Preview: Kansas Lottery 300

JR Motorsports | 10/14/2020

Allstate Parts Bass Pro Shops Black Rifle Coffee Brandt Daniel Hemric Justin Allgaier Kansas Speedway Michael Annett News Noah Gragson Poppy Bank TrueTimber XFINITY Series

JRM heads down the yellow brick road back to Kansas Speedway for the opening race in the Round of 8 for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs on Saturday evening.

TRACK: Kansas Speedway
RACE: Kansas Lottery 300 (200 laps / 300 miles)
DATE: Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020
TV: 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN
RADIO: 6:30 p.m. ET on MRN and SiriusXM Ch. 90


Quotes:

Michael Annett: “As hard as it is not to have advanced to the Round of 8, there are plenty of opportunities for our No. 1 team to chase victories and good finishes yet this season. Kansas is a good track for us. We’ve been in good position to challenge for race wins there in the past, so we’re looking for another opportunity to do that this weekend. This No. 1 team has been great all season long, consistently fast, and there’s four more chances for us to earn another victory.”

Justin Allgaier: “The first round of the playoffs didn’t exactly go the way we wanted them to, so I’m extremely glad that we were able to advance to the Round of 8 and get a clean slate as we look ahead to Kansas. We’ve been fast on mile-and-a-half tracks this season and we ran well there earlier this season, so that gives me confidence going into this weekend. Jason Burdett (crew chief) and all the guys on this BRANDT Professional Agriculture team have been working hard and we’re ready to get things back on track and make a run for the championship.”

Daniel Hemric: “I’m definitely ready to head to Kansas with this No. 8 team and continue our fight for this owner’s championship. It’s great knowing that we made it into the Round of 8 and now we just need to go out and continue to execute and do what we can to make that final four in Phoenix. We had a really solid run here in July and I feel extremely confident that we can back that up again, especially with the return of the John Andretti Tribute scheme. I can’t thank Poppy Bank enough for allowing us to run this scheme again and hopefully we can come away with a really solid day for the entire Andretti family.”

Noah Gragson: “Kansas is one of those tracks that doesn’t look great on the stats sheet for me in the Xfinity Series but I really enjoy running there. It’s similar to Homestead where you will see us up against the wall and that’s where I am the most comfortable. Getting a win in the first race of the Round of 8 would be huge because it would instantly put us in to the Championship 4 and contending for a championship in Phoenix.”


Notes:

• Michael Annett enters this weekend’s NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Kansas Speedway having finished fourth and eighth in his last two events on the 1.5-mile oval.

• Annett has 18 top-10 finishes and three in the top five so far this season, one short of tying his career high in top 10s (19) set last season with four races left this year.

• In 10 starts on 1.5-mile tracks this season, Annett has posted two top fives and eight top 10s.

• Annett’s No. 1 Chevrolet will carry the colors of Allstate Parts and Service this weekend. In two previous 2020 races with the paint scheme, Annett finished sixth and 10th.

• Justin Allgaier heads into the opening race of the Round of 8 third in the NXS Playoff standings, 10 points above the cutline for the Championship 4.

• In 10 NXS starts at Kansas, Allgaier has three top fives and seven top 10s with 17 laps led. Earlier this season, the Illinois native finished inside the top five in each of the first two stages and came home with a 10th-place finish.

• On tracks measuring 1.5-miles in length Allgaier has two victories, both of them coming at Chicagoland Speedway. This season, he has four top fives and seven top 10s in 10 starts on mile-and-a-half tracks, with three stage wins.

• Daniel Hemric and the No. 8 team enter the Round of 8 in the playoff grid for the owner’s championship as the eighth seed, 24 points behind the fourth and final cutoff position.

• Hemric earned a seventh-place finish earlier this season at Kansas.

• Overall, in three previous starts in the NXS at Kansas, Hemric has earned a best finish of second, coming in 2018.

• This weekend in Kansas, Hemric and the No. 8 team will again be honoring the life and legacy of John Andretti and the #CheckIt4Andretti campaign with Andretti’s 1995-96 Cup Series scheme

• Noah Gragson currently sits fourth in the playoff standings, just 35 points behind leader Chase Briscoe and is two points above the cutoff line to advance to the Championship 4.

• Gragson has four starts at Kansas Speedway between the Truck and Xfinity Series with one win coming during Gragson’s 2018 Truck Series campaign.

• At tracks between 1-2 miles in length, Gragson has 32 starts with 10 top fives, 23 top 10s and an average finish of 8.9.

• In his last 12 series starts, Gragson has notched 11 top-10 efforts, including the last seven consecutively.

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XFINITY Series Schedule

  • October 31 03:30 PM ET
    NXS at Martinsville*Martinsville Speedway
  • November 7 05:00 PM ET
    Desert Diamond West Valley Casino 200*Phoenix Raceway

XFINITY Series Standings

After O'Reilly Auto Parts 300*

Texas Motor Speedway | 10/24/2020
RankDriverPointsBehind
1Chase Briscoe (P)31330
2Austin Cindric (P)3103-30
3Justin Allgaier (P)3097-36
4Justin Haley (P)3093-40
5Brandon Jones (P)3089-44
6Ross Chastain (P)3078-55
7Noah Gragson (P)3069-64
8Ryan Sieg (P)3050-83
10Michael Annett2128-1005