Riley Herbst Makes His First NXS Start At Kentucky

Riley Herbst

No. 18 Monster Energy Toyota Supra News and Notes:

· HERBST AT KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY: Riley Herbst will make his first-career Xfinity Series start at the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway this weekend. While this will be his first Xfinity Series start at the Kentucky track, Herbst has one Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) Series start at the track where he started the race from 11th and led five laps before finishing seventh in the 2017 event.

· SEEING DOUBLE: In a continued effort to make up events missed during the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Xfinity Series will run two races this weekend at Kentucky Speedway. The series will kick off the race weekend on Thursday night for the Shady Rays 200 followed by the Alsco 300 on Friday night.

· JGR AT KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has 64 total starts at Kentucky Speedway in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. In those starts, the team has earned six wins, 28 top-five finishes, 38 top-10 finishes and nine pole starting positions. The team has led 1,544 laps, completed 12,063 of 12,716 attempted laps (94.9%) and earned an average start of 8.1 and an average finish of 11.4. Joey Logano has three wins for the team followed by Kyle Busch with two wins and Christopher Bell with one win.

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

· INDIANAPOLIS ROAD COURSE RECAP: For the Xfinity race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, Herbst and the No. 18 Monster Energy Supra team started the race from the 23rd position and with strategy and a fast Supra, ran as high as second mid-way through the race. Unfortunately, a late-race penalty forced the team to start at the back of the field with less than 10 laps to go. Following the restart, Herbst and a competitor made contact cutting down a tire and forcing Herbst to pit road. Upon further inspection, the team determined the contact broke a part on the No. 18 Supra and Herbst was forced to the garage and credited with a 33rd-place finish.

· POINTS UPDATE: With his finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, Herbst remains 11th in the Xfinity Series point standings.

· RACE INFO: The Shady Rays 200 at Kentucky Speedway is scheduled for Thursday, July 9, 2020 followed by the Alsco 300 on Friday, July 10. Both races will begin at 8:00 p.m. ET and broadcast on Fox Sports 1, PRN Radio and SIRIUS XM Channel 90.

From the Driver’s Seat:

Riley Herbst: “We’re heading to another track this weekend that I have been to before in the ARCA Series, so I think that will help me when we get to the track on Thursday. I won’t be seeing the track for the first time and making my first laps when we start the race Thursday night which will be nice. It’s another weekend with two races, so I think that will help us too. The last time we had two races in one weekend, I was able to get two good finishes for the Monster Energy Supra team and I think this weekend will be the same. I’m looking forward to it and I think it’ll be a fun weekend with my Monster Energy team at Kentucky.”


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