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Race Recap

Aug 31 - 2020
Read Time 4 Min

Gibbs Gateway Victory, Toyota Top-Fives at Daytona

Camry drivers led 90 laps in Saturday night’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway.Gibbs Gateway Victory, Toyota Top-Fives at Daytona

Ty Gibbs scored his fourth ARCA Menards Series victory of the season at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway just outside St. Louis, while Toyota NASCAR drivers continued to earn top-five finishes in races at Daytona International Speedway and Gateway over the weekend.

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Camry drivers Denny Hamlin (third) and Martin Truex Jr. (fourth) earned top-five finishes in the NASCAR Cup Series regular season finale race at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday night. The race was won by William Byron. Truex has finished in the top-five in eight consecutive races, while Hamlin has registered top-six finishes in seven of the last eight races. Camry drivers combined to lead 90 laps (of 164) around the 2.5-mile Florida superspeedway. 

Denny Hamlin was the top-finishing Toyota with a third-place result in  Saturday night’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway.

“Just disappointed. I didn’t do a good job (at the end),” said Hamlin. “If you have control of a green-white-checkered on a speedway, most of the time the win is going to come from the front row and you have to just make sure you make the right moves and I just didn’t after I took the green. Just a crazy race. Just everyone kind of out there for themselves and all the pushing and shoving and body-slamming and what not. Decent finish, but I hate having control and not finishing.”

Denny Hamlin
Hamlin, Truex and Kyle Busch are all locked into the NASCAR Playoffs as they kick off the 10-race chase for the championship at Darlington Raceway on Sunday. 
 
In Friday night’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race, Riley Herbst and Harrison Burton finished fourth and fifth, respectively, at Daytona. The 100-lap race was won by Justin Haley. It marked the fourth straight top-10 finish for Herbst. 
 
Supra racers earned two top-five finishes in Friday night’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway.

“I just think it speaks to the resilience of everybody at Joe Gibbs Racing,” said Herbst, following the race. “We definitely had an up and down day. Got bailed out there with the competition caution and we worked our way back up to the front. Just didn’t have the speed that we needed in our Supras to compete with the Kaulig cars, but we’ll go back to work on the Monster Energy Supra for Talladega.”

Riley Herbst
Three Tundra drivers finished in the top-10 in Sunday’s NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, which was won by Sheldon Creed. Austin Hill (third), Stewart Friesen (fifth) and Raphael Lessard (sixth) all earned top-10 results. Hill continues to lead the series point standings.
Austin Hill continues to lead the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series point standings following a third-place finish in Sunday’s race at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway.

“All-in-all, a really good, hard fought day,” said Hill. “Everybody at HRE just works their guts out each and every week. This is a new package with no practice, so we knew we were going to have to work on it and it just goes to show that if you make the right calls and right adjustments you can be up there in the end.”

Austin Hill
The ARCA Menards Series also competed at Gateway on Saturday as Gibbs delivered his fourth ARCA win in nine races this season. It also marked Gibbs’ sixth career victory in 20 ARCA Menards Series starts.

What’s Next
NASCAR is headed to Darlington Raceway for three races over Labor Day weekend. The NASCAR Xfinity Series races on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. On Sunday at Darlington, the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series competes at the ‘Lady in Black’ at 2 p.m. ET on FS1 with the NASCAR Cup Series taking center stage at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN to kick off the NASCAR Playoffs. 

The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series returns to action at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis for the NHRA U.S. Nationals with the final round live on FOX at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 6.

Formula DRIFT starts their season this weekend with a doubleheader at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway on Saturday, September 5 and Sunday, September 6.

The ARCA Menards Series is also racing at Lebanon I-44 Speedway on Saturday, September 5, live on MAVTV at 9 p.m. ET.