Preview: DC Solar 300

JR Motorsports | 9/12/2018

Allstate Parts Brandt Elliott Sadler Justin Allgaier Las Vegas Michael Annett Nationwide Children's Hospital News OneMain Tyler Reddick XFINITY Series

One last race remains in the regular season for the NASCAR Xfinity Series as JRM heads to the Silver State for the second stop of the season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

TRACK: Las Vegas Motor Speedway
RACE: DC Solar 300 (200 laps / 300 miles)
DATE: Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018
TV: 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN
RADIO: 4:30 p.m. ET on PRN and SiriusXM Ch. 90

Quotes:

Elliott Sadler: “It’s good to know we’re locked into the playoffs heading into the last race of the regular season at Las Vegas. Kevin (Meendering, crew chief) and my guys have worked hard all season long to get us to this point. This weekend, it gives us the opportunity to be aggressive and battle to get our OneMain Financial Chevrolet back in Victory Lane. Hopefully we can get ourselves that solid finish we’re looking for and head into the playoffs with good momentum.”

Michael Annett: “We have had really fast cars all season long, and making the playoffs has been our goal all year. We have one more chance to get it done this weekend and our whole Allstate Parts & Service team is going to go all-out to make it happen. We were in a good position at Indy, but had a mechanical problem that kept us from capitalizing on it. We’re going to go as hard as we can to get that playoff spot.” 

Justin Allgaier: “The success our No. 7 BRANDT Professional Agriculture team has had so far this season is nothing short of incredible. We’re heading into Las Vegas with the points lead and it will be huge if we’re able to keep that momentum going and get that regular-season championship along with those 15 extra playoff points. This team has been working so hard all year long and we’ve been pretty fast at Las Vegas in the past, so if we can stay out of trouble I think we’ll have a good shot at getting it done.”

Tyler Reddick: “We are surging at the right time with our Nationwide Children’s Hospital Chevrolet. Coming off of two straight topthree finishes gives us a lot of momentum heading into Vegas this weekend. It’s pretty cool that we get to race there twice this season. It’s a fast mile-and-a-half track but there is some good tire fall off as well. The playoffs are in sight now and everyone on this JR Motorsports team knows what we need to do to keep this positive momentum going to ensure that we will contend for a championship when we get to Homestead. We’re ready to go.”

Notes: 

• Heading into the final race of the 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series regular season, Elliott Sadler and the No. 1 JR Motorsports team are the regular season defending champions.

• In 12 NXS starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the veteran driver has claimed three top-five and six top-10 finishes, along with one pole award (2012).

• This season on tracks measuring 1.5-miles in length, Sadler has earned three top fives and five top 10s, with an average finish of 6.8.

• Currently, Sadler and team sit fifth in the NXS standings. 

• Michael Annett ranks third in Quality Passes (NASCAR Loop Data statistics) at Las Vegas among NXS regulars, trailing only JRM teammates Justin Allgaier and Elliott Sadler.

• Annett has finished 13th in half of his six NXS starts at the 1.5-mile desert oval, including in the race earlier this year.

• Allstate Parts & Service is back on the No. 5 this week, the company’s third and final appearance of the season.

• Annett trails 12th-place Austin Cindric by 57 points heading to Las Vegas and will need to have a near-perfect day to make it into the NXS Playoffs for the second straight season. A win on Saturday would put him in the field of the 12 contending drivers. 

• Justin Allgaier is coming off his fifth NXS win of 2018 after claiming the victory at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He leads the NXS point standings by 49 markers as the series heads into the final race of the regular season.

• In eight NXS starts at Las Vegas, the Illinois native has three top fives and seven top 10s. Earlier this season at the 1.5- mile facility, Allgaier finished third after leading 12 laps.

• Allgaier has four top-10 finishes on 1.5-mile tracks this season, including two top fives (Las Vegas and Kentucky).

• This weekend marks the 32-year-old driver’s 350th start across NASCAR’s three premier series.

• Tyler Reddick will make his second career NXS start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend.

• Reddick earned an eighth-place finish in his lone start in Sin City in March 2018.

• Reddick has made three previous starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Las Vegas, earning a win in the 2016 event after starting from the 16th position and leading 70 laps en route to the victory.

• The Corning, Calif. native sits third in the NXS Playoff seeding with one race remaining in the regular season by way of his victory at Daytona International Speedway in Feb. 2018. 

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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