Team Toyota needed to bring the brooms out for the NASCAR race weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. Toyota drivers swept each race in the Lone Star State and finished runner-up in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at Irwindale Speedway in California.
Kyle Busch kicked off the weekend with his third-consecutive NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series victory in the No. 51 Tundra.
“They made me work for it. They certainly got my money’s worth tonight. I want to say thanks to TRD (Toyota Racing Development), Rowdy Manufacturing and all of the fans – the Truck Series fans are the thoroughbreds of our sport. It’s coming out here on a Friday night, supporting the truck guys is what makes all this go round.”
Busch’s winning ways of 2019 wouldn’t stop there. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver would pick up his third Xfinity Series race win Saturday afternoon. Busch took the lead on a late race restart and never looked back on his way to victory lane.
“We had a fast Supra today once we got rolling. Overall, Christopher Bell ran a great race. He should’ve won this thing today.”
Busch’s teammate Christopher Bell was the class of the field in the contest leading a race-high of 127 laps and looked to be on his way to victory lane. However, a caution with a handful of laps to go halted his plans. Bell knew he had the car to win, but just didn’t work out in his favor when all was said and done.
“I thought we had Kyle (Busch) beat. I led more laps than him. I passed him a couple times on restarts. That’s that. Didn’t have track position there at the end.”
Over on the left coast Toyota rookie Tanner Gray gave fans a thrilling finish as he finished second after a hard-fought battle for a win.
“That was a lot of fun. I feel like I was the only one who was really able to get down there and be as fast as I was. The deal we had coming to the line was unfortunate, but it was just both drivers coming using up all the race track trying to get there first.”
They say everything is bigger in Texas, well Sunday’s Cup Series race proved to live up to the motto. Denny Hamlin snagged his second victory of 2018 and his third at Texas Motor Speedway in a race that saw him overcome multiple penalties throughout the race.
“I told them (pit crew) when I was making my way through the pack, I know this really sucks because we’re probably not going to win with the fastest car. It was fun passing all those cars, it really was. We had a fast FedEx Camry and we just took advantage of the cards that were given to us.”
The action doesn’t slow down this weekend as Team Toyota’s NASCAR drivers head to the Last Great Colosseum for short track racing. NHRA gears up for four-wide racing as they take on The Strip at Las Vegas; while Formula Drift returns to the streets of Long Beach in their 2019 season debut.