Sheldon Creed / No. 18 Friends of Jaclyn Foundation Toyota GR Supra Preview – Dude Wipes 250 at Martinsville Speedway

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

CREED AT MARTINSVILLE: Sheldon Creed’s last visit to Martinsville Speedway made headlines as he finished second in a photo finish that left him fractions of a second away from winning his way into the Xfinity Series Championship Four. The strong run marked his second runner-up finish at NASCAR’s shortest track, as he finished second in the 2022 fall race as well. In his four Xfinity Series starts at Martinsville, Creed has two top-fives, two top-10s, seven laps led, and an average finish of 15.3.
RICHMOND RECAP: Creed’s day was cut short at Richmond after a brake failure on lap 118. The early exit forced Creed to finish 35th on the day and marked his first DNF of the season.
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 MARTINSVILLE: Joe Gibbs Racing has four Xfinity Series wins at Martinsville Speedway. Harrison Burton, Brandon Jones, Ty Gibbs, and John Hunter Nemechek have all taken JGR to victory lane at the famous short track. To go along with the victories, JGR holds four poles, 11 top-fives, 18 top-10s, and 1.073 laps led in 25 combined starts. Most notably, JGR has a 100% lap completion rate across all combined NXS starts at Martinsville (6,386 out of 6,386).
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RACE INFO: Coverage of this weekend’s Xfinity Series race at Martinsville Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, April 6th at 7:30 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:

“After two weeks of bad luck, how do you look to rebound at Martinsville?”

“I just want to go out there and run a smart, clean race. The past couple weeks have not been reflective of what this team is capable of, and I trust that we will put it behind us moving forward. The fact of the matter is we are a team and I owe it to these guys to go out and do my role to the best of my abilities regardless of the circumstances. We will succeed together, and we’ll fail together. That’s racing. It’s on us to collectively turn things around and show the rest of the field what we can accomplish.”