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