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Race Recap

Sep 14 - 2020
Read Time 5 Min

Toyota Drivers Score Multiple Top-Five Finishes Over the Weekend

Martin Truex Jr. scored a runner-up finish in the NASCAR Cup Series race on Saturday evening at Richmond Raceway.Toyota Drivers Score Multiple Top-Five Finishes Over the Weekend

Toyota drivers scored multiple top-five finishes in NASCAR action in Richmond and ARCA racing in Toledo.

NASCAR | ARCA
Martin Truex Jr. (second) drove to his ninth NASCAR Cup Series top-five finish in the last 10 events on Saturday evening at Richmond Raceway. It was Truex’s fourth consecutive top-three finish at the Virginia track. The race was won by Brad Keselowski.

Kyle Busch (sixth) recorded his second straight top-10 finish to begin the Playoffs, while Denny Hamlin (12th) clinched his spot in the round of 12. Truex holds a 38-point advantage on the cutoff heading into Bristol, while Busch is 18 points above the cutoff.

“Just could never really find it,” said Truex. “Really was pretty surprised that we ran as good as we did with the way that the car felt. It really wasn’t doing anything that I wanted it to do or that we’ve done here in the past when we’ve been good. Just a battle all night, fought hard and the guys did a great job with adjustments and pit stops to execute and keep us up front. Good, solid night.”

Martin Truex Jr.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) completed its final doubleheader of the season at Richmond Raceway on Friday and Saturday. Busch (third) completed his 2020 NXS schedule with a top-three run on Friday night, while Harrison Burton (fourth) earned his rookie-best 12th top-five finish on Saturday afternoon. Both races were won by Justin Allgaier. 
Harrison Burton bounced back from Friday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race to score a top-five finish on Saturday afternoon at Richmond Raceway.

“I was really happy with today,” said Burton on Saturday. “We ran top-five pretty much all day and I was so proud of that. That’s such a big improvement. Even after finishing fifth in the first stage, I was pumped up, which I’m normally bummed about finishing fifth in the first stage. Just the way our weekend has been so far and then to turn it around overnight with those guys burning the midnight oil and putting in the work and me looking at data at night and trying to relate to see what we needed to do for today. To get that result out of it is a huge confidence booster and I think that’s what builds championship teams.”

Harrison Burton
Riley Herbst clinched his spot in the Playoffs despite a 34th-place finish on Saturday, joining his Joe Gibbs Racing teammates, Burton and Brandon Jones. 
 
The Richmond race weekend began with the ToyotaCare 250 on Thursday evening for the NASCAR Truck Series. Austin Hill (eighth) and Stewart Friesen (10th) scored top-10 finishes in a race that was won by Grant Enfinger. Hill clinched the regular season championship with his run and will be joined in the Playoffs by rookie driver Christian Eckes. 
 
Austin Hill flies by the Toyota sign in his Tundra at Richmond Raceway on Thursday evening.

“All in all, it was a really good effort from everyone at HRE (Hattori Racing Enterprises). Scott (Zipadelli, crew chief) and all the guys, they worked really hard,” said Hill. “Just kind of what we talked about earlier today was at the end of the race with it just not falling our way. We really thought a caution was going to come out, we wanted to leave a set (of tires) laying just in case a caution came out with 30 or 40 (laps) to go. It went green the rest of the way and all those guys pitted. Our Tundra, we just started fighting really free entry and really loose off on the long run. I think we still had a shot at it if the caution could have come out. If we had 20 or so laps to go, we could have had a shot at the win still. All in all, we did our job today getting the 15 bonus points and the regular season championship, which is really nice to have those bonus points, but kind of stings a little bit because we definitely felt that we had a better truck tonight than an eighth place finish.”

Austin Hill
The ARCA Menards Series ran at Toledo Speedway and the Toyota contigent was led by teenagers Chandler Smith (second) and Ty Gibbs (third). Sam Mayer earned the victory. 
 
What’s Next
It’s the cutoff race for the NASCAR Cup Series this weekend as NASCAR tackles Bristol Motor Speedway. The NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series starts the weekend on Thursday, September 19 at Bristol Motor Speedway at 7:30 p.m. ET on FS1. The ARCA Menards Series follows the Truck Series on Thursday evening at Bristol with coverage at 9:30 p.m. ET, also on FS1. On Friday, September 20, the NASCAR Xfinity Series competes at Bristol at 7:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN. The Cup Series closes the weekend at Bristol on Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
 
After taking on Bristol on Thursday, the ARCA Menards Series has a quick turn around to Winchester Speedway on Saturday, September 19, live on MAVTV at 3:00 p.m. ET.