JRM Scores a Trio of Top 10s at Texas Motor Speedway

JR Motorsports | 11/4/2018

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Tyler Reddick led the JRM charge at Texas Motor Speedway by securing a runner-up finish. Justin Allgaier and Elliott Sadler added a top five and top-10 finish to the team's tally.

Race 31 of 33: O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway
Track Specs: 1.5-mile quad-oval / 200 laps
Weather: Mostly cloudy; 71 degrees
Race Winner: Cole Custer

Reddick’s Finish: 2nd
Allgaier’s Finish: 5th
Sadler’s Finish: 8th
Annett’s Finish: 16th

Tyler Reddick

Tyler Reddick, driver of the No. 9 BurgerFi Chevrolet Camaro, moved into the second-seed in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs after earning a second-place finish in Saturday afternoon’s event at Texas Motor Speedway. Reddick, who was battling for the race lead on the final lap, ranks as the top-seed among drivers still needing to qualifying for the Championship 4, 20 points ahead of the cutline with one race remaining in the Round of 8. Following the NXS race at ISM Raceway next weekend, the bottom four drivers will be eliminated from the playoffs.

Reddick lined up for the 200-lap event in the fourth position after advancing to the final round of knockout qualifying on Saturday morning. After narrowly avoiding an incident on the opening lap of the race, Reddick took advantage of the lap 4 restart to charge into the race lead. The driver of the BurgerFi Chevrolet remained in the lead until a lap 24 restart shuffled the JRM driver back to the third position. Although no longer in the lead, Reddick continued to battle inside the top three throughout the final laps of the opening stage, taking the green-and-white checkered flag on lap 45 in the third position. The result earned Reddick eight valuable stage points in the process.

Prior to the beginning of Stage Two, crew chief Dave Elenz called the Corning, Calif. native to pit road for four tires and an air-pressure adjustment. Reddick returned to the track following the stop in the second position and quickly reassumed the race lead on the ensuing restart. The driver of the BurgerFi Chevrolet paced the field for the next 28 laps before the caution flag was displayed once again on lap 80. Reddick battled with Cole Custer for the race lead on the restart before ultimately sliding back to the fourth position at the conclusion of Stage Two as a tight-handling condition had developed rolling through the corner. Despite not handling to his liking, Reddick was again able to earn an additional seven valuable stage points.

Elenz opted to bring Reddick back to pit road during the stage-ending caution for four tires and a chassis adjustment in the hopes of alleviating the tight-handling condition. However, a variety of pit strategies among the lead lap cars saw Reddick take the restart for the beginning of the final stage in the 14th position. After narrowly avoiding yet another incident, the 22-year old driver began to methodically work his way through the field, rejoining the top 10 on lap 102 and moving up to the eighth position before a lap-125 caution period. Reddick continued to fight for position inside top 10 through a rash of yellow flags, taking advantage of several restarts to race up to the fifth position before returning to pit road for fuel only during a lap-138 caution while many of the race leaders stayed out.

The driver of the BurgerFi Chevrolet only needed 10 laps following the stop to rejoin the top 10 after restarting in the 14th position. Once back inside the top 10, Reddick continued to press forward, taking advantage of the cars ahead of the JRM driver that were short on fuel to race back into the top five on lap 185. However, a caution just two laps later provided Elenz and Reddick with another opportunity to play with some strategy as the duo opted to remain on the track while a number of the leaders came to pit road. The decision to stay out paid off as Reddick moved up to the second position for the lap 193 restart.

A huge push by JRM teammate Elliott Sadler as the green flag was displayed propelled Reddick out to the race lead but a quick caution just a half-lap later bunched the field back up for another late-race restart. After a brief discussion on the radio, Reddick chose the inside line for the lap 198 restart in the hopes of teammate Sadler again pushing him out to the lead. That push came as Sadler sent Reddick into the race lead entering the first corner.

Reddick held on to the top spot entering into Turn 1 on the final lap as the driver of the BurgerFi Chevrolet tried to fend off a challenge by Custer. After battling wheel-to-wheel down the backstraightaway, Custer was able to gain the advantage, leaving Reddick to take the checkered flag in the second position.

With the result, Reddick improves to the second seed in the NXS Playoffs and first among drivers still needing to qualify for the Championship 4, 20 points above the cutline with one race remaining in the Round of 8.

Custer scored the victory with Reddick, Austin Cindric, John Hunter Nemechek and JRM teammate Justin Allgaier rounding out the top five.

Tyler Reddick, driver No. 9 BurgerFi team

“We had a great day today with our BurgerFi Chevrolet. I want to thank Dave (Elenz, crew chief) and all my guys for all their work this weekend. I wish we could’ve held off Cole (Custer) there at the end. I tried a move that had worked earlier in the race when we were battling for the lead and unfortunately it didn’t work out there in the end. But today put us in a really good position heading into Phoenix next week. We just have to have one more smart race and we will find ourselves in the position we have been working for all year long, and that is to be in the Championship 4 in Homestead.”

