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NASCAR

Jun 7 - 2020
Read Time 3 Min

Three Camrys in the Top Five at Atlanta

June 97, 2020, Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch lead on a restart.Three Camrys in the Top Five at Atlanta
Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr. and Denny Hamlin drove their Camrys to the top five at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday afternoon. Busch led the way with a runner-up finish, his fourth top five result in the last five events.
June 07, 2020, Kyle Busch scored a runner-up finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

“Our Fudge Brownie M&M’s Camry was pretty decent,” said Busch. “We had good speed, you just couldn’t really push too hard. Every time I pushed too hard, it would really hurt my tires in the long run. I think that was for everybody. That last run, I was trying to keep up with those front guys and as soon as I felt like I was pushing too hard and they were inching out on me, I just gave up and decided just to run and try to make sure I didn’t slip a tire and do the best I could without pushing anything too hard. Was able to get Martin (Truex Jr.) at least there at the end.

Kyle Busch

It was Truex with the dominate Camry for portions of the day as he drove to the lead three different times to lead 65 laps. Truex also won both stages – his first stage wins of 2020 – to earn his first two Playoff points of the season.

June 97, 2020, Martin Truex Jr. won the first two stages at Atlanta Motor Speedway

“The last two or three runs there, we just got too tight,” said Truex. “Not sure what happened. The car was really good. The guys did a great job. Auto Owners Camry was fast all day. Got our first two stage wins of the year, which was huge. We just can’t seem to get over the hump at the finishes. With about 25 (laps) to go, I was clicking off some good lap times, but I knew I was pushing it too hard on the right front tire and with about 10 to go, it said, ‘oh hell no more.’ Just ran out of tires at the end and lost second to Kyle (Busch). I figured at that point, I could see the 4 (Kevin Harvick) and was just going to give it all I had and see if there was any opportunity, but he was just too good. Just got too tight at the end. I don’t know why, but we’ll go back and look at it. Hell of a job by everybody and a good, solid day.”

Martin Truex
The NASCAR Cup Series will quickly get back on track on Wednesday evening under the lights at Martinsville Speedway.