Reddick Finishes Ninth, Leads JRM on Charlotte Roval

JR Motorsports | 9/29/2018

BurgerFi Charlotte Elliott Sadler Justin Allgaier Michael Annett News OneMain TMC Tyler Reddick Vannoy XFINITY Series

Tyler Reddick came home ninth and led the way for JRM on an interesting Saturday afternoon on the Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Race 28 of 33: Drive for the Cure 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Track Specs: 2.28-mile Roval / 55 laps
Weather: Partly Cloudy; 82 degrees
Race Winner: Chase Briscoe

Reddick's Finish: 9th
Sadler's Finish: 14th
Allgaier's Finish: 15th
Annett's Finish: 20th

Tyler Reddick

Tyler Reddick, driver of the No. 9 BurgerFi Chevrolet, ran inside the top 10 throughout much of Saturday afternoon’s NASCAR Xfinity Series event at the Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway, earning extremely valuable stage points at the end of both Stage One and Two before ultimately taking the checkered flag in the ninth position. The result is Reddick’s 15th top-10 finish of 2018 and moves the JR Motorsports driver to the third seed in the NXS Playoffs, 21 points above the cutline with one race remaining before the playoff field is cut to eight following next weekend’s event at Dover International Speedway.

Reddick rolled off for the 55-lap event at the unique Roval from the third position after advancing to the final round of knockout qualifying on Saturday morning.  In an opening stage slowed only once for a lap 2 caution period, the driver of the BurgerFi Chevrolet maintained his top-three track position and took the green-and-white checkered flag on lap 15 in third. The stage result earned Reddick eight valuable stage points in the process.

During the stage-ending caution, crew chief Dave Elenz called the Corning, Calif. native to pit road for four tires and a slight adjustment. Following the stop, Reddick returned to the track for the beginning of Stage Two in the seventh position as several cars opted to stay out after pitting just prior to the end of Stage One. Once back underway, Reddick methodically worked his way forward, rejoining the top five on lap 23 and ultimately racing back up to the third position by the completion of the caution-free second stage on lap 30.  The stage result once again earned Reddick an additional eight valuable stage points.

Prior to the beginning of the final stage, Reddick once again came back down pit road for four tires and an adjustment. However, due to a variety of pit strategies, Reddick lined up for the ensuing restart on lap 33 in the 15th position. A quick caution following the restart saw Reddick improve four positions after narrowly avoiding a multi-car incident heading into the first corner. The driver of the BurgerFi Chevrolet’s climb forward didn’t stop there as Reddick took advantage of a lap 36 restart to move back into the top 10 and up to the sixth position before the caution flag was displayed once again on lap 40.   When the race went back to green on lap 44, Reddick was trapped on the outside line and shuffled back to the eighth position.

In the closing laps, Reddick would battle with Kaz Grala and Daniel Hemric before taking the checkered flag in the ninth position. The result moves the JRM driver to 21 points above the cutline with one race remaining in the Round of 12.

Chase Briscoe earned the victory with Justin Marks, Austin Cindric, Ryan Preece and Christopher Bell rounding out the top five.

Tyler Reddick, driver No. 9 BurgerFi team

“We did what we needed to do today with our BurgerFi Chevrolet. It was a really good day overall and I really want to thank my team for their hard work throughout this weekend. We were able to be mistake free today and get some stage points which definitely helped put us in a better position heading into Dover next weekend. We had a good run last time in Dover, so that gives us some high hopes heading into next weekend. We’re ready to get after it.”

Elliott Sadler

Elliott Sadler and the OneMain Financial team finished 14th in the Drive for the Cure 200 on Saturday afternoon in the inaugural Roval race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. After earning valuable points in Stage Two, Sadler sits in the sixth seed of the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs with one race remaining in the Round of 12.

The No. 1 OneMain Financial team began the 55-lap event in 17th place after battling tight-handling conditions throughout qualifying. Under the first caution of the day on lap 2, the Virginia native began providing feedback to his team, relaying that his Camaro was still tight through each right turn. When the race resumed, Sadler worked to battle the tough handling and claimed one position before OneMain Financial crew chief Kevin Meendering called Sadler down pit road on lap 12 for fresh tires, fuel and an adjustment—short pitting, a strategy opposite of the field. Just three laps later came the conclusion of Stage One. Sadler and the OneMain Financial team were found in the 26th position.

Having pit before the stage end, the OneMain Financial Chevrolet stayed out under the stage-ending caution. When Stage Two began, Sadler was in the fourth-place running position. Once again, Sadler was quick to report tight handling of his No. 1 Chevrolet. On lap 20, team spotter Brett Griffin came over the radio to relay quick lap times of his driver. When the second stage ended on lap 30, Sadler had driven his way into fifth place, claiming valuable stage points.

Under the Stage Two-ending caution, the OneMain Financial team made a pit stop for four tires, fuel and another loosening adjustment. Sadler took the restart for the final stage in 16th place after other teams chose to remain on track. Through a series of cautions, the veteran driver remained focus and stayed out of trouble on the challenging racetrack. With 10 laps remaining in the 125.4-mile event, Sadler was quiet over the radio and racing among the top 15. When the checkered flag waved over the field, the OneMain Financial driver was scored in the 14th position.

Chase Briscoe won the inaugural Roval event and was followed by Justin Marks, Austin Cindric, Ryan Preece and Christopher Bell to round out the top five.

Elliott Sadler, driver No. 1 OneMain Financial Chevrolet

“Today was tough and definitely a challenge, but we survived and got ourselves some valuable stage points. I’m proud of my OneMain Financial guys for keeping at it all week and never giving up. We had great strategy and great pit stops. Kevin (Meendering, crew chief) and I have already started talking about Dover.” 

