No. 54 AutosByNelson.com Toyota Supra News and Notes
LAST TIME OUT: Ty Gibbs last raced at Phoenix Raceway on March 13th. He started the race 27th and diligently worked his way into the top 10 before the end of stage 1. In the final stage of the event, Gibbs worked his way into the top five and was able to catch the leader in the final laps. The rookie driver ran out of laps, and crossed the finish line second.
PRETTY IMPRESSIVE: Gibbs joins Terry Labonte as the only drivers to win their first NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) start and finish top two in their second start.
WHAT A DEBUT: In Gibbs’ NXS debut at Daytona Road Course, he led 14 of the 56 laps enroute to his first career Xfinity Series win. Gibbs became the youngest driver to win a Xfinity road course race at 18 years, 4 months, 16 days. The Charlotte, N.C., native also became the second-youngest winner in the Xfinity Series history.
IN GOOD COMPANY: Gibbs is the sixth driver to win in his NXS debut, joining Dale Earnhardt, Joe Ruttman, Ricky Rudd, Labonte and Kurt Busch.
GIBBS 2021 SCHEDULE: In 2021, Gibbs will compete for an ARCA Championship, for NXS Sunoco Rookie of the year honors and in 15 NXS races. His NXS schedule includes the following: Phoenix (March 13), Martinsville (April 9), Darlington (May 8), Dover (May 15), Charlotte (May 29), Mid-Ohio (June 5), Pocono (June 27), Road America (July 3), Watkins Glen (August 7), Indianapolis Road Course (August 14), Michigan (August 21), Richmond (September 11), Charlotte Roval (October 9) and Kansas (October 23).
GIBBS IN 2020: Gibbs captured an ARCA Menards Series-high six wins in 2020, despite only running a partial schedule. In addition to his six wins, Gibbs scored 12 top-five and 14 top-10 finishes in his 16 starts last season to help claim the organization’s first ARCA Menards Series Owner’s Championship.
NO. 54 DRIVER LINEUP: Several drivers will pilot the No. 54 in 2021. The list includes Gibbs, Kyle Busch, Ty Dillon, Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr.
ATOP THE PIT BOX: Veteran crew chief Chris Gayle will oversee the No. 54 team’s efforts this season. In his career, the Little Rock, Arkansas native has led his drivers to two NASCAR Cup Series victories and 20 NXS wins. The list of drivers Gayle has visited victory lane with includes Gibbs, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Sam Hornish Jr., Erik Jones and Elliott Sadler.
AUTOSBYNELSON: AutosByNelson.com will be featured on the rear quarter panels the No. 54 Supra this weekend at Martinsville Speedway. AutoByNelson.com is a car dealership located in Martinsville, Virginia.
JGR AT MARTINSVILLE: Joe Gibbs Racing won the Xfinity Series’ return race to Martinsville Speedway last fall with Harrison Burton. In five combined starts at the track, JGR’s Xfinity Series program has posted two top-five finishes, five top-10s and 81 laps led.
TUNE IN: Coverage of this week’s Xfinity Series race at Martinsville Speedway is scheduled for Friday, April 9, at 8 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Ty Gibbs, Driver of the No. 54 AutosByNelson.com Toyota Supra
“I can’t wait to get back behind the wheel of the No. 54 Toyota Supra this weekend in Martinsville. Martinsville is such a great short track and I’m pumped to run under the lights there. It will also be awesome to have Autosbynelson.com on the car with me. Barry Nelson and his late model team really supported me early in my career and it will be great to have his company on board for this race.”
Chris Gayle, Crew Chief of the No. 54 AutosByNelson Toyota Supra
“Excited to have Ty Gibbs in the 54 Supra again this week. He’s done a great job in his first two events for us, and we all expect the same in Martinsville. His third start will be at a dramatically different track style, so it will be another learning event for him at a track that will test your patience all race long. I think Ty’s up to the challenge and the team is ready for the short track event this weekend.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!