Trio of Top Fives Pace JRM at Las Vegas Motor Speedway After Late Cautions Prove Costly

JR Motorsports | 3/5/2022

Accelerate Professional Talent Solutions Bass Pro Shops Black Rifle Coffee Brandt Josh Berry Justin Allgaier News Noah Gragson Race Report Sam Mayer Tire Pros TrueTimber

The quartet of JR Motorsports drivers combined to lead 139 laps at Las Vegas and Noah Gragson finished a team best second place at his home track.

Race Results 

Race 3 of 33: Alsco Uniforms 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Track Specs: 1.5-mile oval / 200 laps                     
Race Winner: Ty Gibbs

Gragson's Finish: 2nd

Berry's Finish: 4th

Allgaier's Finish: 5th

Mayer's Finish: 25th 

 


Noah Gragson

Noah Gragson led 52 laps, won both stages and had a chance at victory in the Alsco Uniforms 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, eventually crossing the finish line in second position in his No. 9 Bass Pro Shops/TrueTimber Camo/Black Rifle Coffee Chevrolet. Gragson battled over the final five laps for the lead and his first victory at his home track, falling just short of his first triumph of 2022. The runner-up result was good enough to push Gragson into the lead in the NXS point standings after three races.

Race Rundown

  • Gragson qualified fourth fastest for the 200-lap event on the 1.5-mile oval in the Nevada desert and passed up to third on the first lap of green-flag racing. The 23-year-old Las Vegas native stayed in the top three through a ragged beginning to the race, which included a 40-plus-minute red flag for weather after just 16 laps.
  • Once the field got back to green-flag racing, Gragson wasted no time moving forward. He moved into second place at lap 34 and swept past JRM teammate Sam Mayer for the top spot with just six laps remaining in the 45-lap Stage One. He would lead the remaining circuits to earn his first stage victory of the 2022 season, which carried 10 stage points and an all-important playoff point as well.
  • Beginning Stage Two from the fourth position, Gragson got a good restart and immediately advanced to the runner-up spot despite getting tagged in the left-rear quarter panel and shooting up the track. A caution on lap 67 put Gragson in position to take the lead, and with a push from behind on the restart, he got it.
  • Gragson still led at lap 85 when a caution waved for a hard crash on the backstretch that required extensive clean-up. The accident was not cleaned up prior to the green-and-white checkered flag being waved over the field, and Gragson collected another 10 stage points and a playoff point for winning Stage Two.
  • At the beginning of the final stage, Gragson fired off from third position only to get caught in the middle lane behind a car on older tires, dropping him back to ninth after one lap. Working his way forward, Gragson was back in the top five at lap 101. He stayed there, taking second position on lap 122.
  • Calling to crew chief Luke Lambert on lap 133, Gragson told him he thought his right front tire was wearing out. Lambert brought Gragson to pit road under green-flag conditions at lap 137 for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment. Rallying from a lap down, Gragson was soon back on the lead serial as the rest of the lead pack began making their own green-flag stops.
  • Gragson kept coming, retaking the lead on lap 148 ahead of teammate Justin Allgaier. Since he came to pit road several laps earlier than the rest of his rivals, Gragson was short on fuel to the end and was forced to save during the next stint.
  • A caution flag for a multi-car incident at lap 173 gave Gragson a chance to contend for the win. After pitting for tires, fuel and another adjustment, Gragson took the lead back on lap 181. Two late cautions, the last one on lap 190, set up the final restart.
  • Gragson, scored the leader on the top line, fired off well but the inside line got the better jump. Over the final six laps, Gragson gained on the eventual winner and ended up second at the checkered flag.
  • Gragson's runner-up finish was his second straight in the NXS and his third top-three result in three races this season.

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

"I just came up a little short on that last restart. I guess that's the box we are in, but the 50th Anniversary Bass Pro Shops Camaro was really good all day. Thanks to all the people who help this program at Bass Pro Shops, TrueTimber Camo and Black Rifle Coffee. I got warned earlier in the race for doing something similar to that (the final restart) but I just need to be better. I'm thankful for this team led by Luke Lambert, and we'll come back strong next week at Phoenix."


