No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Supra News and Notes
· EIGHTH TIME OUT: Sunday’s Pocono Green 225 will be Ty Gibbs’ eighth career NASCAR Xfinity Series start. He scored a win in his series debut in February at the road course at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and in May at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He has scored six top-five finishes and has led 79 laps in just seven starts.
· WHAT A DEBUT: In Gibbs’ Xfinity Series debut at the Daytona Road Course, he led 14 of the 56 laps en route 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 Xfinity Series history after Joey Logano who won in June 2008 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta when he was 18 years and 21 days old.
· IN GOOD COMPANY: Gibbs is the sixth driver to win in his Xfinity Series debut, joining Dale Earnhardt, Joe Ruttman, Ricky Rudd, Terry Labonte and Kurt Busch.
· A TITLE IN MIND: While Gibbs is set to compete in 14 Xfinity races in 2021, he is competing fulltime in the ARCA Menards Series where is he second in points, but has scored wins at Phoenix International Raceway, Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Toledo (Ohio) Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway and Mid-Ohio.
· GIBBS 2021 SCHEDULE: In 2021, Gibbs will compete for an ARCA Championship and in 14 Xfinity races, who also attempting to win the Xfinity Sunoco Rookie of the Year award. His remaining Xfinity schedule includes: Pocono Raceway (June 27), Road America (July 3), Watkins Glen International (August 7), Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course (August 14), Michigan International Speedway (August 21), Richmond Raceway (September 11), Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval (October 9) and Kansas Speedway in Kansas City (October 23).
· GIBBS IN 2020: Gibbs captured an ARCA Menards Series-high six wins in 2020, despite only running a partial schedule. He also 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, Martin Truex Jr., and John Hunter Nemechek.
· ATOP THE PIT BOX: Veteran crew chief Chris Gayle will oversee the No. 54 team’s efforts this season. Gale, who is from Little Rock, Arkansas, has led his drivers to two NASCAR Cup Series victories and 22 Xfinity Series 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.
· JGR AT POCONO: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has 15 total starts at Pocono in Xfinity competition with one win, five top-five finishes, eight top-10 finishes and two pole-starting positions. The team has led 121 laps.
· RACE INFO: The Pocono Green 225 is scheduled for Noon EDT on Sunday, June 27 and will be broadcast on NBCSN, SiriusXM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.
Ty Gibbs, Driver of the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Supra
“I’ve been to Pocono before in the ARCA car, but this will be my first time in an Xfinity car there. Chris Gale and the guys will bring us a good Toyota Supra and we’ll continue to keep learning and developing as we go along. It’s a unique track and we have to make sure the car handles well in all three turns. It will help to run the ARCA race as well on Friday night.”
Chris Gayle, Crew Chief of the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Supra
“Pocono is actually one of my favorite tracks on the circuit. Mostly because the crew chief can do some things with strategy to help change the outcome of the race more than a lot of the standard intermediate events. I know Ty has run really well there and won the ARCA race in Pocono last season. So I think it’s a place that we feel he can be really fast and if given a good car have a shot to win the race. It was great helping Kyle Busch get his 100th last week, and now allows us to kind of shift our focus back to helping Ty get another couple good races and experience at a new track under his belt in the Xfinity series.”
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