Allgaier Leads JRM Top-10 Trio at Dover

JR Motorsports | 5/4/2019

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

Justin Allgaier finished second while Zane Smith and Michael Annett also brought home top-10 finishes on Saturday afternoon at Dover International Speedway.

Race 10 of 33: Allied Steel Buildings 200 at Dover International Speedway
Track Specs: 1-mile oval / 200 laps
Weather: Partly Cloudy; 73 degrees
Race Winner: Christopher Bell

Allgaier's Finish: 2nd
Smith's Finish: 9th
Annett's Finish: 10th
Gragson's Finish: 19th

Justin Allgaier

Justin Allgaier, driver of the BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet, earned his fourth top-five finish of the season on Saturday, placing second in the Allied Steel Buildings 200 at Dover International Speedway. The Illinois native sits fifth in the NASCAR Xfinity Series point standings, 114 markers outside of the lead.

Starting the 200-lap race from the second position, Allgaier raced inside the top five for the entire caution-free first stage, taking the green-and-white checkered flag in third. During the stage, Allgaier had reported that the BRANDT Chevy was tight through the center of the turns and free on entry and exit. Crew chief Jason Burdett called Allgaier in under the stage-ending caution for four tires, fuel and an adjustment to try to help the No. 7 Camaro’s handling.

Allgaier was in the second position for the start of Stage Two and was quick to report that the last adjustment helped entry and exit, but the BRANDT Chevy was still tight center. Driving through the tough handling condition, he remained inside the top five to end Stage Two in the fourth position. Under the caution, the team made a pit stop four tires, fuel and another adjustment.

When the green flag dropped for the final stage, Allgaier continued to battle inside the top five. He was running in fourth when a caution came out on lap 154, giving the team the opportunity to make their final pit stop of the day. Restarting in fourth, he powered his way to second in a hurry and remained there through two more late-race cautions until the checkered flag waved. The runner-up effort gave him his fourth straight top-five finish at the 1-mile concrete oval.

Christopher Bell won the race and was followed by Allgaier and Tyler Reddick, with Cole Custer and Chase Briscoe rounding out the top five.

Justin Allgaier, driver No. 7 BRANDT Professional Agriculture team

“Our BRANDT Professional Agriculture Camaro was good today. I wanted to be able to try to battle with Christopher (Bell) there at the end, but we were just off a little bit. All-in-all, still a good day with a second-place finish. We’ve had the speed, we just haven’t had the luck, and today we had some luck with it. We were just a little bit short of Victory Lane.”

Zane Smith

Zane Smith piloted the No. 8 PatientPop Chevrolet to a ninth-place finish in Saturday’s Allied Steel Buildings 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Dover International Speedway. Smith battled hard all day and was rewarded with his second top 10 in four career NXS races.

Having never before driven the high banks of Dover, Smith rolled off in sixth position after a solid qualifying effort earlier in the day. When the green flag waved, Smith settled in, maintaining the position all the way through to the conclusion of Stage One.

After coming to the attention of the PatientPop team on pit road for the race’s first stop, Smith took the Stage Two restart in sixth. He climbed as high as fifth once back to green-flag racing, dealing with a tight condition, and held on to claim fifth for the stage end.

Smith lined up in seventh for the green flag on the final stage. As the laps clicked off, Smith found himself in the 10th spot. He soldiered forward two spots to eighth-place, but coming to the checkered flag the No. 23 of John Hunter Nemechek attempted a pass to the outside of the No. 8 machine off turn four. The two made contact enough to turn Smith around and the resulting spin caused the No. 8 to slide sideways across the start-finish line in ninth place.

Christopher Bell won the race and was followed the stripe by Smith’s JRM teammate Justin Allgaier, Tyler Reddick, Cole Custer and Chase Briscoe.

Zane Smith, driver No. 8 PatientPop team

“Up until the end, it was a really good day for our PatientPop team. Taylor (Moyer, crew chief) and the guys were awesome all weekend, and we were within sight of the top five all day. If things had gone a just a little different, I think we could have ended up there.

“I’ll have to go back and watch the replay to see what happened with the No. 23 coming to the checkered. It was hard racing and we both weren’t giving each other an inch. I just hate that we tore up a good car right at the end of it all.” 

Michael Annett

On Saturday afternoon at Dover International Speedway, Michael Annett set out to be fast and focused in the Allied Steel Building 200 for NASCAR Xfinity Series machines. When it was over, he had done exactly that, finishing 10th. It was the sixth top-10 finish in 10 races so far this season for the 32-year-old Iowa native.

Annett started the race 15th following the return of single-car qualifying to the top three NASCAR series and wasted little time moving forward. He was 12th by the fifth lap and into 11th on lap 14, but soon was bogged down by a crowd of lapped cars and finished the 45-lap Stage One just outside the top 10 in 11th. Annett told crew chief Travis Mack that his No. 1 Chevrolet was loose everywhere from entry to free roll to back to the gas. Pitting for four tires, fuel and some adjustments to tighten up his Pilot Flying J machine, Annett and the No. 1 team ran into a bit of adversity. First, NASCAR clocked Annett as slightly too fast on pit road, earning a speeding penalty by .01 miles per hour. Several other cars were ticketed as well. On the stop, a lug nut got caught in the jack and forced the team to clear it before servicing the car, resulting in a slow pit stop.

