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NASCAR

Feb 23 - 2020
Read Time 2 Min

Las Vegas Tough on Toyota Drivers

February 23, 2020, Camry drivers Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch line up behind the Camry TRD pace car before starting the NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas on Sunday.Las Vegas Tough on Toyota Drivers
Three Camry Racers Rally for Top-20 Finishes in the Desert

After rain plagued Las Vegas Motor Speedway all day Saturday, the sun came out and shined brightly for the NASCAR Cup Series race. Since qualifying was cancelled, the race lineup was set based on 2019 owner points allowing Camry drivers Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr. and Denny Hamlin to start in the first two rows. However, NASCAR handed out a penalty that sent both Busch and Hamlin to the rear of the field at a track that is known for it’s tough passing.

Truex remained up front during the first two stages – running second or third throughout most of the early going. However, following a pit stop after stage two ended, Truex had to come back down pit road to have his team tighten lug nuts.

“Just unfortunate this early in the season,” said Truex of his 19th place finish. “It’s nice to have a fast race car. Our Bass Pro Shops Toyota was really good. We were top two or three early in the first half and then we had the pit stop issue. We got back in traffic. I had a roll on the 1 (Kurt Busch) car and he just moving up until I hit the fence on the front stretch. I thought we were going to be okay after that. Then just cut our right front tire down and pretty much ended our day. It is what it is, but luckily, we got some good stage points the first two stages. We have a fast race car we can move forward with. The guys did a good job, just have to clean up pit road.”

Martin Truex
February 23, 2020, Kyle Busch comes to pit road for fuel, tires and adjustments during the NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas on Sunday.

As the field came to the white flag of the 400-mile race, a wreck on the front stretch brought out the caution. Multiple Camry drivers were knocking on the top-10, however the caution froze the field and three Toyota drivers finished in the top-20. Busch was 15th, followed by Hamlin (17th) and Truex.

The NCS heads to California to compete at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday, March 1.