By admin | August 27, 2012
By Richard Allen
Something that might well have been lost in all the talk of helmet tossing, finger wagging and blame laying this past weekend at the Bristol Motor Speedway could have been the fact that Toyota won all three of the top series races held on the half-mile. During a season in which NASCAR’s only foreign manufacturer has suffered through some engine failures and other instances of bad luck, the collecting of three big trophies had to have been a welcome relief.
In Wednesday’s Camping World Truck Series event, Timothy Peters completely dominated a field that included series regulars and a Sprint Cup star as he led every one of the race’s 204 laps.
Toyota actually claimed the top-3 positions in the race as Parker Kligerman and Ross Chastain followed Peters to the finish line. It was the Japanese auto giant’s fifth win of the season in the series.
Joey Logano did not lead every lap of the Nationwide Series race on the high banked track but he was able to take the checkered flag for Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota. It was the first win for the manufacturer in this series since mid-June.
It was Toyota’s seventh win in the Nationwide Series in 2012. Logano has earned six of those victories.
Denny Hamlin finished off the Toyota sweep at BMS when he claimed the lead over Carl Edwards late in the race and drove away to the win in the Sprint Cup 500 lapper. Camrys took half of all the top-10 spots in the final rundown.
Toyota had not won a Sprint Cup race since Clint Bowyer’s triumph in June at the Sonoma Raceway. Toyota drivers are currently in position to claim four of the twelve available Chase for the Championship spots.
This season has had its ups and downs for Toyota but this past weekend in Bristol was definitely one of their finer moments of 2012. However, the antics of some drivers will overshadow the achievement.
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