Justin Allgaier

Justin Allgaier and the Vannoy Construction team finished 15th in the Drive for the Cure 200 after a mid-race incident caused damage to the No. 7 Camaro, hindering the team’s chances of contending for the win. Allgaier now sits seventh in the NASCAR Xfinity Series point standings, 11 markers ahead of the cutoff line with one race left to go in the Round of 12.

The Illinois native rolled off the grid in 12th for the inaugural race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval. He was up to eighth on the first lap and when the caution flag waved on the next circuit, he relayed that the Vannoy Construction Chevy was lacking forward drive with the current set of tires. Restarting in eighth, he dropped back to 10th  amidst the chaos, but was able to gain a position back and remained there until the green-and-white checkered flag waved for the end of Stage One. The ninth-place stage result was enough to earn Allgaier two stage points. Under the stage-ending caution Allgaier reported that in addition to lacking forward drive, the Vannoy Construction Chevy was also a little tight through the NASCAR Turns.

When the green flag was shown for Stage Two on lap 18, Allgaier was just outside the top 10. By lap 25, he was up to the 10th spot and as the stage was winding down the team opted to call Allgaier to pit road for four tires and fuel. Once Allgaier was back out on track, he was working his way past the No. 39 of Ryan Sieg when Allgaier’s No. 7 Camaro was sent spinning after contact with the No. 22 of Austin Cindric. Sieg had nowhere to go and slammed into the left side of the Vannoy Construction Chevy. Allgaier’s car suffered damage, but he was able to continue on to finish Stage Two in 23rd.

During the caution for the end of Stage Two, the team talked with Allgaier trying to determine the severity the damage to the left-rear wheel. The team ultimately opted to stay out and Allgaier started the final stage in the ninth position on lap 34. He worked his way up to seventh before a quick caution came out just one lap into the stage. He restarted in seventh on lap 37 and was up to sixth in a hurry, but reported that he had no left-rear grip. When another yellow flag waved on lap 41, Allgaier was running in the seventh position. The team decided to bring Allgaier to pit road for four fresh tires to see if it would improve the handling of the Vannoy Construction Camaro. He restarted deep in the field, but with determination Allgaier maneuvered his way to 12th by lap 46. However, the damage to the No. 7 Camaro ultimately kept Allgaier from racing further through the field and he took the checkered flag in 15th.                                                                                                                                                                                

Chase Briscoe earned his first-career NXS victory and was followed by Justin Marks, Austin Cindric, Ryan Preece and Christopher Bell to round out the top five.

Justin Allgaier, driver No. 7 Vannoy Construction team

“Man, we had a pretty good Vannoy Chevy but that hit we got to the left-rear wheel really hurt our car. That was probably the hardest part. We were struggling to keep pace at the end there, no matter what we did. We knew the wheel was bent, so there wasn’t much we could do. Today we just tried to get as many points as we could. Now we need to head to Dover and have a good race. It’s a place that’s been good for us.”

Michael Annett

In a somewhat chaotic inaugural NASCAR Xfinity Series race on the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval, Michael Annett overcame several obstacles to place 20th in his No. 5 TMC Transportation Chevrolet. The Iowa native battled through an altercation on the backstretch chicane early in the race and a more substantive pile-up in Turn 1 to start the final stage on the 2.28-mile, 17-turn hybrid road course. Both incidents caused body damage to the black-and-gold Camaro, and the latter one ruined a chance to score major points in the event as it took him out of the top 10 and put him down in the running order.

After pitting with three laps remaining in Stage Two to gain track position, Annett fired off for the final stage in the 55-lap, 125.4-mile event from 10th spot. As the field headed toward Turn 1 and the infield section of the course, Ty Majeski and Ryan Truex tangled ahead of him on the outside line. Annett’s car was swept up in the melee, which allowed most of the rest of the field to drive through, dropping him all the way to 29th.

Bringing his TMC Chevrolet to pit road on lap 35 with body damage to the front end, Annett’s Travis Mack-led crew taped up the fender damage and checked for tire rubs before sending him back out in 32nd spot for the ensuing restart. By the time the first lap of green-flag racing ended, Annett was 27th and kept climbing. He had advanced to 22nd spot by lap 40 and ran there when the caution waved a lap later for debris on the backstretch.

Mack called his driver back to pit road for four tires, fuel and adjustments to the track bar and air pressure on lap 41, and Annett returned to the track in 27th for the restart with 11 laps remaining. Annett put his head down and gained two spots on the initial lap of green-flag racing and stayed after it, battling with Spencer Gallagher and Brandon Jones. Annett passed Jones with a nifty move off the backstretch chicane on lap 51 to earn the 20th spot, and he stayed there the rest of the way.

Annett was able to gain spots on restarts all day long. At the start of the race, Annett moved from 23rd to 19th on the first lap and ran 14th as green-flag pit stops began near the end of Stage One and ended the run in 15th. After pitting for four tires, fuel and an air-pressure adjustment, his TMC Transportation crew held serve and got him back out in the same position. As the intensity picked up, Annett battled with several cars in the pack and sustained some nose damage in an altercation off the backstretch chicane. That set the stage for the lap-27 pit stop which put him in 10th for the restart to begin the final stage.

Chase Briscoe won the event, followed by Justin Marks, Austin Cindric, Ryan Preece and Christopher Bell.

Michael Annett, driver No. 5 TMC Transportation team

“We had a lot of things happen in this race on the Roval, but we overcame them, and that is important going forward. We were pretty good at times, gained 10 spots during one run, but we kept getting damage to our TMC Transportation Chevrolet. We started the final stage in 10th and had that accident happen into Turn 1. I’m ready to get back to the ovals at Dover and finish the year out strong.”

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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