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Special Article

Dec 17 - 2019
Read Time 4 Min

Season in Review: NASCAR Xfinity and Truck Series

The Toyota Supra made its NASCAR debut in the Xfinity Series with a breakout first-year performanceSeason in Review: NASCAR Xfinity and Truck Series
It was another outstanding season for Toyota as the manufacturer led the series in wins in both the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) and the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series (NGOTS), along with scoring its 11th NGOTS Manufacturer’s Championship. The Toyota Supra made its NASCAR debut in the Xfinity Series with a breakout first-year performance, while the Tundra continued its successful run in the Truck Series. 
Christopher Bell had another incredible year in 2019. In his second full-time season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Bell started the year strong by dominating at Atlanta Motor Speedway
NASCAR Xfinity Series
Christopher Bell had another incredible year in 2019. In his second full-time season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Bell started the year strong by dominating at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He led 142 of 163 laps and earned the Toyota Supra its first win in just its second event. Bell would add five more wins in the regular season, including scoring his first career road course win at Road America in August. He went into the Playoffs as the number one seed, with an 11-point advantage over second place.
 
Bell would start the Playoffs with a huge run as he led an incredible 238 of 250 laps at Richmond Raceway, earning his seventh win of the season and clinching his spot in the Round of 8.
Bell would start the Playoffs with a huge run as he led an incredible 238 of 250 laps at Richmond Raceway, earning his seventh win of the season and clinching his spot in the Round of 8. Then, He claimed his spot in the Championship 4 with his eighth win of the season at Texas Motor Speedway in November. At Homestead, Bell led 40 laps but finished fifth in the race to end the year third in the point standings before moving to the NASCAR Cup Series in 2020.
Jones came into the season with three career top-five finishes, but 2019 proved to be a breakthrough as he scored six
Bell’s teammate, Brandon Jones, had a career season in his second year with Joe Gibbs Racing. Jones came into the season with three career top-five finishes, but 2019 proved to be a breakthrough as he scored six. The biggest moment proved to be at Kansas Speedway in October. Jones joined Bell on the front row and was solid throughout the day. However, with 10 laps to go, Jones drove past the leader on a restart and never looked back, scoring his first career win. He closed the season with four consecutive finishes inside the top-11, and looks for even more success in 2020 with Joe Gibbs Racing in the Xfinity Series.
The No. 18 Supra was filled with many drivers throughout the season, but Kyle Busch made his seven starts count
The No. 18 Supra was filled with many drivers throughout the season, but Kyle Busch made his seven starts count. He earned four victories, including big wins at his home track in Las Vegas and Indianapolis. The remainder of the season was filled with multiple drivers including Jeffery Earnhardt and Harrison Burton, who each scored their first top-five finishes in the series.
In his first year with Toyota, Austin Hill had a breakthrough year. Hill scored his first career win at Daytona International Speedway, securing him a Playoff spot in the first race of the year
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series
Toyota drivers really led the pack in the Truck Series, as a Tundra was found in the winner’s circle in more than half of the events this season. 
 
In his first year with Toyota, Austin Hill had a breakthrough year. Hill scored his first career win at Daytona International Speedway, securing him a Playoff spot in the first race of the year. Hill closed the regular season with his second career win at Michigan International Speedway, but really shined in the Playoffs – winning two of the final four events, including the season-ending race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Hill ended the season fifth in the final point standings.
 
Hill closed the regular season with his second career win at Michigan International Speedway, but really shined in the Playoffs
Hill was joined in the Playoffs by DGR-Crosley driver Tyler Ankrum.  Ankrum had to miss the first three races of the season before he turned 18, but after beginning his year in April he continued to beat expectations. He drove to his first career win – for him and his team – at Kentucky Speedway to claim his Playoff spot. He made it through the first Playoff cut and finished the year eighth in the point standings. Ankrum was crowned as Rookie of the Year, the fourth time a Toyota driver has earned that honor.
Ankrum had to miss the first three races of the season before he turned 18, but after beginning his year in April he continued to beat expectations.
Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) had another incredible season including earning another Owner’s Championship. Busch went five-for-five in his Truck Series races, while Greg Biffle drove to his first win for Toyota in June. In the No. 4 truck, Todd Gilliland scored his first win in October at Martinsville Speedway, while 2020 full-time driver Christian Eckes drove to a third-place finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the No. 51 to give KBM its seventh Owner’s title.
Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) had another incredible season including earning another Owner’s Championship.
Toyota looks forward to even more success in these two series in 2020.