Sadler, Allgaier Score Top 10 Finishes in Chicagoland Scorcher

JR Motorsports | 6/30/2018

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Elliott Sadler and Justin Allgaier both scored top 10 finishes Saturday, leading the way for JRM on a scorching hot day at Chicagoland Speedway.

Race 15 of 33: Overton’s 300 at Chicagoland Speedway
Track Specs: 1.5-mile tri-oval / 200 laps
Weather: Partly cloudy; 91 degrees
Race Winner: Kyle Larson

Sadler’s Finish: 6th          
Allgaier’s Finish: 7th       
Annett’s Finish: 30th      
Reddick’s Finish: 33rd    

Elliott Sadler

Elliott Sadler and the OneMain Financial team took the checkered flag in sixth place on Saturday afternoon at Chicagoland Speedway in the Overton’s 300. Plagued with a tight-handling condition throughout the event, Sadler was held to 10th-place finishes following Stage One and Stage Two, ultimately falling to third place in the NASCAR Xfinity Series point standings. Sadler, however, is only four points out of first place with one of his strongest tracks, Daytona, coming up next weekend.

The veteran driver rolled the No. 1 Chevrolet off the grid for the 200-lap race in eighth place. Sadler was quick to begin reporting the tight handling of his OneMain Financial Camaro, just five laps into the event. Sadler fought to remain within the top 10 throughout the first stage due to the tougher driving conditions. It wasn’t until the end of Stage One, where the OneMain Financial team finished 10th, that Sadler came down pit road for adjustments, fuel and fresh tires.

After a quick pit stop by his OneMain Financial team, Sadler began Stage Two in eighth place. Shortly thereafter, Sadler relayed that his Chevrolet was still tight through the center. The Virginia native remained focused, listening to the lap times and race lines being ran by competitors that the OneMain Financial spotter Brett Griffin was relaying over the radio. As Stage Two concluded, Sadler was scored in the 10th position.

The OneMain Financial team elected to visit pit road once again following the stage conclusion. When the final stage began, Sadler was up to the sixth-place running position. When the first caution of the day was displayed on lap 100, the driver of the No. 1 Camaro relayed that the handling of his car had significantly improved. Remaining on track, Sadler restarted sixth and found himself running in the top five just three laps later. As the long run continued, the OneMain Financial driver reported his Chevrolet was becoming loose off. Crew chief Kevin Meendering called Sadler down pit road for a schedule green-flag pit stop on lap 167 for fresh tires, fuel and an adjustment. When the green-flag stops cycled through, the team was running in seventh place. Continuing his race forward, the OneMain Financial driver was able to gain one additional position—ultimately finishing the race in sixth place.

Kyle Larson won the Chicagoland NXS event and was followed by Kevin Harvick, Cole Custer, Daniel Suarez and Daniel Hemric to round out the top five.

Elliott Sadler, driver No. 1 OneMain Financial team

“I’m really proud of my guys, the way they performed all weekend. My pit crew did a phenomenal job and kept us in the game. Kevin (Meendering, crew chief) made adjustment calls that really helped the handling of my OneMain Financial Chevrolet, but I just got myself too loose there in the end. We always want a top five, but will take this solid finish and bring the momentum to Daytona— a track we know we can run well at.”

 

Justin Allgaier

Justin Allgaier battled blistering temperatures at his home track of Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday afternoon, powering the BRANDT “Celebrating the Farmer” Chevrolet to a seventh-place finish in the Overton’s 300. The effort was the team’s 10th top-10 finish of the season. Allgaier remains sixth in the NASCAR Xfinity Series point standings with 15 races complete.

Qualifying 18th for the 200-lap event, Allgaier began working his way towards the top-10 once the green flag dropped. He radioed to the team early on that the BRANDT Chevy was free in, tight center and had nothing to lean on in corner exit. On lap 15 he advanced to 11th and battled for a top-10 position during the first stage, but as the run went on, the handling of the No. 7 Camaro started to fade. Allgaier held on to finish Stage One in 12th on lap 45. Under the stage-ending caution, the team called the JRM driver in for four tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment and he was set start Stage Two in the 13th position.

When the field went back to green on lap 52, Allgaier got a great restart, working his way to sixth by lap 53. The Illinois native entered the top-five on lap 60 and came over the radio shortly after to report that the BRANDT Chevy was getting a lot freer on entry, especially in Turns 3 and 4. Overall, Allgaier felt that the changes made to the No. 7 Camaro were positive and it showed as he crossed the line in sixth at the end of Stage Two. Coming to pit road under the caution, Allgaier made a stop for four tires, fuel and another wedge adjustment.

The lap-98 restart for the final stage got hairy as Allgaier was battling four wide heading into Turn 1. He was running in the 10th position when the caution flag came out just one lap later for a multi-car incident in Turn 3. Staying out under the yellow, Allgaier restarted from the same position and dropped back to 11th, but worked his way right back up to ninth by lap 112. He reported a tight-handling condition, but was able to remain in ninth until a caution on lap 115 gave the team the opportunity to come to pit road. Crew chief Jason Burdett made the call for four tires, fuel and a track-bar adjustment.

Allgaier restarted from the 10th position on lap 121 and was quick to report that the BRANDT Chevy was back to having no right-rear grip on corner exit. He was up to eighth on lap 151 and less than 10 laps later, came to pit road for a scheduled green-flag stop. Giving the No. 7 Chevrolet four tires and fuel, the team sent Allgaier back out on the track with everything he needed to make it to the end of the race. Allgaier drove his way up to seventh before the checkered flag waved.

