Toyota Racing – Weekly Overview
It’s a return to road racing for the NASCAR Cup, NASCAR Xfinity and ARCA Menards series as they go head-to-head at Watkins Glen International in New York this weekend. The ARCA Menards Series has two events this weekend as they also race on dirt in Illinois, while the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series takes place at Brainerd International Raceway in Minnesota.
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Kyle Busch marks the start of Toyota… Kyle Busch made his 900th career start in a Toyota this weekend. Since joining Toyota in 2008, Busch has won 56 races each in the NASCAR Cup and NASCAR Truck series and has earned a record 91 victories in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Busch won Toyota’s first Cup Series race at Watkins Glen in 2008 and added a NASCAR Xfinity Series triumph in 2017.
Bell nearly added another victory… Christopher Bell fought back after a mid-race spin to nearly win at Richmond Raceway on Sunday, catching race winner Kevin Harvick within half a second. It was Bell’s third top five finish in the last five events as the Oklahoma native officially clinched his second playoff spot in just his third full-time season on Sunday.
Defending winner… Ty Gibbs continued to show off his road prowess as he drove to a dominating win at Watkins Glen International last season to take his third NASCAR Xfinity Series win. Gibbs led 43 laps (of 82). He also won the last time the series was held on a road course by taking an impressive victory in the Xfinity Series race at Road America against defending Cup Series champion Kyle Larson.
Jones, Smith on double serve at the Glen… brandon jones and Samy Smith are expected to compete in both Friday’s ARCA Menards Series event and Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race. On Saturday they will race as teammates in Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) Toyota GR Supras, but on Friday Smith will continue racing for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the #18 Toyota Camry, while Jones will seek his third ARCA win of the season at his fourth start only aboard JGR’s #81 Toyota Camry.
A new start for Mosack… After making his debut for JGR at the series’ first race in Portland earlier this summer, Connor Mosack will compete for Sam Hunt Racing at Watkins Glen this weekend as he makes his second series start. Mosack rode strong in Portland – earning a third-place finish on the first stage – before being caught up in a crash late in the event.
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Doubled for Breidinger, Love… It’s a big weekend for the ARCA Menards Series as they battle it out at the Watkins Glen road course on Friday, before turning to dirt on Sunday at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Two Toyota drivers will take part in the two events of the diversified weekend, including the development driver Toyota Jesse Love and his teammate, Toni Breidinger. Love, 17, has seven starts this season, with a season-best second-place finish at Elko Speedway in June, while Breidinger sits fifth in the points standings with four top-10 finishes.
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Brown returns to the winner’s circle, top-10… Antron Brown made a triumphant return to the top 10 in the points standings with its first win of the season and AB Motorsports’ first victory, at Topeka. Brown rode through a tough lineup, as he battled four of the top five in the points standings, to claim victory. Brown last won at Brainerd in 2011.
Ashley continues to impress… Justin Ashley continues to impress in his first season with Team Toyota. Ashley sits third in the standings and has been semi-final or better in five of the last seven events, including a Father’s Day victory in Bristol.