Allgaier Wins Rain-Delayed Indy Race, Reddick Second

JR Motorsports | 9/10/2018

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Justin Allgaier led the last 17 laps of Monday’s rain-delayed race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and held off JRM teammate Tyler Reddick to earn his fifth series victory of 2018.

Race 25 of 33: Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Track Specs: 2.5-mile oval / 100 laps
Weather: Cloudy; 62 degrees
Race Winner: Justin Allgaier

Allgaier’s Finish: 1st       
Reddick’s Finish: 2nd      
Annett’s Finish: 31st       
Sadler’s Finish: 35th        

Justin Allgaier

Justin Allgaier and the No. 7 Dove Men+Care team got to kiss the bricks on Monday afternoon after winning the Lilly Diabetes 250 at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Illinois native led 41 laps en route to his fifth NASCAR Xfinity Series victory of the 2018 season and his third victory in the last five races. Allgaier now leads the NXS point standings by 49 markers with one race remaining in the regular season. 

Rain washed out the weekend, forcing teams to start the race on Monday with no track time. Allgaier rolled off the grid in second with the field set by owner points. From the drop of the green flag, Allgaier’s No. 7 Chevy was fast. He took over the lead on the first lap and was still running point when the competition caution came out on lap 10. Crew chief Jason Burdett called Allgaier to pit road for four tires and fuel. He restarted in fourth on lap 15 and worked his way to the top spot before the completion of the lap. The No. 3 of Ty Dillon battled him for the lead, but Allgaier was ultimately able to get back by before another caution came out. He restarted from the lead on lap 23 and was still out front when another yellow flag came out, setting up a one-lap shootout for Stage One. The stage win came down to a four-wide battle as they crossed the line, with Allgaier taking the green-and-white checkered flag in fourth. 

At the end of Stage One, the 32-year-old driver came to pit road for four tires and fuel. Allgaier took the green for Stage Two on lap 36 from the 15th position due to teams being on varying pit strategies. By lap 40 he had re-entered the top 10 and worked his way up to seventh by lap 51. With three circuits remaining in Stage Two, some cars opted to pit, allowing Allgaier to move to fourth. He knocked off one more spot to finish Stage Two in third.

The team called Allgaier to pit road under the caution for fuel and four fresh Goodyear tires, setting him up with a fifth-place starting position for the final stage. He was up to second behind the No. 23 of Chase Elliott when the caution came out on lap 72. Staying out, Allgaier restarted in second on lap 79 but a vicious wreck brought out the caution yet again. The driver of the No. 7 was in the third position for the restart on lap 84, but quickly maneuvered his way back to the lead. Allgaier was able to stay out front in the closing laps to earned his 10th career NXS victory. He was followed by his teammate Tyler Reddick, with Ryan Blaney, Elliott and Daniel Hemric rounding out the top five. 

This was Allgaier’s first win at Indianapolis and the second straight victory for JR Motorsports at the legendary facility.  

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

“I’ve been fortunate enough to win at some of the most awesome racetracks across the country. Never in a million years did I think, growing up and sitting in the grandstands here, that winning at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was a possibly. To be able to do that, to be able to have had the day that we had, with no practice. These guys do a fantastic job of being able to provide a race car that when you roll it off the truck you just know that it’s going to be fast. Hats off to the guys.... This race team is nothing short of fantastic and whether we go to Las Vegas next week and clinch the regular-season championship or go to Homestead and win the championship, what we’ve been able to accomplish this year as a team is incredible.”

Tyler Reddick

Tyler Reddick, driver of the No. 9 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Chevrolet, overcame a weekend marred by Mother Nature to earn a second-place finish in Monday morning’s rain-postponed NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The result is Reddick’s second-consecutive top-three finish and 14th top 10 finish of 2018. The JR Motorsports driver remains third in the NXS playoff seeding by way of his victory in the season-opening event at Daytona International Speedway with one race to go in the regular season.

Reddick took the green flag for the delayed 100-lap event from the ninth position after rain throughout the weekend forced the field to be set by owner points, per the NASCAR rulebook. In the early laps of the opening stage, Reddick attempted to work the draft to gain track position but was ultimately shuffled back to 13th before a scheduled competition caution on lap 10. While under caution, crew chief Dave Elenz opted to make a strategy call and made the decision to pit Reddick for right-side tires while the race leaders went with four. The decision paid off as Reddick lined up for the lap 14 restart in the third position.

The driver of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Chevrolet maintained his top-five track position until a caution with just eight laps remaining in the stage provided Elenz with another opportunity to bring Reddick to pit road. After pitting for four tires and a slight chassis adjustment, Reddick returned to the track in the 12th position and utilized a three-wide move to drive into eighth as the green-and-white checkered flag was displayed to end Stage One on lap 30.

Prior to the beginning of Stage Two, the decision was made to stay out during the stage-ending caution while several of the race leaders came to pit road, lining the Corning, Calif. native up for the lap 35 restart in the second position. Reddick wasted little time moving forward following the restart, charging into the race lead on lap 36. The 22-year old driver would go on to lead three laps before getting shuffled back to third without drafting help. Despite losing the lead, Reddick remained inside the top five throughout the caution-free second stage until a strategic green-flag pit stop on lap 57 saw the JRM driver scored in 18th while other teams remained on-track when the green-and-white checkered flag was displayed once again on lap 60. 

