Four Top-10 Finishes for JRM at Bristol

JR Motorsports | 8/18/2018

Brandt Bristol Elliott Sadler Food City Justin Allgaier Michael Annett News OneMain Pilot Flying J Tyler Reddick XFINITY Series

All four JRM cars brought home top-10 finishes on a wild and crazy Friday night at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Race 22 of 33: Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway
Track Specs: .533-mile oval / 310 laps
Weather: Fair; 77 degrees
Race Winner: Kyle Larson

Allgaier's Finish: 3rd
Sadler's Finish: 6th
Annett's Finish: 7th
Reddick's Finish: 9th 

Justin Allgaier

Justin Allgaier and the BRANDT Professional Agriculture team continued their summer hot streak on Friday night, bringing home a third-place finish in the Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway. The team’s fourth straight top-three finish allowed Allgaier to move up to second in the NASCAR Xfinity Series point standings, just 13 points behind the leader with only four races left in the regular season.

The Illinois native rolled off the grid in 10th and instantly began advancing his position at the drop of the green flag. Early in the run, he relayed to the team that the BRANDT Chevy was tight through the center and loose on exit. He was running in the sixth position when the first caution of the race came out on lap 71. Crew chief Jason Burdett called Allgaier to pit road for four tires, fuel and adjustments to try to help with the balance of the No. 7 Chevy. He restarted in seventh and lost a few positions, but rallied back to end Stage One in the eighth spot.

Staying out under the stage-ending caution, Allgaier took the green for Stage Two in sixth on lap 95 and got a good run on the outside line to move into third. He reported that he was still tight center and loose off, but continued to set his sights on the second-place car ahead of him. The caution flag flew on lap 105 and the team opted to stay out on the track. He restarted in third on lap 115 and took over the second spot. On lap 129 though, the No. 20 of Christopher Bell worked his way by. The stage saw one last caution before its conclusion and the team opted to stay out yet again while some other cars came to pit road. Allgaier restarted in second and remained there to finish Stage Two on lap 170.

Burdett called Allgaier to pit road under the stage-ending caution for four tires, fuel and a track-bar adjustment. Starting the final stage in 14th on lap 178, Allgaier wasted no time working his way back through the field. He was up to sixth on lap 194, and soon after, he worked his way past teammate Elliott Sadler to take over fifth. When a caution came out on lap 259, he was running in the fourth position and reported to his team that the balance of the BRANDT Chevy hadn’t changed. The team had him stay out on track and when the race went back to green-flag conditions, he got a good restart to move into the runner-up spot. The No. 23 of Chase Elliott tracked down Allgaier just a couple laps later and the two battled back and forth, but Allgaier ultimately held on to the spot as the laps continued to wind down.

It looked as though the race would be over, but as the field was coming to take the white flag a wreck brought out the caution, sending the race into overtime. The yellow flag gave Allgaier one last opportunity to go for the win and when they took the green for the final restart of the race, he gave it his all, but ultimately took the checkered flag in the third position.

Kyle Larson won the NXS race and was followed by Bell, Allgaier, Cole Custer and Joey Logano to round out the top five.

Justin Allgaier, driver No. 7 BRANDT Professional Agriculture team

“We never really got the balance of our BRANDT Professional Agriculture where we wanted it tonight, but the guys did an awesome job in the pits and made good calls all night. At the end, I knew the No. 42 was faster and I was going to have to try to get past him on that last restart. Christopher (Bell) did everything he could do and got me a little loose there and I just didn’t have enough to hang on to second. All-in-all it was still a great night. To come home third, I know that’s huge for points. I’m really proud of this team.”

Elliott Sadler

Elliott Sadler and the OneMain Financial team brought home a sixth-place finish in the Food City 300 on Friday night at Bristol Motor Speedway. After claiming a top-five finish concluding Stage Two and leading laps in the final stage of the race, Sadler now sits third in the NASCAR Xfinity Series point standings.

