In the first cutoff race of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs, all four Toyota Camrys advanced into the Round of 12. Martin Truex Jr. (seventh) scored the top-finish for Toyota at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday night and was joined in the top-10 by his fellow Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Denny Hamlin (ninth).
Toyota Post-Race Recap
NASCAR Cup Series (NCS)
Bristol Motor Speedway
Race 29 of 36 – 500 laps, 266.5 miles
TOYOTA FINISHING POSITIONS
1st, Kyle Larson*
2nd, Kevin Harvick*
3rd, William Byron*
4th, Ryan Blaney*
5th, Alex Bowman*
7th, MARTIN TRUEX JR.
9th, DENNY HAMLIN
16th, BUBBA WALLACE
21st, KYLE BUSCH
29th, CHRISTOPHER BELL
32nd, DAVID STARR
MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 7th
How would you sum up your race tonight?
“Just a battle. We battled with our Bass Pro Shops Toyota all night long and had a decent night for Bristol. No problems, no wrecks, no drama. We got some stage points that first stage and then struggled a little bit with the car, but got a bit better in the end, but came home seventh. Not a great night, but for us at Bristol it was uneventful and not a terrible night by any means.”
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 9th
How do you feel about your race tonight?
“Really disappointed about today. We were racing to to try to win and cut a tire there. We were fast, we were so fast. We got under Kyle (Larson) there on that run and cut a tire then didn’t have a caution there at the end to try to catch back up. Overall, I think we’re doing a great job. Our cars are fast every week.”
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 M&M’s Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 21st
What were you battling in the race to contend for the win?
“Just lack of speed really. We just weren’t very good at being able to make up time on the leaders there. Was only going to be about fifth quick. We fought hard there all day long and had a flat there at the end and got way behind. I guess we made it (into the Round of 12) so that’s all that matters.”
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