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NASCAR

May 18 - 2020
Read Time 3 Min

Toyota Places Three in the Top 10 in NASCARs Return

Denny Hamlin led Toyota with a fifth-place finish in NASCAR’s return at Darlington Raceway.Toyota Places Three in the Top 10 in NASCARs Return
Three Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camrys earned top 10 finishes as NASCAR returned to action at Darlington Raceway on Sunday afternoon led by Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin’s fifth-place finish. It was the first race back after two months away due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Honestly, I felt totally comfortable with everything and I feel like they did a really good job of having a game plan and having a strategy,” said Martin Truex Jr. after the race. “Honestly, I feel 100 percent comfortable with how things went today and that everybody is safe and everybody is able to go about their business and do their jobs and not have to worry about it. I have to commend NASCAR and everybody involved for what they did. It was very streamlined and very easy and even all the team guys commented on how well everything went and how smooth it was and it wasn’t like it was a big hassle for anybody to be able to do it. From that standpoint, I think everything went really, really good. I’m definitely comfortable with the way things are.”

Martin Truex Jr.
Martin Truex Jr. bounced back from a rough start to finish sixth.
It was an up-and-down day for several of the Camrys at Darlington Raceway Truex had a hole punched in the front bumper of his car on lap one and dropped back. Christopher Bell and Daniel Suaréz both had flat tires, and Kyle Busch made contact with the wall. However, Truex and his team were able to battle back and earn a sixth-place finish, while Erik Jones moved up from 20th starting position to run most of the day inside the top-10 and earned an eighth-place finish. 
Erik Jones earned his best finish of the season – eighth – on Sunday.

“I fired off really good,” said Jones post-race. “That was the best the car was all day. I think we could have probably run fourth at best, maybe fifth if we didn’t have that loose wheel. But still, good to bring home eighth. We’ve had a rough start to the year before this break. Only had one top-10. Eighth’s our best finish to this point, so we have to keep improving from there. I felt like our cars were better today than what they were the last time we raced. We will continue to work on them. We have some work to do to get up to the 4 (Kevin Harvick) and the 88 (Alex Bowman). They were pretty long gone today. Not sure we can do a whole lot for Wednesday, but I think we can definitely make some gains to be a lot closer.”

Erik Jones

The extended run of seven NASCAR events in 11 days continues on Tuesday as the NASCAR Xfinity Series teams battle for the win in the Toyota 200, while the NASCAR Cup Series returns on Wednesday to Darlington for the Toyota 500.