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No. 20 He Gets Us Toyota GR Supra News and Notes

ALMIROLA AT MARTINSVILLE: Saturday’s race will mark Aric Almirola’s first NASCAR Xfinity Series start at Martinsville; however, the Tampa, Florida native has made 30 NASCAR Cup Series starts at the .526-mile oval. Almirola’s Martinsville resume includes two top-five finishes, including a runner-up finish last October, and nine top-10s. He also finished in the top 10 in four of the past five Cup Series races at Martinsville dating back to October 2021.

RICHMOND RECAP: Almirola started 10th and finished second in last Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Richmond Raceway. After starting 10th, Almirola took the lead on lap 65 and won both stages. Following a mix of pit strategies in the final segment, he restarted 16th with 67 laps remaining and ultimately finished second behind JGR driver Chandler Smith.

DASH 4 CASH: By virtue of his second-place finish at Richmond, Almirola is qualified as one of four drivers eligible for the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus from Xfinity this weekend at Martinsville. He will compete head-to-head against Chandler Smith, Jesse Love, and Parker Kligerman with the highest finisher winning the bonus.

20 TEAM IN 2024: Through six races this season, the No. 20 team has posted one win, three top-five finishes, four top-10s, and 198 laps led. In addition to John Hunter Nemechek’s win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last month, the team also posted the runner-up finish with Almirola at Richmond and a third-place finish with Nemechek two weeks ago at Circuit of the Americas.

TRUEX ON DECK: Following this weekend’s race at Martinsville, Ryan Truex is scheduled to drive the No. 20 Toyota GR Supra in the next three Xfinity Series races at Texas Motor Speedway (April 13), Talladega Superspeedway (April 20), and Dover Motor Speedway (April 27).

JGR AT MARTINSVILLE: Joe Gibbs Racing has won four of the seven Xfinity Series races since Martinsville Speedway returned to the schedule in 2020. In 25 combined starts, the organization has posted 11 top-five finishes and 18 top-10s. The organization has earned the pole in three of the last four races at Martinsville. Additionally, JGR drivers have led 1,073 of 1,793 laps run in the last seven Martinsville races. Harrison Burton, Ty Gibbs, Brandon Jones, and John Hunter Nemechek have all driven JGR Toyotas to victory lane at the track.

TUNE IN: Coverage of this weekend’s Xfinity Series race at Martinsville Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, MRN Radio, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Aric Almirola, Driver of the No. 20 He Gets Us Toyota GR Supra

What level of confidence do you have going to Martinsville this weekend?

“I am very confident about this week. We had a great run last week in Richmond and kind of let it slip away at the end, but we were able to drive to the front, lead laps, and win the stages. I love going to Martinsville. It’s such a fun track and it’s a place I have run well over the years, so I am very excited to get going this weekend. It’s a great opportunity for us given how strong the JGR cars typically run there. We just have to make the most of the opportunity.”

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