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The New Supra NASCAR Has Already Won Its First Race

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Christopher Bell Celebrates Supra NASCAR's First Win
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Well, that didn’t take long. Only two races into the 2019 NASCAR season, the new Toyota Supra, which has replaced the Camry in the Xfinity Series, has already won its first race.

Christopher Bell showed off the car’s capabilities by winning the race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday, a few hours before Kyle Busch would drive a Toyota Tundra to victory in the Truck Series.

There isn’t much to say about Bell’s win. He started third and led 142 of the race’s 163 laps, so it was a total and dominant victory. We could say we saw it coming as well: Last week, it put on a convincing show to come in third place at the Daytona 500, its inaugural race.

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“That’s really, really big,” said Bell about the Supra’s historical first win. “It all just boils down to the fact that you don’t get to be a first-time winner very often. There’s a very good possibility Kyle [Busch] is going to win one of the next three and I beat him to victory lane. I’m all smiles right now.”

Toyota didn’t quite make it to the top podium step in the main Sunday event, though it got close. Martin Truex Jr was hunting down his first Atlanta Motor Speedway win in the #19 Toyota Camry, leading four laps and running in to the top 10 the entire race, but couldn’t quite catch Brad Keselowski in the end and had to settle for second.

Even so, it’s already shaping up to be a great motorsport year for Toyota, which also claimed victory at Rally Sweden over the weekend.

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