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JR Motorsports Keeps On Rolling

JR Motorsports Keeps On Rolling

The finish to the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Pocono Raceway last weekend was a thriller.

It featured Ty Gibbs and Noah Gragson running nose-to-tail for the final 20 laps with a side-by-side battle on the final lap for all the marbles. Gragson, who led 43 of the 90 laps and dominated the second half of the race, held off Gibbs for the eighth win of his Xfinity career and his third of 2022.

But it’s not just Gragson that’s having a career year; every driver for JR Motorsports is. Through the first 19 races, JRM cars have combined to win eight of them. The 2022 season is already the second-winningest season in JRM’s existence, and it’s not even August.

The winningest season? 2014, when their cars combined to win nine races as well as the driver’s championship with Chase Elliott.

It’s also worth noting that five of the team’s nine wins in 2014 came from NASCAR Cup Series drivers Kevin Harvick and Kasey Kahne. All eight wins this season have come from Xfinity regulars, which makes JRM’s 2022 power run all the more impressive.

In order for 2022 to become JRM’s winningest year on record, they just have to win two of the next 14 races. At the team’s current rate of success, its previous record will be shattered well before the season ends at Phoenix Raceway in November.

But it’s not just the win column where the team has dominated. It has also dominated in laps led, stage wins and top-five finishes.

Justin Allgaier currently leads the series with 534 circuits out front, while Gragson has the third most with 427. Josh Berry has the fourth most with 234, while Sam Mayer has 50 and Cup driver William Byron has added 29. With 1,274 laps led out of the 3,016 laps run so far, JRM has combined to lead 42.2% of the total laps this season.

For stage wins, JRM has an even greater monopoly over the rest of the field. They have won just over 55% of the stages this season, with 21 stage wins in 38 opportunities. That number is only continuing to grow; ever since the Xfinity race at Talladega Superspeedway in April, the team has combined to win 16 of the 22 stages — more than 70%.

For top-five finishes, Gragson leads the series with 10. Berry has the second-most top-five finishes with nine, while Allgaier and Mayer have eight apiece along with AJ Allmendinger, Gibbs and Austin Hill. When put together, JRM cars have combined to finish in the top five 36 times this season, including a race at Dover Motor Speedway where the team’s four…

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