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NASCAR

May 31 - 2020
Read Time 2 Min

Kyle Busch and Erik Jones Lead Team Toyota at Bristol

May 31, 2020, Toyota teammates Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin lead the field at Bristol Motor SpeedwayKyle Busch and Erik Jones Lead Team Toyota at Bristol

The old saying goes, “It’s Bristol Baby,” and Sunday afternoon’s NASCAR Cup Series race from Bristol Motor Speedway lived up to its tagline with Kyle Busch leading Team Toyota with a fourth-place finish.

Camry teammates Erik Jones and Christopher Bell finished inside the top-10 with Jones finishing fifth and Bell ninth.

May 31, 2020, Christopher Bell and Erik Jones battle side-by-side at Bristol Motor Speedway

Erik Jones was positive following his second top-five finish of the 2020 season, “We had a pretty good Stanley Camry. At times, I thought we were better than others. We got a good finish out of it, which was nice,” Jones said. His day wasn’t incident-free, “I got caught up in a wreck with the 4 (Kevin Harvick) car. He blew a right front, and we got some damage on the left front at the end. It slowed us down for sure. We just never really got the track position all day, never got where we needed to. We were fast enough during some of the runs that I felt like we could have maintained if we had been up in the top three, we just never got up there. Good day, good finish. Top-five is always rewarding, but you always want more.”

May 31, 2020 Denny Hamlin races around the half-mile short track in Bristol Tennessee
Christopher Bell showed his short-track skill by racing inside the top-10 for a majority of the event to earn his second top-10 finish in three races. “We battled back and have begun to see some results, which is good,” Bell said.  “It’s nice to be getting some results after the start of the season we had. We are continuing to build and get better, which is the goal.” 
 
Denny Hamlin led a race-high 131-laps and was in prime position to win the 500-lap event but cut a tire down in the closing laps to finish 17th. 
 
The NASCAR Cup Series heads to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500  on Sunday at 3pmET on FOX.