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Race Recap

Jul 20 - 2020
Read Time 8 Min

Toyota Drivers Triumphant in Three Midwest States

Camry driver Kyle Busch earned a fourth-place finish in the NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday.Toyota Drivers Triumphant in Three Midwest States

NASCAR, ARCA and USAC Trophies Collected

Toyota drivers Kyle Busch, Ty Gibbs and Chris Windom each picked up a victory over the weekend, winning in Texas, Iowa and Nebraska, respectively.

NASCAR | ARCA
Defending NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Busch was the top-Toyota finisher on Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway, finishing fourth behind race-winner Austin Dillon. It wasn’t an easy race for Busch, who slid through the grass early in the event, but raced his way back into contention.

Supra driver Harrison Burton rebounded to earn a fourth-place result in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday.

“Early on in the day, the first stage, the Interstate Batteries Camry was good and had some good speed,” said Busch. “We led a little bit. Once we got more cars around us and more traffic, it just became more and more ill-handling for us and the rest of the day we just kind of kept going backwards. Then took the shot through the grass and that killed the frontend. Hard to tell with the naked eye that there was anything wrong, but it was definitely not right after that. We just kept trying to free it up and get the splitter back down to the ground somewhat to finish it out and get a good finish.”

Kyle Busch
Erik Jones (sixth) also earned a top-10 result at the 1.5-mile track located just down the highway from Toyota’s North American headquarters.
 
Harrison Burton rebounded to earn his first NASCAR Xfinity Series top-10 finish since mid-June with a fourth-place result at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday. 
Tundra driver Kyle Busch was triumphant in Saturday’s NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.

“It felt good to finally have another good run,” said Burton. “It’s not that we haven’t been capable of it. It’s just mistakes I’ve made and things that happen that take us out of the race and mistakes that we’ve made as a team. I feel like we’ve kind of learned from all of those and we’re starting to clean it up and hopefully go on another little run here and win some more races. I’m really excited, I think our whole organization has got speed, just need to put it together more often.”

Harrison Burton
Austin Cindric was credited with the race win after Busch’s race car, which crossed the finish line first, was disqualified in post-race inspection.
 
Busch earned his third NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series victory of the year when he drove his Tundra to the win at Texas Saturday night. It marks Busch’s fifth Texas triumph and the Tundra’s record-extending 20th Texas win – the most of any NASCAR track. Busch’s Truck Series win didn’t come easy as his Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate Christian Eckes applied the pressure as he looks for his first-career series victory.
 
Christian Eckes finished runner-up to Kyle Busch in Saturday’s NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.

“What can you say about Christian (Eckes), he’s getting better each week,” said Busch. “Every time out, they get that chemistry going more and more with Rudy Fugle (Eckes crew chief) and those guys. Real proud of that Safelite Tundra running fast and being there to challenge us at the end. I wanted to make sure we went out on a win and take our Cessna Beechcraft Tundra to victory lane. I want to say thanks to Toyota, TRD and Incredible Bank. We lost a friend of ours this week, Robert Hamke, who was a super late model chassis builder for years out in North Carolina. That’s now what Rowdy Manufacturing is essentially. Real proud to be able to score this win with Rowdy Manufacturing and get Robert a win.”

Kyle Busch
Ty Gibbs continued his winning ways over the weekend at Iowa Speedway, earning his fifth ARCA Menards Series victory in his last eight starts across the series three divisions, dating back to his West win to close out the 2019 season. It was Toyota’s 15th consecutive national ARCA Menards Series win. Chandler Smith (fourth), Michael Self (sixth), Max McLaughlin (seventh and Gracie Trotter (ninth) also earned top-10 results on Saturday.
NHRA
Doug Kalitta and Antron Brown made second round appearances in Top Fuel, while J.R. Todd did the same in Funny Car to lead Toyota in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series’ Lucas Oil Summernationals in Indianapolis on Sunday. The event’s final round was postponed due to rain and will be run at the Labor Day weekend U.S. Nationals event.
 
Despite the early exit, Kalitta remains on top of the Top Fuel point standings with a 95-point advantage over second place. 
 
USAC
Series point leader Chris Windom won Friday night's USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Championship feature event at Jefferson County Speedway in Fairbury, Nebraska. The victory was one of six podium finishes by Toyota drivers in three races over the weekend, among those was a third place showing by rookie sensation Kaylee Bryson on Sunday night in Caney, Kansas. It marked the first podium finish by a woman in a USAC national feature since Holly Shelton placed third at Lawrenceburg in 2017.
 
What’s Next
NASCAR and ARCA move to Kansas Speedway for a five-race weekend beginning with the NASCAR Cup Series on Thursday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. The NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series competes Friday, July 24 at 7 p.m. ET on FS1 followed by the ARCA Menards Series at 10 p.m. ET, also on FS1. A second Truck Series event leads off activities on Saturday, July 25th at 1:30 p.m. ET on FS1 while the NASCAR Xfinity Series races later in the afternoon at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN.