Allgaier Third at Dover, Advances to Round of 8 with Sadler and Reddick

JR Motorsports | 10/6/2018

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Justin Allgaier led JRM Saturday at Dover with a third-place run as he, Elliott Sadler and Tyler Reddick advance to the Xfinity Racing Playoffs Round of 8.

Race 29 of 33: Bar Harbor 200 at Dover International Speedway
Track Specs: 1-mile concrete oval / 200 laps
Weather: Cloudy; 72 degrees
Race Winner: Christopher Bell

Allgaier's Finish: 3rd
Sadler's Finish: 11th
Annett's Finish: 12th
Reddick's Finish: 14th

Justin Allgaier

Justin Allgaier and the BRANDT Professional Agriculture team finished third in Saturday’s Bar Harbor 200 at Dover International Speedway, solidifying their spot in the Round of 8 for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs. Allgaier enters the next round as the second seed, just five points outside the lead.

Allgaier started the 200-lap race from the third position and relayed to the team early in the run that the BRANDT Chevy was tight through the center of the turns. He powered through the tough-handling condition for the remainder of Stage One to take the green-and-white checkered flag in that same third spot. Under the stage-ending caution the team made a fast stop for four tires, fuel and an air-pressure adjustment, allowing Allgaier to gain a position for the start of Stage Two.

Taking the green flag for the second stage from the second position, Allgaier got a good run on the No. 21 of Daniel Hemric to take over the lead on lap 52. Spotter Eddie D’Hondt radioed to the driver of the No. 7 Chevy that he was setting a good pace. Allgaier reported that he was still experiencing a tight-handling condition, and soon after, there was a new battle for the lead with Hemric retaking the top spot on lap 75. When Stage Two ended on lap 90, Allgaier was scored in the third position. Under the stage-ending caution, crew chief Jason Burdett called Allgaier down for four tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment.

The JR Motorsports driver was in third to start the final stage on lap 97 and worked his way to second just two circuits later. Allgaier radioed that the adjustment hadn’t helped the handling of the BRANDT Chevrolet, but he continued to race inside the top five. He was running in third when a caution came out for an incident on the track on lap 161. The team took this opportunity to make their final stop of the race, calling Allgaier to pit road for four tires, fuel and another wedge adjustment.

He restarted in the seventh position on lap 171 and wasted no time advancing his position, moving up to fourth before another caution occurred on lap 178. During the final restart on lap 184, he maneuvered his way to third and remained there until the checkered flag waved. The 32-year-old driver’s third-place finish marked his third consecutive top-three effort at the Monster Mile.                                                                                                                                                                                

Christopher Bell won the NXS event and was followed by Cole Custer, Allgaier, Ryan Preece and Spencer Gallagher to round out the top five.

Justin Allgaier, driver No. 7 BRANDT Professional Agriculture team

“I’m glad to be advancing to the Round of 8. This first round for us was really challenging to say the least. I’m really proud of everyone at JR Motorsports. Our BRANDT Professional Agriculture Camaro was good today. We weren’t quite good enough to go up there and battle for a win, but we did what we needed to do and got the points that we needed. Now we can focus on these next three races and I think we’ve got a good shot at them.”

Elliott Sadler

Elliott Sadler’s goal in Saturday’s Bar Harbor 200 for NASCAR Xfinity Series machines at Dover International Speedway was a simple one: guide his OneMain Financial Chevrolet to the best possible finish and advance to the Round of 8 at Kansas Speedway in two weeks. That’s exactly what the Virginia native did, finishing a smooth 11th in the event on the 1-mile concrete oval and advancing to the next round in solid shape.

