Allgaier Dominates Iowa 250, Earns Second Victory of 2018

JR Motorsports | 6/17/2018

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

In the middle of corn country, Justin Allgaier took BRANDT Professional Agriculture to victory on Sunday at Iowa Speedway, leading 182 of 250 laps on the way to his seventh career NASCAR Xfinity Series victory.

Race 14 of 33: Iowa 250 at Iowa Speedway
Track Specs: .875-mile oval / 250 laps
Weather: Fair, 89 degrees
Race Winner: Justin Allgaier

Allgaier’s Finish: 1st
Reddick’s Finish: 8th       
Annett’s Finish: 13th      
Sadler’s Finish: 28th        

Justin Allgaier

Justin Allgaier swept the first two stages of Sunday’s Iowa 250 and held off Christopher Bell in the closing laps to grab his seventh career NASCAR Xfinity Series victory. The win also marked the 40th victory for JR Motorsports in NXS competition and it was the first for Allgaier at Iowa Speedway. The driver of the BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevy is locked in to the NXS Playoffs, sits sixth in the NXS point standings and has a series-leading eight playoff points.

The Illinois native started the 250-lap race from the 11th position and was running in eighth when a caution came out on lap 5. He radioed to crew chief Jason Burdett that the balance on the BRANDT Chevy was pretty neutral. On the restart on lap 9, he worked his way up to fifth before the completion of the lap. Allgaier powered his way up to the second spot by lap 33 and set his sights on leader Austin Cindric. He squeezed past Cindric on lap 59 to take the win in Stage One, collecting a coveted playoff point. Under the stage-ending caution, Allgaier came to pit road for four tires, fuel and a track-bar adjustment.

He took the green flag for Stage Two from the top spot on lap 70, choosing the outside line. Allgaier held point until Daniel Hemric closed in on him. The two battled back and forth for a few laps, but Allgaier was ultimately able to hold him off. On lap 93, he reported to the team that the No. 7 Camaro was tight through the center of the turns and free on exit. The driver of the BRANDT Chevy commanded the remainder of Stage Two to grab another stage win and collect one more playoff point. During the pit stop under the stage-ending caution, the team took four tires, fuel and made another adjustment.

Allgaier was scored in second when the field went back to green for the final stage on lap 130, but quickly retook the lead. The No. 20 of Christopher Bell was close enough to battle for the lead on lap 134, but was unable to complete the pass on Allgaier. Bell made multiple attempts as the final stage went on, with the two racing side by side multiple times, but Allgaier was the one out front when the caution came out for an incident in Turn 1 on lap 199. As the field came down pit road, the BRANDT team made a fast stop for four tires and fuel, allowing Allgaier to maintain the lead.

He again chose the outside lane for the lap-206 restart and won a three-wide battle to hold on to the top spot. Allgaier was still leading, with Bell close behind, when a caution came out on lap 234. Coming back to take the green with 12 laps to go, the JR Motorsports driver knew that the restart would be key. He was able to clear Bell and drive his way to his second victory of the season and the third for JR Motorsports at Iowa. Bell settled for second, with Hemric, Cole Custer and Brandon Jones rounding out the top five.

Justin Allgaier, driver No. 7 BRANDT Professional Agriculture team

“We had a great BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevy today, these guys did a fantastic job. Iowa is a great place and the fans here are incredible. It’s just one of those places you have to go to. We’re in the middle of corn fields -- how could you not enjoy this? Winning on Father’s Day, it was really cool having my daughter here. I’m so proud of these guys. We have a lot of momentum heading into Chicagoland and we got the win there last year, so hopefully we can do it again.”

Tyler Reddick

Tyler Reddick, driver of the No. 9 BurgerFi Chevrolet Camaro, scored an eighth-place finish in Sunday afternoon’s NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Iowa Speedway. The result is Reddick’s 10th top-10 finish of 2018, keeping the JR Motorsports driver tied for third among all series drivers in top-10 finishes this season.

Reddick took the green flag for the 250-lap event from the seventh position after advancing to the final round of knockout qualifying on Sunday morning. The driver of the BurgerFi Chevrolet wasted little time moving forward, driving into the top five for the first time on lap 12. However, as Stage One progressed, Reddick reported to crew chief Dave Elenz that he needed more rear security rolling through the corner. This handling condition shuffled the JRM driver back two positions in the closing laps of the opening stage, scoring Reddick in the seventh position when the green-and-white checkered flag waved on lap 60. The result earned Reddick four valuable stage points.

