Preview: Allied Steel Buildings 200

JR Motorsports | 5/1/2019

Brandt Dover Justin Allgaier Michael Annett News Noah Gragson PatientPop Pilot Flying J Switch XFINITY Series Zane Smith

JRM heads to the First State this weekend for 200 miles on the Monster Mile at Dover International Speedway in Delaware.

TRACK: Dover International Speedway
RACE: Allied Steel Buildings 200 (200 laps / 200 miles)
DATE: Saturday, May 4, 2019
TV: 1:30 p.m. ET on FS1
RADIO: 1:00 p.m. ET on MRN and SiriusXM Ch. 90

Quotes:

Michael Annett: “After winning the pole at Talladega and leading laps with a chance to win again, we’re excited to be heading to one of my best tracks at Dover. We were so fast at Talladega, and in exactly the right place to be in contention for the win. We’re hitting our stride with the No. 1 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet, and I am looking to continue logging good finishes on the way to the Playoffs. Our cars are fast off the trailer, and we’re building for the summer run in a really good way.” 

Justin Allgaier: “Dover is a track that is very much its own entity, it’s so different. Everybody talks about Bristol and Dover and how much of a comparison there is, but there really isn’t. The speed that you’re carrying in the banking and the amount of banking that you’ve got, it’s incredible how forceful it is on the body. For us, it’s all about making sure your car can live and not doing anything to put yourself in a bad position to get your car torn up. We were fortunate enough to win there last year, so hopefully we can have another strong race this weekend and get our BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevy to Victory Lane.”

Zane Smith: “I’m really looking forward to getting back to the track this weekend with our PatientPop Chevrolet. We had a really solid run our last time out in Richmond and I feel like Taylor (Moyer, crew chief) and I are continuing to learn more and more each time we get out on the track. Hopefully we can continue that learning this weekend and come home with another strong finish.”

Noah Gragson: “I really like racing at Dover. It’s such a fast track that keeps you on the edge all the time. I feel like I learned a lot here last season after qualifying on the front row and finishing in the top 10. Hopefully we can build off of that notebook this weekend with our Switch Chevrolet and be in contention for the victory all day long on Saturday. It should be a fun day for sure.”

Notes:

• Michael Annett’s best finish at Dover International Speedway is third, in the fall 2012 event.

• Dover is a good track for Annett, as his average finish of 13.4 is tied for third best among all the tracks the NASCAR Xfinity Series competes on. Only Bristol Motor Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway top that mark.

• This weekend, Annett will return to the familiar Pilot Flying J paint scheme for the event on the one-mile concrete oval.

• Annett and his No. 1 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet team are already qualified for the NXS Playoffs by virtue of the victory at Daytona International Speedway.

• Justin Allgaier is the defending winner of the spring NXS race at Dover. Last May he led 104 laps on his way to the victory.

• In 16 NXS starts at the 1-mile concrete oval, the Illinois native has one win, six top-five and nine top-10 finishes.

• Allgaier has only finished outside of the top five once in his six starts with JRM at the track. He also leads current Xfinity Series regulars in laps led at “The Monster Mile” (146).

• In 42 career NXS starts on 1-mile tracks, Allgaier has two wins (Phoenix 2017, Dover 2018), 12 top fives and 25 top 10s, with 397 laps led. Zane Smith will make his first NXS start at Dover on Saturday afternoon.

• PatientPop, a Santa Monica, Calif.-based company providing a complete practice growth platform that delivers measurable improvements for medical providers, returns to the No. 8 as primary partner for the second time this season.

• Smith recorded a sixth-place finish in his most recent NXS start at Richmond Raceway in April.

• In seven starts on tracks between one and two miles in length in the ARCA Racing Series, Smith earned four top-fives and four top-10s. 

• Noah Gragson will make his second NXS start at Dover this weekend.

• In his lone NXS start at the one-mile oval, Gragson scored a seventh-place finish after qualifying in the second position.

• In two starts in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series at Dover, Gragson has led 60 laps, earned one pole and recorded a best finish of ninth.

• In five career NXS starts on tracks ranging between one and two miles in length, Gragson has one top-five and three top 10s, with a best finish of third coming at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March 2019. 

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XFINITY Series Schedule

  • May 25 01:00 PM ET
    Alsco 300 at CharlotteCharlotte Motor Speedway
  • June 1 01:00 PM ET
    Pocono Green 250Pocono Raceway
  • June 8 01:30 PM ET
    LTi Printing 250Michigan International Speedway
  • June 16 05:30 PM ET
    Iowa 250Iowa Speedway
  • June 29 03:30 PM ET
    Camping World 300Chicagoland Speedway

XFINITY Series Standings

After Allied Steel Buildings 200

Dover International Speedway | 5/4/2019
RankDriverPointsBehind
1Tyler Reddick4620
2Christopher Bell439-23
3Cole Custer391-71
4Austin Cindric381-81
5Justin Allgaier348-114
6Chase Briscoe #335-127
7John Hunter Nemechek #325-137
8Ryan Sieg315-147
9Noah Gragson #304-158
10Michael Annett297-165