As the cutoff race for the first round of the Playoffs, Sadler was focused on advancing to the second round, and that played a role in strategy. Starting sixth in the pink-hued No. 1 Camaro--in support of breast cancer awareness—Sadler stayed just on the edge of the top five over the 45-lap Stage One, finishing there when the green-checkered flag waved over the speedway. Reporting to crew chief Kevin Meendering that his car was tight getting to the center of the corners and a bit loose off, Sadler came down pit road for four tires, fuel and adjustments designed to help his entry and firm up rear grip. His OneMain Financial crew gained two spots on the exchange, and Sadler took the green flag for Stage Two in fourth place.

As the 45-lap Stage Two got under way, Sadler held sway in the top five before a problem surfaced getting back to the throttle. Sadler said the balance was good, but he couldn’t get back to the gas on exit because he didn’t have much in the way of rear security. As the run went on, the grip levels evened out, and the veteran driver held on to seventh at the finish of the stage. Sadler told Meendering that the rear tires did not feel secure, and that was affecting his exit off the bottom of Dover’s banked turns. Meendering called Sadler back in for four more tires and an adjustment, and sent him back out in eighth spot.

Over the final 110-lap stage, Sadler stayed in eighth spot until the caution waved on lap 162. During that span of green-flag laps, Sadler put together a string of laps that were the fastest in the field. Under caution, Sadler said that his OneMain Financial Camaro was tight at the three-quarter mark in the corners and he didn’t have a lot of rear grip. Meendering brought him back down pit road for four tires, fuel and another adjustment to get him to the finish.

Restarting ninth, Sadler stayed there until the next caution at lap 179, and on the ensuing restart lost two spots to 11th. He was in that spot when a couple of drivers battling for their Playoff lives approached. Sadler stayed in 11th spot until the checkered flag and moved safely to the Round of 8 with his finish.

Christopher Bell won the race, followed by Cole Custer, JRM teammate Justin Allgaier, Ryan Preece and Spencer Gallagher. Sadler is now fifth in points heading into the Round of 8.

Elliott Sadler, driver No. 1 OneMain Financial team

“We had to be careful there at the end of the race. We weren’t in contention to win the race, so we just tried to finish as high as we could and move on to Kansas. Kansas and Texas are really good tracks for us. Our goal was to come here today, create some awareness for breast cancer and also make it to the next round of the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs. That’s what we did.”

Michael Annett

Complete weekends are what Michael Annett and the rest of the No. 5 Pilot Flying J team are looking for every time out in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. On Saturday, in the Bar Harbor 200 at Dover International Speedway, that’s what they achieved.

Annett qualified 18th for the 200-lap event on the banked concrete oval and ended up with a 12th-place finish at the end of the day, running directly behind JR Motorsports teammate Elliott Sadler when the checkered flag waved. The Iowa native entered the top 15 after just 31 laps and stayed there the rest of the day, running as high as 11th in the final stage on the way to a solid result.

As has been the case for several weeks, Annett’s car was best on longer runs, and Stage One proved that the Pilot Flying J No. 5 would be a closer. Running 17th after 14 laps, Annett kept getting better as other cars fell off the pace, and with 15 laps remaining in the 45-lap opening stage, Annett was 16th. He was 15th four laps later and held that spot until Stage One came to an end.

Crew chief Travis Mack called his driver to pit road on lap 48 for four tires, fuel and a track-bar adjustment. The Pilot Flying J crew gained two spots on the exchange and sent their driver back out in 13th position for Stage Two. Dropping a spot on the green flag, Annett ran 14th for much of the 45-lap stage and held his position until the end at lap 90. That allowed Mack to make an air-pressure adjustment on the ensuing pit stop in addition to adding four more tires and fuel at lap 93, knowing that one more stop would be necessary to complete the event. The pit crew gained another spot for Annett, and penalties ahead of him in the field put him 12th for the 110-lap final stage.

Annett maintained 12th spot until lap 119, when he passed Ross Chastain for 11th. He ran 11th until Daniel Hemric, one of the cars penalized, passed him on lap 133. Back in 12th spot, Annett put his head down and maintained his position until lap 162, when the yellow waved for a crash. On pit road, Annett got four more tires and fuel, plus a wedge adjustment to help a tight condition on his Camaro, and headed back out in 13th spot. On the restart, Annett was in the middle of a duel between Playoff contenders Matt Tifft and Chastain, running the low side to get past Chastain once more.

