Toyota comes close
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.
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.
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.