Prior to the beginning of Stage Two, Elenz called the Corning, Calif. native to pit road for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment in the hopes of improving the BurgerFi Chevrolet’s drive off of the corner. Reddick returned to the track following the stop for the lap 69 restart in the fifth position and maintained his top-five track position for several laps before reporting that the car had shifted toward the tight-side. This handling condition worsened throughout the caution-free second stage as Reddick fell to just outside of the top 10 in the final laps of Stage Two, taking the green-and-white checkered flag in the 11th position.

After hitting pit road for four tires and a chassis adjustment, Reddick lined up for the beginning of the third and final stage in the 10th position and maintained his top-10 track position until a speeding penalty following a lap 195 caution period sent the driver of the BurgerFi Chevrolet back to 15th.  Reddick methodically worked his way back forward on the ensuing restart, racing back up to 12th before the caution came out once again on lap 232. The driver of the BurgerFi Chevrolet then took advantage of the outside line when the race restarted with 12 laps remaining to race back into the top 10 and up to eighth.

In the end, Reddick crossed the finish line for the final time in the eighth position. The result is Reddick’s 10th top-10 finish of the season and keeps the JRM driver fourth in the championship standings.

JRM teammate Justin Allgaier brought home the victory with Christopher Bell, Daniel Hemric, Cole Custer and Brandon Jones rounding out the top five. 

Tyler Reddick, driver No. 9 BurgerFi team

“We fought hard today with our BurgerFi Chevrolet. We learned a lot today that can help us out for sure when we come back here in a couple of weeks. I just want to thank Dave (Elenz, crew chief) and my guys on this team for their hard work all weekend long. Congrats to my teammate Justin (Allgaier) on getting the win, it’s great to see JRM back in Victory Lane. We’ll keep after it after today and be ready to go again in Chicago.”

 

Michael Annett

Heading into Sunday’s Iowa 250 for NASCAR Xfinity Series cars at Iowa Speedway, Michael Annett and the No. 5 Northland Oil team needed a solid finish. They got it, as Annett delivered a 13th-place finish at his home track after starting the race from the top 10. The finish tied for second-best of the season for the No. 5 team and pushed Annett back up to 15th in series driver points after 14 races.

Rolling off 10th on the initial start, Annett spent the opening 60-lap Stage One up and down the top 20 spots, getting the feel of his Northland Oil machine in the blistering heat of the Iowa afternoon. The Iowa native found out rather quickly that while his car would take off and roll the center of the corners well, it was touchy getting back to the gas and late in the run, Annett felt the brake pedal go softer than he wanted. He finished Stage One in 17th, and crew chief Jason Stockert brought him down pit road for four tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment to give him more front turn and side bite for Stage Two.

In the 60-lap Stage Two, Annett started 17th and ran as high as 16th before ending the stage right where he started. He told Stockert that the forward bit was better, but the entry to the center was where he was losing time. Stockert responded with another wedge adjustment along with four more tires and fuel, and the Northland Oil pit crew gained four spots with some quick work to put Annett 13th for the final 130-lap stage.

 

Taking the green flag in 13th, Annett stayed in the top 15 for much of the subsequent run and was 13th when the caution waved on lap 199 for Chad Finchum’s crash in Turn 2. On the ensuing pit stop, Annett received his last four tires, fuel to the end and an air-pressure adjustment and got a further gift when the pit crew picked up three spots on pit road to put him 10th for the restart on lap 206. After the green flag waved, Annett stayed in the top 10 until lap 219, when Riley Herbst got past in traffic and lost another spot three laps later. Annett was 13th when the yellow waved again for Brandon Hightower’s crash on lap 232. Just prior to the caution, Annett had radioed that something was amiss in the left front of his Chevrolet. It turned out that the splitter had been pushed down by contact on the track and he was able to continue with no further trouble.

After an extended cleanup, the field took the green flag for a 12-lap shootout to the finish. Annett restarted 13th and stayed there over the final circuits to claim a 13th-place finish, moving up one spot to 15th in series points and closing to within nine of 14th place.

