Sheldon Creed / No. 18 Friends of Jaclyn Foundation Toyota GR Supra Preview – ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond Raceway

No. 18 Friends of Jaclyn Foundation Toyota GR Supra News and Notes: 

  • CREED AT RICHMOND: In two NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at Richmond Raceway, Sheldon Creed has scored one top-10 and an average finish of 14.0, highlighted by a best finish of sixth, which came in his most recent start at the three-quarter-mile short track. Creed also has two NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series starts in Richmond, where he holds a best finish of 11th.
  • COTA RECAP: After qualifying seventh, Creed was forced to start from the back of the field due to mechanical issues thar required repairs prior to the green flag. On lap four, Creed encountered further adversity as he went behind the wall due to alternator issues that left him six laps down when he rejoined the field. Despite the early struggles, Creed showed speed and earned three of those laps back. Unfortunately, the early setbacks were too large to overcome and Creed finished the day three laps down in 32nd place.
  • FRIENDS OF JACLYN FOUNDATION: Founded in 2005, the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization with a mission to improve the quality of life for children with pediatric brain tumors and other childhood cancers while raising awareness for said diseases. The Friends of Jaclyn Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for children and their families battling pediatric brain tumors and other childhood cancers by pairing them with local teams, clubs, and community groups. FOJ has currently made over 1000 adoptions and their mission is to continue to raise awareness through our Adopt-A-Child, Safe on the Sidelines, and Guardian Angel Programs.
  • ON THE PITBOX: Crew chief Sam McAulay will lead the No. 18 Toyota GR Supra crew this season. Despite his rookie status, McAulay is an established mind at JGR as he joined the organization in 2007 and worked his way up the ranks from intern to lead race engineer for the No. 11 Cup Series entry of Denny Hamlin. Since the start of his tenure on the No. 11 in 2017, McAulay has contributed to 25 victories, including three Daytona 500 wins and a Coke 600 win as a crew chief when he filled-in for the suspended Chris Gabehart in 2022.
  • JGR AT RICHMOND: Joe Gibbs Racing has 11 Xfinity Series wins at Richmond Raceway. Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Christopher Bell, and Ty Gibbs have all taken JGR to victory lane at the famous short track. To go along with the victories, JGR holds 12 poles, 32 top-fives, 61 top-10s, and 2,590 laps led in 119 combined starts.
  • FOLLOW ALONG: Follow along for updates and a behind-the-scenes look at Creed’s 2024 season. 

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  • RACE INFO: Coverage of this weekend’s Xfinity Series race at Richmond Raceway is scheduled for Saturday, March 30th at 1:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, MRN Radio, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Sheldon Creed, Driver of the No. 18 Friends of Jaclyn Foundation Toyota GR Supra: 

“What are your expectations going into Richmond this weekend?”

“The main goal is to get our momentum back. We faced some adversity in COTA but it’s a long season and I’m glad we’re getting some of the hard lessons out of the way early. Going into this weekend, I’m focused on getting back to the strong runs we’ve been having and keeping the car clean. This program has a good track record at Richmond so it’s a matter of getting out there and executing. I feel good about our chances to compete.”