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Race Recap

Oct 13 - 2020
Read Time 4 Min

Twists and Turns of Toyota’s NASCAR Cutoff Weekend

Martin Truex Jr. bouncing across the ‘turtles’ at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval on Sunday.Twists and Turns of Toyota’s NASCAR Cutoff Weekend
Toyota’s were victorious in USAC and POWRi competition while Playoff fields continue to be cut at the tricky ROVAL at Charlotte Motor Speedway. 
 
NASCAR | ARCA
Erik Jones earned a third-place finish in Sunday afternoon’s NASCAR Cup Series race at The ROVAL at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Jones was followed to the line by teammate Martin Truex Jr., who finished sixth in the race. 
 
Kyle Busch battled the twists and turns of the road course at Charlotte, but was eliminated from Playoff contention.

“Little too aggressive there at the end,” said Truex. “Overall, just a so-so day for the Bass Pro Toyota. We had decent speed, not winning speed, but had a lot of fun out there, especially in the rain.”

Martin Truex Jr.
Both Truex and his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin will advance to the Round of 8 in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. Kyle Busch finished 30th after being forced to pit late in the race. Busch will not advance into the next round of the Playoffs. 
 
Brandon Jones (10th) led Toyota with a top-10 run in the weather-affected Drive for the Cure 250 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course on Saturday evening. With a consistent first round, Jones will advance to the Round of 8. 
 
Brandon Jones was the highest-finishing Supra driver in Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval with a 10th-place result.

“I was hopeful of some dry, because we did a ton of testing at the TRD sim this week on wet and dry,” said Jones. “I got really good at running on the dry, so I was hopeful of that. Obviously with the rain, I went to conserve mode. That’s kind of where I stayed. I slowly, slowly worked up to getting a little more throttle in areas that other cars were beating us in. I think by the end of the race, I was really confident in my Supra. The only issue I have with the rain is the visibility – not being able to see very well, but that is what other people were fighting at the same time.”

Brandon Jones

Riley Herbst and Harrison Burton both had issues, which ended their Playoff hopes. Herbst led seven laps but spun running fifth in the closing laps and he finished 12th. Burton drove up to second overall but had a mechanical issue that forced him behind the wall early.

In national ARCA Menards Series action, six Toyota drivers finished in the top-10 at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida.

USAC/POWRi
Toyota-powered drivers drove to three midget car feature victories, while capturing seven of the nine top-three podium finishes on the weekend. The weekend kicked off with a pair of races on Friday night as Tanner Thorson led a Toyota one-two-three finish in the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget Championship at Wayne County Speedway, while Thomas Meseraull took home top honors in the POWRi Lucas OIl National Midget League feature at Jacksonville Speedway.

On Saturday, Meseraull earned his second win of the weekend, this time in USAC competition, edging Thorson for the victory at Tri-State Speedway. Overall, Toyota drivers have earned 32 national midget car events this season.

What’s Next
NASCAR heads to Kansas Speedway with all three national series competing, along with the ARCA Menards Series, which kicks off the weekend with their season finale on Friday, October 16 at 8:30 p.m. ET on FS1. The NASCAR Gander Outdoors & RV Truck Series and the NASCAR Xfinity Series will both run on Saturday, October 17 with the trucks rolling at 4:00 p.m. ET on FOX and Xfinity at 7:00 p.m ET on NBCSN. Then, the NASCAR Cup Series will kickoff their Round of 8 on Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

The NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series heads to Texas Motorplex in Dallas, Texas, and eliminations will take place Sunday afternoon starting at 2:00 p.m. ET on FS1.