Preview: Arizona 200

JR Motorsports | 3/6/2019

Brandt Catwalk For A Cause Justin Allgaier Michael Annett News Noah Gragson Phoenix Pilot Flying J Ryan Truex Switch XFINITY Series

JRM is once again making the cross-country trek this week for the second race of the 2019 West Coast Swing to the Valley of the Sun and a date with ISM Raceway in Phoenix, Arizona.

TRACK: ISM Raceway
RACE: Arizona 200 (200 laps/200 miles) 
DATE: Saturday, March 9, 2019
TV: 4:00 p.m. ET on FS1
RADIO: 3:30 p.m. ET on MRN and SiriusXM Ch. 90

Quotes:

Michael Annett: “After a great weekend at Las Vegas, it’s good to be heading to Phoenix. Our Pilot Flying J team has had a great start to the season and ISM Raceway is one of those tracks that I enjoy racing on. We were in the top 10 all day at Las Vegas, and that’s the pace we need to be running every time out. Our whole team, from (crew chief) Travis Mack on down, is confident in each other and our cars, and we are looking forward to seeing what we can do here this weekend.”

Justin Allgaier: “We were really fast last fall at Phoenix on the new configuration, we just had some bad luck there at the end. We led a lot of laps with our BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevy and swept the first two stages, so I’m definitely looking forward to getting back there for sure. Hopefully we finish the weekend out strong and have a shot at getting to Victory Lane.”

Ryan Truex: “I’m excited to get back into an Xfinity car this weekend, especially the teal and gold No. 8 (Martin Truex Jr. Foundation / Sherry Strong) Catwalk for a Cause Chevrolet with JR Motorsports. This team has had good runs the past few weeks, so hopefully we can build on that. JRM has a really good history at Phoenix, and it’s one of my favorite tracks. I feel like I run well there and have had decent success – I have confidence going into Saturday.”

Noah Gragson: “I’ve always enjoyed racing at ISM and am really looking forward to getting there this weekend with our Switch Chevrolet. We’re coming off of a great finish last weekend in Las Vegas and we have some good momentum on our side right now. Hopefully we can continue to build off of that once we unload on Friday and come away with another smooth, solid weekend.”

Notes:

• Michael Annett is coming off his second top-five finish in three races this season, placing the Iowa native fifth in the NASCAR Xfinity Series point standings.

• The Pilot Flying J driver’s best finish at ISM Raceway is seventh coming in November 2012. In Annett’s first start there with JR Motorsports, he finished ninth (March 2017).

• Phoenix is a solid stop for Annett, as he ranks fifth overall and second among NXS regulars in quality passes (175). The only regular ahead of him is teammate Justin Allgaier.

• After the first three races of the season, Annett has averaged a finish of 6.0, his best opening sequence in seven seasons as a full-time NXS driver. 

• In 17 NXS starts at ISM Raceway, Justin Allgaier has one win (March 2017), six top fives and 11 top 10s. He’s also led 249 laps there, the most among NXS regulars.

• Last spring, the Illinois native captured the pole in Phoenix and finished second. It was the final race before the new configuration.

• In five starts on 1-mile tracks last year, the 32-year-old driver led 272 laps and scored three top-five finishes, including a win at Dover (May).

• Allgaier currently sits seventh in the NXS point standings, 43 markers outside of the lead.

• This marks Ryan Truex’s initial start behind the wheel of the No. 8 Chevrolet with JR Motorsports and first in NXS competition since the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2018.

• In five NXS starts at ISM Raceway, Truex has one top-10 finish with 99.6 percent of laps completed.

• Truex has made 13 NXS starts on racetracks measuring 1 mile in length, earning a best finish of second at Dover International Speedway in 2012.

• The teal and gold ribbons on Truex’s Camaro represent cancer awareness. The colors are specific to ovarian (teal) and childhood (gold) cancers.

• Noah Gragson will make his first career NXS start at ISM Raceway this weekend.

• In three previous starts in the Truck Series at Phoenix, Gragson has recorded a best finish of second in 2018. Among those starts, the Las Vegas native has led 98 total laps.

• The 20-year-old driver currently ranks 10th in the NXS championship standings following a top-three effort last weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

• In the NXS Rookie of the Year standings, Gragson sits in second place, only 13 markers outside of the lead.  

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XFINITY Series Schedule

  • March 30 01:00 PM ET
    My Bariatric Solutions 300Texas Motor Speedway
  • April 6 01:00 PM ET
    Alsco 300 at BristolBristol Motor Speedway
  • April 12 07:00 PM ET
    ToyotaCare 250Richmond Raceway
  • April 27 01:00 PM ET
    MoneyLion 300Talladega Superspeedway
  • May 4 01:30 PM ET
    Xfinity Series at DoverDover International Speedway

XFINITY Series Standings

After Production Alliance Group 300

Auto Club Speedway | 3/16/2019
RankDriverPointsBehind
1Tyler Reddick2200
2Cole Custer213-7
3Christopher Bell206-14
4Brandon Jones183-37
5Austin Cindric179-41
6Michael Annett178-42
7Justin Allgaier171-49
8Noah Gragson #161-59