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Race Recap

Oct 5 - 2020
Read Time 5 Min

Winning Weekend for Toyota Racing

Denny Hamlin scored his seventh NASCAR Cup Series win of the season at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday.Winning Weekend for Toyota Racing
Multiple Toyota wins across multiple series highlighted the racing action over the weekend that included victories in NASCAR, NHRA and POWRi.
 
NASCAR | ARCA
Denny Hamlin scored his seventh NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) win of the season at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, marking the 300th win for the Camry in NASCAR competition. Hamlin, who automatically advances to the next round of the NCS Playoffs, was followed to the finish line by Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) teammate Erik Jones in second place.
 
Denny Hamlin’s win at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday marked the 300th win for the Toyota Camry in NASCAR competition.

“We just played the strategy and the numbers game to run in the back until we were locked in,” said Hamlin. “Things worked out. We finally got one back. This one was unexpected to say the least. You have to play the game. You have to get to the next round. To win the championship, you have to win the last race and you have to get to the last race. For us, we played the strategy to play the numbers to make sure we got locked in and then win the race.”

Denny Hamlin

Fellow JGR Playoff contenders Martin Truex Jr. (23rd) and Kyle Busch (27th) were both involved in on-track incidents at the Alabama superspeedway.

Brandon Jones (fourth) earned a top-five finish to lead Toyota in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Talladega on Saturday. Jones is currently above the Playoff cut line heading into the final race in the Round of 12 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval on Saturday. 
Brandon Jones was the highest-finishing Supra driver in Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Talladega Superspeedway with a fourth-place result.

“Really excited to be able to come out of here with the finish that we did and the points cushion that we’ve got,” said Jones. I feel like those stages that we had were really good and we stayed up front. I thought the move right there to go with the 11 (Justin Haley) was going to work and I realized later what he was doing, which was not going to benefit us, but it ended up working out at the end there.”

Brandon Jones
His Joe Gibbs Racing teammates – Harrison Burton and Riley Herbst – were both involved in on-track incidents leading to finishes outside of the top-20.
 
Canadian Raphaël Lessard drove to his first career NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series victory at Talladega on Saturday, leading the final lap of the superspeedway event to earn Toyota’s second straight Truck Series win. 
 
Lessard was joined in the top-10 by Chandler Smith (third) and fellow rookie driver Derek Kraus (10th). Austin Hill clinched a spot in the Round of 8 with a win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway the week prior. 
 
Raphaël Lessard drove to his first career NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series victory at Talladega on Saturday.

“That was awesome,” said Lessard. “I don’t know who was behind me, but he gave me a heck of a push and I can’t thank him enough because he’s part of that win too. He pushed me as hard as he could, and I was just holding on for the ride. Then the caution came out at the right time. I’m so happy. This was my first time doing a burnout from a race win and I loved it. Hopefully we can do it some more.” In ARCA Menards Series action on Sunday, five Toyota drivers finished in the top-10 on the dirt at Illinois State Fairgrounds with Mike Basham leading the way with a sixth-place result.

Raphaël Lessard

NHRA
Toyota Top Fuel driver Doug Kalitta won the NHRA Midwest Nationals at World Wide Technology Raceway on Sunday. Kalitta’s closest margin of victory on the day was .045 seconds on the way to winning his second race of the season and the 49th of his career. With the victory, he has closed to within two points of Steve Torrence in the championship point standings with just three races remaining.

Doug Kalitta won the NHRA Midwest Nationals at World Wide Technology Park on Sunday, marking the 49th win of his career.

"We needed to get some momentum going for the last three races and this is going to do a lot for us for sure,” said Kalitta. “The conditions were really good, and my Mac Tools Toyota guys had my car running really well. I'm real proud of my entire team and Toyota is a big part of making this car run and knowing what the track is doing. Just a big team effort."

Doug Kalitta

Tony Schumacher, who won Saturday’s Top Fuel pole position, also advanced to the semifinals. In Funny Car, Alexis DeJoria advanced to her second semifinal showing of the season.

POWRi
Buddy Kofoid led teammates Daison Pursley and Cannon McIntosh as Toyota drivers finished one-two-three in Friday’s POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League Gold Crown Nationals at Tri-City Speedway. It was the eighth national midget feature victory of the season for Kofoid, the most by any driver. Saturday night’s planned event was rained out.

What’s Next
NASCAR competes at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval with the NASCAR Xfinity Series hitting the track on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET with the broadcast on NBC and the NASCAR Cup Series races at the Roval on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

The final race for the ARCA Menards Series East season is Saturday, October 10 at 5 Flags Speedway. The race will be shown live on NBC TrackPass at 8:00 p.m. ET.