Riley Herbst Gets Some Action With JGR

Riley Herbst

No. 18 Monster Energy Toyota Supra News and Notes:

·        HERBST AT MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY: Riley Herbst has two career starts at Michigan International Speedway. Both starts came in the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) Series. In 2018, Herbst qualified eighth, led seven laps and earned a second-place finish.

·        EIGHT IN 18: Herbst will pilot the No. 18 Toyota Supra in six more races this season. In addition to Michigan International Speedway this weekend, Herbst will compete at Chicagoland Speedway (June 29), Daytona International Speedway (July 5), Kentucky Speedway (July 12), Iowa Speedway (July 27) and Las Vegas Motor Speedway (September 14). Herbst’s first start of the season came at Richmond Raceway where he won the pole and finished ninth. His second start came at Dover International Speedway where he finished 15th.

·        EARNING SEAT TIME: This season in addition to his eight Xfinity Series starts, Herbst will also compete in several other series as he continues to grow as a driver and learn various tracks around the country. Herbst will compete in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, the ARCA Series and NASCAR K&N Series, as well as late-model and Trans Am races.

·        DOUBLE-DUTY AT MICHIGAN: Herbst will be pulling double-duty at Michigan as he races in both the Xfinity and ARCA races this weekend. The ARCA race will be run Friday, June 7, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. ET.

·        JGR AT MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has 46 total starts at Michigan International Speedway in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. In those starts, the team has earned five wins, 18 top-five finishes, 31 top-10 finishes and two pole starting positions. The team has led 371 laps, completed 5,521 of 5,602 attempted laps (98.6%) and earned an average start of 12.4 and an average finish of 10.4. Denny Hamlin leads the team with two wins followed by Kyle Busch, Joey Logano and Daniel Suarez, each with one win. 

·        POCONO RECAP: Last weekend, Jeffrey Earnhardt and the No. 18 iK9 Toyota Supra team qualified 10th for the Pocono Green 250. Earnhardt battled handling issues during the race but was on the way to a top 10 finish, running in seventh, before being spun on lap 95, causing him to go one lap down. He picked up a few positions in overtime to salvage a 22nd-place finish.

·        THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 18 SUPRA: This week, Monster Energy will serve as the primary partner for the No. 18 Toyota Supra team. 

·        RACE INFO: The LTi Printing 250 at Michigan International Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, June 8, 2019. Coverage will begin at 1:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1 and MRN Radio.

Herbst 2019 Season NASCAR Xfinity Series Stats:

StartsWinsTop 5Top 10PolesLaps LedAvg. StartAvg. Finish
2001116.512.0

No. 18 Toyota Supra 2019 Season Stats:

StartsWinsTop 5Top 10PolesLaps LedAvg. StartAvg. Finish
1235803756.69.1

From the Driver’s Seat:

Riley Herbst: “I can’t wait to get on track at Michigan this weekend. It’s fast, it’s big, it’s wide. It’s kind of like Auto Club, but in Michigan. I’ve raced in the ARCA Series twice at Michigan before and I finished second once, so I feel like I have a feel of how the track drives. I’m going to be pulling double duty – two different cars, two different teams. I think it will be fun so I’m excited, but it’s going to be difficult. There’s going to be a lot going on. There’s probably going to be a few laps of adjustment because the Xfinity Supra’s drive a lot faster than the ARCA cars, but hopefully I’ll get a good feel of the differences between the cars in practice. I know the 18 car is fast – that team has done well all year, so I’m excited to hop back in the car and hopefully get a win for this team.”

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

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