JR Motorsports Race Report
Friday, Sept. 15, 2023
Race 27 of 33: Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway
Track Specs: 0.533-mile oval/ 300 laps
Race Winner: Justin Allgaier
Mayer’s finish: 35th Points position: 10th (-75)
Sam Mayer, driver of the No. 1 Huck’s Market Chevrolet was in great contention to have a solid finish after qualifying 11th in line to start and chasing the top 10 throughout Friday night’s event until a multi-car wreck in the closing laps of Stage Two sent him into the outside wall and unfortunately ended Mayer’s night, relegating him to a 35th-place finish.
· The Franklin, Wis. native put the No. 1 Huck’s Market Chevrolet in the 11th position to start the Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway Friday night. With a quiet Stage One, Mayer battled for track position while trying to find his line. By lap 33 the young driver had cracked the top 10 and started to excel through the field, landing an eighth-place Stage One finish.
· Crew chief Mardy Lindley called the driver of the No. 1 Chevrolet down pit road under the stage break for four fresh tires and some Sunoco fuel. Mayer reported he was a little tight center off but otherwise he had pretty good balance going into Stage Two where he restarted in the 12th position.
· In the opening laps of Stage Two the Franklin, Wis. native cruised up to 10th and once again started to ascend through the field as he figured out the preferred lane around the .533-mile oval. The yellow flag fell with just 24 laps to go in the stage and Mayer reported to his team he was a bit snug and needed to be freed up in the center. Lindley called for the young driver to come down pit road under caution for four more fresh tires, fuel and a slight trackbar adjustment.
· With three laps to go in Stage Two, Mayer was collected in an unfortunate multi-car wreck that sent him straight into the outside wall of Turn 1 which ended his night under the lights and relegated the playoff driver to a 35th-place finish.
Sam Mayer, driver No. 1 Huck’s Market Chevrolet team
“Tough night here at Bristol and most definitely not the night we were looking for in the first race of the playoffs. We had a really fast No. 1 Huck’s Market Chevrolet that felt great to me all night and I am disappointed that we could not show our full potential here tonight. Happy for my teammate Justin (Allgaier) on the win and we will move on to Texas.”