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Ty Gibbs / No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota GR Supra Preview -- SRS Distribution 250

Ty Gibbs / No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota GR Supra Preview -- SRS Distribution 250 NK Photography Photo

No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota GR Supra News and Notes

  • ALREADY PLAYOFF BOUND: By winning the Las Vegas, Atlanta and Richmond NASCAR Xfinity Series races, Ty Gibbs has qualified for the Xfinity playoffs which will begin at Texas Motor Speedway on Sept. 24.
  • TEXAS: Ty Gibbs has never competed in any sort of race at Texas Motor Speedway.   
  • HIGH PERCENTAGE: Gibbs has competed in just 29 NASCAR Xfinity races, but has won seven of them meaning his winning average is 24.1 percent.
  • NEW RECORD: Gibbs is the youngest driver ever to reach seven victories in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at age 19 years 5 months and 29 days. The previous record was held by Joey Logano.
  • 2021: Gibbs completed in only 18 Xfinity races in 2021, but won four races and finished 13th in the Xfinity Series final driver point standings. That earned him the Xfinity Rookie of the Year award.
  • WHAT A DEBUT: In Gibbs’ Xfinity Series debut in February 2021 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.
  • ARCA CHAMPIONS: Gibbs became the 2021 ARCA Menard Series Champions on the strength of 10 wins, plus one win each in ARCA West and ARCA East.
  • ATOP THE PIT BOX: Veteran crew chief Gayle will oversee the No. 54 team’s efforts in the 2022 season. Gale, who is from Little Rock, Arkansas, has led his drivers to two NASCAR Cup Series victories and 33 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 TEXAS: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has 107 total starts at Texas in Xfinity competition with 16 wins, 43 top-five finishes, 70 top-10 finishes, nine poles and the team has led 2,772 laps.
  • RACE INFO: The NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Texas is scheduled for 1:30 pm EDT on Saturday, May 21 and will be broadcast on FS1, SiriusXM Channel 90 and PRN.

Ty Gibbs, Driver of the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota GR Supra

“I haven’t been to Texas before, so it’s a new place for me. It’s one of JGR’s most successful tracks and I know that we swept there last year with Kyle (Busch) and John Hunter Nemechek. Hopefully we’ll have a fast Monster Energy Toyota GR Supra.”

Chris Gayle, Crew Chief of the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota GR Supra

“Another new track for Ty, but I think we’ll bring him a good Monster Energy Toyota GR Supra. We swept the races last year in the 54 car, so hopefully we can make it three in a row. Texas is a tough track, but a fun one too. We’re looking forward to it."



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