No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota Supra News and Notes
· THREE WINS: Saturday’s Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway will be Ty Gibbs’ 17th career NASCAR Xfinity Series start, but he has already racked up three wins. He scored a win in his series debut in February at the road course at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, in May at Charlotte Motor Speedway and in August at Watkins Glen International. He has scored one pole position (Elkhart Lake) and eight top-five finishes and has led 214 laps in just 16 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. Those five drivers had already driven in the NASCAR Cup Series before racing in the Xfinity Series.
· GIBBS 2021 SCHEDULE UPDATE: In 2021, Gibbs will compete for an ARCA Championship and in 18 Xfinity races, while also attempting to win the Xfinity Sunoco Rookie of the Year award. His remaining Xfinity schedule has been updated and his remaining races include: Kansas Speedway in Kansas City (October 23) and Martinsville Speedway (October 30).
· A TITLE IN MIND: While Gibbs is set to compete in 18 Xfinity races in 2021, he is competing fulltime in the ARCA Menards Series where he is first in points, and has scored wins at Phoenix International Raceway, Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Toledo (Ohio) Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Mid-Ohio, Iowa Speedway, Winchester (Ind.) Speedway, Michigan International Speedway, The Milwaukee Mile and Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.
· LEADER: Gibbs leads the ARCA Menards Series by 34 points over Corey Heim with one race remaining.
· KANSAS ARCA RESULTS: Gibbs started first and finished 14th in October 2020 and then started first, led all 100 laps and finished first in May 2021.
· MOVING ON UP: Gibbs now has 18 ARCA Menards Series victories and is now tied for 14th on the all-time wins list with Ken Schrader.
· FOUR CROWN CHAMPION: Gibbs clinched the CGS Imaging Four Crown championship in the ARCA Series following his second place finish at Du Quoin. The Four Crown is a four-race series within the ARCA Menards Series that celebrates a diverse schedule with events at each of the types of tracks it visits: superspeedways, road courses, short tracks and dirt ovals. Gibbs entered the dirt race at Du Quoin having won all three of the prior Four Crown races, at Kansas Speedway (superspeedway), at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (road course) and Winchester (Ind.) Speedway (short track).
· 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.
· ATOP THE PIT BOX: Veteran crew chief Chris Gayle will oversee the No. 54 team’s efforts this weekend. Gale, who is from Little Rock, Arkansas, has led his drivers to two NASCAR Cup Series victories and 28 Xfinity Series wins. The list of drivers Gayle has visited victory lane with includes Gibbs, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Sam Hornish Jr., Erik Jones, Elliott Sadler, Christopher Bell and John Hunter Nemechek
· JGR AT KANSAS: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has 54 total starts at Kansas in Xfinity competition with10 wins, 17 top-five finishes, 31 top-10 finishes, five poles and the team has led 1187 laps.
· RACE INFO: The Kansas Lottery 300 is scheduled for 3 pm EDT on Saturday, October 23 and will be broadcast on NBC, SiriusXM Channel 90 and MRN.
Ty Gibbs, Driver of the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota Supra
“It will be a busy Saturday at Kansas with ARCA practice and qualifying, then the Xfinity race, followed by the ARCA race. We got two wins in May at Charlotte Motor Speedway and I hope we can do the same this week at Kansas. I know both crews will bring me great Monster Energy Toyotas. It’s important to myself and the crew guys that we wrap up the ARCA championship. It’s been a fun year with that crew. We hope we can do the double this week.”
Chris Gayle, Crew Chief of the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota Supra
“We’re fortunate that John Hunter Nemechek won last week at Texas because we know that the No. 54 Toyota Supra is in the championship race at Phoenix in the owners championship. That means points don’t matter this week or next week at Martinsville with Ty in the car, so we can just go for victories. We can take chances that other cars can’t and just try to get in victory lane. I know Ty wants to get more wins and I know we’ll bring him a good Monster Energy Toyota Supra.”
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