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Camry Driver Kyle Busch Claims 2018 MENCS Regular Season Crown

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

#78: Martin Truex Jr., #11: Denny Hamlin, #18: Kyle Busch, and #20: Erik Jones

Following a rainy double-header on Monday, No. 18 Camry driver Kyle Busch was crowned the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular season champion. After leading 27 of the 160 laps in Indy, Busch finished eighth in the rain-delayed race.

On his way to becoming the regular season champ, he claimed six victories and 17 top-five finishes in the first 26 races of the season. With this record, Busch will enter the Cup Playoffs with the most points, tied with Kevin Harvick, and 15 points ahead of his Toyota teammate Martin Truex Jr.

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“They give away a trophy and we were able to go out and get it,” Busch said of the regular season title. “Everybody on this team, they work so hard all year long and to get us to where we’re at here today, it was certainly hard fought. Overall it’s pretty good to be in this spot with having those extra bonus points and having some new hardware to go home with us.”


The Cup Playoffs, which begin this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, will feature Busch and three of his Toyota teammates: Martin Truex Jr., Erik Jones, and Denny Hamlin.

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Over in the USAC, Toyota driver Brady Bacon led the final nine laps of the National Midget series’ inaugural feature race at the Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He was able to hold off fellow Toyota driver Chad Boat to win the event, which features more than 100 cars. As a result of this week’s races, Toyota-powered vehicles have now won 33 national midget features where 14 different drivers have scored at least one win.