Preview: Zip Buy Now, Pay Later 250 at Sonoma Raceway

JR Motorsports | 6/5/2024

Brandon Jones Justin Allgaier News Sam Mayer Sammy Smith Sonoma Raceway

After a pair of top-three finishes at Portland, the JR Motorsports team heads down the Pacific Coast to Sonoma Raceway, seeking a road-course victory on the 1.99-mile layout in California's wine country.

TRACK -- Sonoma Raceway (1.99-mile road-course)

NXS RACE -- Zip Buy Now, Pay Later 250 (79 laps / 156.95 miles)

TUNE IN -- FS1, PRN, SiriusXM Channel 90 at 8:00 p.m. (ET)

Sam Mayer: "I am eager to get back to Sonoma and top our 10th-place effort from last season with yet another road-course victory. This No. 1 JR Motorsports team has given me absolute rocket ships this season and I know with all the hard work and time these guys have put in we will get back in Victory Lane very soon. Really excited to have our friends at RTIC back on board with a brand-new MyRTIC Personalization paint scheme."

Justin Allgaier: "We were really strong last weekend in Portland and I feel extremely confident that we will be just as quick in Sonoma. We were in position for a solid top-five here last year before we had some power steering issues, and I know that we will be just as capable of running even better when we get to the track on Friday. This group is ready to go and hopefully we can put on a great show for everyone at BRANDT Professional Agriculture, TradeMark Nitrogen, Rev1 Energy and Precision Build."

Sammy Smith: "Having two third-place finishes in a row is a great confidence boost for this No. 8 JR Motorsports Chevrolet team. We’ve been running well but to finally break into the top-five is a great feeling as we head back to the West Coast for our second consecutive road course. We hope to get Pilot Flying J where they belong in Victory Lane."

Brandon Jones: "After the tough time we had at Portland I am looking forward to going back to Sonoma this weekend. I know this No. 9 team is putting in the work this week to give me another fast car and Phillip (Bell, crew chief) and I have been working on our strategy, so I am hoping for a good race and to be in contention for the win at the end."

  • Sam Mayer heads to Sonoma Raceway looking for his fourth career NASCAR Xfinity Series victory on a road course.
  • The young driver will be making only his second start at the 1.99-mile road course as he is coming off a 10th-place finish in this event last season.
  • The Franklin, Wis. native earned his first NXS Pole Award of the 2024 season at Portland last Saturday and was running in the top-three late in the event before suffering a flat left-rear tire.
  • The No. 1 MyRTIC Personalization Chevrolet will carry the RTIC Outdoors Father's Day Sweepstakes winner, Steve Wolfe, above the passenger-side door for Saturday's event.
  • Justin Allgaier finished seventh in last season's inaugural NXS event at Sonoma.
  • Overall, in his NXS career on road courses, Allgaier has scored a combined three wins, 19 top-fives and 33 top-10s in 55 starts.
  • Last weekend at the road course in Portland, Allgaier swept both stages en route to a runner-up finish.
  • This weekend, Allgaier’s familiar No. 7 Chevrolet will feature the brands of BRANDT Professional Agriculture, TradeMark Nitrogen, Rev1 Energy and Precision Build.
  • Sammy Smith heads to Sonoma for the second time coming off a third-place finish at Portland last weekend.
  • In 12 career starts in the NXS on road courses, Smith has scored three top-fives and five top-10’s.
  • Smith finished ninth at Sonoma in 2023 in his first run on the 1.99-mile road-course.
  • Pilot Flying J will share the TV panel with Cheema Freightlines LLC, a trucking company originating in Lathrop, Calif. dedicated to delivering excellence for its customers.
  • Brandon Jones has made 42 starts on road courses in the NXS and has accumulated five top-five and 12 top-10 finishes. His best finish of second came at the Daytona International Speedway Road Course during the 2020 season.
  • After qualifying on the pole last weekend in the ARCA Menards Series at Portland, the 27-year-old Georgia native will be making his sixth road-course start this weekend.
  • JELD-WEN, a global manufacturer of interior and exterior building products, will be making a repeat appearance on the hood of Jones’ No. 9 Chevrolet this weekend. The company was previously featured earlier this season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

JRM Team Updates

  • JR Motorsports at Sonoma Raceway: JR Motorsports has competed at Sonoma Raceway a combined four times with the NXS since its first trip there in 2023. In those starts at the 1.99-mile road course, the organization has recorded two top-10s, with an average finish of 17.8.
  • Souvenir Rig: JRM drivers Sam Mayer, Justin Allgaier, Sammy Smith and Brandon Jones will be signing autographs at the JR Motorsports / Legacy MC souvenir rig on Saturday, June 8 from 10:30-11 a.m. PT.

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