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Toyota poised to capture its first Sprint Cup title

By admin | September 16, 2013

 Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth have raced at the front of the field for much of the 2013 season.

By Richard Allen

Toyota entered the Sprint Cup Series back in 2007 and has had considerable success as the manufacturer has scored 61 victories in NASCAR’s top division. But even with all those race wins, there have been no championships to speak for the Japanese based company at the highest level.

But Toyota certainly has to be considered a favorite to take the title in 2013. Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch entered the Chase for the Sprint Cup playoff as the top-two seeds after piling up five and four wins respectively during the first 26 races of the season.


And on Sunday afternoon/night, the JGR teammates finished 1-2 at the Chicagoland Speedway in the initial Chase race to solidify their positions at the top of the standings.

Granted, it’s very early in the going to concede the Sprint Cup title to any one driver or manufacturer. However, a deeper look into past results and the upcoming schedule adds further proof that these two drivers are well positioned to settle the championship between themselves for Toyota.

So far in 2013, Kenseth and Busch have won six of the seven races held on 1.5 mile tracks. Only Kevin Harvick’s victory in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte prevented a complete sweep on those type tracks by the JGR duo. And a look at the rest of the schedule reveals a heavy load of the so-called ‘cookie cutters’ as four more races will be held on those tracks.

Of course, five time champion Jimmie Johnson and his Hendrick Motorsports team can never be counted out of title contention. He has posted four wins this season, but two of those came on the restrictor plate track in Daytona and one at Pocono. There is only one plate track in the Chase(Talladega) while no track in the playoff is remotely similar to Pocono.

Obviously, no driver is out of contention yet. But some are better suited to make a run at the championship than others.

For now, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch appear to be the early favorites in this year’s Chase so far. And that makes Toyota a favorite to capture its first Sprint Cup title as well.

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12 Responses to “Toyota poised to capture its first Sprint Cup title”

  1. Russ Says:
    September 16th, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    And after they win it?

  2. The Mad Man Says:
    September 17th, 2013 at 7:30 am

    Some backchannel chatter says that if Toyodor, official supplier of BZF’s bank account, doesn’t win within 3 seasons (including this one), they’re pulling the ejection handle and blowing this joint (NASCAR) looking for a series which can be “bought” at a lower price which will make the boardroom in Japan very happy and gaining them much face in the media and helping them with their advertising. Win on Sunday, sell on Monday isn’t working out too well for them.

  3. Jesse Says:
    September 17th, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Rich, I said at the first of the year they would win all three divisions, I will be close. But let Chevrolet and Ford build their own billion dollar engine factory and then everything is equal. Chevrolet and Ford are not on the same level as the jap teams and Nascar sees nothing wrong with it.

  4. Tony Geinzer Says:
    September 17th, 2013 at 8:26 am

    I don’t want another Angelica Pickles stealing my Sprint Cup. If it was Rowdy, it’d be Angelican, but if Kenseth won, its a 12 Pack of the Roush Exes who won Rings (Musgrave and JB).

  5. Robert Says:
    September 17th, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Let’s just go ahead and put Mayfield in the chase, too! That should shake up the standings, after all, wasn’t he wronged, too?! He thinks so. After he sweeps the rest of the chase, in his Yugo, Toyota will have to leave the sport in shame! Gee, I might like to watch that!

  6. Jules Says:
    September 17th, 2013 at 9:19 am

    I believe it was determined a while ago that a Toyota was going to win. The light connecting rod being deemed insignificant was a clear clue.

  7. Pokey Says:
    September 17th, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    That was a Toyota team, MWR, that was given enough penalties to keep one Toyota driver out of the Chase. Give Kenseth and Kyle their due. They are feeding off of each other right now and it is helping both of them. They are both great race car drivers and they will both be in a position to win the Cup at Homestead I says.

  8. Chris Fiegler Says:
    September 17th, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    When was the Last time that the #20 Car was a Sprint Cup Series Champion? & Who was the Driver?

  9. Offkilter Says:
    September 17th, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    My money is on the 48 and 5 chevys. The 20 backed into a race or two this year with pit strategy not speed. The 18 bunch usually shoot themselves in the foot at crunch time. JJ and Knauss don’t buckle under pressure and the 5 may be due to make a wicked run if the JGR drivers stop making mistakes around him.

  10. Sully Says:
    September 17th, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    I am thinking its going to be decided soon, 9 races to go and it certainly isn’t about who is the better driver, its about who has the most toys and claims they are taking their toys and going home.

  11. Alfredo Says:
    September 17th, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    Are we still wondering why Penske racing was not punished the same way as MWR after trying to accomish the same results through collussion and/or trickery?
    Imagine if one of the most revered and known motorsports figures in the world was deemed as a cheeter along with MW by NASCAR (Nifty Ancient Society for Collussion and Revenue)? Bad for business. Must keep all the remaining good sponsors funding the show. It proves sometimes is better to play ostrich, let it go and hope it will fade away. Even if it is hidden under the now infamous Double Secret Probation.
    However, at least the few remaining Nascar fans are not as blind as the current management. Most earthlings realize when they are down to their last strike.

  12. midasmicah Says:
    September 18th, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Even after all this time, it’s still hard for me to use nas$car and Toyota in the same sentence.