JRM Scores Trio of Top 10s at Texas Motor Speedway

JR Motorsports | 6/12/2021

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Justin Allgaier led JRM with a runner-up finish while Noah Gragson and Michael Annett finished seventh and tenth, respectively.

Race Results | Xfinity Series Points

Race 14 of 33: Alsco Uniforms 250 at Texas Motor Speedway
Track Specs: 1.5-mile quad oval /  167 laps      
Weather: Partly cloudy, 93 degrees
Race Winner: Kyle Busch

Allgaier's Finish: 2nd

Gragson's Finish:  7th

Annett's Finish: 10th

Berry's Finish: 19th

 


Justin Allgaier

Justin Allgaier, driver of the No. 7 Dollar Shave Club Chevrolet, led for 23 laps and scored a strong second-place finish in Saturday afternoon's NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Texas Motor Speedway. Lining up in second for NASCAR's version of overtime, Allgaier battled wheel-to-wheel with eventual race winner Kyle Busch before securing the runner-up position. The result is Allgaier's fifth top-three finish of the season and his best finish in 22 attempts at the 1.5-mile quad-oval of Texas. The JR Motorsports driver additionally improved two positions in the championship standings and now sits fifth, just 14 points outside of the top four.

Stage One Finish: 7th 

Allgaier lined up for the scheduled 167-lap event from the 16th position after the field was again set via NASCAR's mathematical formula earlier this week. Although starting from outside the top 15, the driver of the Dollar Shave Club Chevrolet charged forward at the drop of the green flag, improving six positions over the opening eight laps to move into the top 10 for the first time on lap 10. Allgaier continued his climb from there, as he moved into ninth just prior to the competition caution being displayed on lap 20. Lining up as the fifth car on the inside line for the lap-25 restart, Allgaier patiently maneuvered forward, gaining two positions over the closing laps of Stage One to take the green-and-white checkered flag on lap 40 in seventh and earn four valuable stage points to begin the day.

Stage Two Finish: 6th

Following Stage One, Allgaier reported to crew chief Jason Burdett that the Dollar Shave Club Chevrolet was a little on the free side on the entry of the corner and a little tight while rolling through the center of the corner. As a result, Burdett called the Illinois native to pit road for four tires and an air-pressure adjustment in the hopes of making gains on the handling. Due to varying strategies with the choose cone, Allgaier took the green flag for the start of Stage Two from the 10th position on lap 47. Taking advantage of the outside line, Allgaier quickly marched his way back to seventh and remained there until a lap-60 caution period slowed the field. Continuing to battle for position once back under way on lap 66, Allgaier briefly joined the top five before settling in to sixth as the Dollar Shave Club Chevrolet had shifted further toward the tight side.

Although not handling to his liking, Allgaier held steady in sixth through the conclusion of Stage Two on lap 80 and earned an additional five stage points to bring the No. 7 team’s total to nine on the afternoon. 

Final Stage:

During the stage-ending caution, Burdett called the driver of the Dollar Shave Club Chevrolet to pit road for four tires and another air pressure adjustment, sending Allgaier back out for the start of the third and final stage on lap 88 in eighth. Utilizing the outside line on the restart, Allgaier quickly drove up to fifth before the caution flag was displayed once again on lap 89. The JRM driver again took advantage of the choose cone prior to the lap-97 restart, improving from fifth to third as Allgaier was one of only two to choose the bottom row inside the top five. Back within the top three, Allgaier pressed forward, making a three-wide move on the exit of Turn 2 to spring into second and would remain there through a lap-109 caution period. Lining up in second for the ensuing restart, Allgaier powered to the outside of Busch and into the race lead for the first time on lap 117. Now out front, the driver of the Dollar Shave Club Chevrolet looked to drive away, but two cautions on lap 120 and 133, respectively, prevented Allgaier from extending his lead.

Looking to maintain his foothold out front, Allgaier lined up on the outside line for the lap-138 restart and battled side-by-side with Busch as the pair swapped the lead numerous times before the latter prevailed, sliding the JRM driver back to second. Despite falling out of the top spot, Allgaier maintained his runner-up position until a lap-157 caution gave the veteran driver another chance at retaking the race lead. Lining up as the first car on the outside line, Allgaier held strong on the outside of Busch, but a quick caution just after the lap-162 restart kept the driver of the Dollar Shave Club Chevrolet in second as the field prepared for NASCAR's version of overtime.

Taking the final restart of the day from the outside of the front row, Allgaier hoped to remain side-by-side for the top spot, but the inside line had a stronger push, moving Busch too far out in front as the field came to take the white flag.

In the end, Allgaier crossed the finish line for the final time in the second position to secure his fifth top-three finish of the season.

