Allgaier, Sadler Lead Team JRM at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

JR Motorsports | 7/21/2018

Dove Men Elliott Sadler Justin Allgaier Michael Annett New Hampshire News OneMain Race Report Takl TMC Tyler Reddick XFINITY Series

Justin Allgaier and Elliott Sadler led the JRM charge in Saturday's NXS event from New Hampshire. The duo brought home a pair of top-10 finishes.

Race 18 of 33: Lakes Region 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Track Specs: 1.058-mile oval / 200 laps
Weather: Sunny, 73 degrees
Race Winner: Christopher Bell

Allgaier’s Finish: 7th
Sadler’s Finish: 8th
Annett’s Finish: 16th
Reddick’s Finish: 25th
 

Justin Allgaier

Justin Allgaier and the Dove Men+Care team never gave up during Saturday afternoon’s Lakes Region 200, coming back from a lap down to score a seventh-place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The team now has 13 top-10 efforts this season and Allgaier remains fifth in the NASCAR Xfinity Series point standings.

Qualifying seventh for the 200-lap race, Allgaier worked his way up to third by lap 3. He relayed to his team that the Dove Men+Care Chevy was tight through the center of the turns, a condition that continued to worsen as the run went on. When the green-and-white checkered flag waved on lap 45, he was scored in the eighth position and collected three valuable stage points. Under the caution, the team made a stop for four tires, fuel, and track-bar and air-pressure adjustments.

The 32-year-old driver took the green flag for Stage Two in the eighth position on lap 54. Just a few laps into the run, he reported to crew chief Jason Burdett that the No. 7 Chevrolet was lacking grip. Allgaier was running in 10th when a caution came out on lap 80 and the team took the opportunity to make another pit stop for four tires, fuel and another adjustment to try to improve the handling. Back under green, he was up to the 13th position when a wreck just ahead of him brought out another caution on lap 85. The No. 7 Camaro suffered some right-front damage in the incident and Burdett called Allgaier in so they could survey the damage and come up with a game plan for repairs. Able to continue on, Allgaier restarted in the 18th position and finished Stage Two on lap 90 in the 15th spot.

The team had to make lengthy stops under the stage-ending caution for repairs, placing them a lap down for the start of the final stage. Allgaier was trying to remain the first car one lap down in hopes of catching a quick caution, but instead a long green-flag run ensued and the leader began lapping additional cars. The team caught the break they needed though when a caution came out in the middle of green-flag pit stops for the leaders. Not having pitted yet, Allgaier was scored on the lead lap at the time of the yellow flag, and the team was back in the hunt. Coming to pit road for four tires, fuel and multiple adjustments, Allgaier got back out to restart in the 15th position on lap 174. He worked his way back up to the top 10 in a hurry and when the checkered flag waved, was scored with a seventh-place finish.

Christopher Bell took home the win ahead of Brad Keselowski and Ryan Preece, with John Hunter Nemechek and Matt Tifft rounding out the top five.

Justin Allgaier, driver No. 7 Dove Men+Care team

“I’m really proud of this Dove Men+Care team. They never gave up all day. For a while there I didn’t think we were going to get back on the lead lap, but we did, and we were able to make the most of it. It’s great to come out of here with a solid top-10 finish.”

Elliott Sadler

Elliott Sadler and the OneMain Financial team earned an eighth-place finish in the Lakes Region 200 on Saturday afternoon at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The finish was Sadler’s 15th top 10 of the season and puts him in the top three for the NASCAR Xfinity Series point standings.

Sadler began the 200-mile event in 10th place after advancing into the third and final round of qualifying.  On lap 28, the Virginia native relayed to his team that his No. 1 Chevrolet was becoming tight rolling into the center as the opening run continued. Sadler was able to fight the tougher condition and hold onto his positon. When the stage ended on lap 45, Sadler remained in 10th place.

Opting to visit pit road under the stage-ending caution for fresh tires and fuel, the No. 1 team began Stage Two in 11th place. With adjustments being made in the right direction, the OneMain Financial driver raced his way into the top eight. When the yellow flag was displayed on lap 79, Meendering made the call to bring Sadler down pit road for tires, fuel and an adjustment– a call opposite of the leaders. Following the restart, Sadler gained 10 positions to finish Stage Two in the sixth-place running position.

With a recent pit stop, the OneMain Financial team elected to remain on track, taking the restart for the final stage in first place. Sadler led the following 26 laps before cars with newer tires made their way around the veteran driver. As the field remained green, the OneMain Financial team made a scheduled pit stop for tires and fuel. On lap 168, the yellow flag returned as green-flag stops were still cycling through. Sadler took the restart following the caution in fourth, but began to slip back as a series of cautions came thereafter. The No. 1 driver had relayed he just couldn’t get the restarts he needed. When the race concluded, the OneMain Financial team was scored in the eighth position.

Christopher Bell won the Magic Mile event and was followed by Brad Keselowski, Ryan Preece, John Hunter Nemechek and Matt Tifft to round out the top five.