Josh Berry

Josh Berry, driver of the No. 8 Tire Pros Chevrolet, drove from 12th-place late in the final stage of Saturday afternoon's NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to score his second straight top-five finish of the 2022 season. Berry, who ran inside the top five for much of the night, earned a combined 11 stage points throughout each stage and drove up to as high as the second position prior to crossing under the checkered flag in fourth.

Race Rundown

  • Berry and the No. 8 Tire Pros team qualified second for Saturday afternoon's 200-lap event at the 1.5-mile oval in Las Vegas.
  • Berry earned eight stage points at the conclusion of Stage one with a third-place finish.
  • The 31-year-old Hendersonville, Tenn. native reported a vibration on lap 63 but was reassured that the crew members got each lug nut tight as he fell to fifth in the running order.  
  • The No. 8 Tire Pros Chevrolet slid to the seventh running position following a yellow in the second stage, ultimately crossing under the green-and-white checkered flag in seventh to earn four additional stage points, bringing his total to 11.
  • While attempting to make a green flag stop in the final stage, Berry sustained contact from behind, causing the No. 8 to miss the entry to pit road. Coming around to pit one lap later on lap 146, Berry cycled out to the 12th position and held steady once green flag stops were completed.
  • A caution brought the field back together on lap 171 and gave the Tire Pros team one last opportunity to work on the No. 8 to further improve the handling for the remaining 25 laps.
  • Narrowly avoiding a multi-car incident with 11 laps to go, Berry was scored in the seventh position. Once back underway, Berry pressed on as he rejoined the top five with less than five laps remaining, ultimately earning a fourth-place finish and securing his second consecutive top-five.

Josh Berry, driver No. 8 Tire Pros Chevrolet team

"We battled a tight condition all race but Bummy (Mike Bumgarner, crew chief) and this entire Tire Pros team never stopped working to give me the car capable of getting back into the top five at the end. Getting hit as we were trying to pit under green definitely didn't help, but to get a fourth-place after everything feels great. We will move on to Phoenix next week and hopefully be towards the front again."


Justin Allgaier

Justin Allgaier, driver of the No. 7 BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet, led for a race-high 62 laps and was in the thick of the fight for the win in the closing stages of Saturday afternoon's NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Taking the final restart in third on lap 195, Allgaier battled three-wide for position before taking the checkered flag in fifth to secure his second top five and third top 10 through three events in 2022. With the result, the JR Motorsports driver extends his top-10 streak to 15 consecutive races dating back to Michigan International Speedway in August of 2021.

Race Rundown

  • Taking the green flag from the 16th position, Allgaier wasted little time marching forward, improving five positions to 11th before the first caution of the day on lap 3.
  • Allgaier continued his climb forward following the lap-12 restart, as the driver of the BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet marched up to the seventh position before the red flag was displayed for rain and snow on lap 22.
  • Following the delay, Allgaier came to pit road for adjustments and fuel, returning to the track in 32nd before again marching through the field to end Stage One in 15th on lap 45.
  • Pitting for four tires and more adjustments following Stage One, Allgaier lined up 11th for the lap 54 restart and climbed up to fifth before a lap-73 caution period slowed the field again.
  • Restarting fifth on lap 78, the JRM driver was forced into a four-wide situation, shuffling Allgaier back to 10th by the time the green-and-white checkered was displayed on lap 90.
  • A strong pit stop prior to the start of the final stage of the day sent Allgaier back out in eighth and once back underway, the Illinois native powered forward, racing into the second position on lap 103 before taking over the race lead on lap 109.
  • The driver of the BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet held on to the top spot for the 35 laps that followed before coming to pit road during the lone round of green flag pit stops on lap 144.
  • Exiting pit road in second behind teammate Noah Gragson, Allgaier needed only four laps to reassume the race lead and remained there until the caution flag was displayed on lap 171.
  • After getting forced three-wide on the ensuing restart, Allgaier settled in to third before a flurry of late-race cautions.
  • On the final restart of the day on lap 195, Allgaier lined up in third and battled three-wide for position before taking the checkered in the fifth position.

