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Race Recap

Jun 8 - 2020
Read Time 4 Min

Toyota Drivers Claim Nine Top-10 Finishes in Atlanta

Kyle Busch finished runner-up in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.Toyota Drivers Claim Nine Top-10 Finishes in Atlanta
                                                                  Kyle Busch, Austin Hill Earn Runner-Up Results
 
Nine Toyota drivers recorded top-10 results, including runner up finishes by Kyle Busch and Austin Hill, as NASCAR’s top three series competed at Atlanta Motor Speedway over the weekend.
 
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Joe Gibbs Racing Camry drivers Busch (second), Martin Truex Jr. (third) and Denny Hamlin (fifth) registered top-five finishes in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) race. 
 
Truex won the first two stages of the race in the No. 19 Camry and led 65 laps (of 325) during the 500-mile event. 
 
Busch led the NCS field for seven laps to earn his sixth top-five finish of the season and the fourth in the last five races.
 
Martin Truex Jr. (left) led 65 laps and won the first two stages of the race before finishing in third place in the NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday.

“Overall, my guys did a great job and they gave me a great M&M’s Fudge Brownie Camry,” said Busch following the race. “We were able to keep it up front all day. We had good pit stops all day. I didn’t screw up and speed on pit road today, so we’ve got that going for us. Hopefully we can keep building on this momentum and keep rolling.”

Kyle Busch

Hamlin’s fifth-place result marked his third top-five finish in the last five races.

Harrison Burton was the top Toyota finisher in Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) race with a fifth-place finish at the mile-and-a-half Atlanta oval. It marks the ninth consecutive top-10 result for the 19 year old, dating back to the 2019 season-finale. 

Supra driver Harrison Burton earned his eighth consecutive top-10 finish in the NASCAR Xfinity Series with a fifth-place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday.

“It’s always a good thing when you can eventually get it together – put what you’ve learned together and make the car a lot better a lot better at the end,” said Burton following the race. “I felt like we struggled really bad loose early, and then I don’t know how, but my crew chief Ben Beshore always makes it a lot better at the end of these races. That was a big, big gain at the end, so we got some notes for the future on that, for the next few mile-and-a-halves.”

Harrison Burton

Brandon Jones also earned a top-10 result with an eighth place finish in the JGR No. 19 Supra.

The NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series (NGROTS) race on Saturday kicked off racing action at Atlanta Motor Speedway with Tundra racers Hill and Christian Eckes finishing second and third, respectively. 

“It seemed like it took our truck five to eight laps to get going good,” said Hill following the race. “After that, we were a really good truck. We were a dominant truck. We just needed that clean air and I think it showed there during that long run how good we were. All in all, that white flag lap going into one beside the 98 (Grant Enfinger), I got on the splitter a little bit going into one, ultimately it just got me tight and when it did, he was able to clear me off of (turn) two and it was kind of over from there. Man, I wanted to win here so bad. This is my home track. I’ve run a lot of races here in the Bandolero and Legend Car Series and won a lot of races here doing that. To get a win (at Atlanta) would have been really special, but I guess we have to be the first losers this year. We’ll try again next year maybe.”

Austin Hill
Tundra drivers combined to lead 91 laps (of 136) in Atlanta. Kyle Busch won the first two stages of the race and led 37 laps, however an on-track incident resulted in a 21st-place finish. Hill (36 laps) and Eckes (18 laps) also led the NGROTS field. 
 
Rookie Derek Kraus finished seventh and Stewart Friesen earned a 10th-place result to round out the Toyota top-10 finishers for the weekend. Hill continues to lead the Truck Series point standings after four races.
Tundra driver Christian Eckes tied his career best finish with a third-place result in Saturday’s NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway

What’s Next

The NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) has a busy week coming up with a mid-week race on Wednesday, June 10 at Martinsville Speedway followed by a race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday. Wednesday’s NCS race will be broadcast on FS1 beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET. All three NASCAR series will then travel to Florida where the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series (NGROTS) and NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) will compete in double-header racing action on Saturday, June 13. The Truck Series race is slated for 12:30 p.m. ET on FS1 followed by the NXS race on FOX at 3:30 p.m. ET. The Xfinity Series will hit the track again on Sunday, June 14 for a race at noon ET on FS1 and the NCS rounds out the Homestead events on at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX.