Preview: Indiana 250

JR Motorsports | 9/4/2019

Indianapolis Jeb Burton Justin Allgaier Michael Annett News Noah Gragson Pilot Flying J State Water Heaters Suave Switch XFINITY Series

JRM heads to Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend where we've gone to Victory Lane two years in a row and looking for a third on Saturday at The Brickyard.

TRACK: Indianapolis Motor Speedway
RACE: Indiana 250 (100 laps / 250 miles)
DATE: Saturday, September 7, 2019
TV: 3:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN
RADIO: 2:30 p.m. ET on IMS and SiriusXM Ch. 90

Quotes:

Michael Annett: “Indianapolis is a huge part of racing’s history, and winning there means you are a part of it. We’ve run well on 2.5- mile tracks this year, with the victory at Daytona, but haven’t had the finishes we deserved at the others. The NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs are starting soon, so the key this weekend is to make sure we have our Pilot Flying J Chevrolet on point to make a good beginning when they do. Big thanks to all the truck drivers who keep us going as a country, and we’ll be driving in appreciation of all that they do.”

Justin Allgaier: “Winning last year at Indy really meant a lot to me and I can’t wait to get back there this weekend. Our No. 7 team has been working hard and we’ve been competitive, but we are ready to get back to Victory Lane. With how strong we’ve been as an organization at Indy, I have confidence that our Suave Men team can be there at the end this weekend with another shot at kissing those bricks.”

Jeb Burton: “I’m ready to get back behind the wheel of this State Water Heaters Chevrolet for JR Motorsports this weekend in Indy. I’ve always liked going there and I feel like we will have a great chance this weekend with Taylor (Moyer, crew chief) and everyone on this No. 8 team. I can’t wait to see what we can do.”

Noah Gragson: “This weekend will be my first time heading to Indianapolis, so I am really looking forward to getting on the track on Friday. JRM has always brought fast Camaros to Indy, especially with this rules package, which gives me a lot of confidence heading into the weekend that we will unload with that same speed with our Switch Chevrolet. It’s going to be unique for sure but I can’t wait to turn some laps on a track with as much history as Indy.”

Notes:

• Michael Annett’s best NASCAR Xfinity Series finish at Indianapolis came in 2012, when he finished sixth. The Iowa native has a pair of top-10 results in his four starts on the 2.5-mile oval.

• Annett’s No. 1 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet will carry an homage to the drivers who keep America supplied from coast-to-coast as part of the Pilot Flying J’s Driver Appreciation promotion.

• Already qualified for the NXS Playoffs with his season-opening victory at Daytona, Annett is currently eighth in series points and riding a streak of 10 top-10 finishes in the past 15 races.

• Justin Allgaier is the defending winner of the Indy NXS race. He led 41 laps on his way to the victory last year.

• In five NXS starts at the 2.5-mile track, the Illinois native has one win, two top fives and two top 10s.

• Allgaier has 56 NXS starts on tracks two miles or greater in length. He’s earned one win, 13 top fives and 28 top 10s.

• Allgaier has already secured a spot in the NXS Playoffs. He currently sits fourth in the standings with two races left in the regular season.

• The 33-year-old driver has eight straight top-10 finishes and 16 overall on the season. 

• Jeb Burton returns to the No. 8 Chevrolet this weekend at Indianapolis.

• In four 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 two starts in the NXS at Indy, with his most recent start coming in 2017.

• Through the first 24 races of 2019, the No. 8 Chevrolet has recorded five top fives and 16 top 10s among nine drivers.

• The team’s best finish of second came at ISM Raceway in March. 

• Following a top-10 finish last weekend in Darlington, Noah Gragson has locked his place in the 2019 NXS Playoffs. The 21-year-old driver is currently seventh in the championship standings with just two races remaining before the playoffs begin.

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

• In seven previous starts on tracks greater than two miles in length in the NXS, the Las Vegas native has recorded two top fives and three top 10s, with a best finish of second coming at Michigan earlier this season. 

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XFINITY Series Standings

After Go Bowling 250

Richmond Raceway | 9/20/2019
RankDriverPointsBehind
1Christopher Bell (P)21150
2Cole Custer (P)2093-22
3Tyler Reddick (P)2071-44
4Austin Cindric (P)2067-48
5Justin Allgaier (P)2054-61
6Michael Annett (P)2051-64
7Chase Briscoe # (P)2050-65
8Noah Gragson # (P)2048-67