Saturday, April 7, 2018

No Signs Of JR Motorsports Slowing Down

No Signs Of JR Motorsports Slowing Down

#NASCAR Xfinity Series at Texas Motor Speedway

  • Next Race: My Bariatric Solutions 300
  • The Place: Texas Motor Speedway
  • The Date: Saturday, April 7
  • The Time: 3 p.m. ET
  • TV: FOX, 2:30 p.m. ET
  • Radio: PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
  • Distance: 300 miles (200 laps);
    • Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 45),
    • Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 90),
    • Final Stage (Ends on Lap 200)

No Signs Of JR Motorsports Slowing Down

Just five points separate the top three in the championship standings after five NASCAR Xfinity Series races this season, and the JR Motorsports trio at the top, Elliott Sadler (standings leader), Tyler Reddick (second-place, -4 points) and Justin Allgaier (third-place, -5 points), show no signs of slowing up as the series returns to action this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.

Elliott Sadler holds the points lead after posting the series-most top fives (four) and top 10s (five) through the first five races of the season. He also leads the series in average finish with a solid 4.8. – the only series title contender with an average finish inside the top five. Sadler took home the NASCAR Xfinity Series regular season championship last season on his way to the Playoffs and looks poised to do it again this season.

But one driver not letting Sadler relax atop the standings is his JRM teammate Tyler Reddick, who sits in second, four-points back and virtually locked into the Playoffs with a season-opening win at Daytona. Now Reddick, the Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender who has proven to be a quick study, is on the fast track to learning what it takes to put together a series title run in the wake of his veteran teammates Sadler and Allgaier. Through five races this season, Reddick has posted one win, four top 10s and an average finish of 9.0 – third-best among title contenders. 

Lurking just one point behind Reddick in the standings is his teammate Justin Allgaier, who has posted two runner-ups, three top fives, and four top 10s in the first five races of the season. Allgaier’s average finish this season (8.0) is second only to points leader Elliott Sadler (4.8).

Heading into Texas today, their nearest competitor in the championship standings is Joe Gibbs Racing’s Christopher Bell (fourth), 22 points behind third-place Allgaier. None of the four active JR Motorsports drivers have won at Texas before. Chase Elliott brought home the JRM organization’s first Xfinity Series Texas trophy in 2014. This weekend, Elliott Sadler (11.3) leads Justin Allgaier (12.3) and Tyler Reddick (33.0) in average finish at the famed 1.5-mile facility.

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