Justin Allgaier, driver No. 7 Dollar Shave Club Chevrolet team

"We had a great Dollar Shave Club Chevrolet today and I can't thank Jason (Burdett, crew chief) and all the guys on this team enough. I wish those last couple of restarts could've went our way but to come away with a strong second-place run is great. It’s good to get that positive momentum back on our side and hopefully we can continue that on to next week in Nashville."


Noah Gragson

Starting from deep in the field and coming off a disappointing finish at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course a week ago, Noah Gragson turned in a spectacular performance in Saturday's Alsco Uniforms 250, earning a seventh-place finish in the NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Texas Motor Speedway. The young Las Vegas native marched his No. 9 Bass Pro Shops/TrueTimber/Black Rifle Coffee Chevrolet through the field from the opening green flag and was in the mix for the victory in the caution-extended overtime event before eventually earning his sixth top-10 finish of the young season.

Stage One Finish: 10th

As a result of a first-lap crash last week at Mid-Ohio, Gragson lined up for the start of the race in 30th place after the field was set using NASCAR’s mathematical formula earlier in the week. On the first lap of green-flag racing, Gragson had already climbed seven positions up the order, and he didn’t stop there. He was 16th at the end of 10 laps and sat 14th on lap 20 when the competition caution flag waved over the field. Gragson told crew chief Dave Elenz that his Bass Pro Shops/TrueTimber/Black Rifle Coffee Chevrolet was a little tight in Turn 2 but was otherwise good. Elenz was worried the car would tighten up as the race went on, but ultimately decided to leave his young driver on the track rather than pit. When the green flag waved again with 15 laps remaining in Stage One, Gragson needed four laps to take 13th place, was 12th a lap later and passed for 11th at lap 34. Over the remaining six laps, Gragson moved up into 10th place and remained there when the green-and-white-checkered flag waved to end Stage One. Under caution, Gragson told Elenz that his car was neutral but a touch free on entry and tight on exit. Heading down pit road, Gragson took four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment and his No. 9 pit crew gained two spots for the young driver on the stop, sending him back out in eighth position, 22 spots better than where he started the race.

Stage Two Finish: 8th  

When the green flag waved for Stage Two at lap 48, Gragson moved forward immediately. The Las Vegas native was seventh the next time past the flag stand and sixth on lap 50, but two laps later told Elenz his Camaro was too tight everywhere on the track. That didn't derail his move toward the front, however, and he took fifth place at lap 59. The caution flag waved at lap 62 for a crash on the backstretch, and Gragson told Elenz he felt something amiss with the air pressure in his tires. Elenz elected to stay out, and Gragson chose the top for the restart at lap 67, giving up two positions. The top lane had been the best on the restarts so far, and Gragson proved the point by sweeping back into the top five after just two laps. Briefly taking fourth position, Gragson was fifth with five laps remaining in Stage Two and finished there at the green-and-white checkered flag, earning six more stage points with the effort. Gragson told Elenz he was continuing to build tight as the run went on, which helped his entry but made the center and exit worse. Elenz elected to put on four tires, add fuel and make another adjustment for the final segment, sending Gragson back out in sixth place.

Final Stage:

Gragson chose the top line for the restart, trying to avoid a car ahead that had taken two tires for track position. It proved to be a good choice, as the young driver moved up to fourth after one lap. He stayed in the top five until the caution flag waved at lap 111 for an incident on the backstretch, and Gragson told Elenz his car was still tight. Coming to pit road, Gragson got four more tires and fuel along with an adjustment and the pit crew gained two more positions on the exchange, allowing Gragson to line up third for the ensuing restart with just 52 laps remaining in regulation. Firing off behind leader Kyle Busch, Gragson lost a position to fourth on the initial lap but was still sorting out the changes. He stayed in the top four for much of the next stint until the caution waved again at lap 135, telling Elenz that his car was much better, especially in Turns 1 and 2. The team elected to keep Gragson on the track during that caution and the JR Motorsports driver responded with the fastest lap of the race. Gragson was fourth with 28 laps remaining and was battling for third when the caution waved with 10 laps remaining. Elenz again elected to stay out.

On the restart with five laps left in regulation, Gragson fired off well but slipped to eighth in short order due to a severe vibration. Another caution flag sent the race into overtime, and Elenz left it up to his young driver whether or not to pit, and Gragson chose to stay out. Starting from eighth on the outside line, Gragson picked up one more position over the two-lap flurry and finished the race in seventh place.

Busch won the race in overtime, edging JRM's Justin Allgaier at the finish. Austin Cindric, Daniel Hemric and Brandon Jones rounded out the top five. Polesitter AJ Allmendinger was sixth, followed by Gragson, Brett Moffitt, Justin Haley and JRM’s Michael Annett.

Noah Gragson, driver No. 9 Bass Pro Shops/TrueTimber/Black Rifle Coffee Company Chevrolet team

"It's been a rough start to the year, but this No. 9 team is super motivated, and I want to give a shout-out to them and the guys back at the shop. We finished in one piece, so that's good. Johnny Morris (of Bass Pro Shops) has been pumping me up, and he told me that one day it was going to be our day, and we just need to keep building on that. We didn't have the Bass Pro Shops/TrueTimber®/Black Rifle Coffee Chevrolet exactly where we needed it, but I feel like we can build for when we come back here later in the year. We're starting to hopefully, fingers crossed, get our finishes turned around and start closer to the front."


Michael Annett

On a very hot day at Texas Motor Speedway, Michael Annett made a late rally and earned a 10th-place finish in Saturday's Alsco Uniforms 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race on the 1.5-mile quad oval. A late pit stop to help the handling of his No. 1 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet proved to be the difference for the Iowa native, who posted his seventh top-10 finish of the 2021 season. The result also allowed Annett to remain 10th in series points after 14 races.

Stage One Finish: 8th     

At the start of the race, Annett fired off from sixth position after the lineup had been set earlier in the week via NASCAR's mathematical formula. Over the first six laps, Annett kept his Pilot Flying J Chevrolet in sixth until Kyle Busch swept past the next time by. Over the opening 20 laps, Annett held station in the top seven until the competition caution waved at lap 20. Annett told crew chief Mike Bumgarner that his car was very neutral and handling well. Once the race restarted, Annett retook sixth place and ran there until lap 35, when a slight bobble off Turn 2 caused him to lose two positions to eighth. He recovered to finish Stage One there, earning three valuable stage points. Under caution, Annett told Bumgarner he didn’t know what happened on the bobble but that his car was getting tighter as it ran. Bumgarner called him down pit road at the stage break for four tires, fuel and a slight chassis adjustment, sending Annett back out in seventh position for the 40-lap Stage Two.

Stage Two Finish: 10th     

When the green flag waved to start Stage Two, Annett held his position in the top 10 until lap 50, when his car's handling suddenly swung to the tight side. Running 11th, Annett radioed to Bumgarner that his car fired off a lot tighter than it had at the initial start and was building tighter as the race went on. A caution flag at lap 62 allowed Annett to regroup, and despite falling to 12th at lap 66, the Iowa native was able to regain the top 10 just three laps ahead of the green-and-white checkered flag that ended Stage Two on lap 80. That added another stage point to his total for the day. On the break, Annett came to pit road again for four tires, fuel and a reversal of the initial chassis adjustment on the Stage One stop. After cycling around to the field, Annett would start the final stage from 14th position.

Final Stage:

The changes appeared to make a difference, as Annett moved up three positions on the initial green flag and ran there until lap 91, when a multi-car crash on the front straightaway slowed the action again. When the race restarted six laps later, Annett flashed back into the top 10 for several laps before falling back to 11th. The caution flag flew again at lap 111 and Bumgarner took the opportunity to bring Annett back down pit road to work on his driver's handling as well as get inside the fuel window for the finish. Adding four more tires and fuel, Bumgarner also made another chassis adjustment before sending him back out in eighth position. When the field resumed racing, Annett stayed in the top 10 until lap 127, when handling issues struck again. Dropping from ninth to 13th in the space of four laps, Annett told Bumgarner that he couldn’t explain what had happened. Halfway through the corner, the Pilot Flying J Chevrolet would slide to the right and deny him the opportunity to point the car to the exit. While Annett battled the handling issues, Brandon Jones brought out the caution flag on lap 135, which allowed Bumgarner a chance at a solution. Annett headed back to pit road for his last set of Goodyear tires, fuel and both track-bar and wedge adjustments. The stop put him 18th in the order for the restart.

Once the green flag waved again, Annett charged up the leaderboard, picking off four positions on the first lap of green-flag racing. He continued to move forward, taking 13th at lap 145 and 12th at lap 151, just 16 laps from the finish. Six laps later, Annett cracked the top 10 when a two-car accident on the backstretch slowed the action. Telling Bumgarner that his car was much better, Annett jumped to ninth on the lap-163 restart, just in time for another caution flag to fly. The single-car crash required time to clean up, and that pushed the race into overtime. On the green-white-checkered restart at lap 169, Annett got a good jump and moved up to eighth before finishing 10th two laps later.

Kyle Busch won the race in overtime, edging JR Motorsports’ Justin Allgaier at the finish. Austin Cindric, Daniel Hemric and Brandon Jones rounded out the top five. Polesitter AJ Allmendinger was sixth, followed by JRM’s Noah Gragson, Brett Moffitt, Justin Haley and Annett.

