Toyota Scores Wins Across the Country
Toyota Scores Wins Across the Country
Toyota Racing had success across the country this week with wins in five states including Michigan, Texas, New Jersey, Indiana and Colorado.
Jones was the highest-finishing Supra driver as he crossed the line in sixth, his best finish since the second race of the season in Atlanta.
“We started out not being a top-10 car most of the day, but we continued to work on it,” said Jones. “The biggest issue we fought was just being loose-in all day. We just kept after it and I think this is what the 19 team does really well, just adjust on the car all race. We’re running first-place lap times at the end of these races and just need some track position there at the end.”
Christopher Bell led 36 laps (of 125) and won the second stage before having to stop late in the race under green for fuel. He went on to finish 13th.
The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Series took on Texas Motor Speedway and Greg Biffle was victorious in his first truck start since 2004. In a race filled with caution flags and pit strategy, a call by crew chief Rudy Fugle to leave Biffle out on a late-race caution proved to be the winning call as Biffle drove away from the pack in his Kyle Busch Motorsports Tundra on the restart.
“It means a lot to me that Kyle gave me this opportunity to come
back and drive this truck,” said Biffle. “This Gander Outdoors Truck Series has a lot of competitive trucks, and these guys make the difference. These guys are a great group of guys that Kyle assembled. TRD, this Toyota ran great today. I am just excited to be here.”
This was the sixth win for the No. 51 Toyota Tundra in nine truck races this season, and seventh overall for Toyota.
For the second-consecutive race, the Formula Drift final came down to an all-Toyota battle. This time, Ryan Tuerck got the best of Atlanta winner and fellow Toyota driver Fredric Aasbø. Tuerck scored his first win since 2015 as he claimed victory at Wall Stadium Speedway in New Jersey.
Michael Self scored a dominating victory as late race pit strategy worked in his favor and he was able to pass the leader on the final turn. Self started on pole and led the first 40 laps (of 100). After a pit cycle, Self took the lead again on Lap 46 and led until Lap 90 when he stopped for fuel. With only a few laps remaining, the race leader attempted to stretch the fuel mileage to the checkered flag, but came up just short allowing Self to drive by to his third win of the season. Tanner Gray scored his first career ARCA Menards Series top-five finish in his fifth start.
Self continues to lead the point standings while Christian Eckes is fourth after his seventh top-10 finish of the season.
NKNPSWHailie Deegan scored her second win this season, and third NASCAR K&N Pro Series West victory of her career, with a late race bump-and-run move at Colorado National Speedway on Saturday. Deegan took the lead on Lap 89 (of 155) and looked to be headed to an easy win, but a late race spin by teammate Brittney Zamora meant a green-white-checkered finish. On the restart, points leader Derek Kraus got to the inside of Deegan and made the pass, but Deegan was not going to be denied as she passed Kraus on the final lap to score the victory. Zamora bounced back to finish fourth, her third-straight top-five finish.
“That was probably the scrappiest race I’ve ever ran,” Deegan said. “In the end, we went out there, ran our hardest race. Everything I’ve been practicing, all the hard racing I’ve been running. Derek (Kraus) ran me hard right there (Turn 2), so I was going to run him hard back (Turn 4). And that’s racing. We were all going for the kill. I got the win and that’s all that matters.”
Logan Seavey won the week-long Indiana Midget Week on Saturday after the final race at Kokomo Speedway was cancelled due to rain. Seavey won the title on the strength of an opening night win at Montpelier Speedway and four podium finishes in five races. This marks the second-consecutive Indiana Midget Week title for Keith Kunz Motorsports.
Tanner Thorson scored a win at Lincoln Park Speedway in his first starts since suffering injuries due to a non-racing car accident. He finished second in the overall points tally to his teammate Seavey.
The NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series takes the weekend off, but the Xfinity Series and Gander Outdoors Truck Series head to Iowa Speedway. The Truck Series will compete on Saturday, June 15 at 8:30 p.m. EDT on FS1 and then the Xfinity Series will close the weekend on Sunday, June 16 at 5:30 p.m. EDT on FS1.
The NHRA takes on Thunder Valley as they compete at Bristol Dragway with final round coverage on Sunday, June 16 at 2 p.m. EDT on FS1.
The ARCA Menards Series will make the short drive from Michigan to Wisconsin and compete at Madison International Speedway on Friday, June 14 at 8 p.m. EDT on MAVTV.
The POWRi series starts its annual Illinois SPEED Week at Belle-Clair Speedway on Wednesday, June 12.