Preview: Alsco 300

JR Motorsports | 7/10/2019

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JRM has a date Friday night in the Bluegrass State with Kentucky Speedway as the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series season continues.

TRACK: Kentucky Speedway
RACE: Alsco 300 (200 laps / 300 miles)
DATE: Friday, July 12, 2019
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN
RADIO: 7:00 p.m. ET on PRN and SiriusXM Ch. 90

Quotes:

Michael Annett: “Our No. 1 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet has been at its best on the 1.5-mile tracks this year, with lots of speed and drivability. I said a couple of weeks ago that racing well on these types of tracks will pay off in the Playoffs, and it’s even more the case now. Travis (Mack, crew chief) and the rest of the team have done a fantastic job of giving me fast Chevrolet Camaros, and we’ve been in contention to win a lot of races so far this year. I think you’ll see us in that same position at Kentucky.”

Justin Allgaier: “Our team has had some tough luck the past couple of races. We’ve had fast cars, but just didn’t get the results to reflect that. I’m ready to turn that around this weekend at Kentucky. We’ve run well there the past two races and I can’t wait to get back there with this FilterTime Camaro and see what we can do.”

Ryan Truex: “I can’t wait to get back behind the wheel of this No. 8 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports. We had a really great run earlier this year and hopefully we can be just one spot better this weekend in Kentucky. Taylor (Moyer, crew chief) and I have a good game plan looking ahead to Friday and I’m just ready to go racing again and see what we can do. It’s going to be a fun time for sure.”

Noah Gragson: “This weekend in Kentucky is going to be a special one with our No. 9 carrying the Nationwide Children’s Hospital colors. Hopefully we can give them and the Patient Champions that will be with us a great night on Friday and end up in Victory Lane when it’s all said and done. We’ve had a lot of speed lately and I am very confident that we will continue that this weekend and be in contention when it counts on Friday.”

Notes:

• Michael Annett enters the race at Kentucky Speedway on a run of six top-10 finishes in his last seven starts, with a pair of third-place efforts his best among them.

• Kentucky has been good to the Iowa native, as his average finish on the 1.5-mile oval is fourth-best among tracks currently on the schedule.

• Annett’s best finish at Kentucky is fourth, in 2012, and half of his 10 starts there have ended in the top 10.

• In five starts on 1.5-mile tracks this season, Annett has an average finish of 6.4 and finished third in the most recent event at Chicagoland Speedway.  

• In 12 NXS starts at Kentucky, Justin Allgaier has four topfive and eight top-10 finishes, with a best effort of third.

• The Illinois native currently has a streak of four consecutive top-10 finishes at the 1.5-mile speedway, including a third and fourth-place result in his two most recent starts.

• This season on tracks measuring 1.5 miles, Allgaier has two top-three finishes and an average start of 5.6.

• The 33-year-old driver currently sits fifth in the NXS point standings, just 145 markers outside the lead.

• The hood of the No. 7 Chevrolet carries FilterTime this weekend in Kentucky. 

• Ryan Truex will make his second start behind the wheel of the No. 8 Chevrolet this weekend for JR Motorsports.

• In his first start for JRM earlier this year at ISM Raceway, Truex started ninth and earned a second-place finish.

• Truex has previously raced at Kentucky, making a combined three starts in the NXS and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, recording a best finish of 13th in the NXS event in 2018.

• Overall in 2019, the No. 8 Chevrolet for JRM has scored four top fives and 11 top 10s, including Truex’s second-place effort in ISM. 

• Noah Gragson will make his first NXS start at Kentucky on Friday night.

• In two previous starts in the NGOTS at Kentucky, Gragson has earned one top five, two top 10s and one pole.

• In eight previous NXS starts on tracks between one and two miles in length, Gragson has recorded two top fives and five top 10s with a best finish of third coming earlier this season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

• Through 16 events, Gragson currently sits sixth in the championship standings, 91 points ahead of the 12th and final Playoff position.  

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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