No. 18 Monster Energy Toyota Supra News and Notes:
· HERBST AT KANSAS SPEEDWAY: Riley Herbst will make his first-career Xfinity Series start this weekend at Kansas Speedway for the Kansas Lottery 250. Even though this will be his first-career Xfinity Series race, Herbst has one Truck Series start at the 1.5-mile track with a ninth-place finish and three Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) Series starts with a best finish of fourth in 2018.
· DOUBLE DUTY: In addition to competing in Saturday’s Xfinity race, Herbst will compete in Friday night’s ARCA race at Kansas Speedway. The race will begin at 10:00 p.m. ET and be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1.
· JGR AT KANSAS SPEEDWAY: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has 48 total starts at Kansas Speedway in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. In those starts, the team has earned nine wins, 15 top-five finishes, 27 top-10 finishes and five pole starting positions. The team has led 1,169 laps, completed 8,818 of 9,632 attempted laps (91.5%) and earned an average start of 10.9 and an average finish of 13.7. Kyle Busch leads the team with three wins followed by Joey Logano with two wins and Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, Christopher Bell and Brandon Jones with one win each.
· THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 18 SUPRA: This week Monster Energy will serve as the primary partner for the No. 18 Toyota Supra team.
· TEXAS RECAP: Herbst started the 200-lap race at Texas Motor Speedway from the fifth position, but had contact from Noah Gragson to the rear bumper of the No. 18 Supra on lap four and the contact sent Herbst in to the outside wall. The team called Herbst to pit road for repairs and he returned to the track several laps down. Unfortunately, Herbst was unable to meet minimum speed and was forced to retire to the garage. The team was credited with a 37th-place finish.
· POINTS UPDATE: With his finish at Texas Motor Speedway, Herbst remains 10th in the Xfinity Series point standings.
· RACE INFO: The Kansas Lottery 250 at Kansas Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, July 25, 2020. The race will begin at 5:00 p.m. ET and broadcast on NBCSN, MRN Radio and SIRIUS XM Channel 90.
From the Driver’s Seat:
Riley Herbst: “Kansas is a fun track. I’ve been able to run there in ARCA and Trucks and I’m looking forward to going to a track that I have been to before. Last week we didn’t have the run we wanted with the early wreck, but we can’t focus on that too much. Kansas is a new race and I know we’ll be ready with our Monster Energy Supra. We just need to focus on having a good run and the wins will come. We’ve been close and I want the win so bad. Should be a fun weekend at Kansas running both the ARCA and Xfinity races.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!