Toyota Drivers Score Multiple Top Five Finishes Over the Weekend
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.
“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
“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