Allgaier Clinches Regular Season Title, Leads JRM at Vegas

JR Motorsports | 9/16/2018

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

Justin Allgaier finished second on Saturday to clinch the Xfinity Series regular season championship and lead the JRM contingent in the regular season finale at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Race 26 of 33: DC Solar 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Track Specs: 1.5-mile oval / 200 laps
Weather: Sunny; 101 degrees
Race Winner: Ross Chastain

Allgaier’s Finish: 2nd 
Sadler’s Finish: 5th      
Reddick’s Finish: 28th      
Annett’s Finish: 40th      

Justin Allgaier

A strong year for Justin Allgaier and the No. 7 BRANDT Professional Agriculture team continued on Saturday afternoon as they brought home the NASCAR Xfinity Series regular-season title along with a second-place finish in the DC Solar 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The runner-up effort was the team’s seventh top-three finish in the last eight races, including three wins. The JR Motorsports driver will enter the playoffs as the top seed when the series heads to Richmond next week.

Allgaier rolled off the grid from the eighth position and was running in that same spot when the first caution flag of the day waved on lap 5. He radioed to crew chief Jason Burdett that the BRANDT Chevy was a little bit tight and it was really easy to lose the back. Restarting in eighth on lap 13, he worked his way up to sixth and remained there until the closing laps of the first stage when he lost a position. He ended Stage One in seventh on lap 45, collecting four valuable stage points. Allgaier had relayed that the No. 7 Camaro was tight through the center of the turns and loose on entry and exit, so under the stage-ending caution Burdett called him to pit road for four tires, fuel and adjustments.

He took the green flag for Stage Two in seventh on lap 52 and was up to fifth when the caution flag came out on lap 65. Allgaier reported to the team that the adjustments had helped the handling of the BRANDT Chevy. Back under green-flag conditions, Allgaier was able to improve one position to fourth on lap 84, but was surpassed on lap 89 to end Stage Two in fifth. He claimed six more stage points, earning enough to clinch the regular-season championship. The Illinois native relayed to the team that his Chevrolet was much better that stage but needed it to cut a little better through the center still. The team made a fast stop for four tires, fuel and an air-pressure adjustment.

The fourth position is where Allgaier started the final stage before quickly powering his way to third after getting a good run. He was still in third when a caution came out on lap 125. Burdett called Allgaier to pit road for four tires and fuel and he restarted in third on lap 130. He worked his way into second and set his sights on leader Ross Chastain, temporarily getting passed him to lead lap 131. The two battled it out, but Allgaier took full control of the top spot on lap 135. He held point until Chastain surpassed him on lap 149 along with the No. 00 of Cole Custer. During that time, Allgaier reported to Burdett that the BRANDT Chevy had fired off way better, but was now really tight. Even so, he was able to get back by Custer to retake the second position on lap 161.

With the race turning into a long green-flag run, teams started making their plans for scheduled pit stops. Allgaier was about to come to pit road when the caution came out on lap 176 for a vicious wreck. Under the yellow flag, the team called Allgaier down for four tires and fuel during what would be the last stop of the race. He restarted in second on lap 181 and held on to that to that position through a series of cautions until the checkered flag waved for the 200-lap race.

Chastain won the inaugural DC Solar 300 and was followed by Allgaier, Custer, Christopher Bell and Elliott Sadler to round out the top five.

Allgaier and the No. 7 team ended the NXS regular season with five wins, 15 top fives and 21 top 10s.

Justin Allgaier, driver No. 7 BRANDT Professional Agriculture team

“It’s really cool to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series regular-season championship. Obviously that was part of the goal and now the next is to make it to Homestead and win a championship there. Overall today was a good day, coming home second. We’ve had speed, especially over these last two or three months. This BRANDT Professional Agriculture team is just awesome. Hats off to them for how hard they work as well as everybody back at the shop. We’ll keep plugging away and go to Richmond next week and hopefully get these playoffs off to a good start.”

Elliott Sadler

Elliott Sadler and the OneMain Financial team took the checkered flag in the fifth position on Saturday afternoon at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the DC Solar 300. After claiming his 13th top-five finish of the season, Sadler claims the third seed in the NASCAR Xfinity Series regular season.

The veteran driver rolled the No. 1 Chevrolet Camaro off the grid for the 200-lap event in 3rd place, after advancing into the third and final round. Plagued with a tight-handling condition throughout the race, Sadler fought to remain within the top three throughout Stage One. It wasn’t until the end of Stage One—where the team finished third—that Sadler took a visit to pit road for loosening adjustments.

After pitting for fresh tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment, the OneMain Financial team began Stage Two in second place, picking up one position on pit road. Shortly after the opening laps of the second stage, Sadler relayed positive handling changes to his team. As the run grew longer, the No. 1 team’s Chevrolet once again began to grow tighter. As Stage Two concluded, Sadler was scored in the sixth position.

Before taking the green flag for the final stage of the race, crew chief Kevin Meendering called Sadler down pit road for four tires, fuel and another adjustment. The OneMain Financial Chevrolet restarted in fifth, but fell to the eight-place running position after getting caught in the middle. With the help of his spotter, Brett Griffin, Sadler began to make his way back through the field and into the fifth positon by lap 167. It was then that the team began to log lap times quickest of the field. As a series of cautions were displayed nearing the end of the event, Sadler drove to remain with the leaders. Ultimately, when the race concluded, Sadler had claimed his 13th top five of the season.

Ross Chastain won the NXS regular season finale and was followed by JR Motorsports driver Justin Allgaier, Cole Custer, Christopher Bell and Sadler to round out the top five.

Elliott Sadler, driver No. 1 OneMain Financial team

“Today was a solid day for my OneMain Financial team. We had great long-run speed, but just didn’t have enough for short runs and restarts. It’s great to get this top-five finish as we great ready to head into the playoffs and my home track at Richmond. I’m looking forward to getting things started next week and compete for that championship title.”

Tyler Reddick

Tyler Reddick, driver of the No. 9 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Chevrolet, was battling for position inside the top five following a lap 187 restart in Saturday afternoon’s NASCAR Xfinity Series regular season finale at Las Vegas Motor Speedway until contact with another competitor sent Reddick into the outside retaining wall. The resulting damage forced the JR Motorsports driver to head to the garage, ending Reddick’s afternoon just shy of the finish and ultimately leading to a 28th-place result. However, with the regular season now concluded, Reddick will enter the opening race of the NXS playoffs next weekend at Richmond Raceway as the fifth seed, just 29 points behind championship leader and JRM teammate Justin Allgaier.

Reddick took the green flag for the 200-lap event from the seventh position after advancing to the final round of knockout qualifying on Saturday morning. Once underway the driver of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Chevrolet wasted little time moving forward, racing into the top five for the first time on lap 5. However, Reddick’s progress toward the front was halted after contact with the wall on lap 19 caused slight damage to the right-rear fender and led the car to shift toward the loose-side rolling through the corner. As a result of the contact and the subsequent handling condition, Reddick fell back to the 16th position as the green-and-white checkered flag was displayed to end Stage One on lap 45.

During the stage-ending caution crew chief Dave Elenz opted to bring Reddick to pit road on two separate occasions to make repairs and adjustments to the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Chevrolet. The numerous pit stops led to Reddick lining up for the beginning of Stage Two in the 19th position. Undeterred by the loss of track position, Reddick charged forward, taking advantage of a lap-70 restart to make a four-wide pass off of the fourth corner while navigating through traffic to move from 18th to 11th. The JRM driver’s climb forward didn’t stop there, as Reddick gained two positions in the closing laps of the second stage to take the green-and-white checkered flag on lap 90 in the ninth position.

After pitting for four tires and a chassis adjustment between stages, Reddick returned to the track for the final stage in the eighth position and only needed one lap to race back into the top five. The driver of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Chevrolet maintained his top-five track position until a caution on lap 124 provided Elenz with another opportunity to bring Reddick to pit road for a chassis adjustment in the hopes of rectifying a tight-handling condition that had developed through the middle of the corner. Reddick returned following the stop in eighth and continued to fight for track position until another caution during the beginning of green flag pit stops on lap 175 shuffled up the running order.

During this caution period Elenz brought Reddick to pit road for four tires and another chassis adjustment. A great stop by the No. 9 pit crew gained Reddick two positions on pit road and lined the rookie driver up in the third position for the lap 180 restart. However, a quick caution following the restart saw Reddick get shuffled back to sixth after getting forced three-wide coming off of the second corner. Then, following a lap 187 restart, Reddick was sent sideways heading through the tri-oval while racing side-by-side for position inside the top five. The resulting contact sent the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Chevrolet hard into the outside retaining wall and ultimately to the garage area, ending Reddick’s afternoon just 12 laps shy of the finish.

In the end, Reddick was scored with a 28th-place finish in the regular season finale for the NXS.

Reddick heads into next weekend’s opening round of the NXS playoffs at Richmond as the fifth seed, four points ahead of the eighth and final cutoff position. 

Ross Chastain scored the victory with JRM teammate Allgaier, Cole Custer, Christopher Bell and JRM teammate Elliott Sadler rounding out the top five.

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

“We fought really hard today with our Nationwide Children’s Hospital Chevrolet. We overcame that early contact with the wall and were in a really good position heading into those last couple of restarts. I really hate that our race ended early and that we didn’t get to the finish, especially after all the hard work my guys put into this car. We’ll move on from this and get ready to go for the first race in the playoffs next week in Richmond.”

Michael Annett

A weekend that started with great promise for Michael Annett and the rest of the Allstate Parts & Service team ended way too quickly on Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Running on the bottom lane of the 1.5-mile speedway, Annett was in close quarters with Ryan Preece on the fifth lap of the 200-lap DC Solar 300 when the good weekend went bad.

As the two battled, Annett’s Chevrolet wiggled in the dirty air and half-spun toward the infield. Annett was working the slide when the front end of his Allstate Parts & Service Camaro hit the infield grass. The impact did major damage to the front end of the car. Annett was able to keep rolling, but was trailing fluid and stopped the car before he was able to get it back around to pit road.

The early exit ended any hopes Annett and his No. 5 team had of earning a berth in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs, which begin next weekend at Richmond Raceway.

Earlier in the day, Annett and his Travis Mack-led team put up solid numbers in qualifying and started from the ninth spot when the race got under way. After dropping two spots in the initial rush and battling among a pack of cars, Annett was 15th when the incident occurred.

Ross Chastain won the event, followed by JRM’s Justin Allgaier, Cole Custer, Christopher Bell and JRM’s Elliott Sadler. Allgaier clinched the regular-season championship with his finish, and will reap 15 playoff points from the achievement.

Michael Annett, driver No. 5 Allstate Parts & Service team

“It’s just so disappointing to exit the race so early. We qualified so well and were looking at a solid day here with our Allstate Parts & Service Camaro. I was on the bottom and we got loose off the corner, and it went straight into the infield and did all sorts of damage to it. We will take it on to Richmond and try to get some momentum built up over these final races.”

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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