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Race Recap

Jun 2 - 2020
Read Time 4 Min

Toyota Drivers Tally Top Fives at Bristol

Camry drivers Christopher Bell (left) and Erik Jones (right) both earned top-10 finishes in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway with ninth and fifth place results, respectively.Toyota Drivers Tally Top Fives at Bristol
                                                                  Kyle Busch, Brandon Jones Top-Toyota Finishers
 
Four Toyota drivers recorded top-five results in the NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) and NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
 
NASCAR
Three Camry drivers finished in the top-10 in Sunday afternoon’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Kyle Busch (fourth) and Erik Jones (fifth) led the way for Toyota with top-five results, while Christopher Bell earned his second top-10 result in the last three events with a ninth-place finish on Sunday.
 
Denny Hamlin (left) and Kyle Busch (right) combined to lead 231 laps (of 500) in the NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday.

“I led for a little bit and thought we had a pretty good Skittles Camry out front,” said Busch following the race. “It was a little bit of a struggle in traffic until we caught lapped traffic and it kind of started to mix up the leaders a little bit. I felt like we could make ground back up after 30 or 35 laps of a run. We didn’t get those runs at the end of the race. My pit crew always does a great job and unfortunately we came down leading and then we came out third and losing control of the race lost us the race. They’re normally really, really good at getting us spots and today we just didn’t have one of those days on pit road. We got the result we got and those guys all crashed in front of us.”

Kyle Busch

Busch has earned top-five finishes in three of the five races since NASCAR’s return to racing in mid-May at Darlington. Jones has registered three top-10 results in five races.

Busch and Denny Hamlin combined to lead the field six times for 231 laps (of 500) around the Tennessee half mile short track. Hamlin led late in the race before an incident in Turn 4 resulted in a 17th-place finish.

In Monday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race, Brandon Jones and Harrison Burton earned top-five results for Toyota with finishes of third and fourth, respectively. Burton led the field three times for 81 laps (of 303) behind the wheel of the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Supra. Riley Herbst also led four laps for Toyota.

Supra drivers Harrison Burton (left) and Brandon Jones (right) led the NASCAR Xfinity Series field to the green flag in Monday night’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

“This was fun and very different from any other Bristol race I’ve been a part of,” said Jones following the race. “One thing that was really interesting was obviously the racing on the bottom never really got moved up to the top. I tried multiple times to get that groove going, but not one would really follow you so it was hard to get that section to rubber up. The biggest thing is that everyone at JGR brings really, really fast Supras to the race track every week. I knew we were going to be quick to get going. It was interesting, we would be really fast to start off the run. Middle of the run we would fall back really quick – everything that I would build up, I would lose and then it would come to me again at the end of the run. Then we would be just as fast if not better than the leaders.”

Brandon Jones

Burton’s fourth place finish marks his eighth consecutive top-10 finish dating back to last year’s season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The 19-year-old is the only driver to record top-10 results in all seven races this season.

POWRi
Toyota-powered entries captured wins in two of the three POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League's Turnpike Challenge events in Oklahoma this weekend, while also securing six top-three podium finishes overall. Buddy Kofoid took top honors in Saturday's main event in Oklahoma City, while Cannon McIntosh went wire-to-wire for Sunday's win in Tulsa. McIntosh registered a first, second and a third over the three nights. Also earning third-place finishes were Kaylee Bryson and Tanner Carrick.

What’s Next
NASCAR travels to Atlanta this weekend where all three series will be in action at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series competes on Saturday, June 6 at 1 p.m. on FS1 and the NASCAR Xfinity Series also races on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on FOX for a doubleheader day of racing action. The NASCAR Cup Series concludes the weekend’s racing in Atlanta on Sunday, June 7 at 3:00 p.m. ET on FOX.