NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs Media Day Notebook

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 18: Justin Algayer, driver of the #7 Brandt Chevrolet, gears up in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Xfinity Beef Series.  It's what for dinner.  300 at Daytona International Speedway on February 18, 2022 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) |  Getty Images


DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 18: Justin Algayer, driver of the #7 Brandt Chevrolet, gears up in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Xfinity Beef Series. It’s what for dinner. 300 at Daytona International Speedway on February 18, 2022 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Justin Allgaier loves his chances in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs

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The 36-year-old Illinois driver has held the seat of the #7 GR Motorsports Chevrolet for seven seasons, including the current one. From the point of view of numerology, this is a good omen, but the omens go very far.

Allgaier qualified for the NASCAR Xfinity Series 4 Round Championship in four of the previous six seasons, but his best final standings result came in second behind Series Champion Austin Cindric in 2020.

This year, Allgaier enters the playoffs third in the standings, 28 points behind Jeremy Clements and Sam Mayer, who are tied for eighth. JR Motorsports has had a uniquely productive season, winning 12 of its first 26 races and putting all four of its full-time drivers through to qualifying.

But, as Algayer points out, there are no “stranger things.”

“This is the best position I’ve ever been in,” Allgaier said during the Xfinity Series Playoffs Media Day at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. “But nothing is guaranteed… I learned a long time ago that the more you feel that the universe owes you something, the less you really will succeed.

“I think, for me, we put the work into it. We put in the effort. The definition of luck is when opportunity meets preparation. We’re more prepared in 2022 than I’ve ever been. We just need opportunity. And if we have the right opportunity, we’ll go.” to win the championship.

Allgaier will have plenty of competition, most notably from teammate Noah Gragson, who leads the standings with six wins, and from five-time winner Ty Gibbs and regular season champion AJ Allmendinger.

“We have a great group of drivers this year in qualifying,” said Allgaier, who has won three times during the regular season. “We just have to run, do our job, and if we do, I think we’ve got a good chance.”

Brandon Jones strives to stay in the present during the playoffs

You can forgive Brandon Jones if his attention has been somewhat divided as the NASCAR Xfinity Series playoffs approach.

Jones is trying to win a championship in Toyota’s #18 at Joe Gibbs Racing, where he’s been driving for five seasons and racking up all six of his career victories.

But Jones also knows he’ll be racing for a new owner and factory in 2023 when he succeeds Noah Gregson in the seat in the #9 Chevrolet at JR Motorsports.

“It’s a little tricky,” Jones said of the challenge of putting off thoughts of his future plans during his current title-winning run. “Right now, I’m trying to figure out how to pull in information. I obviously built a big notebook at Joe Gibbs Racing.

“I came into that organization as a driver in 15th place, and now I am a race-winning driver. There is no doubt in my mind that that is how far we have come in Joe Gibbs Racing, and how much information they have been able to give me.”

Jones wasn’t talking about taking ownership notes from Joe Gibbs Racing, just his personal notes on how to drive each racetrack.

“You end up with a big notebook with these companies, all intertwined with emails and different things. So it’s like, ‘How do I get all my notes?’ I don’t care what they have in the car and stuff – we’ll find out in the next place, obviously they They are really fast in JRM, so it’s not like I’m pulling the information they use.

“But all of my notes – it’s all my lift and trail racing points that I have to try to take now and access my docs now where I can start sharing them with them.”

The qualifiers haven’t started, and the trash talk has already started

When asked if he felt the need to mentor the young drivers, veteran AJ Allmendinger objected, but took a good pass shot to Ty Gibbs who had just finished his daily media interviews.

“Yeah, Ty is a pain in the ass,” Allender said, making sure Gibbs could hear him. Then he addressed 19-year-old driver Joe Gibbs Racing directly.

“Is your hair getting lighter?” Allmendinger asked.

“You’ve been talking about my hair the whole time we’ve been here,” Gibbs replied.

“I know it’s like a piece of cloth,” Allmendinger replied. “Like, what’s going on. Can we get a little gel in that?”

“I just got a little jelly,” Gibbs said. “I don’t want to wear a hat or anything, so I’ve been trying to develop it.”

“It’s like you’re trying to create a boy band again,” Allmendinger said sarcastically. “Like she’s got an NSYNC blonde going for her.”

The Allmendinger and Gibbs are both golfers, but they never played together.

“He’s constantly trying to convince me of that, but I don’t like his face until the end of the season,” Allmendinger said.

After the media day banter subsides, serious work begins at the Xfinity Playoffs with Andy’s Frozen Custard 300 Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway (3:30 p.m. ET on Radio USA, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR).

– NASCAR wire service –

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