Elliott Sadler, driver No. 1 OneMain Financial team

“Kevin (Meendering, crew chief) made some great strategy calls today. He put us in a position to lead some laps and get a top-three finish, but the yellow flag came out during the green-flag pit cycle and we just weren’t good enough there at the end on restarts. We wanted to see it go green until the end.”

Michael Annett

Michael Annett cut 10 points off his deficit to the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoff field on Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with his 16th-place finish, but there was a sense that it could have been better still. Annett ran as high as sixth in the final stage of the Lakes Region 200 on the 1.058-mile oval, but a loose condition over the final 40 laps caused him to lose spots in the run to the checkered flag.

Starting the day from 19th position, Annett gained spots from the initial start, running 17th after the first lap and 16th by lap 10. He stayed there for most of the 45-lap Stage One, passing Austin Cindric coming to the green-checkered for 15th at the end of the stage. Annett told crew chief Jason Stockert that he needed more front grip as his TMC Transportation Chevrolet was sliding the nose off the corners at both ends. Pitting for four tires, fuel and an air-pressure adjustment, Annett’s TMC Transportation crew picked up three spots on pit road with a blazing stop and he began Stage Two in 12th position.

After running in the top 14 for much of Stage Two, Stockert called Annett to pit road on lap 80 for four tires and another air-pressure adjustment to help his turn. That put Annett back in 21st position, but it also allowed the team to stay out when Stage Two ended at lap 90. Annett advanced four spots before the end of the stage and by staying out, started the final stage in sixth spot.

Annett held that spot until the cars with fresher tires began moving forward. By lap 130, he had fallen to 11th, but battled for 10th with Austin Dillon until lap 143, when Cindric got by for the spot. At lap 168, Annett came down for two tires and fuel, and as he was leaving, Jeremy Clements slammed into the front pit wall barrier to bring out a caution flag. The cleanup brought out the red flag, with Annett sitting ninth. When the red flag was lifted after nearly eight minutes, Stockert called Annett back down pit road to put two more tires on in defense of the cars who took four. That put him 13th for the restart, and after another yellow waved on lap 179, he was 14th.

On the final restart, with 18 laps to go, Annett was battling a loose condition and slipped to 15th.  Over the final laps, Annett was running 17th on the final lap when Cindric clouted the wall coming to the checkered. Annett passed for position and wound up 16th. Annett now trails 12th place in the NXS points by 30 with eight races remaining before the cutoff.

Christopher Bell won the race, with Brad Keselowski, Ryan Preece, John Hunter Nemechek and Matt Tifft rounding out the top five.

Michael Annett, driver No. 5 TMC Transportation team

“The TMC Transportation Chevrolet was pretty good at times today, but we had a real struggle with keeping the handle on it. I would get tight when we ran across the PJ1 they had down, and late in the race, we got really free. We had a couple of good chances to gain some more points on 12th place, and we did, but it could have been even more. Heading back to Iowa next week, I’m looking to cut into that some more.”

Tyler Reddick

Tyler Reddick’s chance at victory in Saturday’s Lakes Region 200 took a big hit just 35 laps into the NASCAR Xfinity Series event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway when the right rear tire on his No. 9 Takl Chevrolet Camaro went down, causing the young California driver to hit the wall. The damage was enough to derail any shot he had at a solid finish, and he finished the event in 25th spot, four laps down.

Reddick started the day in ninth spot and spent the first 25 laps of the race concentrating on the handling of his No. 9 Chevrolet. He was running 12th and had said very little on the radio over that time. Ten laps later, the right rear tire went down heading into Turn 1, one of the fastest parts of the flat, 1.058-mile oval. That sent Reddick into the outside wall, which did some damage to the right side of the car. A quick trip to pit road for four tires and fuel sent Reddick back out two laps down, with just five laps remaining in Stage One.

During the stage break, Reddick hit pit road again for a sway-bar adjustment after his Chevrolet turned very tight, but it was before pit road was open. That cost Reddick three more laps and he went back out for Stage Two five laps in arrears.

Restarting 36th, Reddick was looking at a long climb back up the order, playing the wave-around game in order to make up all the laps he could. On lap 72, Reddick pitted again during a debris caution, adding four more tires and fuel. Nine laps later, Reddick pitted again for more fuel, and on lap 86, he managed to miss a three-car tangle involving Ryan Truex, Ryan Reed and Justin Allgaier.

Over the remaining laps, Reddick continued to work with crew chief Dave Elenz and spotter Earl Barban to get laps back and advance up the running order. By the time the checkered flag waved at lap 200, Reddick had climbed from 36th to 25th and gained back a lap. That effort allowed him to keep sixth place in the point standings heading to Iowa Speedway next weekend.

Christopher Bell earned the win with Brad Keselowski, Ryan Preece, John Hunter Nemechek and Matt Tifft rounding out the top five.

Tyler Reddick, driver No. 9 Takl team

“I hate that hitting the wall not only flattened a tire, it messed some stuff up underneath the car. It was so early in the race that all we could do really was hang on and get the best finish we could. Thanks to Dave (crew chief Dave Elenz) and the rest of the JR Motorsports guys and Takl for being on our No. 9 Chevrolet this weekend, and we’ll go on to the next one at Iowa.”

 

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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