Starting Stage Two in 15th spot, Annett bided his time and began ticking off positions. On lap 68, he passed Justin Haley and reeled in Ross Chastain on lap 76 for 12th. On the final lap of the stage, Annett got past a faltering Riley Herbst to finish Stage Two in 11th spot. Annett reported that the changes on the previous pit stop had done wonders for his side bite and Mack followed up with further air-pressure adjustments to help it along. The Pilot Flying J crew, pitting the car from the No. 1 pit stall closest to Turn 1, responded with a quick stop to gain another position and put Annett into the top 10 for the first time all day.

On the restart for the 101-lap final segment, Annett picked up where he’d left off in Stage Two, snagging ninth on the first lap, eighth place one lap later and seventh on lap 102. That put him squarely behind Brandon Jones and Annett quickly reeled him in before getting caught in lapped traffic and being forced to follow. It stayed that way through lap 155, when the first caution of the day waved for a two-car crash in Turn 2. Annett told Mack the car was really good through that period but he needed just a bit more security in the corners. Mack served up an air-pressure adjustment to help that, and the pit crew held station on the stop, putting Annett back out in seventh for the run to the checkered.

Annett stayed in seventh through lap 177, when Herbst spun off Turn 4 to bring out the caution flag. Restarting on the inside line proved problematic for Annett, as the line did not start was well and stacked up, causing Annett to lose two spots in the scramble. On the final restart at lap 186, brought about by Gray Gaulding’s crash in Turn 1, Annett lined up 10th and held that spot through the checkered flag.

Christopher Bell won the race and the final $100,000 NASCAR Xfinity Dash 4 Cash payout, topping JRM’s Justin Allgaier, Tyler Reddick, Cole Custer and Chase Briscoe. The second five was headed by Austin Cindric, with Jones, JRM’s Zane Smith, John Hunter Nemechek and Annett rounding out the top 10.

Michael Annett, driver No. 1 Pilot Flying J team

“That was a pretty good day for us and the No. 1 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet. We needed to be on the outside line those last few restarts; that cost us some spots at the end. I needed to qualify better and we had a lug nut stick in the jack on our first stop, but it was a really solid weekend all around. Our plan was to be fast and focused all day, and we did that.”

Noah Gragson

Noah Gragson, driver of the No. 9 Switch Chevrolet Camaro, was forced to make an unscheduled pit stop under green while running inside the top 10 during the final stage of Saturday afternoon’s NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Dover International Speedway, ultimately relegating the JR Motorsports driver with a 19th-place finish. With the result, Gragson remains ninth in the championship standings.

Gragson was scheduled to start the 200-lap event from the ninth position, but an adjustment prior to the beginning of the race was deemed unapproved by NASCAR, causing the rookie driver to take the green flag from the rear of the field in 37th. Despite having to start at the rear, Gragson charged forward once underway, improving 19 positions to 15th by the time the caution-free opening stage came to a close on lap 45.

During the stage-ending caution, crew chief Dave Elenz called the driver of the Switch Chevrolet to pit road for four tires and an air pressure adjustment in the hopes of helping a loose-handling condition that had developed during Stage One. Gragson returned to the track following the stop for the beginning of Stage Two in 12th but wasted little time driving into the top 10. Once there, Gragson continued to press forward, moving up to ninth before the second caution-free stage of the afternoon concluded on lap 90. With the stage-ending result, Gragson earned two valuable points.

Prior to the beginning of the third and final stage, the Las Vegas native returned to pit road for four tires and a chassis adjustment after reporting to Elenz that he needed more help rolling through the corner. Gragson left pit road for the ensuing restart in sixth, but quickly developed a tight-handling condition that shuffled the JRM driver back to ninth. Despite losing a couple positions, Gragson settled in and remained in the top 10 until a lap 152 caution period provided Elenz with another opportunity to bring Gragson to pit road.

After lining up for the ensuing restart on lap 159 in sixth, Gragson was forced to return to pit road under green just three laps later as a result of a loose wheel. The unscheduled pit stop unfortunately placed Gragson two laps behind the race leaders. 

In the closing laps, Gragson continued to fight for position before ultimately taking the checkered flag in 19th.

Christopher Bell earned the victory, with JRM teammate Justin Allgaier, Tyler Reddick, Cole Custer and Chase Briscoe rounding out the top five.

Noah Gragson, driver No. 9 Switch team

“We gave it all we had today with our Switch Chevrolet. I just want to thank Dave (Elenz, crew chief) and everyone on this JR Motorsports team for all of their hard work. We had a fast Camaro today but just got hit with some bad luck. We’ll overcome this and be ready to get after them in Charlotte.” 

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XFINITY Series Schedule

  • July 27 05:00 PM ET
    U.S. Cellular 250Iowa Speedway
  • August 3 03:00 PM ET
    Zippo 200Watkins Glen International
  • August 10 03:00 PM ET
    B&L Transport 170 at Mid-OhioMid-Ohio Sports Car Course
  • August 16 07:30 PM ET
    Food City 300Bristol Motor Speedway
  • August 24 03:00 PM ET
    CTECH Manufacturing 180Road America

XFINITY Series Standings

After ROXOR 200

New Hampshire Motor Speedway | 7/20/2019
RankDriverPointsBehind
1Tyler Reddick8120
2Christopher Bell756-56
3Cole Custer736-76
4Justin Allgaier666-146
5Austin Cindric649-163
6Noah Gragson #596-216
7Chase Briscoe #568-244
8Michael Annett567-245