Avondale, AZ – Heading into this weekend’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the Phoenix Raceway, it was assumed that maybe Toyota’s advantage was lost. While Kyle Busch in a Toyota won at Martinsville two weeks ago and Martin Truex Jr. was into the Championship 4 on points alone, it looked like Kevin Harvick and maybe even Ford could have something for them.
Instead, Toyota turned up the wick a little more on a non downforce track this weekend at the Phoenix Raceway.
Kyle Larson in a Chevrolet did end up winning the first stage in Sunday’s Can-Am 500, but Toyota drivers would finish 2-4-6-7-8.
In the second stage, Denny Hamlin took the stage win with Toyota drivers sweeping the top five in the finishing order. In fact, most of the race was Toyota sweeping the top five of the running order and even seeing the top six Toyota cars running inside the top eight.
In the end, if not for Hamlin’s blown tire after contact with Chase Elliott, Toyota would have had three drivers in the Championship 4. Nevertheless, Matt Kenseth took his No. 20 Toyota to victory lane on Sunday as he and Hamlin combined to lead 255 of the 312 laps.
Furthermore, Toyota had three drivers in the top four of the finishing order too.