JR Motorsports — NXS Texas Preview

JR MOTORSPORTS TEAM PREVIEW:
TRACK: Texas Motor Speedway
RACE: My Bariatric Solutions 300 (200 laps / 300 miles)
DATE: Saturday, March 30, 2019

Michael Annett
No. 1 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet
• In his last three NASCAR Xfinity Series starts on 1.5-mile tracks—at Homestead-Miami, Atlanta and Las Vegas— Michael Annett has averaged a finish of 8.7, including a fifth-place run at Las Vegas earlier this season.
• The No. 1 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet driver has an average finish of 7.8 through the first five races of 2019, including a victory, two top-five and three top-10 finishes.
• After five races this season, Annett has led the most laps among JR Motorsports drivers with 50.
• In 13 NXS starts at Texas Motor Speedway, Annett has completed 98.8 percent of laps attempted and led laps in two of his past three races there.
• Jeb Burton will take the wheel of the No. 8 Chevrolet this weekend for the first of five scheduled events with JRM.
• Saturday will be the 26-year-old driver’s third NXS start at the 1.5-mile track, where he’s earned a best start of 12th

Justin Allgaier
No. 7 Cessna Chevrolet
• In 17 NXS starts at TMS, Allgaier has one top five and eight top 10s. His best effort at the track came last fall when he led 37 laps on his way to a fifth-place finish.
• The 32-year-old driver placed third at Atlanta Motor Speedway earlier this year, his best finish on a 1.5-mile track this season.
• Last season in 10 NXS starts on mile-and-a-half tracks, Allgaier earned four top fives and seven top 10s, along with 97 laps led.
• The Illinois native is currently seventh in the NXS point standings, just 49 points behind the leader.

Jeb Burton
No. 8 State Water Heaters Chevrolet
• Jeb Burton will take the wheel of the No. 8 Chevrolet this weekend for the first of five scheduled events with JRM.
• Saturday will be the 26-year-old driver’s third NXS start at the 1.5-mile track, where he’s earned a best start of 12th.
• In five NASCAR Truck Series starts at Texas – including one in a JRM entry in 2015 – Burton has collected one victory, along with a runner-up finish.
• State Water Heaters, a leader in the water heating industry, will make its on-track debut with JRM this Friday.
• So far in 2019, the No. 8 team led by crew chief Taylor Moyer has collected four top-10 finishes in five starts, including a runner-up finish at ISM Raceway.

Noah Gragson
No. 9 Switch Chevrolet
• Noah Gragson currently leads the NXS Rookie of the Year standing by 12 points over second place.
• Gragson will make his first NXS start at Texas Motor Speedway this Saturday.
• Gragson has earned one top five and two top 10s in two career NXS starts on 1.5-mile tracks, scoring a best finish of third at Las Vegas Motor Speedway earlier this season.
• In four previous starts in the Truck Series at Texas, Gragson has earned four top 10s, with a best finish of seventh and pole award coming in June 2017.
• In 20 starts at 1.5-mile tracks in the Truck Series, Gragson has one win (Kansas 2018), five top fives and 13 top 10s.

Driver Quotes
“After a good start to the season, I can’t wait to get to Texas Motor Speedway and get back on the track. We’ve done a good job so far this season with our preparation and performance, and we have already qualified for the playoffs, so we’re going to keep pushing to make ourselves better as the season goes on. We were able to gamble a little bit at Fontana, without worrying about the consequences, and that’s a great feeling to have this early in the season.” – Michael Annett

“Texas is always fun and has a great atmosphere. The track is fast and can be treacherous if you get up out of the groove, so getting the setup right on your car is really important. We ran well there last fall and led some laps, and the guys have been working hard to prepare our Cessna Camaro, so I’m confident we can go there and have a strong weekend.” – Justin Allgaier

“I’m excited to get to Texas with State Water Heaters, Alsco and Ultimate Headers. Without them, I wouldn’t have had this opportunity – I’m thankful for everyone involved. Hopefully we can win some races this season and have a good run starting on Saturday. State Water Heaters has a lot of customers coming to this race and I look forward to putting on a good show for them. Texas has been a good track for me, earning a pole, win and a second place there in the Truck Series on the old pavement. I’ve done a lot of preparation with surface change and know I have a strong team behind me.” – Jeb Burton

“We’ve had a lot of good speed and some really solid finishes this year on the 1.5-mile tracks with our Switch Chevrolet, and I am confident we can unload with that same speed this weekend in Texas. Texas is a fast track that I have always really enjoyed racing on. Hopefully we can have a smooth day all day on Saturday, execute like we have been all season so far and come home with another really strong run. I’m really looking forward to it.” – Noah Gragson

JRM Team Updates
• JRM at Texas: In 65 NXS starts at Texas Motor Speedway, JR Motorsports has one win, 17 top fives and 40 top 10s, along with one pole award (2014). The organization’s lone victory came in 2014 with Chase Elliott. In 2018, the team led 96 laps at the track and finished 50 percent of its starts within the top eight. The strong finishes improved JRM’s average finish at the 1.5-mile racetrack to 10.7, its third best on the current NXS circuit.
• JRM Season Update: In the opening five races of the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series season, JR Motorsports has collected one win, six top-five and 12 top-10 finishes. Michael Annett earned the company its first victory of the year, taking the checkered flag at Daytona International Speedway in the season-opener. The win locked Annett and the No. 1 team into the NXS Playoffs.
• Gragson Media Availability: Driver of the No. 9 Switch Chevrolet, Noah Gragson, is scheduled to stop by the Texas Motor Speedway media center on Friday, March 29 at 1 p.m. CT.

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