Last year, JR Motorsports got three cars into the Championship 4 in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Heading into the final race of the Round of 8, they have a realistic shot of doing that again. Currently, two of the four drivers currently in right now are JRM cars.
Tyler Reddick is +20 while Elliott Sadler is +13. With how well they’ve been running and how well they’ve done in the past at the ISM Raceway in Phoenix, as long as both avoid the fourth and final transfer spot on Saturday, they should be in. Then, there’s Justin Allgaier. He’s been so strong at Phoenix lately with a win and a second place finish in his last two spring race starts on the 1-mile Arizona oval.
Allgaier, has seven straight top 10 finishes in Phoenix, most coming in the top four. He’s 12 points and needs to hope Daniel Hemric remains on the bubble spot and he can pass him. If so, then JRM will likely get all three playoff eligible drivers to Homestead for the second consecutive year.
It would be Cole Custer vs. JRM. Last year, it was Daniel Hemric. This year at Phoenix, it’s Hemric vs. JRM again.
The trio will hope to pin Hemric in the fourth position and get Allgaier to victory lane. That gets them what they want. It’s realistic too.
Sadler Aiming For Championship In Final Year
Back in August, Sadler announced that he would be retiring at seasons end. His career in the series is highly decorated. He’s always a threat to win the championship. Unfortunately, he hasn’t been able to do so yet. Maybe that happens this year.
First things first, he has to get to the Championship 4.
Sadler is +13 and in prime position. Despite not winning a race in over two years, he can still contend for the title. I don’t think he takes his No. 1 Chevrolet to victory lane on Saturday, but if he can points his way in like he’s been doing, he’ll be fine. He has eight top 10 finishes over his last 11 starts on the season. If he can continue on this weekend, he will be set for his seventh top four finish in the final standings over the last eight years. He’s finished runner-up in the standings in each of the last two years and has four second place finishes in the standings, all since 2011.
If he doesn’t stay in the top four of the standings leaving Phoenix, then the best he can finish is fifth. He’s only finished worse than fifth in the final standings just twice in his XFINITY Series career.
That’s how much is at stake on Saturday.