No. 18 Monster Energy Toyota Supra News and Notes:
· HERBST AT PHOENIX RACEWAY: This weekend Riley Herbst will make his second-career NASCAR Xfinity Series start at the one-mile Phoenix Raceway. In his lone start in the series at the track, Herbst started 11th, but contact with a competitor early in the race resulted in a spin and with heavy damage, Herbst nursed his Monster Energy Supra to a 30th-place finish. Herbst also have a 15th-place finish in the Truck Series and a 10th-place finish in the ARCA West Series.
· JGR AT PHOENIX RACEWAY: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has 89 total starts at Phoenix Raceway in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. In those starts, the team has earned 12 wins, 38 top-five finishes, 61 top-10 finishes and 17 pole starting positions. The team has led 2,812 laps, completed 16,956 of 17,745 attempted laps (95.6%) and earned an average start of 8.3 and an average finish of 9.7. Kyle Busch leads the team with 12 wins with Joey Logano and Christopher Bell each adding one win to the team.
· CALIFORNIA RECAP: Riley Herbst and the No. 18 Monster Energy Toyota Supra team started the race at Auto Club Speedway from the fifth position and ran the majority of the race in the top 10 before battling with teammate Harrison Burton late in the race for the win. While Burton earned his first-career win, Herbst earned a career-best finishing a close second to his teammate.
· THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 18 SUPRA: This week, Monster Energy will serve as the primary partner for the No. 18 Toyota Supra team.
· CHASING 500: The next time a Toyota lands in victory lane in one of NASCAR’s top three series (Cup, Xfinity or Truck), the win will mark the manufacturer’s 500th NASCAR win.
· RACE INFO: The LS Tractor 200 at Phoenix Raceway is scheduled for Saturday, March 7, 2020. Coverage will begin at 4:00 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1, MRN Radio and SIRIUS XM Channel 90.
From the Driver’s Seat:
Riley Herbst: “I’m excited to get to Phoenix this weekend and continue the strong runs we’ve had the last few weeks, especially coming off our second-place finish last weekend in California. It was cool to see Harrison (Burton) get his first win, but now it’s our turn. I’ve run at Phoenix a few times and it would be pretty cool to get my first win in the Monster Energy Supra on the west coast with family and friends there supporting me and my team.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!