Toyota Supra Earns First Road-Course Win in NASCAR
Toyota Racing’s Christopher Bell secured his sixth victory of the season at the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Road America this weekend. It was his first win at a road-course event in 2019 after finishing as the runner-up at Mid-Ohio and Watkins Glen.
Bell bid his time for most of the race until an untimely caution fell with 13 laps to go. Matt DiBenedetto, who had been in the lead, still needed to make a final pit stop, while Bell did not. This handed the Toyota driver the lead, and once he had it, he never looked back.
“I’m honestly in shock,” Bell said after the race. “I really butchered qualifying. I felt like once we got in the race, we would be able to drive by those guys. This Ruud Supra was really, really fast. We’ve had a great road-course season. I’m really honored to be a part of Joe Gibbs Racing. To get my first road-course win is really special.”
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Bell and Joe Gibbs Racing are now second in the overall driver and team championships, respectively, while Toyota currently leads the manufacturer standings. Victory at Road America gave Bell his sixth win of the season, more than any other driver.
It’s been a great year so far for Toyota in both NASCAR Xfinity Series and in the main NASCAR Cup Series, where the Camry has yet to be replaced by the Supra. But judging by the new Supra’s performances in 2019, it may not be long before it gets a promotion.
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