It was a busy weekend for Toyota Racing drivers as they competed in NASCAR, NHRA, Formula DRIFT and USAC Dirt Racing.
Christopher Bell won his second NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) event of the season at Bristol Motor Speedway. As part of his victory, Bell earned a $100,000 bonus for the Dash 4 Cash program for being the highest-finishing series regular.“It feels really good. Cardboard checks are my favorite trophies. I’ve got a couple of them from the dirt races, but none of them say a hundred grand so that’s pretty cool.”
Fredric Aasbø was Toyota’s highest-finishing racer at Formula DRIFT’s season-opening event in Long Beach, California. Aasbø placed fourth and made it to the final four but was eliminated due to a spark plug issue.
"Of course, we're looking for the win every time we compete, but this just wasn't going to be our weekend. Still, I'm leaving Long Beach feeling very good about the year ahead. I've been practicing a lot in the off-season and our chase runs in Long Beach were more aggressive than they've ever been.”
Kevin Thomas Jr. steered his Toyota-powered dirt midget to Victory Lane in USAC competition Saturday night. Thomas had early contact with Justin Grant but came out with the victory.
“It’s racing. We both race hard. It is what it is. We talked to each other in the podium picture and it’s all good. It’s just the way it goes.”
Kyle Busch earned his third Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory of the season at Bristol Motor Speedway. He held off his brother, Kurt, for his eighth career win at Bristol.
“Love this place. It was fun to battle out the brother there at the end. I know we didn't quite get side‑by‑side racing it out. I saw him working the top. I'm like, I better go. I got up there, was able to make some ground. Man, just awesome to be here in front of this crowd, here at Bristol Motor Speedway.”
Defending Funny Car champion J.R. Todd earned his first victory of the 2019 season at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It was his third-consecutive win at Las Vegas.
“It seems like these DHL Toyota Camrys always run well here. The whole team has a really good handle on this place, especially my crew chiefs Todd Smith and Jon Oberhofer. It seems like the more we come here, the better grip they get on this place.”