The Dale Earnhardt Jr.-owned organization, which saw Chase Elliott and Regan Smith move on to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rides, has not missed a beat with new drivers Elliott Sadler and Justin Allgaier.
The duo will try to continue its early-season success in Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series TreatMyClot.com 300 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California (4 p.m. ET on FOX).
Currently second in the series standings (eight points behind Daniel Suárez), Sadler owns three top-five and seven top-10 finishes in 11 Auto Club starts. The No. 1 Chevrolet driver and Suárez are the only XFINITY Series competitors with a top-10 finish in the first four races.
“It’s the last week of the West Coast swing and we have high expectations for this weekend,” Sadler said. “We have a nice top-10 streak going and our cars have a lot of speed. We’re going to keep working hard to get into Victory Lane.”
Allgaier ranks fourth in the series standings, a mere 12 points behind Suárez, on the strength of an 8.2 average finish. He has struggled at Auto Club with only two top-10 showings in seven starts there, but believes he can get to Victory Lane on Saturday.
“So far this West Coast swing has treated us well,” said Allgaier, driver of the No. 7 Chevrolet. “We got our first top five last weekend and we really just want to keep that positive momentum going. We’ve had fast cars and Jason (Burdett, crew chief) has made great calls in the pits. A win this weekend at Fontana would be the perfect way to wrap up our time out west before we head into this break.”