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Special Article

Oct 11 - 2019

Toyota Racing Championship Update

Martin Truex Capture Victory at Richmond Race WayToyota Racing Championship Update
With one round complete across all three NASCAR national series, Toyota drivers are still in the running for titles across NASCAR, NHRA, Formula Drift, ARCA and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.

NASCAR
This weekend at Talladega Superspeedway marks the halfway point of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. Although Erik Jones was eliminated after the first round of the Playoffs, Toyota currently has the top-three drivers in the overall point standings. Martin Truex Jr. won the first two Playoff races and is coming off a strong second-place run at Dover International Speedway. He currently leads the point standings and has a 63-point advantage over the cutoff line. His teammates, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch, are tied in second with a 48-point lead on ninth place.
Denny Hamlin and his #11 FedEx Camry
With a first lap accident eliminating Brandon Jones in Dover, Christopher Bell carries the flag for Toyota in the Xfinity Series Playoffs. After the first cutoff, Bell is atop of the standings with four races to go. He has a 48-point lead on fifth place in the standings. 
Christopher Bell Celebrate his Xfinity Series victory
After several weeks off, the Truck Series is back in action this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. Both Toyota Playoff drivers – Austin Hill and Tyler Ankrum – made it through the first cutoff last month in Las Vegas. Hill did it in convincing fashion, winning his third race of the season to move to second in the standings. Eighteen-year-old Ankrum – who has already clinched Rookie of the Year – is currently sixth in the standings, with three races to gain nine points on the cutoff.
Austin Hill Burn out at Las Vegas with big win
Finally, in the K&N Pro Series West, Derek Kraus continues a strong season. Coming off his fourth win of the season, Kraus leads the point standings by 40 points with three races remaining. They are back on track this weekend at All American Speedway in California.
Kalitta Motorsports has had a strong start to the Countdown for the Championship with three straight victories.
NHRA
 
Kalitta Motorsports has had a strong start to the Countdown for the Championship with three straight victories. After closing the regular season with his first U.S. Nationals win, Doug Kalitta holds on to the points lead with four races remaining as the NHRA legend searches for his first championship after four career runner-up finishes. Richie Crampton scored his second win of the season at the opening race of the playoffs in Reading, Pennsylvania. He is tied for fifth in the point standings – with Toyota teammate Antron Brown – in the standings less than four rounds off of the lead.  
 
Shawn Langdon knocked off teammate J.R. Todd in an all-Toyota Camry Funny Car final to win
In Funny Car, Shawn Langdon and J.R. Todd raced for the win at the series’ most recent event in St. Louis with Langdon picking up his second win of the season. That advanced Langdon to seventh in the standings. Reigning Funny Car champion, Todd, – who has eight consecutive semi-final finishes or better in the playoffs – is up to fifth in the standings, less than three rounds off of the championship lead.
Aasbø, who has finished in the top two in the standings every season

FORMULA DRIFT

We are less than two weeks from the Formula Drift finale and Fredric Aasbø is in a familiar spot – in championship contention. Aasbø, who has finished in the top two in the standings every season since he won the championship in 2015, is currently second overall – 19 points behind the points leader heading into the series finale at Irwindale Speedway in California. With the race win being worth 20 points more than second, Aasbø controls his own destiny.

Eckes, who took the points lead from Self with a second-place effort in Indianapolis this past weekend
ARCA

It comes down to Kansas for the ARCA Menards Series with Venturini Motorsports teammates,  Christian Eckes and Michael Self, 20 points apart in the standings. Eckes, who took the points lead from Self with a second-place effort in Indianapolis this past weekend, will make his first career start at Kansas Speedway and will have to have a strong run. Self, who has a series leading 13 top-five finishes, has raced the last three events at the track with a win and an average finish of second.