Preview: Iowa 250

JR Motorsports | 6/13/2018

Brandt BurgerFi Elliott Sadler Iowa Justin Allgaier Michael Annett News Northland OneMain Tyler Reddick XFINITY Series

The NASCAR Xfinity Series takes center stage Sunday for a Father's Day short track shootout in the midwest at Iowa Speedway.

TRACK: Iowa Speedway
RACE: Iowa 250 (250 laps / 218.75 miles)
DATE: Sunday, June 17, 2018
TV: 5:00 p.m. ET on FS1
RADIO: 4:30 p.m. ET on MRN and SiriusXM Ch. 90

Quotes:

Elliott Sadler: “I always look forward to Iowa – it’s one of my stronger tracks and it’s always a fun and challenging race. We had a rocket of a car last year, just a little bit of bad luck. I’m confident my guys will unload another fast Chevrolet and perform again this weekend. This is a track where I know we can win.”

Michael Annett: “Man, we are glad to see Iowa on the schedule this week. We’ve had great cars all season, run well and been in position to score a lot of points, but something always gets in the way. Coming home to Iowa is the perfect remedy for what has been plaguing us. It’s a racy track and we run pretty well there. Last year, we were in a great spot and made it happen at the end, and with Northland Oil back on the car, we are confident we can do it again.”

Justin Allgaier: “Iowa is a great place and the fans there are incredible. It’s just one of those places that you’ve got to go to. We had really fast Camaros there last year and led a lot of laps, so that makes me eager to get back there and see what we can do. Plus, with the track surrounded by cornfields, it’d awesome to get our sponsor BRANDT Professional Agriculture to Victory Lane.”

Tyler Reddick: “I’m really happy to have BurgerFi back on our JR Motorsports Chevrolet this weekend in Iowa. My guys on this team won this race last year and hopefully we can win it again this time around. Iowa is one of my favorite short tracks on the schedule and it would definitely be cool to go to Victory Lane there on Sunday.”

Notes:

• For a 12th consecutive week, Elliott Sadler leads the NASCAR Xfinity Series point standings. Following his Stage Two win at Michigan, the veteran driver has now stockpiled four bonus points for the playoffs.

• In 14 NXS starts at Iowa Speedway, Sadler has one win (August 2012), seven top-five and 13 top-10 finishes with three pole awards.

• Sadler’s average finish at the .875-mile track is 5.9.

• On short tracks this season, Sadler has two top-five finishes, claiming third at Richmond and fourth at Bristol. The Virginia native also led 30 laps among those two events.

• Michael Annett finished sixth in this race last year, his second-best finish of the 2017 season with JR Motorsports.

• Annett, a native of Des Moines, has earned one top-five and three top-10 finishes at Iowa Speedway.

• Northland Oil returns to the No. 5 team as primary sponsor for Iowa after running in this race last season. It is Northland Oil’s only scheduled appearance for 2018.

• Annett’s best finish at Iowa, fourth, came in 2012, also with Northland Oil as the primary sponsor.

• Currently, Annett sits 16th in the NXS point standings.

• In 12 NXS starts at Iowa Speedway, Justin Allgaier has one top five and eight top 10s, with a best finish of second (August 2012).

• The Illinois native led for a combined 111 laps in his two most recent starts at the short track and has paced the field for a total of 261 circuits there.

• Allgaier has five top-five and seven top-10 finishes in his 10 most recent NXS starts at tracks measuring less than 1 mile in length, with 390 laps led and an average finish of 8.1.

• The 32-year-old driver earned his eighth top-10 effort of the season at Michigan last weekend and sits sixth in the NXS point standings.

• Tyler Reddick will make his third career NXS start at Iowa Speedway this weekend.

• In his two previous starts, Reddick recorded a best finish of third in the June 2017 event.

• Reddick previously made three Truck Series starts at Iowa with a best finish of third in 2015.

• To date in 2018, Reddick currently ranks first in quality passes (635), first in speed on restarts (8.615) and third in average running position (8.967).

• Reddick currently ranks fourth in the NXS point standings and first in the Rookie of the Year standings.

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XFINITY Series Schedule

  • August 17 07:30 PM ET
    Food City 300Bristol Motor Speedway
  • August 25 03:00 PM ET
    Road America 180Road America
  • September 1 03:30 PM ET
    Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200Darlington Raceway
  • September 8 04:00 PM ET
    Lilly Diabetes 250Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • September 15 05:00 PM ET
    DC Solar 300Las Vegas Motor Speedway

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