Toyota Racing NCS Post-Race Recap – Las Vegas 2.23.20

LAS VEGAS NASCAR CUP RACE ENDS UNDER CAUTION
Three Toyota Drivers Earn Top-20 Finishes

LAS VEGAS (February 23, 2020) – Kyle Busch finished 15th as the highest finishing Toyota driver in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which ended under caution.

Toyota Racing Post-Race Recap
NASCAR Cup Series (NCS)
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Race 2 of 36 – 400 miles, 267 laps


American Muscle

TOYOTA FINISHING POSITIONS
1st, Joey Logano*
2nd, Matt DiBenedetto*
3rd, Ricky Stenhouse Jr.*
4th, Austin Dillon*
5th, Jimmie Johnson*
15th, KYLE BUSCH
17th, DENNY HAMLIN
19th, MARTIN TRUEX JR.
23rd, ERIK JONES
30th, DANIEL SUÁREZ
33rd, CHRISTOPHER BELL
38th, TIMMY HILL
*non-Toyota driver

TOYOTA QUOTES

MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 19 Bass Pro Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 19th

What happened when you made contact with the wall?
“He (Kurt Busch) kept blocking until I hit the fence. Then it was tire rub, blew the tire and hit the fence. That was it.”

How are things with your new crew chief?
“Everything is fine. We just need to quit having mistakes on pit road.”

How trying of a race was this?
“Just unfortunate this early in the season. It’s nice to have a fast race car. Our Bass Pro Shops Toyota was really good. We were top two or three early in the first half and then the pit stop issue. We got back in traffic. I had a role on the 1 (Kurt Busch) car and he just moving up until I hit the fence on the front stretch. I thought we were going to be okay after that. Then just cut our right front tire down and pretty much ended our day. It is what it is, but luckily we got some good stage points the first two stages. We have a fast race car we can move forward with. The guys did a good job, just have to clean up pit road.”

DANIEL SUÁREZ, No. 96 Toyota Certified Used Vehicles Toyota Camry, Gaunt Brothers Racing
Finishing Position: 30th

What happened at the start of the race?
“Obviously, this is just a learning process. We had an issue with the ECU box in the beginning. We couldn’t figure out what was going on, but it put us into a hole and it was difficult to get out of the hole. I feel like we could have finished somewhere in the top-25, maybe even better than that. We had to fight hard. We learned a lot of different things that we can improve for next week. It feels to get that first race in. We now know what we have to work on. We just have to go out there and keep digging.”

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