The Joe Gibbs Racing #54 group is without doubt one of the high groups within the NASCAR Xfinity Sequence and will finish quite a few droughts by successful the proprietor championship.
The Joe Gibbs Racing #54 Toyota group has been on a tear the final couple of months within the NASCAR Xfinity Sequence. The group has gained eight of the 19 races which have been contested to date this season, together with seven of the final 9.
The group ranks second within the proprietor standings and has severe potential to finish quite a few championship droughts by successful the title.
The primary win of the season for the #54 group got here in race two on the Daytona Worldwide Speedway street course, the place proprietor Joe Gibbs’s grandson Ty got here away with the victory in his first profession begin in any one of many three NASCAR nationwide collection. Gibbs added one other win in race quantity 12 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Kyle Busch continued his collection dominance by successful in all 5 of his begins this season, all within the #54 Toyota, to carry his profession win complete to 102 victories.
Christopher Bell picked up the newest win for the group in his first collection begin since 2019 this previous weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The non-win occasions for the #54 Toyota noticed begins by Gibbs (six races), Ty Dillon (4 races) and Martin Truex Jr. (one race).
Total, the “star automotive” has eight wins, 14 high 5 finishes and a mean end of 8.47. To match, Joe Gibbs Racing’s different three automobiles, pushed by full-time drivers Daniel Hemric, Harrison Burton and Brandon Jones, are all winless with a worse common end.
Cup Sequence drivers are often an enormous a part of the success of groups with a part-time driver lineup, however the restrict on the variety of begins that Cup Sequence drivers could make has restricted the dominance with regards to the proprietor championships.
The group that gained the driving force championship additionally gained the proprietor championship in three of the 5 seasons for the reason that playoffs had been added to the Xfinity Sequence in 2016. The exceptions had been in 2017, when it was gained by the #22 Penske Racing (now Group Penske) Ford, and in 2018, when it was gained by the #00 Stewart-Haas Racing with Biagi-DenBeste Ford.
William Byron gained the 2017 title within the #9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet whereas Tyler Reddick gained the 2018 title in the identical automotive.
Within the years main as much as the playoffs, having an proprietor champion completely different than the driving force champion appeared like a given. The #22 group gained three consecutive proprietor championships from 2013 and 2015, led by drivers Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney.
Austin Dillon gained the 2013 title within the #3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, Chase Elliott gained the 2014 title within the #9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet, and Chris Buescher gained the 2015 title within the #60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford.
If the #54 group wins the proprietor championship this 12 months, it could be Joe Gibbs Racing’s first with a automotive shared by a number of drivers since 2012.
The #18 Toyota gained the title in 2012 with Logano, Denny Hamlin, Michael McDowell, Mark Martin, Ryan Truex and Drew Herring behind the wheel. Full-time Cup Sequence drivers Hamlin and Logano mixed for 25 races that season, one thing that would by no means occur at this time.
Joe Gibbs Racing may additionally snap one other title drought with their full-time drivers being in title rivalry, regardless of not but having a win.
The one time a group gained the driving force and proprietor championships with completely different automobiles was in 2011, when Roush Fenway Racing gained the proprietor title with the #60 Ford and the driving force title with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. within the #6 Ford. Full-time Cup Sequence driver Carl Edwards raced the #60 Ford in all however one occasion — once more, one thing that will by no means occur at this time.
The #54 group is at the moment 35 factors behind the #22 group within the proprietor standings, with Austin Cindric piloting the #22 Ford full-time for Group Penske.
If the playoffs had been to start out at this time, the deficit could be 20 factors after the reset with playoff factors factored in, and the #54 group would rank third. The #16 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet, pushed full-time by A.J. Allmendinger, would rank second, three factors forward.
A robust factors place getting into the playoffs and a strong driver lineup may give the #54 group likelihood at advancing to the Championship 4, the place a race win may very well be wanted to clinch the title.
With that being stated, a victory was not wanted for the proprietor crown in 2017 or 2018. The driving force champion, nevertheless, has gained the finale in 4 of the 5 playoff seasons so far, 3 times to safe the proprietor title.
Gibbs has six extra races scheduled within the #54 Toyota this 12 months, with Hamlin scheduled to run at Darlington Raceway and John Hunter Nemechek scheduled to race in three occasions, together with the season finale at Phoenix Raceway. The driving force of the automotive is TBD for the opposite 4 races remaining on the schedule.
Nemechek has 5 wins and the factors lead by way of 14 Truck Sequence races with Kyle Busch Motorsports to date this season, and he has a mean end of seven.33 in three Xfinity Sequence begins at Phoenix.
Hemric leads the trio of full-time Joe Gibbs Racing drivers to date this season with eight high 5 finishes, 12 high 10 finishes and a mean end of 10.8. He at the moment sits in third place within the level standings. Joe Gibbs Racing’s most up-to-date Xfinity Sequence championship got here in 2016, after they gained each the driving force title and th proprietor title with Daniel Suarez behind the wheel of the #19 Toyota.
The #54 group is without doubt one of the hottest groups within the collection proper now and would snap quite a few championship streaks by successful the proprietor title this season. The following alternative for a race win and extra factors is scheduled for Saturday, August 7 at Watkins Glen Worldwide, when the Xfinity Sequence is scheduled to return from the present three-week hiatus.