely a little crazy out there at times. Passing was a big challenge for everyone. If you got out of a line, there was no guarantee you’d get a good enough run to pull a slide job on the guy in front of you and complete the pass. Still, we’ll take a solid top 10 and move on to Iowa next week.”

Michael Annett

A promising day at Michigan International Speedway took a turn for the worse on lap 73 of the LTi Printing 250 for NASCAR Xfinity Series machines on Saturday, but Michael Annett and the TMC Transportation Chevrolet team from JR Motorsports rallied for a 17th-place finish in the rain-shortened event. The race, originally scheduled for 125 laps, ended at lap 91 after a rain shower hit the speedway.

Annett, sporting the black, gold and red colors of TMC Transportation for the first of five races this season, was running 11th in a huge pack of cars on lap 72 when Austin Cindric made a move in traffic that cost both drivers. Cindric came down the track and into Annett’s right front fender, flattening the tire and forcing the 31-year-old driver to pit road. Crew chief Jason Stockert and the No. 5 team put four tires on the car and cleaned up damage to the splitter. Annett reported that the toe-in was out on his Chevrolet as well, and he went back out in 27th spot for the restart. Over the remaining laps, Annett gained 10 spots before the rains came and wound up 17th at the finish.

Annett began the race 17th after morning rains cancelled qualifying earlier in the day and the field was set using NASCAR rules. At the initial green, the Iowa native was running 19th when the caution flag waved for the first of 10 times on the day for Christopher Bell’s crash off Turn 4. Stockert called Annett down pit road for four tires and fuel ahead of the Stage One break. That put him 26th in the running order for the restart, and he ended Stage One 10 laps later in 20th spot.

At the break, Annett stayed on track while several other pitted, putting him seventh for the Stage Two start, but starting on the inside line with the new aero package meant that the low-line cars were at a disadvantage. Heading into Turn 3, Ryan Reed ducked to the inside of Annett and stalled his run, dropping Annett to 14th at the end of the first lap. A few laps after a restart for a caution that waved on lap 37, Annett had a huge run to the low side and pushed it through, only to get caught by higher-line cars later in the lap and fell back to 23rd. On lap 46, finally on the high line, Ryan Sieg spun while racing directly below Annett in the middle of Turn 3, narrowly missing the TMC Transportation machine. The caution flag waved again on lap 57 for a single-car crash and Stockert called his driver to pit road again for two tires and fuel, hoping to stay ahead of a weather front headed for the speedway. Annett ended Stage Two in 15th place.

That set up the 65-lap final stage, and Annett started 12th on the green flag. Following his incident with Cindric, Annett made his way back through the field to 20th when a caution waved for a four-car tangle on lap 80. He made his way to 17th when rain stopped the race at lap 91.

Austin Dillon won the race, followed by Daniel Hemric, Cole Custer, Reed and Paul Menard.

Michael Annett, driver No. 5 TMC Transportation team

“Another instance of minding our own business and getting caught in somebody else’s mess here today. The 60 came across the nose and it flattened the right front tire and knocked the toe out. The car drove pretty well with the aero package, and we were in good shape on strategy when that happened. We are going to do something to get this monkey off our backs, and having a hometown race to look forward to might be what we need.”

Elliott Sadler

Elliott Sadler and the OneMain Financial team ran a strong race throughout the first two stages of the LTi Printing 250 at Michigan International Speedway before finding trouble, finishing 30th in the rain-shorted event on Saturday afternoon. After claiming a top-10 finish at the conclusion of Stage One and taking the green-white-checkered for Stage Two in first, Sadler continues to hold the NASCAR Xfinity Series point standings lead and collected another bonus point for the series’ playoffs.

With morning showers cancelling qualifying, Sadler started third at the 2-mile D-shaped oval – due to his placement in the owners points. The veteran driver was quick to provide positive feedback on the handling of his OneMain Financial Chevrolet. On lap 10, while running in the second position, Sadler relayed he needed no changes. Following the first caution and restart of the day, Sadler got caught in the middle of three wide and fell to seventh. When the stage ended on lap 30, Sadler remained in the seventh position.

Under the stage-ending caution, the No. 1 team made a quick stop for four tires and fuel, gaining three positions on pit road. With other teams opting to remain on track or pitting for only two tires, Sadler restarted in 13th place. Remaining focused, Sadler drove his Chevrolet Camaro just like he did throughout Stage One. By lap 40, the OneMain Financial team was back in the fourth position. Crew chief Kevin Meendering elected to have the team stay out and take the lead as the leaders came to pit road under the lap 46 caution. Sadler restarted in first and led the one remaining lap of the stage, finishing first for Stage Two. By taking the green-and white checkered flag, the No. 1 team earned one point for the NXS playoffs.

As the final stage of the race began, the OneMain Financial team worked to continue building on their unique strategy and race the approaching rain. After falling to fourth and getting caught on the slower inside line, Sadler slipped back to eighth place. While racing for position, contact with the No. 23 Chevrolet sent Sadler into the wall causing slight right-side damage. Multiple pit stops for repairs put the OneMain Financial team in 34th place. Sadler was able to regain four positions before the restrictor-plate event was shortened due to rain. Ultimately, at the conclusion of the race, the OneMain Financial team was in 30th place.

Austin Dillon won the Irish Hills event and was followed by Daniel Hemric, Cole Custer, Ryan Reed and Paul Menard to round out the top five.

Elliott Sadler, driver No. 1 OneMain Financial team

“Man, we had a fast OneMain Financial Chevrolet today. I hate it for my guys to have gotten the finish we did. Kevin (Meendering, crew chief) made a great call, getting us another championship point and had the car handling well all race. We were racing the rain and unfortunately didn’t get the rain as early as we needed it.”

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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