Preview: Rock N Roll Tequila 170 at Mid-Ohio

JR Motorsports | 8/8/2018

Allstate Parts Brandt Elliott Sadler Hunt Brothers Pizza Justin Allgaier Michael Annett Mid-Ohio Nationwide Children's Hospital News Tyler Reddick XFINITY Series

It's the second straight week of turning left and right for JRM drivers as the NASCAR Xfinity Series visits Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

TRACK: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
RACE: Rock N Roll Tequila 170 (75 laps / 169.35 miles)
DATE: Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018
TV: 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN
RADIO: 2:30 p.m. ET on MRN and SiriusXM Ch. 90

Quotes:

Elliott Sadler: “With the first road-course race under our belt, we have a better idea of what we need to unload for this weekend. Mid-Ohio is one of my stronger road-course racetracks and last season this team was able to put together a solid run there. For the first time this year, we have Hunt Brothers Pizza on our car. I’m ready to get back after it and have a strong weekend for them.”

Michael Annett: “I’m glad to have Allstate Parts & Service on our No. 5 Chevrolet this weekend. Mid-Ohio is a technical road course, but it has some very high-speed sections. We had a pretty good strategy last week at Watkins Glen, but we were a little too free for most of the race. Travis (Mack, crew chief) made some good adjustments throughout the race, and I’m looking forward to moving up the finishing order this weekend at Mid-Ohio.”

Justin Allgaier: “These road courses that we run are each so different and that’s part of what I love so much about this stretch of races. We had a fast BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet last weekend at Watkins Glen, even in the rain. We were able to get a good finish and it was a great points day for us, which is what’s most important as we get closer and closer to the playoffs. Hopefully we can carry that momentum to Mid-Ohio and be in good shape.”

Tyler Reddick: “I feel like we learned a lot last weekend in Watkins Glen that will be helpful in Mid-Ohio. We will just need to be smart all weekend long and stay on course. If we do that I think we can have a really solid day on Saturday, especially with Nationwide Children’s Hospital being back on our JR Motorsports Chevrolet. It would be great to get them a strong run in their backyard.”

Notes:

• Heading to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend, Elliott Sadler sits fourth in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoff standings by way of his four stage wins so far this regular season.

• In five NXS races at the road course, the Virginia native has finished all events inside the top 10. Sadler’s highest finish at the facility is sixth with an average finish of 6.8.

• Of Xfinity Series regulars with more than one start, Sadler has the best average finish at Mid-Ohio. The second best is 14.7, more than double Sadler’s average.

• Hunt Brothers Pizza will make its 2018 JRM debut as primary partner on board the No. 1 this weekend.

• Michael Annett has completed every lap in competition at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in his two NXS starts on the 2.258-mile road course.

• According to NASCAR Loop Data statistics, Annett is the eighth-fastest driver early in a run and ninth-fastest late in a run at Mid-Ohio.

• Allstate Parts & Services will make its debut on the No. 5 Chevrolet this weekend, the first of three starts with JRM this season.

• Allstate Parts & Service will be on the car at Road America and at Las Vegas.  

• In three NXS starts at Mid-Ohio, Justin Allgaier has one top five and two top 10s, with a best effort of fifth (2016).

• Last weekend the Illinois native started the road-course stretch off on a high note. He was the highest-finishing NXS regular with a third-place effort.

• Allgaier has finished inside the top five in 50 percent of the races this season, earning 10 top fives in 20 starts. He’s just four away from surpassing his current season-high record of 13 top fives, earned in 2016.

• With his current streak of eight consecutive top-10 finishes, Allgaier has reclaimed the highest driver rating among NXS full-time drivers at 106.5.

• Tyler Reddick will make his first NXS start at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and second on a road course.

• The rookie earned an 11th-place finish in his road racing series debut last weekend in Watkins Glen.

• The Corning, Calif. native previously made two Truck Series starts on road courses with a best finish of sixth coming at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in 2016.

• Reddick currently ranks third in the Playoff seeding by way of his victory at Daytona International Speedway in the 2018 NXS season-opening event with six races remaining in the regular season. 

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XFINITY Series Schedule

  • November 3 04:30 PM ET
    O’Reilly Auto Parts 300*Texas Motor Speedway
  • November 10 03:30 PM ET
    Whelen Trusted to Perform 200*ISM Raceway
  • November 17 03:30 PM ET
    Ford EcoBoost 300*Homestead-Miami Speedway

XFINITY Series Standings

After Kansas Lottery 300*

Kansas Speedway | 10/20/2018
RankDriverPointsBehind
1Daniel Hemric (P)30670
2Elliott Sadler (P)3058-9
3Tyler Reddick # (P)3055-12
4Christopher Bell # (P)3045-22
5Matt Tifft (P)3044-23
6Justin Allgaier (P)3040-27
7Cole Custer (P)3022-45
13Michael Annett562-2505