Annett tucked in behind Sadler for the run to the checkered flag, keeping Chastain behind him the rest of the way.

Christopher Bell won the race, followed by Cole Custer, JRM’s Justin Allgaier, Ryan Preece and Spencer Gallagher.

Michael Annett, driver No. 5 Pilot Flying J team

“It was a pretty good day for the Pilot Flying J Chevrolet today. We started 18th, moved up early in the race and stayed in the top 12 or 14 all day long. We have been working on putting weekends together like this, and we’re starting to do it with regularity. That’s the main thing we want to carry over to the remaining races and into next season. If we hadn’t gotten tight that last run we might have been able to get to the top 10, and we were racing among some guys who were fighting to advance in the Playoffs. We stayed ahead of that and had a great day besides.”

Tyler Reddick

Tyler Reddick, driver of the No. 9 BurgerFi Chevrolet Camaro, successfully advanced to the Round of 8 in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs following a 14th-place finish in Saturday afternoon’s Bar Harbor 200 elimination race at Dover International Speedway. With the result, Reddick heads into the opening race in the second round of the playoffs as the sixth seed, just one point behind the fourth and final cutoff position with three races remaining in the Round of 8.

Reddick lined up for the 200-lap event from the 14th position following an abbreviated qualifying session due to a persistent mist Saturday morning that forced NASCAR to hold just one round of qualifying. From the drop of the green flag, Reddick reported to crew chief Dave Elenz that the BurgerFi Chevrolet was tight rolling through the corner and snappy loose on the exit. Despite not handling to his liking, Reddick maintained his track position throughout the caution-free opening stage to take the green-and-white checkered flag in 14th on lap 45.

After pitting for four tires and a chassis adjustment between stages, the Corning, Calif. native returned to the track for the beginning of Stage Two in the 12th position but only needed one lap to race into the top 10. Reddick continued to fight for position inside the top 10, racing up to the ninth position before the tight-handling condition returned, ultimately shuffling the driver of the BurgerFi Chevrolet back to 11th by the completion of the caution-free second stage on lap 90.

Prior to the beginning of the final stage, Elenz called Reddick back to pit road for four tires and another chassis adjustment in the hopes of improving the handling of the BurgerFi Chevrolet, sending the JR Motorsports driver back out for the beginning of the final stage in the ninth position. Once back underway, Reddick wasted little time moving forward, taking advantage of a long green-flag run to move up to as high as eighth before a lap 161 caution period.  Elenz decided to take advantage of this caution period to bring Reddick back to pit road for four tires and another round of adjustments. Reddick took the lap 171 restart following the stop from 10th, but was stuck on the outside line and shuffled back to 12th before the caution flag was displayed once again on lap 178.

On the ensuing restart, Reddick battled with JRM teammate Michael Annett and Ross Chastain before taking the checkered flag in the 14th position. The result successfully advanced Reddick into the Round of 8 in the NXS Playoffs as the sixth seed, one-point shy of the fourth and final cutoff position with three races remaining in the round.

The Round of 8 begins at Kansas Speedway on Saturday, Oct. 20.

Christopher Bell earned the victory with Cole Custer, JRM teammate Justin Allgaier, Ryan Preece and Spencer Gallagher rounding out the top five.

Tyler Reddick, driver No. 9 BurgerFi team

“We did what we needed to do with our BurgerFi Chevrolet today and that was to advance to the next round of the playoffs. I want to thank my guys for all of their hard work throughout the weekend, we fought hard and were able to survive this first round. Now we can reset and get ready to go after qualifying for the Championship 4. We have some really good tracks coming up which gives me a ton of confidence as we start the Round of 8.”

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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