Preview: LTi Printing 250

6/5/2019

Allstate Parts Brandt Jeb Burton Justin Allgaier LS Tractor Michael Annett Michigan News Noah Gragson Switch XFINITY Series

The 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series continues this Saturday for JRM as we head north to the Irish Hills of Michigan for 250 miles at Michigan International Speedway.

TRACK: Michigan International Speedway
RACE: LTi Printing 250 (125 laps / 250 miles)
DATE: Saturday, June 8, 2019
TV: 1:30 p.m. ET on FS1
RADIO: 1:00 p.m. ET on MRN and SiriusXM Ch. 90

Quotes:

Michael Annett: “Michigan is a big, wide track where you can search out the best line for your car. It gives you a lot of options based on the conditions and your car’s handling. We’ve had some really fast cars these last few weeks, and we’ve been qualifying well, so I am looking forward to taking the No. 1 Allstate Parts & Service Chevrolet to the front of the field this weekend. We were at the front all day at Pocono, so we’re just going to keep it going this weekend in Michigan.”

Justin Allgaier: “I’m really looking forward to getting to Michigan this weekend. It’s such a fun race track and this BRANDT Professional Agriculture team has been working hard to prepare a fast Camaro. We didn’t exactly get the finish we were looking for at Pocono, so I’m hoping we can get the momentum we had back on track this weekend.”

Jeb Burton: “I’m very grateful for the opportunity to run my third race in the No. 8 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports this weekend at Michigan. We welcomed LS Tractor to the team a few weeks ago, and this will be the first of two primary races for them this season. We’ve had two solid finishes in this No. 8 car, and the team is coming off of a strong run at Pocono Raceway. I definitely want to use that momentum to continue building and growing this team as we head to my first start at Michigan International Speedway.”

Noah Gragson: “I’m excited to head to Michigan with our Switch Chevrolet. We’re coming off of two really good weekends in Charlotte and Pocono and I’m very confident that we can continue that momentum into Michigan. I know that Dave (Elenz, crew chief) has had some really good runs here in the past and hopefully I can keep that streak going on Saturday. It’s going to be a fun day for sure.”

Notes:

• Michael Annett’s best NASCAR Xfinity Series finish at Michigan International Speedway is 12th in 2012.

• Annett has been very consistent in 2019, completing all but 18 laps of the season’s first 12 races (99.2 percent).

• This weekend, Annett will sport the colors of Allstate Parts and Service on the No. 1 Chevrolet for JRM. It is the first of three scheduled races for the company, the others coming at Road America and Kansas Speedway.

• Annett’s eighth-place finish last week at Pocono Raceway was his eighth top-10 result of the season in 12 races and third straight in the series.

• In eight NXS starts at Michigan, Justin Allgaier has one top five and four top 10s. His best effort of fourth came in 2010.

• The NXS veteran has led 14 laps at the track and finished ninth in his most recent start there last season.

• In seven starts on 2-mile tracks since joining JR Motorsports, Allgaier has only one finish outside of the top 10, with a best finish of second coming at Auto Club Speedway last season.

• With 12 races complete in the 2019 season, the Illinois native is fifth in the NXS point standings and fourth in the projected playoff standings.  

• Jeb Burton will get behind the wheel of JRM’s No. 8 Chevrolet for the third time in 2019 this weekend at Michigan.

• In his most recent NXS start for JRM at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Burton started 16th and finished seventh.

• At tracks 2-miles in length or larger in the NXS, Burton has one top five and one top 10 in six starts.

• This will be the first primary race for LS Tractor, one of the fastest growing tractor companies in North America, on Burton’s No. 8 Chevrolet. Based in Battleboro, N.C., the company will also be on the No. 8 at Bristol in August with Burton. 

• Noah Gragson will make his first NXS start at Michigan this weekend.

• Gragson has earned one top five and two top 10s in two previous starts in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series at Michigan.

• In five previous starts on tracks 2 miles or larger in the NXS, Gragson has recorded one top five (Talladega 2018) and two top 10s (Talladega 2018, Pocono 2019).

• Following last weekend’s sixth-place finish, the Las Vegas native remains eighth in the championship standings, 61 points ahead of the 12th and final cutoff position for the Playoffs. 

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XFINITY Series Schedule

  • June 29 03:30 PM ET
    Camping World 300Chicagoland Speedway
  • July 5 07:30 PM ET
    Firecracker 250Daytona International Speedway
  • July 12 07:30 PM ET
    Alsco 300 at KentuckyKentucky Speedway
  • July 20 04:00 PM ET
    Lakes Region 200New Hampshire Motor Speedway
  • July 27 05:00 PM ET
    U.S. Cellular 250Iowa Speedway

XFINITY Series Standings

After CircuitCity.com 250

Iowa Speedway | 6/16/2019
RankDriverPointsBehind
1Tyler Reddick6270
2Christopher Bell538-89
3Cole Custer510-117
4Austin Cindric486-141
5Justin Allgaier479-148
6Chase Briscoe #440-187
7John Hunter Nemechek429-198
8Noah Gragson #423-204
9Michael Annett406-221