Preview: Richmond Doubleheader

JR Motorsports | 9/9/2020

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The NASCAR Xfinity Series gets ready for short track racing this weekend as JRM prepares for the fourth doubleheader of the 2020 season at Richmond Raceway on Friday night and Saturday afternoon.

 

TRACK: Richmond Raceway

RACE 1: Go Bowling 250 (250 laps / 187.5 miles)
DATE: Friday, Sept. 11, 2020
TV: 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN
RADIO: 6:30 p.m. ET on MRN and SiriusXM Ch. 90

RACE 2: Virginia is for Racing Lovers 250 (250 laps / 187.5 miles)
DATE: Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020
TV: 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN
RADIO: 1:30 p.m. ET on MRN and SiriusXM Ch. 90


Quotes:

Michael Annett: “Our No. 1 Pilot Flying J team is clicking on all cylinders as the season heads toward the playoffs. We had a solid run at Darlington, which is the latest in a series of good finishes for us, and I think we’re peaking at the right time. Going to Richmond for two races is going to be important, especially with Bristol the next track on the list. We’re pretty solid in points right now and we’re getting ready to make a playoff run. That starts this weekend.”

Justin Allgaier: “I’m ready to head to Richmond for another doubleheader weekend. The last one turned out well for us at Dover, so I’m hoping for the same result, especially after the bad luck we had last weekend at Darlington. I’m ready to move on from that and get some positive momentum back as we get closer to the playoffs. We have two great partners on the car this week with FilterTimeon Friday and BRANDT on Saturday and this No. 7 team has been working hard to prepare a fast Camaro, so I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do.”

Jeb Burton: “I’m really looking forward to getting to Richmond this weekend and race not one, but two races at one of my home tracks. It’s going to be a fun weekend for sure and hopefully we can come away with two solid runs with our State Water Heaters Chevy on Friday night and our LS Tractor Chevy on Saturday. We’ve just got to be patient and take what the track gives us and I feel like we will be right there in contention for the win. I can’t wait to get there and see what we can do.”

Noah Gragson: “Richmond is a track that I have run pretty good at in the past and I expect more of the same this weekend. My first trip here I ran up front and finished second and then last year I was able to run around the top five but ended up finishing seventh. It’s a doubleheader weekend so we can get a lot of playoff points in a short amount of time, so we’re going to attack this weekend and make the most of it.”


Notes:

• Michael Annett will go to Richmond Raceway this weekend with three top-five and 11 top-10 finishes in his last 12 NASCAR Xfinity Series starts this season. His average finish over that span is 8.1.

• In 15 starts at Richmond, Annett has posted four top 10s and completed 98.9 percent of the laps run in those races. The Iowa native was ninth in the fall race last year on the .750-mile oval and has earned a best finish of fifth in 2012.

• Annett’s Pilot Flying J Chevrolet will carry a “Thank You Truck Drivers” message on the TV panel for both races this weekend in advance of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, which is set for Sept. 13-19.

• Justin Allgaier has five top fives and eight top 10s in 18 NXS starts at Richmond Raceway with 281 laps led.

• His two most recent visits to the track in 2019 resulted in top-five finishes, including a third-place result last spring after leading the race for 86 circuits.

• This season on tracks measuring 1 mile or less in length, Allgaier has one victory (Dover) and three stage wins.

• With three races left before the start of the NXS playoffs, Allgaier is currently listed as sixth in the projected playoff standings with 13 playoff points accrued after his victory at Dover and eight stage wins.

• Jeb Burton returns to the No. 8 Chevrolet for this weekend’s doubleheader at Richmond.

• The Halifax, Va. native has a combined six starts at the .750-mile short track across the Cup Series and the NXS.

• Through six starts in 2020 for JRM in the NXS, Burton has scored a best finish of third at Talladega in June.

• State Water Heaters, a leader in the water heating industry, will be on board the No. 8 for the first event of the weekend on Friday evening.

• LS Tractor, one of the fastest growing tractor companies in North America, is on board for the second race on Saturday afternoon.

• Noah Gragson has three NXS starts at Richmond with a best finish of second coming in his first career start in the spring of 2018.

• In the most recent race at Richmond in the fall of 2019, Gragson started eighth and finished seventh..

• After 23 races in the 2020 season, Gragsonsits fourth in the championship standings with two wins, 10 top fives, 16 top 10s and has led 508 laps.

• At tracks that are less than 1 mile in length, Gragsonhas one win, three top fives, six top 10s and holds an average finish of 8.5.

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XFINITY Series Schedule

XFINITY Series Standings

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Phoenix Raceway | 11/7/2020
RankDriverPointsBehind
1Austin Cindric (P)40400
2Justin Allgaier (P)4032-8
3Justin Haley (P)4029-11
4Chase Briscoe (P)4028-12
5Noah Gragson2306-1734
6Brandon Jones2273-1767
7Ross Chastain2270-1770
8Harrison Burton #2248-1792
9Michael Annett2202-1838