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Mayer Scores Another Top 5 Finish at Michigan

JR Motorsports Race Report

Saturday, Aug. 5, 2023

Race 21 of 33: Cabo Wabo 250 at Michigan International Speedway

Track Specs: 2-mile D-shaped oval / 125 laps

Race Winner: John Hunter Nemechek

Mayer’s finish: 5th Point’s position: 6th (-181)

Sam Mayer, driver of the No. 1 Accelerate Professional Talent Solutions Chevrolet, raced his way to a fifth-place finish at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday afternoon. The strong result comes after a solid fourth-place qualifying effort on Friday and a hard-fought battle inside the top 10 the majority of the NASCAR Xfinity Series event. Mayer’s performance in the Irish Hills holds his sixth-place championship point standings position at 181 markers behind the leader.

Race Rundown

  • Mayer set the No. 1 Accelerate Professional Talent Solutions Chevrolet to line up fourth for the start of the Cabo Wabo 250 in Friday afternoon’s qualifying event. During the green-flag shuffle, the young driver drove to third and held on tight until a lap 4 caution came out. Mayer reported he felt a little snug center off.

  • Restarting third in line, Mayer pulled up to give teammate Josh Berry a push and the pair took off. Another yellow flag fell for a multi-car incident where the driver of the No. 1 Chevrolet made a move to the bottom to avoid contact and came out clean. Mayer pulled good momentum on the restart and raced his way back up to the top five.

  • Shortly after another caution arose and the No. 1 Chevrolet was shuffled back to seventh in line. Mayer reported to crew chief Mardy Lindley “I am super tight on the corners and I just have no attack.” The Franklin, Wis. native held strong to gather a ninth-place Stage One finish.

  • Lindley called the young driver down pit road under the stage break for four fresh tires, fuel and a slight adjustment. Mayer lined up 11th for the green-flag restart of Stage Two. A lap-40 caution fell and the driver of the No. 1 expressed he was lacking right rear grip. Mayer held strong in fifth before getting loose and falling back to score an eighth-place Stage Two finish.

  • Mayer pulled the No. 1 Chevrolet down pit road for four tires and some Sunoco fuel to start the final stage in the eighth position. A quiet final stage for the young driver allowed him to run smooth in the top 10 before a planned lap 95 green-flag pit stop gave Mayer his final set of Goodyear tires and fuel. With 15 laps to go in the Saturday afternoon event, the driver of the No. 1 settled seventh in line.

  • Mayer reported the car was firing off really well and he was eager to get closer to the front. A caution with 13 laps to go allowed Mayer to set into focus and plan a solid restart. The young driver held strong and powered to a fifth-place finish to keep his top-five streak alive.

Sam Mayer, driver No. 1 Accelerate Professional Talent Solutions Chevrolet team

“I am super proud of this No. 1 team today and could not be more thankful for the work they put into this car each and every week. Had a really solid and clean day in the top ten and I am really happy to have solidified a fifth-place finish at Michigan today. Turned our luck around for this track that is for sure! Looking forward to seeing what we can bring at Indy.”

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