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Race Recap

Jul 6 - 2020
Read Time 3 Min

Toyota’s Young Stars Drive to Dominating Victories

Denny Hamlin led late in the NASCAR Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway before a blown tire ended his day.Toyota’s Young Stars Drive to Dominating Victories

Wins Scored in Indiana and California

Two teenagers drove Camrys to ARCA wins over weekend as NASCAR took on the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway

NASCAR
Denny Hamlin looked to be headed to his first win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway before a blown tire with less than ten laps to go sent him into the wall.

Christopher Bell had a solid day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday as the NASCAR Cup Series rookie drove to a 12th-place finish.

“It’s just tough. I hate it for the FedEx team. We didn’t do what we needed to do and it didn’t work out for us today,” said Hamlin. “I had a fast car obviously and was stretching it out there, but wasn’t pushing right front at all. It’s kind of like roulette if you’re going to get one that will stay together or not and mine didn’t. These big races -- things don’t go my way all the time. We’re still going to go next week and try to win the next one. We’ll do all we can.”

Denny Hamlin
Kyle Busch (sixth) and Christopher Bell (12th) led Toyota in the final finishing order.   On Saturday, the NASCAR Xfinity Series took on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course for the first time and although all three Joe Gibbs Racing Supras ran inside the top 10 the majority of the event – all encountered issues late in the event. Road course veteran Brandon Gdovic was the highest finishing Toyota in 12th. 
 
Harrison Burton had a strong run going at the first NASCAR Xfinity Series event at the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway before a late pit stop resulted in a 25th-place finish.

ARCA
Chandler Smith continued Toyota’s winning ways in the national ARCA Menards Series on Friday evening at Lucas Oil Raceway. The 18-year-old led the final 162 laps (of 200) to earn his second win of the season and second straight victory at Lucas Oil Raceway. It was the 13th consecutive victory for Toyota in the series, which marked a series record.

In the ARCA Menards Series West, Jesse Love scored his second win in three events as he drove to victory at California’s Irwindale Speedway. After starting from the pole, Love took back the lead with five laps remaining to continue his hot streak to start his rookie campaign in ARCA West. Love leads the overall point standings by 19 points after four events.

What’s Next
It is a big weekend for racing at Kentucky Speedway as four series compete in five events beginning with the first of two NASCAR Xfinity Series events on Thursday, July 9 at 8 p.m. ET on FS1. The Xfinity cars return to the track on Friday evening at 8 p.m. ET on FS1 for a 300-mile event. On Saturday, July 11, the day begins with ARCA Menards Series action at 2:30 p.m. ET on FS1, followed by NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series racing at 6 p.m. ET also on FS1. The Kentucky Speedway racing weekend concludes with the NASCAR Cup Series event on Sunday, July 12 at 2 p.m. ET on FS1. The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series makes its return with the first of three events at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis this weekend. Final eliminations will be shown live on FOX on Sunday at noon ET.