Preview: Firecracker 250

JR Motorsports | 7/4/2018

Armour Breyers Daytona Elliott Sadler Justin Allgaier Michael Annett News Pilot Flying J Takl Tyler Reddick XFINITY Series

It's a Fourth of July Weekend Shootout as the NASCAR Xfinity Series returns to Daytona International Speedway and JRM is looking to sweep the races this year at The World Center of Racing.

TRACK: Daytona International Speedway
RACE: Firecracker 250 (100 laps / 250 miles)
DATE: Friday, July 6, 2018
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN
RADIO: 7 p.m. ET on MRN and SiriusXM Ch. 90

Quotes:

Elliott Sadler: “This weekend will be a lot of fun. It’s our last (traditional restrictor) plate race of the year. We’ve had strong runs at Daytona over the last two years, winning multiple stages and getting a few second-place finishes. We have Armour Chili back on our Chevrolet this weekend and also the 180th Cavalry Regiment on our windshield. I’m proud of our sport and everything they do to show appreciation to our military members and their families. The military unit on my car is currently overseas. This weekend we honor and thank them, and all others currently fighting.”

Michael Annett: “Daytona is a track where I’ve traditionally run pretty well, but haven’t gotten the finishes we’ve needed. This weekend, we have to be spot-on from the opening practice and carry that through the race. My Pilot Flying J team is doing all the right things, from crew chief Jason Stockert and car chief Jonathan Davis to all the engineers and mechanics. We need a break to go our way, and Daytona is a place where that can happen.”

Justin Allgaier: “Our restrictor-plate program at JR Motorsports is really strong. We always have an opportunity to race up front and I was fortunate to get a runner-up finish at Daytona a couple years ago, but we’ve just had bad luck there recently, getting caught up in wrecks. Hopefully we can keep our Breyers 2in1 Chevrolet out of trouble and be up front at the end.”

Tyler Reddick: “There are a lot of exciting things happening for us heading back to Daytona this weekend. I’m really happy to have Takl back on board our JR Motorsports Chevrolet this weekend and we are hoping to get them to Victory Lane like we did to start off the season here in February. Dave (Elenz, crew chief) is bringing the same car back that we had in February so I know we will have the car to beat. I’m really looking forward to getting going.”

Notes:

• Elliott Sadler is currently ranked third in the NASCAR Xfinity Series point standings, only four points out of the lead, which he held for the last 14 consecutive weeks.

• Sadler has enjoyed much success at Daytona International Speedway. Since the introduction of stage racing, Sadler has claimed a series-high three stage wins at Daytona.

• In 18 NXS starts at DIS, the veteran driver has seven topfive and nine top-10 finishes, with one pole award (1997). Three of those top fives were runner-up finishes, two of which came in the two most recent events.

• Of series regulars, Sadler has led the most laps at the 2.5- mile tri-oval, totaling 186 laps throughout his NXS career.

• Michael Annett has earned a top-five and two top-10 finishes in 13 NXS starts at Daytona, topped by a thirdplace run in July 2012.

• Annett’s best finishes at Daytona, a third in 2012 and a sixth in 2011, have both come in the summer race on the 2.5-mile oval.

• Annett ranks sixth in Green-Flag Passes at Daytona, according to NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics, notching 1,978 in his 13 starts there.

• Pilot Flying J announced last week that it would return to JRM with Annett on a multi-year deal.

• Justin Allgaier enters the weekend leading the NXS Playoff standings with eight points. He currently sits sixth in the regular-season point standings.

• In 15 NXS starts at Daytona, the 32-year-old driver has three top-five and six top-10 finishes. His best finish of second came in the July 2016 race.

• Allgaier has eight starts with JRM on traditional restrictorplate tracks, with three top-three finishes. He led a total of 64 laps in those races, including 35 at Talladega this year.

• This season Allgaier has already led a stout 458 laps, more than twice the number of the nearest full-time NXS competitor in that category.

• Tyler Reddick will make his fourth career NXS start at Daytona this weekend.

• Reddick enters Daytona as the most recent winner after earning the victory in the 2018 season-opening event in the closest finish in NASCAR history, defeating JRM teammate Elliott Sadler by .0004 seconds.

• In eight career NXS restrictor-plate starts Reddick has recorded one win, one top-five and four top-10 finishes.

• Reddick has also made three previous starts at Daytona in the Truck Series, earning a victory in the 2015 seasonopening event after leading 46 laps en route to the win.

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XFINITY Series Schedule

XFINITY Series Standings

After Ford EcoBoost 300*

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