Preview: Contender Boats 250 at Homestead-Miami Speedway

JR Motorsports | 2/24/2021

American Heart Association Bass Pro Shops Black Rifle Coffee Brandt FilterTime Homestead Josh Berry Justin Allgaier Michael Annett News Noah Gragson Pilot Flying J Race Preview TrueTimber

The NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to South Florida as JRM looks to get back on track at Homestead. The team had success there last season, led by Gragson's two top fives in as many races.

TRACK: Homestead-Miami Speedway
RACE: Contender Boats 250 (167 laps / 250.5 miles) 
DATE: Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021
TV: 4:30 p.m. ET on FS1
RADIO: 4 p.m. ET on MRN and SiriusXM Ch. 90


Quotes:

Michael Annett: “We were pretty good on 1.5-mile tracks in 2020, and I know we can keep that up this season. We’ve had good Pilot Flying J/American Heart Association Chevrolets the past two weeks, but not a lot of good racing luck to go with them. Last year at Homestead, we had a great car and a chance to win it on the final lap, so that’s what I’m looking for again on Saturday."

Justin Allgaier: “Homestead has been a racetrack that has had a lot of highs and a lot of lows for our BRANDT Professional Agriculture team. Growing up, my background was running the top a lot, so running the wall there is exciting and makes for a lot of fun. We’ve had a rough start to 2021, so hopefully we got all the back luck out of the way and we can go to Homestead and have a good, solid run. We want to put ourselves in a good position to gain some of the points back that we lost the last couple of weeks.” 

Josh Berry: “It’s great to get back behind the wheel of the FilterTime Chevrolet this weekend in Homestead. I know that Taylor (Moyer, crew chief) and this team was really fast here last season and were fighting for the win with Dale (Earnhardt Jr., team owner). Hopefully that notebook can carry over into this year since this will be the first time since 2014 that I have competed at Homestead. I’m really looking forward to getting there and seeing what we can do.” 

Noah Gragson: “We ran really well at Homestead last year and we were in contention to win both races by large margins until a late-race yellow came out during both races. We’ve struggled this year and this is the weekend we turn it all around and get some redemption for how the races finished last year. This Bass Pro Shops/TrueTimber/Black Rifle Coffee Camaro is going to look good banging boards at Homestead this weekend and it’ll look even better in Victory Lane Saturday.” 


Notes:

• Michael Annett looks to build on last year’s sixth-place finish on the 1.5-mile oval at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The finish was Annett’s best in 11 starts there to date.

• Annett’s No. 1 Pilot Flying J/American Heart Association Chevrolet Camaro will carry a special paint scheme for the third straight week in honor of American Heart Month. Sponsor Pilot Flying J is supporting the AHA’s Life Is Why™awareness campaign.

• On 1.5-mile tracks in 2020, Annett averaged an eighth-place finish over 12 events.

• All three of Annett’s NASCAR Xfinity Series top-10 finishes at Homestead-Miami have come with JR Motorsports.

• Justin Allgaier has 12 NXS starts at Homestead-Miami with a best finish of sixth coming in the 2016 season finale. Last year, in the second race of the doubleheader, Allgaierwas in position for another top 10 before sustaining a flat tire in the final stage of the event.

• Last season on tracks measuring 1.5-miles in length, the veteran driver finished inside the top 10 eight times. His best effort was a third-place finish at Texas. He also led 197 laps and earned three stage wins at those tracks in 2020.

• Two of Allgaier’s14 NXS wins have come on 1.5-mile tracks. He visited Victory Lane at Chicagoland in 2011 and again in 2017.

• Josh Berry returns to the No. 8 FilterTimeChevrolet for JRM this weekend in Homestead. Berry started 12th and finished 25th in his lone start at the 1.5-mile oval in 2014.

• In eight career starts in the NXS, Berry has recorded two top 10s with a best result of seventh.

• Berry was running solidly inside the top five during his first start of 2021 at Daytona before being involved in a multi-car incident with 16 laps remaining.

• Ahead of Homestead, new customers who sign up for FilterTime’s subscription-based custom air-filter service can get 20 percent off their first order by using the discount code JRM when visiting FilterTime.com/JRM.

• In three starts in the NXS at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Noah Gragson has earned an average finish of fourth and has never finished outside of the top five.

• Gragson’s average finish of fourth at Homestead is the third best at tracks where he has made more than one start in the NXS. Homestead only trails the Roval at Charlotte (3.5) and his home track of Las Vegas (3.8).

• During the 2020 Homestead doubleheader, Gragson led 164 of a possible 344 laps en route to third-and fifth-place finishes.

• At tracks that are between 1-2 miles in length, Gragsonhas scored 12 top fives, 25 top 10s and has led 508 laps.

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XFINITY Series Standings

After Cook Out 250

Martinsville Speedway | 4/9/2021
RankDriverPointsBehind
1Austin Cindric3170
2Daniel Hemric275-42
3Harrison Burton242-75
4Justin Haley230-87
5Jeb Burton221-96
6AJ Allmendinger218-99
7Myatt Snider206-111
8Justin Allgaier199-118
11Noah Gragson168-149
12Michael Annett168-149