Justin Allgaier, driver No. 7 BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet team

"We had an extremely fast BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet today, especially on the long run. Jason (Burdett, crew chief) made some great adjustments that really helped our car come alive in the second half of the race. It was great to be out front and lead like we were, and hopefully we can continue this positive momentum into next week and one of our favorite places at Phoenix."


Sam Mayer

After leading four times for a season-high 25 laps and finishing top-three in Stage One and Two in Saturday's Alsco Uniforms 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Sam Mayer and the No. 1 Accelerate Professional Talent Solutions team had a surefire top 10 wiped out in the closing laps following contact with the No. 19 of Brandon Jones. The incent sent Mayer into outside retaining wall in Turns 1 and 2 and forced the No. 1 Chevrolet to pit road for repairs. The team was left to salvage a 25th-place finish on the day but still managed to move up three positions in the championship battle. 

Race Rundown

  • Firing off ninth on the starting grid, Mayer and the No. 1 team showcased speed from the race's outset. By the race's first caution on lap five he had already slid into sixth place.
  • Following a red flag for weather, Mayer was immediately back to work. He took the green-flag restart in fourth and wrestled control of the race lead from AJ Allmendinger on lap 33.
  • Mayer settled into the top spot for several laps before giving way to teammate Noah Gragson. He rounded out Stage One in the runner-up position.
  • Following a pit stop for four, tires, fuel and adjustments to free up the No. 1 Chevy, Mayer was once again in control of the point position by lap 54.
  • Mayer led the next 16 laps before drifting to third following a lap-70 restart. He held that spot for the conclusion of Stage Two.
  • A quick stop by the Accelerate Professional Talent Solutions team on pit road following the stage-ending caution netted Mayer two positions on the race track. He lined up for the final-stage restart in second.
  • The No. 1 drifted between the second and fourth-place positions over the bulk of the final stage, finding the lead briefly as green-flag pit stops begin cycling through.
  • Mayer came to pit road for a scheduled stop on lap 145. Once the pit cycle was complete, he was scored in 10th.
  • Following a restart on lap 180, which bunched up the tail end of the top 10, Mayer was in a scrum of action for the ninth spot when contact with the No. 19 of Brandon Jones sent the No. 1 into the outside retaining wall and dealt the team an uncharacteristic 25th-place effort.

Sam Mayer, driver No. 1 Accelerate Professional Talent Solutions Chevrolet team

"Taylor (Moyer, crew chief) and our whole Accelerate Professional Talent Solutions group brought us a really strong Chevrolet today. I appreciate everything they've done. We showed a ton of speed from the drop of the green flag. We were able to run up front, lead laps and get a lot of stage points. That's huge. Being up front for as long as we were and getting that experience is only going to help me down the road. The finish is disappointing for sure but there's so much good that we can take away from this one."

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XFINITY Series Schedule

  • October 1 04:00 PM ET
    Sparks 300Talladega Superspeedway
  • October 8 03:00 PM ET
    Drive for the Cure 250Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval
  • October 15 03:00 PM ET
    Alsco Uniforms 302Las Vegas Motor Speedway
  • October 22 04:30 PM ET
    Contender Boats 250Homestead-Miami Speedway
  • October 29 03:00 PM ET
    Dead On Tools 250Martinsville Speedway

XFINITY Series Standings

After Andy’s Frozen Custard 300

Texas Motor Speedway | 9/24/2022
RankDriverPointsBehind
1Noah Gragson (P)21070
2AJ Allmendinger (P)2081-26
3Ty Gibbs (P)2080-27
4Austin Hill # (P)2064-43
5Josh Berry (P)2058-49
6Justin Allgaier (P)2054-53
7Sam Mayer (P)2035-72