Preview: CircuitCity.com 250

JR Motorsports | 6/12/2019

Brandt Iowa Justin Allgaier La Paz Michael Annett News Noah Gragson Switch TMC XFINITY Series Zane Smith

Coming off three top-five and four top-10 finishes a week ago, JRM heads to Iowa Speedway this weekend hoping for more of the same on Sunday afternoon.

TRACK: Iowa Speedway
RACE: CircuitCity.com 250 (250 laps / 218.75 miles)
DATE: Sunday, June 16, 2019
TV: 5:30 p.m. ET on FS1
RADIO: 5:00 p.m. ET on MRN and SiriusXM Ch. 90

Quotes:

Michael Annett: “Iowa is when I start really bugging my teammate, Justin Allgaier. He really has taken to Iowa really well, and I spend a lot of time up in that lounge when we’re there. I think that getting into Turn 1 at Iowa, it’s probably one of the roughest tracks we go to. There’s a really big bump getting into Turn 1 that can really upset the car. You have to drive Iowa like a short track. You have to be aggressive, you have to have a car that can move around. You can run the bottom or two inches off the wall. It drives like a short track, you can be really aggressive and you have to take every inch when you can get it.”

Justin Allgaier: “Iowa is one of my favorite tracks we visit on the circuit. As an organization, we have a history of being fast there and we were fortunate enough to win this race last year, so that makes me excited to get back. This No. 7 team has been working hard preparing for this weekend and I have no doubt that we’re capable of getting this BRANDT Professional Agriculture Camaro back in Victory Lane there.”

Zane Smith: “I’m ready to jump back in this No. 8 La Paz Cocktail Mix Chevrolet this weekend at Iowa Speedway. The No. 8 team has had a lot of momentum on their side from the past few weeks, and I’m very grateful to be able to contribute to that. I have some experience at Iowa Speedway from racing in the ARCA Menards Series, and we ran Richmond earlier this season with really good results. So I know we are capable of getting to the front on Sunday.”

Noah Gragson: “I really enjoy racing at Iowa Speedway. I had a couple good runs here in the Truck Series in the past, finishing second here last year, and we had some good speed earlier this year at Richmond, which is a track pretty similar to Iowa. But overall, we’ve had a lot of good momentum here lately and I can’t think of a better place than Iowa to keep that going. I’m looking forward to getting there and seeing what we can do.” 

Notes:

• Michael Annett’s best NASCAR Xfinity Series finish at his home track in Iowa is fourth, coming in 2012.

• The Iowa native will have an Iowa company on his No. 1 Chevrolet this weekend, as TMC Transportation’s black and gold livery will be featured. TMC is based in nearby Des Moines.

• Following his third-place finish at Michigan, Annett is on a streak of four straight top-10 finishes dating back to Dover in May. His average finish over that span is 6.8.

• On tracks measuring 1 mile or less this season, Annett has earned three top-10 finishes in four starts and averages 9.8 per finish in those races. 

• Justin Allgaier is the defending winner of the June NXS race at Iowa Speedway. Last season, the Illinois native led 182 laps on his way to the victory.

• In 14 NXS starts at the Iowa short track, Allgaier has one win, three top-five and 10 top-10 finishes with 449 laps led.

• This season on tracks measuring 1 mile or less, the 33-year-old driver has paced the field for 225 laps and has two top-three finishes.

• Halfway into the regular season, Allgaier is currently fifth in the NXS point standings.

• Zane Smith will get behind the wheel of JRM’s No. 8 Chevrolet for the fifth time in 2019 this weekend at Iowa.

• In his most recent NXS start for JRM at Dover, Smith started sixth and finished ninth. In four starts for the team this season, he has two top-10 finishes.

• Smith has two starts at the .875-mile oval in the ARCA Menards Series, with his highest finish of fourth coming in 2018.

• La Paz Cocktail Mix, out of Brea, Calif., is on board the No. 8 Chevrolet this weekend with Smith. This is La Paz’s first primary race with the No. 8 team.

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

• Gragson has earned one top five, two top 10s and one pole position in two previous starts in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series at Iowa, with a best finish of second coming in 2018.

• Gragson has also made three previous starts in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West at Iowa, recording two top fives and three top 10s.

• Following last weekend’s second-place finish, Gragson remains eighth in the championship standings, 70 points ahead of the 12th and final cutoff position for the Playoffs. 

XFINITY Series Schedule

  • August 24 03:00 PM ET
    CTECH Manufacturing 180Road America
  • August 31 04:00 PM ET
    Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200Darlington Raceway
  • September 7 03:00 PM ET
    Indiana 250Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • September 14 07:30 PM ET
    Rhino Pro Truck Outfitters 300Las Vegas Motor Speedway
  • September 20 07:30 PM ET
    Go Bowling 250Richmond Raceway

XFINITY Series Standings

After Food City 300

Bristol Motor Speedway | 8/16/2019
RankDriverPointsBehind
1Tyler Reddick9780
2Christopher Bell924-54
3Cole Custer839-139
4Justin Allgaier819-159
5Austin Cindric785-193
6Chase Briscoe #742-236
7Noah Gragson #728-250
8Michael Annett695-283