Preview: Food City 300

JR Motorsports | 8/14/2019

Brandt Bristol Jeb Burton Justin Allgaier LS Tractor Michael Annett News Noah Gragson Pilot Flying J Switch XFINITY Series

After two straight weeks of turning left and right, the NASCAR Xfinity Series takes a break from road course racing this week for a Friday night date on the high banks with Bristol Motor Speedway.

TRACK: Bristol Motor Speedway
RACE: Food City 300 (300 laps / 159.9 miles)
DATE: Friday, August 16, 2019
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN
RADIO: 7:00 p.m. ET on PRN and SiriusXM Ch. 90

Quotes:

Michael Annett: “After two weeks of turning left and right, it’s good to get back to a track that I know well and run well at this weekend in Bristol. It’s always great to run in front of so many people from Pilot Flying J, and the headquarters are over in Knoxville. We’ve had good finishes the last two times out here and as a team, we are running well overall. We’re in the playoffs, and it’s all about building for them at this point in the season.”

Justin Allgaier: “Man, I’m ready to get back to Bristol. I felt like we had the car to beat there in the spring, but we ended up having an early end to our day. That one that still really hurts, so I’m definitely wanting to get back there and see if we can get this BRANDT Professional Agriculture Camaro to Victory Lane. We’re getting closer to the playoffs and we’re looking to get as many bonus points as we can. A win this weekend would definitely help with that.”

Jeb Burton: “I can’t wait to get to the track on Thursday with this No. 8 LS Tractor Chevy. We have had some great runs each time out this year and I know that we can do that again. Taylor (Moyer, crew chief) and I have had some solid communication and I feel like we have a really good plan heading into Friday. I’m ready to get going and give everyone at LS Tractor and Alsco a show.”

Noah Gragson: “I’m looking forward to getting to Bristol this weekend and improving on everything we learned here in the spring. We had made a lot of gains throughout the first race here and I am confident that we will continue to find speed once we hit the track on Thursday. We still have a lot of momentum on our side right now and hopefully we can continue that and come home with another strong run on Friday night.”

Notes:

• Michael Annett’s best NASCAR Xfinity Series finish at Bristol Motor Speedway came in 2011, when he finished sixth.

• Annett is on a roll at the .533-mile oval, having logged two consecutive finishes in the top 10. Annett was seventh in this race last year and eighth in the spring this season. He has six top 10s overall in 14 starts.

• Annett has completed all but 15 laps in 14 starts on the concrete oval at BMS (99.6%).

• Annett will be back in the familiar Pilot Flying J livery at Bristol, which is close by the company’s headquarters in Knoxville, Tenn. 

• Bristol was the site of Justin Allgaier’s first career NXS win. He went to Victory Lane in the spring of 2010 after starting 30th and leading 27 laps.

• In 17 total NXS starts at Bristol, the Illinois native has one win, eight top fives and 10 top 10s, with 351 laps led. The 351 laps led are the second most of any track at which Allgaier has led, trailing only Iowa (449).

• Earlier this year, Allgaier led 138 laps on the short track before a mechanical issue forced him to retire early from the race during the final stage.

• Allgaier currently sits fourth in the NXS point standings with five races left in the regular season.

• Jeb Burton returns behind the wheel of the No. 8 Chevrolet this weekend at Bristol.

• In three previous starts for JRM in 2019, Burton has scored one top five and three top 10s with a best finish of fifth coming at Texas Motor Speedway in April.

• Burton has previously made six starts at Bristol across NASCAR’s three major touring series, earning a best finish of 11th in 2014 in the Truck Series.

• This will be the second primary race for LS Tractor on Burton’s No. 8 Chevrolet. Based out of Battleboro, N.C., LS Tractor is one of the fastest growing tractor companies in North America.

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

• The Las Vegas native earned a ninth-place finish in his first NXS start at “Thunder Valley” in April of this year.

• In five career starts on short tracks in the NXS, Gragson has earned two top fives and four top 10s, scoring a best finish of second at Richmond Raceway in April 2018.

• Gragson also has two previous starts at Bristol in the Truck Series, earning a best finish of ninth in 2018.

• Gragson currently sits 134 points above the 12th and final playoff position with five races remaining in the regular season. 

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