Michael Annett, driver No. 1 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet team

"That call for tires (at lap 136) was a great job by Mike Bumgarner, my crew chief. We weren't handling well with the Pilot Flying J Chevrolet at that point, and it made the difference in us getting a solid finish. We always talk about putting weekends together, and we did it here at Texas, scoring points in both stages and earning a top-10 finish."


Josh Berry

Josh Berry, driver of the No. 8 Tire Pros Chevrolet, rallied from a 28th-place starting position to finish 19th in Saturday afternoon's NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Texas Motor Speedway. Berry, who ran inside the top 10 for much of the day, earned valuable stage points at the conclusion of Stage Two and battled for position inside the top five during the opening laps of the final stage before the JR Motorsports driver was forced to make an unscheduled pit stop for repairs following contact with another driver. Despite the stop for repairs, Berry pressed forward to secure the top-20 result.

Stage One Finish: 15th

With the field being set via the rulebook, Berry lined up for the 167-lap event in the 28th position. From the drop of the green flag Berry charged forward, needing just 10 laps to race into the top 15. The driver of the Tire Pros Chevrolet maintained his track position from there until the scheduled competition caution on lap 20. While under caution, crew chief Taylor Moyer made the call to keep the JRM driver on track to save a set of fresh tires for later in the race. Choosing to restart from the bottom of row seven, Berry looked to move forward as he ran as high as 12th during the stage before sliding back in the final laps of the opening stage to take the green-and-white checkered on lap 40 in 15th.

Stage Two Finish: 8th

During the stage-ending caution, Moyer brought the driver of the Tire Pros Chevrolet to pit road for four fresh tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment, sending the Hendersonville, Tenn. native back out for the start of Stage Two in the 11th position. Once back under way, Berry continued his ascent up the leaderboard as he joined the top 10 for the first time on lap 50 and was up to ninth when the next yellow flag flew on lap 62. Remaining on track during the caution, Berry chose to restart from the outside of row six and would go on to steadily improve four positions over the remaining laps of Stage Two to cross under the green-and-white checkered flag in eighth and earn a three valuable stage points.

Final Stage:

Prior to the start of the third and final stage, Moyer made the call to bring the Tire Pros Chevrolet to pit road for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment. Choosing to restart from the inside of row five, Berry settled into the 10th position until a lap-89 caution bunched the field back together. Restarting from the top of row six, Berry was able to gain one position before a lap-109 caution slowed the field once again. Pitting for four tires, fuel and another round of adjustments, the driver of the Tire Pros Chevrolet exited the pits in the seventh position. Restarting from the inside of row three, Berry worked his way forward as he joined the top five for the first time on lap 116. However, the JRM driver reported that he had developed a tight-handling and chattering condition in the front end, ultimately sliding him back to eighth before the caution flag was displayed once again on lap 122.

Restarting from the bottom of row four, Berry settled into the ninth position as he was trying to manage the tight-handling Tire Pros Chevrolet. Contact with another driver on lap 157 brought out a yellow and forced the No. 8 Camaro to pit road for four fresh tires, fuel and a large chassis adjustment. Restarting from the tail end of the field due to a penalty while on pit road, Berry once again started moving forward as he drove his way to 23rd before a lap-163 yellow gave the 2020 NASCAR Weekly Series Champion another opportunity to move up the leaderboard.

Using NASCAR's version of overtime to his favor, Berry gained four additional spots before crossing under the checkered flag on lap 171 in the 19th position.

Josh Berry, driver No. 8 Tire Pros Chevrolet team

"We fought a tight-condition from the start in our Tire Pros Chevy but Taylor (Moyer, crew chief) kept making the right adjustments to get the car where we wanted it. Some contact with another driver at the end of the race forced us into the wall and then we pit for fresh tires and an adjustment to help us for the short run to the finish. I hate that we couldn't finish where we ran most of the day, but I can't wait to get to Nashville next week and hopefully get a great finish to end the season in the No. 8."

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XFINITY Series Schedule

  • September 25 07:30 PM ET
    Alsco Uniforms 302Las Vegas Motor Speedway
  • October 2 04:30 PM ET
    Talladega Superspeedway
  • October 9 03:00 PM ET
    Drive for the Cure 250Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval
  • October 16 03:00 PM ET
    Andy’s Frozen Custard 335Texas Motor Speedway
  • October 23 03:00 PM ET
    Kansas Lottery 300Kansas Speedway

XFINITY Series Standings

After Food City 300

Bristol Motor Speedway | 9/17/2021
RankDriverPointsBehind
1AJ Allmendinger10430
2Austin Cindric1033-10
3Justin Allgaier924-119
4Daniel Hemric895-148
5Harrison Burton871-172
6Justin Haley864-179
7Noah Gragson863-180
14Michael Annett524-519
34Sam Mayer #186-857