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NASCAR

Aug 11 - 2019

Toyota comes close in the Motor City

8_11_2019, Making his 500th start, Martin Truex Jr. was forced to start from the back, but he did not stay there for long as he diced his way through the field. Toyota comes close in the Motor City

Toyota swept both of the opening stages and came up just short of the win on Sunday afternoon at Michigan International Speedway.

Making his 500th start, Martin Truex Jr. was forced to start from the back, but he did not stay there for long as he diced his way through the field. On the first round of green flag pit stops, Truex’s crew chief, Cole Pearn, made a gas only call. That call gave Truex the lead, and the valuable playoff point in the first stage.

That wasn’t the only stage win for Toyota today as Kyle Busch would drive through the pack and make a move for the lead. On a late stage restart, Busch was able to drive by Truex and gain a playoff point for himself.

On the final stage, a caution with 50 laps to go put most of the teams right outside of their fuel window. All the teams commissioned their drivers to save, and Denny Hamlin did just that. Hamlin saved the right amount and passed many drivers late to get to the runner-up spot with a few laps remaining. Hamlin closed to one second from the eventual winner, Kevin Harvick, but could not get any closer. 
 
 
8_11_2019, With his runner-up finish, Hamlin scored his fourth straight top-three result.
“We finished. We had enough. Just part of it. Wish we were just a little faster. That last run we were down a little bit on speed to keep up with those guys. I was happy that we were able to keep up, but certainly needed a long, long run for our car to come in. Proud of the FedEx team for making great adjustments from the last time we were here. Another good finish.”

With his runner-up finish, Hamlin scored his fourth straight top-three result. Truex was scored in fourth and Busch added his series 19th top-10 finish of the season as he crossed the line in sixth.