As a result of the green-flag stop prior to the end of Stage Two, Reddick was able to once again stay out for the beginning of the third and final stage, ultimately rejoining the top-five and taking the lap 65 restart from the fourth position. Despite initially sliding back to fifth, Reddick took advantage of a lap 83 restart to make a three-wide move up the middle heading into the third corner to move into second while pushing JRM teammate Justin Allgaier out to the race lead.

In the closing laps, Reddick continued to draft with teammate Allgaier in the hopes of finding a way passed while also holding off feverish challenges from the remainder of the top five in the lead pack. In the end, the driver of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Chevrolet was able to take the checkered flag in the second position and secure a one-two finish for JRM.

The result is Reddick’s second-consecutive top-three finish and his third top-three finish of 2018. 

JRM teammate Allgaier earned the victory with Reddick, Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott and Daniel Hemric rounding out the top five.

Tyler Reddick, driver No. 9 Nationwide Children’s Hospital team

“Things are starting to really come together at the right time for our Nationwide Children’s Hospital team. This is back-to-back top-three finishes for us and we are knocking on the door at the right time with the playoffs just around the corner. I’m really proud of Dave (Elenz, crew chief) and everyone on this team for their work today. It’s been a crazy weekend and for us not to have any track time and to come home one-two with our teammate Justin Allgaier is just a testament to JR Motorsports as a whole. I’m excited to keep building and keep this momentum going heading into Vegas.”

Michael Annett

Michael Annett had a good run going on Monday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but a mechanical issue derailed his day at the Brickyard and made his quest to reach the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs more difficult. Annett’s Pilot Flying J Chevrolet developed a bad vibration as the 100-lap race was nearing its halfway point and ended his day after 51 laps. The race was originally scheduled for Saturday, but rainy weather postponed it to Monday morning.

Annett started the race 17th after the field was set by series car owner points and spent the first 13 laps sorting out his Chevrolet after both practice and qualifying were rained out. By the time the competition came out after 10 laps, Annett had fallen to 20th place, and crew chief Travis Mack called his driver down pit road for four tires, fuel, a track-bar adjustment to cure a loose condition and some tape on the grille.

Following a caution flag for a huge accident in Turn 3 that involved JRM teammate Elliott Sadler on lap 23, Annett stayed out while the majority of the field came to pit road. The Iowa native began a one-lap blast to the end of the stage in ninth, but a huge pack caught up off Turn 4 and kicked him back to 14th at the green-checkered flag.

Crew chief Travis Mack kept Annett out on the Stage One break, which moved him up to sixth for the restart on lap 36. The pack racing around him cost Annett a spot on the second lap of green-flag racing, and by the time lap 40 clicked on the board, Annett was 20th. Four laps later, he reported to Mack that he had smoke in the car and that the vibration had kicked up.

Annett brought the car to pit road for four tires and fuel and went back out, but the problem did not go away. Eventually, Annett pulled the car to the garage for a more thorough inspection and ultimately retired after 51 laps. With the finish, Annett is still alive for a Playoff berth with only next week’s race Las Vegas Motor Speedway left to go.

JRM’s Justin Allgaier won the race over teammate Tyler Reddick, while Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott and Daniel Hemric rounded out the top five.

Michael Annett, driver No. 5 Pilot Flying J team

“We were in a good spot just past halfway, but then my Pilot Flying J Chevrolet started smoking and vibrating. I thought it was a tire rub, but after we came down and changed all four, it wasn’t. I don’t really know what took us out of the race. It’s a shame, because we had some good speed left for the end of the race. Congratulations to Justin (Allgaier) and the No. 7 team on the victory, and we’ll go to Las Vegas and try to win that one.”

Elliott Sadler

Elliott Sadler and the OneMain Financial team were a force to be reckoned with on Monday morning at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, until an unavoidable incident ended the team’s day early. The team was scored in the 35th position at the end of the rain-postponed event at the historic 2.5-mile oval. With the finish, Sadler sits fifth in the NASCAR Xfinity Series point standings with one race remaining in the regular season.

After inclement weather washed out both practice sessions and qualifying over the scheduled race weekend, Sadler began the 250-mile event in fourth place – per the rule book, his position in the owners standings. The OneMain Financial driver was quick to begin claiming track position and was up to second place by the conclusion of lap 2. As the team began to prepare for their first pit stop under the competition caution on lap 10, the veteran driver relayed his Chevrolet was a tick free off of Turn 3, but overall liked the handling.

When the competition caution was displayed, Sadler brought his OneMain Financial Chevrolet down pit road for fresh tires and fuel. The driver of the No. 1 Camaro restarted from the sixth position and completed one pass before the yellow flag was once again displayed. Crew chief Kevin Meendering made the call for Sadler to remain on track and hold his position. Just after Sadler took the restart in the fifth position, the No. 3 of Ty Dillion spun in front of him. With nowhere to go, the OneMain Financial Chevrolet received major damage, ending the team’s day.

JR Motorsports brought home a 1-2 finish with drivers Justin Allgaier and Tyler Reddick. Following the duo was Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott and Daniel Hemric to round out the top five.

Elliott Sadler, driver No. 1 OneMain Financial team

“It’s unfortunate – we got caught in the middle with nowhere to go. I hate it for my guys who worked so hard and unloaded a fast OneMain Financial Chevrolet. We were in contention for the regular season championship and this finish is going to keep us from it. We’re going to rebound and race our race in Las Vegas.”

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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