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Race Recap

Oct 19 - 2020
Read Time 5 Min

First Wins and Milestones Achieved in Toyota Racing Action

Kyle Busch flashes by the Toyota billboard on his way to a top-five finish in Kansas.First Wins and Milestones Achieved in Toyota Racing Action
First-time victor Corey Heim drove Toyota to its 100th national ARCA Menards win on Friday, while 15-year-old Daison Pursley scored his first national midget win. 
 
NASCAR | ARCA
Kyle Busch led Toyota with a fifth-place finish in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race. Busch was joined inside the top-10 by Martin Truex Jr. (ninth) and rookie Christopher Bell (10th).
 
Martin Truex Jr. started the Round of 8 with a top-10 finish at Kansas.

“Any time you get back in the pack, it’s just so hard to pass and work your way up towards the front,” said Busch. “Everybody is so equal and with the dirty air, trying to get through some of that stuff is a challenge. But any time we got up front it seemed like our car was way different, way better and had a better opportunity to run in the top-three, top-five.”

Kyle Busch
Denny Hamlin won the second stage, but made contact with the wall on a late-race restart. The Playoff contender battled back to finish 15th.
 
Austin Hill had a great day at Kansas Speedway, capped off by a career-best fifth in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday evening. 
 
It was Hill’s first Xfinity Series top-five finish in his ninth career start. Playoff contender Brandon Jones (ninth) joined him in the top-10 and jumped above the Playoff cutline.
 
Truck Series regular Austin Hill earned his first career top-five Xfinity Series finish on Saturday.

“Everybody back at the shop – Scott (Zipadelli, crew chief) and all the guys back at HRE (Hattori Racing Enterprises), they’ve been really working hard on this Xfinity program to get the results that we feel like we deserve,” said Hill. “It’s been a little bumpy road here and there. We’ve had some decent runs, we ran pretty good at Darlington and then to be able to come out here tonight and come home with a top-five is really good. It shows how hard this team really works and how good this organization is. Our Toyota Tsusho Supra was good.”

Austin Hill
Hill started his day with a solid third-place finish in the Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway, as he bounced back from early race damage. With his finish, Hill extended his advantage over the cutline. He was joined inside the top-10 by Chandler Smith (fifth), Christian Eckes (sixth), Timothy Peters (seventh) and Derek Kraus (ninth).
Austin Hill battled back from an incident on track to earn a third-place finish.

“I think we finished third there. It was a good run for us. Our Toyota Tsusho Tundra was really good before we got damage at the end of stage two,” said Hill. “It’s good for us to rebound and get the position that we thought we should have gotten. We had a shot at winning today, but once we got the damage, our aero was just way too loose and it just changed the truck completely. All in all, a good day for us and we’ll go on to the next one.”

Austin Hill
The ARCA Menards Series kicked off the weekend at Kansas Speedway and Corey Heim drove to a dominating victory on Friday evening. It was Toyota’s 100th national ARCA victory. 
NHRA
Toyota Top Fuel drivers Doug Kalitta and Shawn Langdon each advanced to the semifinals to lead Toyota in the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at the Texas Motorplex on Sunday. Kalitta remains second in points with two races remaining, while Langdon climbed up to fifth.
 
Doug Kalitta recorded a semi-final finish in Houston.

"We lost some ground today, but we have two races left to make that up,” said Kalitta. “The last race will be 30 points a round. We will be in Houston next weekend and I am not sure how similar the conditions will be. This Mac Tools Toyota team was strong this weekend. We made some great runs today and we got aggressive in the semifinals. We will put this race behind us and get ready for Houston."

Doug Kalitta

In Funny Car, both Alexis DeJoria and J.R. Todd advanced to the second round.

POWRi
Toyota drivers swept a pair of POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League events at I-44 Riverside Speedway in Oklahoma City this weekend. On Friday, Cannon McIntosh passed teammate Daison Pursley with just three laps remaining to record his sixth victory of the season. 

After leading 27 of 30 laps on night one, the 15-year-old Pursley would take care of business on Saturday, passing Jesse Love on lap 22 on the way to earning his first national midget feature win. Buddy Kofoid finished second, followed by Love and McIntosh as Toyota-powered drivers swept the top four finishing positions.

What’s Next
It’s a big weekend in Texas for both NASCAR and the NHRA. On Saturday, October 24, the NASCAR Xfinity Series starts the weekend at Texas Motor Speedway with the race beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. On Sunday, October 25, it is a doubleheader. The NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series starts the day at noon ET on FS1, while the NASCAR Cup Series follows at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. While NASCAR is in Fort Worth, the NHRA will be at Houston Raceway Park with final eliminations on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. on FS1. 
 
The ARCA Menards Series West is also on track with races this weekend. On Friday, October 23, they race at All-American Speedway at 10:00 p.m. ET. They finish the weekend on Sunday, October 25, at Kern County Raceway at 6:00 p.m. ET. Both races are live on NBC TrackPass.