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Race Results

Sep 29 - 2020
Read Time 7 Min

Hill clinches spot in Round of 8, while Trotter makes history

Gracie Trotter drove to first win for a female in an ARCA Racing sanctioned event on Saturday in Las Vegas.Hill clinches spot in Round of 8, while Trotter makes history
Austin Hill became the first member of Team Toyota to clinch a spot in the Round of 8 with his win in Las Vegas on Friday evening, while Gracie Trotter made history with her ARCA victory. 
 
NASCAR | ARCA
All four Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas scored top-10 finishes in the NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, including Denny Hamlin (third), Martin Truex Jr. (fourth), Kyle Busch (sixth) and Erik Jones (eighth). 

Hamlin was dominant throughout parts of the event before a late-race caution changed pit strategy. He holds a 58-point advantage on the cutline heading into Talladega.
 
Denny Hamlin drove to a stage win and a top-three finish at Las Vegas.

“We had a dominant car today and I’m proud of the whole FedEx team for giving me such a great car,” said Hamlin. “By far the best car I’ve had in Las Vegas in a long time. It was really, really good. Happy with it and this new tire here. We’ll run that a few more times this year. Really encouraged by the way we ran, but very disappointed that we didn’t get a win. It’s just been the way that the Playoffs have gone. Whoever stays out the longest puts themselves in a great spot to win.”

Denny Hamlin
On Saturday, Harrison Burton (ninth) led Toyota in the first race for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs at Las Vegas. Burton and teammate Brandon Jones are currently above the Playoff cutline heading into Talladega. 
Harrison Burton started his rookie Playoff campaign with a top-10 finish at Las Vegas.

“Yeah, it was a tough one to say the least,” said Burton. “We really weren’t good to start the race, but I feel like we got better and better as we went. It just wasn’t good enough. If you give yourself a bad starting point at these places without practice, then you don’t have a chance to work up through it and you put yourself in a deficit. We were kind of fighting an uphill battle all night. Our DEX Imaging Toyota team gained some ground, but not enough.”

Harrison Burton
Austin Hill had an impressive performance on Friday evening, driving to his second victory of the season and second straight fall Las Vegas win. Hill made a bold move on the last restart and led the final 39 laps to score the victory and clinch a spot in the Round of 8. Stewart Friesen (fourth) and Chandler Smith (fifth) joined him inside the top-five, while fellow Playoff driver Christian Eckes (eighth) moved above the Playoff cutline with a top-10 finish.
Austin Hill celebrates his second victory of the season.

“The ironic thing was that right after Bristol, right after we took the checkered flag I said, ‘Let’s keep our heads up, we’re going to go to Vegas and win it.’ Heck, we did it,” Hill said. “We didn’t have the best truck tonight by no means. We had to fight a lot of adversity. Stage one and two, we weren’t good at all. Scott (Zipadelli, crew chief) and the guys kept working on it and got it better and better. Pit crew did a hell of a job on that last pit stop getting me in the position that I needed to get into. I just had to get out there and get it. That’s what we did. I knew clean air was huge so just had to get through the gears right and get to the lead. I knew this Weins Canada Toyota Tundra could probably hold off everybody, but Sheldon (Creed) was definitely way faster than me.”

Austin Hill
Gracie Trotter had a milestone victory in Saturday’s ARCA Menards Series West race at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, becoming the first female driver ever to score a victory in an ARCA sanctioned event. Trotter was dominant in the race – leading 95 laps (of 150) to score her first win. She was part of a Bill McAnally Racing sweep of the podium with Gio Scelzi (second) and Jesse Love (third) joining Trotter in the top-three.
Gracie Trotter celebrates her first career victory.

“Our ENEOS Toyota was perfect,” Trotter said. “It just took off for me. They kept telling me to back it down. I told them I am backed down. I don’t think I could go any slower. The car wasn’t tight or loose one bit. It just flowed through the corner really good. I can’t thank Bill McAnally enough, Toyota Racing Development, Jack Irving – all those guys. I’m at a loss for words right now. My first year in ARCA, out West, far from home – it just really means a lot to me.”

Gracie Trotter

In national ARCA Menards Series action, Ty Gibbs continued his winning ways as he drove to his sixth victory of the season at Memphis International Speedway.

Michael Self finished sixth and is two points of out the championship lead with two races remaining.

NHRA

Alexis DeJoria advanced to the second round in Funny Car, while Antron Brown and Shawn Langdon did the same in Top Fuel to lead Toyota at Sunday’s Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

Shawn Langdon led the way for Toyota in Gainesville.

“That was a just a tough race,” said Langdon. “That was our quickest run of the weekend with this DHL Toyota dragster and we came up a little short. I felt good going into that race. We won a tough first round race and had some momentum. This dragster had won the past two Gatornationals and we wanted to make it three in a row. There is a lot of history at this track and I was looking for my first Gatornationals win. It would have been great to get a U.S. Nationals win and Gatornationals win back to back but it wasn’t meant to be. We will get our focus on St. Louis. This is a tough, tough class.”

Shawn Langdon
Doug Kalitta remains in the thick of the Top Fuel title race in second place, just 22 points out of the top spot with four races remaining.
 
FORMULA DRIFT
The Formula DRIFT season continued on Saturday and Sunday with a double-header at Evergreen Speedway in Washington. 
 
On Saturday, Fredric Aasbø drove his new Toyota Supra to the finals to lead Toyota, while Ryan Tuerck followed that performance with a final four appearance on Sunday. 
 
Ryan Tuerck drifts into the corner in the second doubleheader of the season.

"There are no easy battles in this series," said Aasbo, who advanced out of the opening bracket to face his teammate Ryan Tuerck in the Top 16. "You have to be ready to go to war the second you get to the track and fight hard through every step of the ladder."

Fredric Aasbø

USAC
Toyota drivers swept a pair of USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget car feature events this weekend. Cannon McIntosh won Friday night at Gas City I-69 Speedway, while Chris Windom was victorious on Saturday night at Kokomo Speedway. Windom continues to lead the championship with eight races remaining. Toyota has won 28 national midget feature car events, including each of the last four USAC races.

What’s Next
It is back to the highbanks of Talladega Superspeedway for the NASCAR teams. The NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series and the NASCAR Xfinity Series will compete in a doubleheader on Saturday, October 3 with the Trucks at 1 p.m. ET on FS1 and the NASCAR Xfinity Series races at 4:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. On Sunday, October 4, the NASCAR Cup Series will continue the Round of 12 at Talladega Superspeedway at 2 p.m. ET on NBC.

The NHRA Drag Racing Series continues their season at World Wide Technology Speedway at Gateway with final eliminations on Sunday, October 4 at 2:30 p.m. on FS1.

The ARCA Menards Series is also racing on the dirt at Illinois State Fairgrounds on Sunday, October 4, live on MAVTV at 3 p.m. ET.