Ryan Truex / No. 20 Toyota Gazoo Racing GR Supra Preview – Pacific Office Automation 147 at Portland International Raceway


No. 20 Toyota Gazoo Racing GR Supra News and Notes: 

  • TRUEX AT PORTLAND: Ryan Truex heads to Portland International Raceway this weekend for his first Xfinity Series road course start since the Charlotte Roval in 2019. While it will be Truex’s first start in Portland, Truex does have six career road course starts in the Xfinity Series, where he has one top-five, two top-10s, two laps led, with a best finish of fifth at Mid-Ohio in 2018.   
  • LAST TIME OUT: Truex’s last Xfinity Series start marked a defining moment in his career thus far as he secured his second career win in the BetRivers 200 at Dover Motor Speedway. While it marked back-to-back wins for Truex at his home track, the win this year came in a significantly different fashion than his dominant win in 2023. Truex ran quietly in the top-10 for most of the day with ninth and 10th place finishes in each stage respectively but found his groove following the weather delay that happened late in the race. As attrition and hard racing took place in front of him, he worked his way through the field to lead the final two laps of the race and take home the victory. 
  • UNSUNG HERO:  While drivers, crew chiefs, and even car numbers have changed, one constant in the Joe Gibbs Racing Xfinity Series program over the past four seasons is car chief Brian Gainey. Since the start of the 2021 season, Gainey’s teams have won a whopping 27 races in 106 starts. In 2021, Gainey served as the No. 54 team’s car chief for an 11-win season with multiple drivers including Christopher Bell, Kyle Busch, Ty Gibbs, and John Hunter Nemechek. The next season, Gainey was once again the No. 54 team’s car chief for Gibbs’ seven-win Xfinity Series championship season. Last year, Gainey worked as the car chief for Nemechek’s seven-win season. This year, he is back with the No. 20 team that has earned a pair of wins with Nemechek and last week with Aric Almirola.
  • ON THE PITBOX: Rookie crew chief Tyler Allen is off to a strong start to his crew chief career as he has already scored three wins with three different drivers. Allen has been at JGR since 2015, most recently as the lead engineer on Christopher Bell’s No. 20, led by Adam Stevens, a position he has held since 2021. He also worked under Stevens as the lead engineer on the No. 18 from 2019-2020. In 2017, Allen made his move to the Cup Series on the No. 18 as a race engineer, a position he held for two years. His first position at JGR came in 2015 as he was hired to be the race engineer on the No. 54 NASCAR Xfinity Series car with Kyle Busch. Allen won the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series championship and 25 races across his seven years in JGR’s Cup shop, as well as 19 Xfinity races during his time in the series. Allen and Truex will work together for the first time this weekend in Texas.
  • JGR AT PORTLAND: Joe Gibbs Racing has never won at Portland International Raceway. In the two years of racing there, the team’s best finish was set by Myatt Snider last year with his sixth-place finish. In total, JGR has three top-10s and 44 laps led in six collective starts in Portland. .
  • FOLLOW ALONG: Follow along for updates and a behind-the-scenes look at Truex’s 2024 season. 

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  • RACE INFO: Coverage of this weekend’s Xfinity Series race at Portland International Raceway is scheduled for Saturday, June 1st at 4:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, MRN Radio, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Ryan Truex, Driver of the No. 20 Toyota Gazoo Racing GR Supra: 

“It’s been almost five years since your last road course start. How are you planning to get back up to speed with only one practice session?”

It will be a challenge for sure, but that’s all part of the opportunity. I was joking the other day that I have not even seen the place and now we’ve got to go out on Saturday and try to compete up front. Any time that’s your experience level at a track, you’ve got your work cut out for you, but we’ve been working hard in the sim and I’ve done a lot of studying of my own so I’m hoping to surprise myself this weekend.”

Ryan Truex’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Stats at Portland International Raceway

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Ryan Truex’s 2024 NASCAR Xfinity Series Stats

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Ryan Truex’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Career Stats

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