Three Top Two Finishes Lead Toyotas Race Weekend
Three Top-Two Finishes Lead Toyota’s Race Weekend
Denny Hamlin, Ty Gibbs and Chandler Smith led Toyota by scoring runner-up finishes this weekend in New Hampshire and Ohio.
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Hamlin drove to his eighth top-two finish of the season at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Hamlin took the checkered flag behind race-winner Brad Keselowski after a spirited battle throughout the event.
“We just kind of were second there to the 2 (Brad Keselowski). We could really do well on restarts and we were going back-and-forth,” said Hamlin. “Wow, that was some really, really good short track racing. Hopefully the fans liked what they saw there with me and the 2 for most of the day. Some great side-by-side racing. We treated each other fair and it’s good that we got one-two out of it.”Denny Hamlin
At Toledo Speedway in Ohio, the ARCA Menards Series completed their first doubleheader. After battling weather, Ty Gibbs (Friday) and Chandler Smith (Sunday) both drove to runner-up finishes. Both races were won by Sam Mayer.
At the halfway point of the season, Michael Self continues to lead overall ARCA Menards Series standings, while Chandler Smith is leading the Sioux Chief Showdown points.
It will be a busy weekend for Team Toyota with eight races across five different tracks. Michigan International Speedway hosts the NASCAR Cup Series, the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series and the national ARCA Menards Series. The Truck Series kicks off of the Michigan races on Friday, August 7 on 6 p.m. ET on FS1. The first of two NASCAR Cup Series races is on Saturday, August 8 on 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN, and then on Sunday, August 9, the ARCA Menards Series starts the day at 1 p.m. ET on MAVTV with the second NASCAR Cup Series race of the weekend at 4:30 p.m. on NBCSN.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series takes on road course racing for the first time this season with a stop at Road America in Wisconsin on Saturday, August 8 at noon ET on NBCSN. The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series makes its third stop at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis with final eliminations being televised live on Sunday, August 9 at 1 p.m. ET on FOX.
Finally, the ARCA Menards Series West tackles two races this weekend at two different tracks. On Friday, August 7, the series heads to Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Washington, with a 6 p.m. ET start. On Saturday, they turn to Douglas County Speedway in Rodeburg, Oregon, at 9:30 p.m. ET. Both races are being televised live on NBC TrackPass.