Ty Gibbs / Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Supra Preview B&L Transport 170 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

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No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Supra News and Notes

·         SEVENTH TIME OUT: Saturday’s B&L Transport 170 will be Ty Gibbs’ seventh career NASCAR Xfinity Series start. He scored a win in his series debut in February at the road course at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and last week at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He has scored five top-five finishes and has led 63 laps in just six 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. 

·         A TITLE IN MIND: While Gibbs is set to compete in 14 Xfinity races in 2021, he is competing fulltime in the ARCA Menards Series where is he second in points, but has scored wins at Phoenix International Raceway, Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Toledo (Ohio) Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway. 

·         GIBBS 2021 SCHEDULE: In 2021, Gibbs will compete for an ARCA Championship and in 14 Xfinity races, who also attempting to win the Xfinity Sunoco Rookie of the Year award. His remaining Xfinity schedule includes: Mid-Ohio (June 5), Pocono Raceway (June 27), Road America (July 3), Watkins Glen International (August 7), Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course (August 14), Michigan International Speedway (August 21), Richmond Raceway (September 11), Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval (October 9) and Kansas Speedway in Kansas City (October 23). 

·         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. 

·         NO. 54 DRIVER LINEUP: Several drivers will pilot the No. 54 in 2021. The list includes Gibbs, Kyle Busch, Ty Dillon, Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. 

·         ATOP THE PIT BOX: Veteran crew chief Chris Gayle will oversee the No. 54 team’s efforts this season. Gale, who is from Little Rock, Arkansas, has led his drivers to two NASCAR Cup Series victories and 20 Xfinity Series wins. The list of drivers Gayle has visited victory lane with includes Gibbs, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Sam Hornish Jr., Erik Jones and Elliott Sadler.

·         JGR AT MID OHIO: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has 22 total starts at Mid Ohio in Xfinity competition with five top-five finishes, nine top-10 finishes and two pole-starting positions. The team has led 45 laps. 

·         RACE INFO: The B&L Transport 170 is scheduled for 1 pm EDT on Saturday, June 5 and will be broadcast on FS1, SiriusXM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.

Ty Gibbs, Driver of the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Supra

“We had a great weekend at Charlotte, so hopefully we can keep the momentum going as we head to Mid-Ohio. It’s another track I haven’t been to before in a NASCAR-style car, but I’ve been there in Trans Am equipment. We’ll run the ARCA race on Friday night and then drive the Xfinity race on Saturday. I think both our Toyota Camry (ARCA) and our Toyota Supra (Xfinity) should be good. The track is challenging and I’m excited to head to Mid-Ohio.”

Chris Gayle, Crew Chief of the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Supra

“It’s going to be really hard to top last weekend in Charlotte, but Ty has another shot to at least equal what he was able to accomplish last weekend since he’s pulling double duty again in Mid-Ohio. It’s also the third road course event for the NXS series this weekend, which overall have been pretty productive for the 54 team this season. Ty will also have the advantage of retaining his starting position since he’ll be in the NXS car on back to back weekends for the race only event in Mid-Ohio. This event is unique in that it’s the only non-Cup companion event of the season. So we’ll have a different pit stop timing structure since the majority of cup pit crews will be in Sonoma. Overall the event should be another very competitive weekend for the 54 team.”

Gibbs 2021 NASCAR Xfinity Series Stats 

StartsWinsTop 5Top 10PolesLaps LedAvg. StartAvg. Finish
625506318.25.2

Gibbs ARCA Series Career Stats

StartsWinsTop 5Top 10PolesLaps LedAvg. StartAvg. Finish
33122428918963.05.0

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