Preview: Alsco 300

JR Motorsports | 7/11/2018

BurgerFi Elliott Sadler Justin Allgaier Kentucky Michael Annett News OneMain Pilot Flying J Tyler Reddick Whisky River XFINITY Series

The NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to the Bluegrass State this week for the season's lone stop at Kentucky Speedway.

TRACK: Kentucky Speedway
RACE: Alsco 300 (200 laps / 300 miles)
DATE: Friday, July 13, 2018
TV: 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN
RADIO: 7:30 p.m. ET on PRN and SiriusXM Ch. 90

Quotes

Elliott Sadler: “The (Kentucky Speedway) pavement has changed a lot. I don’t know what we’ll have until we get there this weekend, but this team sure knows how to get it done. We’ve come so close too many times this season. Our goal on Friday is to bring home another jukebox and celebrate our fast cars in Victory Lane.”

Michael Annett: “We had a solid run at Daytona and finally had some luck go our way in some of those big crashes. I said coming in that Daytona was a place where we could make some luck, and it turned out that way. Heading to Kentucky this weekend, our No. 5 Pilot Flying J team has a chance to add to that, because we run pretty well here. There’s something about this track that fits my style, and we’re looking to chop more points off our margin to 12th place.”

Justin Allgaier: “Racing under the lights at Kentucky Speedway in the summer is always fun and it’s awesome to have Dale Jr.’s Whisky River on board with us this weekend. Jason Burdett (crew chief) and the entire No. 7 team have been working hard on our mile-and-a-half program, so I’m eager to get there and see what we can do.”

Tyler Reddick: “I’m really pumped up to be returning to Kentucky this weekend. This track will always be really special to me as I was fortunate enough to get my first Xfinity Series win here last season. We were really quick at the last mile-and-a-half track in Chicago and I’m confident that we will have that same speed again this weekend with our BurgerFi Chevrolet. We know what we need to do to maximize stage points and ensure that we finish inside the top 10, so hopefully we can get back on our feet and duplicate the same result as last year.”

Notes:

• Elliott Sadler heads to Kentucky Speedway as the NASCAR Xfinity Series point standings leader.

• In 13 NXS starts at Kentucky, the Emporia, Va. native has one win (September 2016), five top-five finishes and nine top-10 finishes, with one pole award (2011). Sadler has also led 140 laps at the speedway.

• The driver of the No. 1 Camaro has collected three top-five and five top-10 finishes in five NXS starts on tracks 1.5- miles in length this season.

• Sadler is one of only two series regulars with a previous win at Kentucky. Teammate Tyler Reddick is the other, winning in the fall of 2017.

• Michael Annett has earned a top-five and five top-10 finishes in nine NXS starts at Kentucky Speedway, topped by a fourth-place run in June 2012.

• Annett has an average finishing position of 13.2 on the 1.5- mile oval, which is his best on that type of track in the NXS, and second-best overall, among active tracks, behind a 12.8 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

• His 11th-place run at Daytona moved Annett from 16th to 13th in the series point standings, 42 points out of the top 12 with 10 races until the Playoff field is set.

• Annett has finished seventh at Kentucky on three occasions, in 2009, 2011 and 2012.

• Last season, Justin Allgaier earned his best NXS finish at Kentucky Speedway, placing third in the September event. In all, he has three top-five and seven top-10 finishes at the 1.5-mile speedway and has 29 laps led.

• In five NXS starts on 1.5-mile tracks this season, Allgaier has one top five and three top 10s, with a best finish of third at Las Vegas.

• The 32-year-old racer has the highest driver rating in the Xfinity Series with 106.1.

• With his 11th top-10 finish of the season last week at Daytona, Allgaier now sits fifth in the NXS point standings.

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

• Reddick enters Kentucky as the most recent race winner at the 1.5-mile speedway. He started from the fifth position and led 66 laps en route to his first career NXS victory in September 2017.

• In 11 career NXS starts on 1.5-mile tracks, Reddick has recorded one win, three top-five and six top-10 finishes.

• Reddick has also made two previous starts at Kentucky in the Truck Series, earning two top-10 finishes with a best finish of sixth coming in the 2015 event.

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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