Toyota Just Can’t Seem to Stop Winning in April
Yes, we’re only just halfway into the month, but already Toyota has racked up enough motorsport trophies that any competitor would be satisfied even if they failed to win any more in the remaining two weeks.
Last weekend Toyota claimed victory in the main NASCAR Cup Series, the NASCAR Xfinity Series, the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Las Vegas, and the USAC competition in Indiana.
The automaker’s success in NASCAR is particularly notable, as it has now won six of nine races, all with Joe Gibbs Racing. With Roger Penske as the only other team owner to have won races, this is the first time no more than two owners have won a race through a NASCAR season’s first nine races. Nobody else can seem to get close to the Toyota Camrys.
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Meanwhile, the new Toyota Supra is excelling in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. After a strong debut in Daytona, the Supra now has five wins under its belt out of a possible eight, with Christopher Bell making his way to victory lane for the second time this season. “These Supras are super, super fast,” he said after the race. Bell has now led nearly twice as many laps as any other drive in the Xfinity Series.
While NASCAR has long prided itself on its parity, Toyota’s success is beginning to make the series look like a one-team show, and some fans aren’t happy about it — or at least, they’re less happy than they would be if the dominant manufacturer in the domestic series were American.
Nonetheless, it’s not likely to last. “You know the odds are this ain’t going to keep happening,” Joe Gibbs said on Saturday. At the very least, fresh competition could give Toyota a hard time. Nissan is widely believed to be getting into NASCAR racing, and Dodge may also be returning. But it wouldn’t be before 2021, so Toyota’s got plenty of time to keep on winning.
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