No. 18 Monster Energy Toyota Supra News and Notes:
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Riley Herbst and the No. 18 Monster Energy team are coming off a very impressive fourth place finish at Darlington and they are riding the wave into Richmond for the doubleheader weekend. Herbst made an aggressive hard-fought charge to the front last week from 31st to finish fourth in the 147-lap race. The two 250-lap races will be significantly different and challenging with the Friday race being at night under the lights and the second race on Saturday being an afternoon race.
HERBST AT RICHMOND: This will be Herbst second start at Richmond Raceway. On his first trip he started from the pole because the field was set by owner’s points due to inclement weather. Herbst muscled his way to a huge ninth place finish on his debut and the Monster Energy team has only gotten stronger and has become a major player in the Xfinity Series in 2020. Crew Chief Dave Rogers is working with Herbst on the characteristics and specifics on the .75-mile track. This will be an exciting doubleheader weekend and Herbst, Rogers and the Monster Energy team are focused on getting stronger and getting the best finish they can.
JGR AT RICHMOND: JGR has 102 Xfinity Series starts at RR and has earned 10 wins, 27 top-five and 51 top-10 finishes and 11 poles. The championship-winning organization has an average start of 11.8 and an average finish of 14.4.
RACE INFO: Go Bowling 250 is scheduled for Friday, September 11, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. ET and the Virginia is For Racing Lovers 250 is scheduled for Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 2:30pm ET at Richmond Raceway (.75-mile). Watch and listen live on NBCSN, SiriusXM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.
From the Cockpit:
Riley Herbst: “I’m excited to head to Richmond this weekend for the doubleheader. Our Monster Energy team is coming off a huge weekend at Darlington with our second consecutive fourth place finish and fifth top-10 in the last five weeks. Our team keeps getting better, more confident and motivated as we head toward the Playoffs. I’m learning a lot and this is a total team effort. This will be my second time on the short track. This first time I started on the pole because of inclement weather and the field was set by owner’s points. We had a very strong run by scoring a ninth-place finish on our debut. This trip our 18 Monster Energy team has been working hard on the .75-mile short track specifics and are focused on finishing better. It’s going to be a long weekend with two races and both races will be different with Friday’s race under the lights and Saturday’s in the afternoon. Our team under the leadership of Dave Rogers will be prepared and our 18 team has worked hard this year to give me the best Supras. This weekend is special, and we will have two shots for a win. I can’t wait to tackle this track and get our first win there.”
From the Pitbox:
Dave Rogers: “I feel our performance difference from Darlington one to Darlington two is a great measuring stick of our team’s progress this season and I like the trajectory we’re on. I’m looking forward to carrying our recent momentum into Richmond. The .75-mile short track is another challenging track on the schedule and I’m eager to see what we can do there. Riley has done an exceptional job of over-coming unnecessary challenges in the past few weeks and I know he’s prepared to bring that same resolve to a short track where tempers often flare and discipline always wins.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!