Justin Allgaier

Justin Allgaier navigated his way through a caution-filled race to finish fifth at Texas Motor Speedway in the Suave Men Chevrolet, leading 37 laps and collecting valuable stage points along the way. The effort was the No. 7 team’s 17th top-five finish of the season. Allgaier is fourth in the NASCAR Xfinity Series point standings and will head to Phoenix, the final race in the Round of 8 and one of his strongest tracks, as the fifth seed in the playoffs, just 12 points below the cutoff line.

Allgaier rolled off the grid from the fifth position for the 300-mile event and radioed to the team early in the race that the No. 7 Chevy was struggling in dirty air. He was running in fourth when the second caution of the day waved on lap 14. Under the yellow, he relayed to the team that he had nothing to lean on with the right rear. Restarting in the fourth position on lap 19, he was stuck on the outside and lost a few spots, but worked hard to regain ground. As Stage One went on, the Suave Men Camaro became extremely aero tight and when the green-and-white checkered flag waved, Allgaier was scored in the seventh position.

Under the stage-ending caution, Allgaier came to pit road for four tires, fuel, a wedge adjustment and an air-pressure adjustment. He took the green flag for Stage Two from the seventh position on lap 52 and wasted no time working his way into the top five, moving into third on lap 59. Less than 10 laps later, he radioed that the Suave Men Camaro was getting tighter as the run went on. Allgaier was still in third when a caution came out on lap 81 and when the green flag was back out, he advanced one more position to end Stage Two in second on lap 90.

The team called Allgaier to pit road under the stage-ending caution for four fresh tires, fuel and a track-bar adjustment. He started the final stage on lap 97 from the 12th position, with teams on varying pit strategies, but was back up to sixth by lap 107. When a caution came out on lap 125, the team opted to pit for four tires and fuel. Crew chief Jason Burdett told Allgaier to save fuel as part of a strategy to potentially make it rest of the way without another stop. Allgaier restarted in fifth on lap 131 and quickly maneuvered his way to second before another caution came out on lap 133. Back under green, he battled with leader Daniel Hemric and made his way to the top spot before the yellow flag waved once again on lap 139. He chose the outside line for the lap-145 restart and battled with Hemric, this time with Hemric coming out on top. Allgaier would get another chance to race for the lead though, with the caution flag waving yet again.

With the green flag back in the air, Allgaier stayed strong on the outside of Hemric and took the lead back on lap 153. He paced the field for several laps before the No. 42 of John Hunter Nemechek worked his way by on lap 184. Knowing the team was close on fuel, Burdett instructed Allgaier to start saving a bit more where he could, but on lap 189 the field saw the yellow flag be displayed once again, changing the strategy for the No. 7 team. Burdett called Allgaier in for four tires and fuel while some competitors stayed out on old tires. Restarting in eighth on lap 194, Allgaier was starting to make moves when a wreck brought out an ill-timed caution for the team. With the field back to green with two laps to go, Allgaier worked his way by as many cars as he could, taking the checkered flag in the fifth position.

Cole Custer won the 200-lap race and clinched a spot in the Championship 4. He was followed by JRM driver Tyler Reddick, Austin Cindric, Nemechek and Allgaier to round out the top five.

Justin Allgaier, driver No. 7 Suave Men team

“Our Suave Men Camaro was good. At the end there, I thought for sure we made the right choice. We were a little too tight when the No. 42 got around us and I thought we made the right choice by coming and getting tires. Then, the way the caution fell after that, it really hurt us because we needed a few laps to get going and get through some of the traffic. It just didn’t work out in our favor. Hats off to Cole (Custer). He did a great job today. You know, it’s just how these playoffs work. For us today, we did our job and did what we needed to do. Obviously that’s tough for us in points with Cole winning. We’ll move on to Phoenix next week, a great track for us, and hopefully go to Victory Lane and lock our way into Homestead.”

Elliott Sadler

Elliott Sadler and the OneMain Financial team finished eighth in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 on Saturday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway. Following his second consecutive top-10 finish in the Round of 8, Sadler sits second in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoff standings, just seven markers behind leader and teammate Tyler Reddick.

After reporting tight handling in his second qualifying run earlier on race day morning, Sadler rolled off the grid for the 300-mile event in 13th place. Sadler was quick to advance into the top 10 and was running in seventh by lap 14. Under the day’s second caution, Sadler began relaying feedback to his OneMain Financial team. The Virginia native informed his team that his Chevrolet was overall handling well, but that he was still tight into the throttle. Throughout Stage One, Sadler continued to gain positions. When the stage ended, the OneMain Financial team was running in the fifth position.

