Taylor Gray – No. 19 Operation 300 Toyota GR Supra Preview – Ag-Pro 300 at Talladega Superspeedway

LAT Images #19: Taylor Gray, Joe Gibbs Racing, Operation 300 Toyota Supra and #26: Corey Heim, Sam Hunt Racing, Toyota Genuine Parts Toyota Supra
  • GRAY AT TALLADEGA: Taylor Gray has one prior NASCAR start at Talladega Superspeedway that came last year in the NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series (NCTS).
  • TEXAS RECAP: Gray pulled double duty last weekend in the Lone Star State racing in both the NCTS and NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS). Gray had a career-best qualifying effort for Saturday’s NXS race and started from the third position. On lap two, Gray made an incredible save and kept his car pointed in the right direction, though he did lose several spots. The No. 19 finished Stage 1 in 13th. Gray pitted under caution just before the end of Stage 2 and finished the stage in 24th. The No. 19 made adjustments on the car throughout the race, but still struggled with handling. Gray finished the race in 11th place.
  • ON THE PITBOX: Seth Chavka will lead the No. 19 Toyota GR Supra team for the 2024 season as he embarks on his rookie season as a crew chief in the Xfinity Series. Chavka is no stranger to JGR, as he has spent time in the Cup Series shop as lead race engineer for the likes of Erik Jones, Kyle Busch, and most recently, Ty Gibbs, since starting his tenure with the team in 2019. Prior to joining Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), Chavka spent seven years at Richard Childress Racing and one year at Kevin Harvick Inc. as an engineer. In his 13 years spent in NASCAR, Chavka has earned six NASCAR Cup Series victories and four Xfinity Series victories.
  • NO. 19 IN 2024: The JGR No. 19 will have a rotating schedule of drivers throughout the 2024 season. Ryan Truex, Aric Almirola, and Ty Gibbs have already made starts behind the wheel. Gray will run 10 races with the No. 19 team. Joe Graf Jr. and William Sawalich are also slated to run races later this year.
  • JGR AT TALLADEGA: JGR has five Xfinity Series victories, 18 top-fives, 28 top-10s, 389 laps led, and five poles in 72 combined starts at Talladega Superspeedway. Mike McLaughlin, Tony Stewart, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, and Elliott Sadler have each taken Joe Gibbs Racing to victory lane once at NASCAR’s largest oval, with the most recent win coming with Sadler in 2014. 
  • FOLLOW ALONG: Follow along for updates and a behind-the-scenes look at Gray’s 2024 NXS Season.

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  • RACE INFO: The Ag-Pro 300 is scheduled for 4:00 PM EST on Saturday, April 20. Coverage of the race will be on FOX, MRN, Sirius XM NASCAR Radio and available to stream on the FOX Sports app.

From the Driver’s Seat:

Taylor Gray: “Talladega will be my first superspeedway race in an Xfinity car, but I have run pretty well on superspeedways in the Truck Series. This is always a track where you just hope you get lucky to miss the wrecks, but it will also take all four of the JGR cars working together to have the best opportunity to win when it comes down to the end of the race.”

Gray’s Career NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series Stats at Talladega Superspeedway:

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Gray’s 2024 NASCAR Xfinity Series Stats:

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Gray’s 2024 NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series Stats:

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