Sadler took the green flag at the 0.533-mile speedway in sixth place and ran a steady race throughout the opening laps. It wasn’t until lap 30 that the OneMain Financial driver reported his Chevrolet was tight rolling into the center and loose on exit. After getting caught on the bottom following the first caution and restart of the evening, the No. 1 team fell back, finishing Stage One in ninth.

The OneMain Financial team began Stage Two in the seventh position after opting to remain on track due to their recent pit stop for fresh tires and fuel under the event’s first caution on lap 71. With the track changing as the night grew darker, Sadler once again relayed to his team that his No. 1 Camaro was back loose on exit. When the caution flag was displayed on lap 143, crew chief Kevin Meendering made the call to bring the OneMain Financial Chevrolet down pit road for four tires, fuel and an adjustment. Sadler restarted in 15th, but was able to remain on track under the following caution, ultimately finishing Stage Two in fifth place.

Electing to stay out under the stage-ending caution, the OneMain Financial team began the final stage at Bristol in the lead. Sadler paced the field for 12 laps, but was eventually passed by competitors on fresher tires. Remaining focused, Sadler drove among the top 10 throughout the stage after getting caught on the bottom following a restart. Ultimately when the checkered flag was displayed, Sadler had made his way back to sixth place, claiming his 18th top-10 finish of the season.

Kyle Larson crossed the finish line first and was followed by Christopher Bell, Justin Allgaier, Cole Custer and Joey Logano to round out the top five.

Elliott Sadler, driver No. 1 OneMain Financial team

“It was a real honor to be able to give the command to start the engines tonight for the field. It was fun leading some laps and to be close to a top-five finish. My guys did a great job and unfortunately we kept getting the bottom on those restarts there at the end.”

Michael Annett

Michael Annett picked a good time to score his best finish of the NASCAR Xfinity Series season on Friday night at Bristol Motor Speedway, posting a solid seventh-place run in the Food City 300 and gaining ground on the cutoff spot for the NXS Playoffs. The finish was his best of the year by four spots and comes with four races remaining before the Playoff field is set.

Despite having to start at the tail of the field after crash damage in qualifying forced his Pilot Flying J team to make repairs before the start of the event, Annett ran a solid, steady race from the drop of the green flag. Coming through the field early, Annett was 22nd on lap 23 when polesitter Kyle Busch put him a lap down. He was 19th on lap 71 when Busch, who had lapped all the way up to 12th, had a tire go down, sending his car to the wall. The damage was enough to end his night and allowed Annett to hit pit road for four tires, fuel and an adjustment. He returned to the track 19th, with seven laps remaining in the 85-lap Stage One, as the first car one lap down. The 32-year-old Iowa native advanced to 18th before the end of the stage and cycled back to the lead serial after the green-checkered flag waved. He also pitted again to undo an adjustment which had made his No. 5 Chevrolet too tight.

Starting Stage Two in 16th spot, Annett stayed consistent while battling mid-pack and advanced to 13th spot by lap 149. That would play a big part in the Pilot Flying J team getting into the top 10 at the end of Stage Two. A caution flag with 13 laps remaining in it allowed Mack to keep his driver on the track and advance all the way to seventh before the restart with five to go. Annett made it home ninth to earn two stage points.

After pitting again for four more tires, fuel and another small adjustment, Annett lined up for the final stage in 15th place. He was 13th on lap 181 and advanced to 11th four laps later, having found a line that let his Pilot Flying J machine navigate both ends of the track quickly in either the top or bottom groove. Leader Kyle Larson, however, was setting a blistering pace and put Annett down a lap with 69 circuits remaining. Annett kept the spot for the next 27 laps until another caution waved and Annett once again earned the free pass.

That allowed Annett to make one last trip down pit road for tires, fuel, an air-pressure adjustment and some tape, and that seemed to make the difference. Annett lined up 12th for the restart with 30 laps remaining, moving up to 11th when Ty Dillon sustained a flat tire with 20 circuits remaining. He cracked the top 10 with five to go and Daniel Hemric’s crash with two to go brought out the yellow on lap 300. When the race restarted for the final time, it was in overtime, and Annett rolled to it in seventh place. He held off Chase Elliott over that final dash to earn seventh at the finish, his best finish of the season by four spots. With it, Annett gained seven points on 12th place heading to the track at which he finished a career-best second in 2017.