A quick stop under the stage-ending caution kept the No. 1 team in fourth place for the start of Stage Two. After getting a strong restart, Sadler was in second. Shortly thereafter, the veteran driver returned to the radio, reporting his Camaro was once again growing tight. When the caution flag waved on lap 80, OneMain Financial crew chief Kevin Meendering began to make his strategy calls, calling his driver down to pit road for four tires, fuel and an adjustment. Sadler then restarted in the 13th position after some teams remained on track. By the end of Stage Two, the No. 1 team had made their back way to sixth place.

With their recent stop, Meendering kept Sadler on track under the stage-ending caution. When the final stage of the race began, the OneMain Financial team was back in second place. Sadler held this position through a series of cautions. Once again, Meendering made the strategy call for a fuel-only stop under the lap-135 caution. With the majority of the field opting to stay out, Sadler restarted in 17th place. With improved handling of his Chevrolet, the OneMain Financial Chevrolet made its way back through the field. On the final restart of the day, Sadler was in third place. With his teammate Reddick in first, selecting the bottom, the duo worked together to push the No. 9 of Reddick out to the lead. Following Sadler’s successful push, he got loose and began to fall back. When the checkered flag waved for the finish, the OneMain Financial team was scored in eighth.

Cole Custer won the second Round of 8 NXS Playoff race and was followed by Reddick, Austin Cindric, John Hunter Nemechek and Justin Allgaier to round out the top five.

Elliott Sadler, driver No. 1 OneMain Financial team

“Overall, today was a good day for my OneMain Financial team. We came and did what we needed to do, collecting stage points and be in contention for the win. On that last restart, I just pushed too hard to get my teammate (Tyler Reddick) out front and got loose. That is not what we needed for the end result. We’ve got one race to go in this round and we’re sitting in second. We’re going to move on to Phoenix with Homestead on our minds.”

Michael Annett

Michael Annett’s finishing position did not show how well he and the No. 5 Pilot Flying J team from JR Motorsports ran on Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway. Starting ninth on the final green-white-checkered with three laps remaining in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 for NASCAR Xfinity Series machines, Annett spun on the final lap and dropped seven spots before the checkered flag waved.

On a tricky day at the windy 1.5-mile oval at Texas, Annett was the picture of consistency all day long despite being involved in a collision not of his making midway through the 200-lap event. Starting 16th, Annett was able to move up five spots thanks to a first-lap crash and climbed all the way to eighth in Stage One despite battling a tight condition in his No. 5 Chevrolet. He was 11th at the end of Stage One, and brought his car to the attention of crew chief Travis Mack for wedge and air-pressure adjustments along with four tires and fuel.

In Stage Two, Annett continued to run in the top 12 as the tight condition hung around, but a caution nine laps from the end of the 45-lap stage allowed him to come down pit road early for more tires, fuel and adjustments. That put him 15th for the run to the Stage Two break, where he finished 13th. Having pitted before the break, Annett took the green flag for the final 110 laps in sixth spot. Running on the outside line in Turns 1 and 2 on lap 97, Annett was battling with Brandon Jones when the latter’s machine slid sideways and body-slammed the Pilot Flying J Camaro. Annett held onto it for a bit, but ended up spinning and the caution flag came out.

With some damage to the fenders of the car, Annett hit pit road again for repairs and fresh tires—having to make two stops to avoid going a lap down—and returned to the race in 23rd position. The repairs were solid and Annett started to move forward, sitting 20th in two laps and 16th in three more. He was 15th when the caution waved yet again, and he took the opportunity to come down pit road for tires, fuel and adjustments to keep the tight condition at bay. Mack immediately told his driver to save fuel and sent him back out.

By lap 133, Annett had moved up to ninth as another caution waved and stayed out, using the same strategy a few laps later when another caution came out for a crash, moving up to seventh on the latter occasion. As cars played on different strategies, Annett steadied out in ninth place for the run to the finish and was in position to earn another top-10 finish before the spin on the final lap.

Cole Custer won the race, followed by JRM teammate Tyler Reddick, Austin Cindric, John Hunter Nemechek and JRM’s Justin Allgaier. Jones, Matt Tifft, JRM’s Elliott Sadler, Spencer Gallagher and Daniel Hemric completed the top 10.

Michael Annett, driver No. 5 Pilot Flying J team

“I was trying to hold it wide open on the final lap and it just went around. We had such a good day here, and I was trying to get as far to the front as I possibly could there in the green-white-checkered. The 16th-place finish wasn’t what we deserved, but I am so proud of TMack (crew chief Travis Mack) and the rest of my Pilot Flying J team. We qualified well, raced well and were in the top 10 with the checkered flag in sight, and that’s what we’re capable of week in and week out.”

 

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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