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Race Recap

Jun 15 - 2020
Read Time 5 Min

Toyota Drivers Tally Seven Wins in Racing Action

Denny Hamlin earned the 40th NASCAR Cup Series win of his career on Sunday June 14, 2020 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.Toyota Drivers Tally Seven Wins in Racing Action

Register Five NASCAR Victories, POWRi Sweep

Toyota drivers won seven of the eight races they competed in over the last week, including sweeps in the NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) and POWRi, as well as victories in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) and NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series (NGROTS).

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Martin Truex Jr. kicked off Toyota’s winning ways on Wednesday night with a victory under the lights in the NCS race at Martinsville Speedway. Truex led the final 131 circuits of the 500-lap race en route to his first victory of the 2020 season. 

Martin Truex Jr. won his 25th race behind the wheel of a Toyota Camry last Wednesday night June 10, 2020 at Martinsville Speedway.

“These tracks are really tough,” said Truex of short tracks. “I think, for our team, the last five years or so really just continuing to work on the little things it takes to get around these places and continuing to work on those things. It's been really good for us. Really excited obviously to get our first win of the season.”

Martin Truex Jr.

The win marked Truex’s 25th NCS victory behind the wheel of a Toyota Camry.  Denny Hamlin also earned a NCS win in Sunday’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Hamlin swept the stage wins and led a race-high 137 laps (of 267) to register the 40th NCS victory of his career. 

“Win number 40 is special,” said Hamlin following the race. “I can't downplay it. I know how special and how much it means to me. It will take some time for me to understand what it means to me. The accomplishment, it's a big number, a number I never thought I would get to. I have been blessed to have fast cars and be able to execute and do some good things at the right time. I never just imagined in 2006 -- coming in the first year -- now having 40.”

Denny Hamlin

Kyle Busch registered his seventh NCS top-10 result of the season with a sixth-place finish, and Christopher Bell recorded a career-best eighth place result on Sunday at Homestead.

Harrison Burton won his second NXS race of the season at Homestead on Saturday, the first of the doubleheader races for the series in South Florida. Nineteen-year-old Burton took the lead on the final restart of the race and led the final two laps in the No. 20 Supra to become the track’s youngest series winner.

Harrison Burton was victorious for the second time this season in Saturday June 13, 2020, NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

“I’m so excited. That’s so awesome,” said Burton of his win on Saturday. “I gave away the lead on the first restart in the same position and I didn’t really want to do that again. I knew the 9 (Noah Gragson) was going to drive in real deep and slide up so felt good about that. Proud of my guys, they worked on this thing so hard every run – made it better and better. What a day to get this Xfinity Supra to victory lane. They can keep on doubting this thing and we’re going to keep coming back.”

Harrison Burton
In Sunday’s NXS event, Brandon Jones finished runner-up to race winner Chase Briscoe. Burton (eighth) and Riley Herbst (10th) also recorded top-10 finishes. It was Burton’s 10th top-10 finish to begin his rookie season, which broke the NXS rookie record previously set by Carl Edwards
 
Busch capped off Saturday’s racing action at Homestead with his 58th-career Truck Series victory, and his second of the 2020 season. Busch held command of the field throughout the second half of the race, winning the second stage and led a race-high 82 laps behind the wheel of the No. 51 Tundra. 
 
Kyle Busch led a race-high 82 laps en route to his 58th-career NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series victory on Saturday night June 13, 2020 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

“Can’t say enough about this Cessna Beechcraft Toyota Tundra, it was awesome tonight,” said Busch. “It’s been awesome all year, we’ve had some fluke things that have kind of taken us out of the running. Really good race for us and proud of everybody at KBM, proud of the effort. I know we’ve got issues and we’ll continue to work on that and get better.”

Kyle Busch

Austin Hill, who leads the series point standings, finished seventh and Christian Eckes had an eighth-place result on Saturday evening in Homestead.

Ty Gibbs was victorious in Saturday’s ARCA Menards East Series race at Toledo Speedway, leading 183 of 204 laps. Gibbs was one of six Camry top-10 finishers in the series return to racing.

POWRi
Toyota-powered drivers captured five of six podium finishes in the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League events at Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Missouri. On Friday night, 17-year-old Cannon McIntosh led teammate Buddy Kofoid in a Toyota one-two finish, while the 18-year-old Kofoid turned the tables on Saturday, charging from 22nd to first. McIntosh finished second and Thomas Meseraull was third as Toyota drivers captured all three spots on the podium. Over the course of the two races, Toyota-powered drivers led all 60 laps.

What’s Next
NASCAR heads to Talladega Superspeedway this weekend with three races at the 2.66-mile Alabama track. A doubleheader on Saturday, June 20 on FS1 will kick-off the weekend’s racing action with the ARCA Menards Series at 2:00 p.m. followed by the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at 5:30 p.m. The NASCAR Cup Series is set to compete at Talladega on Sunday, June 21 at 3:00 p.m. ET on FOX.