Larson won the race, followed by Christopher Bell, JRM’s Justin Allgaier, Cole Custer and Joey Logano. JRM’s Elliott Sadler was sixth, followed by Annett, Elliott, JRM’s Tyler Reddick and Matt Tifft.

Michael Annett, driver No. 5 Pilot Flying J team

“It took us longer than we wanted to finish this well, but we finally got that monkey off our back. I knew on the last restart that we were going to get used up, so I just concentrated on taking away the exit and we got home seventh in this Pilot Flying J Chevrolet. Travis (crew chief Travis Mack) called a great race, and we figured out where we could make time in that last stage. We gained some points, got some stage points too. That gives us a head of steam going to Road America next week. How about four top-10 finishes for JR Motorsports...that’s a good night’s work.”

Tyler Reddick

Tyler Reddick, driver of the No. 9 Food City MidAmerica Jet Chevrolet Camaro, earned valuable stage points at the completion of both Stage One and Stage Two and survived a chaotic green-white-checkered restart to earn a ninth-place finish in Friday evening’s NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Bristol Motor Speedway. With the result, Reddick remains third in the playoff seeding via his season-opening victory at Daytona International Speedway with four races remaining in the NXS regular season.

Reddick took the green flag for the 300-lap event from the 14th position after advancing to the second round of qualifying on Friday afternoon. The driver of the Food City MidAmerica Jet Chevrolet maintained his position inside the top 15 throughout the opening green-flag run of the race before a caution on lap 69 provided crew chief Dave Elenz with an opportunity to play with some strategy. With several of the race leaders opting to come to pit road during the caution, Elenz decided to keep Reddick on-track, moving the Corning, Calif. native up to the second position for the ensuing restart. Although restarting second, fresher tires prevailed in the closing laps of the opening stage. Despite that, Reddick took the green-and-white checkered flag in the seventh position, earning four valuable stage points in the process.

In between stages, Elenz called the 22-year old driver to pit road for four tires and a chassis adjustment, returning to the track for the lap 94 restart in the 11th position. Reddick maintained his track position until a lap 140 caution period gave the JR Motorsports team another opportunity to make a strategy call. As the majority of the leaders remained on-track, Reddick came back to pit road for four fresh tires. Despite restarting in 16th following the stop, an opportune caution on lap 159 allowed Reddick to stay out while the leaders came to pit road. This decision proved fruitful as Reddick lined up for the lap 165 restart in the sixth position and remained there for the final five laps of Stage Two, earning five valuable stage points.

Prior to the beginning of the final stage Elenz opted to keep Reddick on the track while a handful of cars came to pit road, moving the driver of the Food City MidAmerica Jet Chevrolet up to the second position for the beginning of the final stage on lap 177. Reddick fought for position inside the top five for a number of laps before the fresher tires started to prevail once again, ultimately shuffling the JRM driver back to 10th before a lap 258 caution period offered another opportunity to come to pit road for fresh tires. Restarting 11th, Reddick quickly worked his way into ninth and remained there until a caution with just two laps to go setting up NASCAR’s version of overtime.

After doing all he could on the inside line following the overtime restart, Reddick took the checkered flag in the ninth position. The result is Reddick’s 12th top-10 finish of 2018 and improved the JRM driver to sixth in the regular season point standings.

Kyle Larson scored the victory with Christopher Bell, JRM teammate Justin Allgaier, Cole Custer and Joey Logano rounding out the top five.

Tyler Reddick, driver No. 9 Food City MidAmerica Jet team

“Today was definitely a good building day for us and gives us some good momentum going into the road course next weekend. We fought hard all weekend long and Dave (Elenz, crew chief) made some great calls on pit road that helped us get the track position we needed. Hopefully we can maintain this good momentum and earn some more solid results as the playoffs get closer.”

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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