No. 18 Monster Energy Toyota Supra News and Notes:
· HERBST AT POCONO RACEWAY: This weekend Riley Herbst will make his first-career Xfinity Series start at Pocono Raceway. While this will be his first start in the Xfinity Series, The Tricky Triangle is one track where Herbst is no stranger. Herbst has five-career ARCA Series starts at the track. In his five starts, Herbst has one win and all five starts scored finishes in the top five. His lone win was his first-career ARCA win and he led 45 laps on his way to victory lane in 2017. In 2019, Herbst dominated the ARCA race leading 68 of 80 laps before finishing second.
· JGR AT POCONO RACEWAY: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has 12 total starts at Pocono Raceway in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. In those starts, the team has earned one win, five top-five finishes, seven top-10 finishes and two pole starting positions. The team has led 121 laps, completed 930 of 1,068 attempted laps (87.1%) and earned an average start of 6.6 and an average finish of 14.3. Kyle Busch earned the lone win for JGR at the Long Pond, PA track.
· THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 18 SUPRA: This week Monster Energy will serve as the primary partner for the No. 18 Toyota Supra team.
· TALLADEGA RECAP: For the Unhinged 300 at Talladega Superspeedway, Herbst started the race from the 22nd position and made his way to the top 15 during the first half of the race. Unfortunately, mid-way through the race while running in the 12th position, Herbst was hit in the bumper and the contact caused the No. 18 Monster Energy Supra to spin and make contact with the wall. Herbst took his Supra to pit road for fresh tires and repairs, but as the crew worked on the car, they discovered the radiator had been damaged and Herbst would be done for the day. The team was credited with a 37th-place finish.
· POINTS UPDATE: Following his 37th-place finish at Pocono Raceway, Herbst remains 11th in the Xfinity Series point standings.
· RACE INFO: The Xfinity 250 at Pocono Raceway is scheduled for Sunday, June 28, 2020. Coverage will begin at 12:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1 and MRN Radio.
From the Driver’s Seat:
Riley Herbst: “I’m really excited to get to Pocono this weekend. Not only is it a track I have seen before, but one where I run well and got my first ARCA win. We’ve always had fast cars and gotten good finishes. We should have gotten a second win last year after dominating, but came up just short and finished second. I like Pocono and I’m ready to get to the track with Dave (Rogers, crew chief) and all my guys on my Monster Energy team and contend for our first win of the season.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!