Kyle Busch won the race’s first stage and led a race-high 74 laps (of 160) to triumph in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) race at Pennsylvania’s Pocono Raceway to claim a milestone victory for Toyota on Sunday – the manufacturer’s 100th win in the Cup Series since entering competition with the Camry in 2007.
All six Toyota drivers from Joe Gibbs Racing and Furniture Row finished in the top 10 on Sunday. Camry drivers Martin Truex Jr. and Denny Hamlin finished third and fourth, respectively, on the 2.5-mile, triangular-shaped track. Cup rookie Daniel Suárez finished seventh, his third-straight top-10 result, and fellow Toyota rookie Erik Jones took eighth in the MENCS at Pocono. Matt Kenseth finished ninth.
A day earlier in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Busch’s team, Kyle Busch Motorsports, won at Pocono with Christopher Bell, moving Busch’s young apprentice to first in the Truck Series championship standings.
In the NASCAR XFINITY Series at Iowa Speedway, Ryan Preece captured his first-career victory in a Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) Camry. The victory came in just Preece’s second start with JGR and the driver from Connecticut led a race-high 141 laps (of 254) to the checkered flag.
Preece’s JGR teammate Kyle Benjamin finished second on the 0.875-mile Iowa track, a career-best finish for the 19-year-old driver in his fourth NXS start.
In a combined NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West race at Iowa, Toyota’s Todd Gilliland claimed the victory in his campaign to win both series titles.
With his first-place finish, Gilliland added to his West points lead, while also gaining ground on his Toyota teammate, Harrison Burton, who leads the East standings and finished third. Burton has a six-point advantage over Gilliland in the East, while Gilliland holds an 18-point advantage out West.