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Toyota Dominates NASCAR

When you look at the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Results the names Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch and Erik Jones have all shown up as winners. And the most important thing they have in common, is that they all drive Toyotas.

It’s been a dominant season for Toyota Series drivers in NASCAR, along with the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Series and Funny Car Series.

Busch, Hamlin and Truex Jr., who has won six times this year, advanced to Round 2 of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course. Truex Jr. was also the highest-finishing Camry driver with a seventh-place result.

After starting from the rear of the field, Truex raced his way to the front, running in second before a series of late-race cautions left him in seventh place.

“We started from way behind there and made our way up. We got to second and just didn’t have a good enough car to take the lead,” Truex Jr. said. “And then all those heat cycles again, I just got really loose. We probably should’ve got tires, but we didn’t expect all of the cautions at the end.”

NASCAR events continue and with the way Toyota and their drivers have performed this year, expect to see their names at the top of the standings for the remainder of the season.

Shawn Langdon defeated fellow Toyota driver, J.R. Todd, in an all-Toyota Funny Car final to win Sunday’s NHRA event at Worldwide Technology Raceway at Gateway. With the win, Langdon became the second driver in history to win at the track in both Funny Car and Top Fuel (2016).

“What at incredible day. I’m not really sure what happened in the finals. I hit the gas and I heard that thing was laboring, but man, it was the final round and we’re in the Countdown and I’m not lifting, Langdon said. “I was expecting to see the yellow car (J.R. Todd) and I knew our car was struggling, but I never did, and we got the win.”

This was Langdon’s second Funny Car and the 16th overall victory of his career in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series after he previously registered 14 Top Fuel wins.

In Top Fuel, Doug Kalitta advanced to the second round and continues to lead the point standings in the Countdown to the Championship.