Kyle Larson won the 300-mile race and was followed by Kevin Harvick, Cole Custer and Daniel Suarez, with Daniel Hemric rounding out the top five.

Justin Allgaier, driver No. 7 BRANDT “Celebrating the Farmer” team

“The day didn’t exactly go how we wanted for our BRANDT ‘Celebrating the Farmer’ team. The handling just wasn’t where we needed it today, but it definitely wasn’t from lack of effort. Jason Burdett (crew chief) and the guys worked hard all weekend long and we were able to come home with a solid top-10 finish, so we’ll take it.”

Michael Annett

Michael Annett was running in the lead group with 70 laps remaining in Saturday’s Overton’s 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Chicagoland Speedway, on a strategy that would have put him in position to challenge for a spot in the top 10 at the end of the day. A handling condition that caused the front of his Pilot Flying J Chevrolet to snap him loose at times sent him into the outside wall on lap 129, and the resulting suspension damage ended his day in 30th position.

Annett had been having a solid day prior to the contact, despite temperatures near 100 degrees at the start. Starting 19th, the Iowa native had made up four spots to 15th in the first 17 laps and ran there on lap 24, when a tight condition cropped up. The attitude made the front of his Pilot Flying J Camaro slide the nose out of the corner, and to complicate matters, it would snap loose on exit. Annett corrected the slide and went on without losing track position, but the scenario would play out again later in the race.

Crew chief Jason Stockert gave Annett four new tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment at the end of Stage One, after Annett had driven to a 15th-place finish. The Pilot Flying J pit crew picked up a spot during the stop and Annett started Stage Two from 14th spot. Following a solid restart, he advanced to 12th inside four laps before losing a spot to JRM teammate Tyler Reddick, who was coming back after a pit-stop miscue. Annett finished 14th in Stage Two, setting up a solid launch pad for the final 110-lap run to the checkered.

As the final stage began, Annett was running 16th on lap 100 when the caution flag waved for a three-car accident in Turns 3 and 4. Annett gained two spots on the initial surge and was 14th when another yellow waved for debris on lap 115. Stockert called his driver down pit road for four more tires and fuel in an attempt to gain track position later in the race. Chase Briscoe stayed out, which put Annett 15th for the restart on lap 121. Eight laps later, Annett’s day ended with the wall contact and a broken suspension.

Kyle Larson won the race, followed by Kevin Harvick, Cole Custer, Daniel Suarez and Daniel Hemric.

Michael Annett, driver No. 5 Pilot Flying J team

“The Pilot Flying J Chevrolet was having a pretty good day, but had been snapping loose off the corner at times. It did it again, the same thing that happened to me early in the race, and I over-corrected. It just killed the right front suspension and ended our day. I’ve talked all year about getting some momentum, and we’ll go on to Daytona and see if we can find it there.”

Tyler Reddick

Tyler Reddick, driver of the No. 9 Takl Chevrolet Camaro, took home the green-and-white checkered flag at the completion of Stage One and ran inside the top 10 for much of Saturday afternoon’s NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Chicagoland Speedway before being collected in a multi-car incident on lap 98 that ultimately ended the JR Motorsports driver’s day prematurely. Reddick, who did earn a coveted playoff point following the Stage One victory, was patiently working his way back through the field following a pit road penalty prior to the incident.

Reddick began the 200-lap event from the second position after advancing to the final round of knockout qualifying on Saturday morning. The driver of the Takl Chevrolet wasted little time moving into the race lead when the green flag was displayed, taking the lead for the first time on lap 1. After pacing the field for the opening 11 laps, Reddick settled into the third position while remaining close to the top-two. However, after moving to the outside line in the corner the Takl Chevrolet came alive as Reddick charged back into the race lead on lap 24. The Corning, Calif. native held on to the race lead for the final 19 laps of the opening stage, earning the stage win and a valuable playoff point in the process.

Following the stage win, crew chief Dave Elenz called Reddick to pit road for four tires and a slight adjustment, but an issue on the left-side during the stop shuffled the JRM driver back to 11th for the beginning of Stage Two. Despite the loss of track position, Reddick methodically worked his way back forward, taking advantage of the outside line during the caution-free second stage to move back into the top 10 and up to the seventh position before the green-and-white checkered flag was displayed on lap 90.

The driver of the Takl Chevrolet returned to pit road at the completion of Stage Two for four tires and another chassis adjustment but a penalty for speeding on exit forced Reddick to take the green flag for the final stage at the rear of the field. Reddick quickly rejoined the top 20 on the ensuing restart before a multi-car incident in the middle of Turns 3 and 4 left the 22-year old driver with nowhere to go and severely damaged the nose of the Takl Chevrolet.

After surveying the damage on pit road Reddick took the Takl Chevrolet to the garage, ending the JRM driver’s afternoon prematurely. Reddick was scored with a 33rd-place finish.

Kyle Larson earned the victory with Kevin Harvick, Cole Custer, Daniel Suarez and Daniel Hemric rounding out the top five. 

Tyler Reddick, driver No. 9 Takl team

“We had a really fast Takl Chevrolet today. It was really great to run up front and get the stage win. I hate that we ran into trouble today and had our day end early. I want to thank everyone on this JR Motorsports team for their work this weekend, especially with how hot it is out. We’ll regroup from this and get ready to go next week in Daytona.”

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Homestead-Miami Speedway | 11/17/2018
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