No. 19 ’03 Dash Championship Toyota Supra News and Notes:
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Brandon Jones and the No. 19 Toyota team return to for the Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 with a very exciting throwback paint scheme. The Robert Huffman ’03 Dash Championship Supra. Jones and the 19 team are extremely proud to represent Toyota in such a memorable way. The race is a classic on Labor Day Weekend.
ABOUT THE ’03 TOYOTA CHAMPIONSHIP THROWBACK: Toyota entered the NASCAR ranks in the Goody’s Dash Series in 2000, campaigning the Toyota Celica. Toyota won their first NASCAR championship with Robert Huffman in the series in 2003. Toyota’s entry into the Goody’s Dash Series was a strategic step to their ultimate entry into the NASCAR Truck Series in 2004 and the NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity Series in 2007.
Without the lessons learned in the Goody’s Dash Series, Toyota’s future in the top three national series may have never happened.
JGR AT DARLINGTON RACEWAY: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has 55 total starts at Darlington Raceway in NXS competition earning 10 wins, 30 top-five finishes, 41 top-10 finishes and nine pole starting positions. The team has led 1,159 laps, completed 8,589 of 9,070 attempted laps (94.7%) and earned an average start of 12.6 and an average finish of 10.7.
RACE INFO: Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 at Darlington Raceway (1.366-mile) begins at 12:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, September 5, 2020. The race will be broadcast live on NBC, SiriusXM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.
From the Cockpit:
Brandon Jones: “It is awesome to be headed to Darlington this weekend with our throwback paint scheme representing Toyota’s first championship with Robert Huffman in the Goody’s Dash Series back in 2003. This championship was a strategic first step into their entry in the NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series and the beginning of Toyota’s run of championship-level success. I had the honor of scoring Toyota’s 500th NASCAR win earlier this season and is a great honor for me and my No. 19 Supra team to be running the scheme that really started it all for them. This weekend always stands out on the schedule for both the history at that track and what a fun weekend it has become with the throwback theme. Our Toyota team has a lot of energy and is excited about our chances when we return to “The Lady in Black”. My crew chief Jeff Meendering and I will dig deep into our notes and come up with a great strategy to challenge for the win. It would be extremely rewarding to put Robert Huffman’s championship paint scheme in victory lane on such a historic and challenging egg-shaped oval track.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!