JRM’s Justin Allgaier won the race, followed by Christopher Bell, Daniel Hemric, Cole Custer and Brandon Jones.

Michael Annett, driver No. 5 Northland Oil team

“We said after last week that we needed a home-town race to stop our string of bad luck, and it turned out pretty well today here in Iowa. We qualified in the top 10, raced in the top 20 all day and had a chance to improve positions at the end, and that is a pretty good day for the Northland Oil Chevrolet. It’s a lot better than getting into messes caused by other people the way we have been. The car was pretty good today, just had a scare with the splitter late in the race, but we’ve gotten the monkey off our back a little bit and have a week to get ready to kick him all the way off.”

Elliott Sadler

Elliott Sadler and the OneMain Financial team finished 28th on Sunday afternoon at Iowa Speedway after being plagued with right-front tire issues in the Iowa 250. With his strong points lead heading into the event, Sadler remains atop the NASCAR Xfinity Series standings.

After a successful qualifying session, Sadler began the 250-lap race from the fourth-place starting position. When the first caution of the day was displayed on lap 5, the OneMain Financial Chevrolet had claimed one position and was running in third. The No. 1 team elected to remain on track, holding their position. On the restart, Sadler got caught in the middle and slipped back to eighth place. It was just 20 laps later that the OneMain Financial driver radioed to his team that his Camaro was tight through the center and loose off. Sadler fought the tough-handling conditions and was logging the third quickest lap times of the field throughout the second half of Stage One. With five laps remaining before the end of the stage, the No. 1 team made an unscheduled pit stop for right-side tires after Sadler reported his right-front tire was going down. When the stage ended on lap 60, the OneMain Financial team was in 35th place.

Following the stage-ending caution, the OneMain Financial Chevrolet came to pit road for left-side tires, fuel and further right-side repairs. When Stage Two began, Sadler was in 36th. With adjustments being made in the right direction, Sadler was able to begin making up ground. On lap 112, with the end of the stage approaching, the veteran driver relayed his Camaro was still tight. The OneMain Financial team then quickly got to work, preparing for their next pit stop following the stage end. When Stage Two concluded on lap 120, Sadler was in 33rd place.

Sadler came down pit road once again during the stage-ending caution. Under this stop, the OneMain Financial team took four tires, fuel and made another loosening adjustment.  On lap 182, Sadler was running 27th after restarting 33rd for the final stage of the race. When the caution flag was displayed just before lap 100, Sadler was called to pit road for four tires and fuel. A second stop was needed after the Virginia native relayed the right-front issue had returned. Continuing to fight, the OneMain Financial team was able to gain two positions before the checkered flag waved. Ultimately, the No. 1 team was scored in the 28th-place running position.

JR Motorsports teammate Justin Allgaier crossed the finish line first followed by Christopher Bell, Daniel Hemric, Cole Custer and Brandon Jones to round out the top five.                                                                                                                                                     

Elliott Sadler, driver OneMain Financial team

“Another unfortunate day for my team with a tire going down early. I hate it for my guys. We had such a fast OneMain Financial Chevrolet right off the hauler and have had fast cars each week. The first 12 races of this season really shows how strong this team is. We’ll have this coming off weekend to regroup and we’ll get back at it in Chicago. Congrats to Justin (Allgaier), the No. 7 team and JR Motorsports on another great win.”

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XFINITY Series Schedule

  • July 28 05:00 PM ET
    U.S. Cellular 250Iowa Speedway
  • August 4 03:30 PM ET
    Zippo 200Watkins Glen International
  • August 11 03:00 PM ET
    Mid-Ohio ChallengeMid-Ohio Sports Car Course
  • August 17 07:30 PM ET
    Food City 300Bristol Motor Speedway
  • August 25 03:00 PM ET
    Road America 180Road America

XFINITY Series Standings

After Lakes Region 200

New Hampshire Motor Speedway | 7/21/2018
RankDriverPointsBehind
1Daniel Hemric6500
2Christopher Bell #644-6
3Elliott Sadler643-7
4Cole Custer637-13
5Justin Allgaier602-48
6Tyler Reddick #553-97
7Brandon Jones543-107
14Michael Annett343-307