Denny Hamlin (10th) led Toyota with a top-10 finish at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday night. Hamlin is currently sixth on the playoff grid, eight points over the limit. Christopher Bell suffered two blown tires in today’s race and finished 34th. He comes into Talladega in 11th place, 29 points under the limit.
Toyota post-race recap
NASCAR Cup Series (NCS)
Race 29 of 36 – 500 miles, 334 laps
TOYOTA FINISHING POSITIONS
First, Tyler Reddick*
2nd, Joey Logano*
3rd, Justin Haley*
4th, Ryan Blaney*
5th, Chase Briscoe*
10th, DENNY HAMLIN
20, TY GIBBS
25 BUBBA WALLACE
31, MARTIN TRUEX JR.
34, CHRISTOPHER BELL
36, KYLE BUSCH
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota Camry TRD, Joe Gibbs Racing
End position: 10
William Bryon said he wanted to show his displeasure but he didn’t want to get on your nerves. He wanted to see a penalty for that contact under caution. Were you surprised that he didn’t come out for NASCAR?
“I think the crew chief (Chris Gabehart) wanted something. I guess we can tear each other apart under caution. I tried to destroy it. Yeah, I don’t think we touch. I have to look. I don’t think we’ll touch. Obviously, he sent us to the infield under a yellow flag.”
You haven’t had any previous incidents. What will that conversation be like?
“I mean, you know, I keep listening to these guys. I’ll add him to the boys list when I get a chance. They’re going to get it.”
Is that later in the playoffs or is that something that carries over to next year?
“Everything fixes itself. We will be competing against each other at some point. He will lose many places because he is competing with me. This is a tough race, obviously. I’m fine with hard racing.
But destroying me under caution is obviously not what we were expecting. So, thanks to my team at FedEx Toyota for bouncing back. Obviously it cost us all our track position. I thought we were in a great position to win until they sent us back to the 20-something there.”
MARTIN TRUEX JR., #19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota Camry TRD, Joe Gibbs Racing
End position: 31
“I blew out a tire. Simple as that. I guess the same thing everyone else has been having. Man, I’m ready for this year to end. Loud Bass Pro Shops Camry. Really strong car. I went to the back and passed a lot of cars today. I came off in the first stage and I was like fine, what was that all about? Good car couldn’t do much with it. I kept going backwards and as soon as we got track position, the unthinkable happened. It’s a shame. It’s sure to be a crazy day, with a lot of blown tyres.”
christopher Bell, No. 20 Rheem-Smurfit Kappa Toyota Camry TRD, Joe Gibbs Racing
End position: 3. 4
Can you tell us what happened at the race track?
“Yeah, just the second right rear hit of the day, it was disappointing. I’m in a pretty bad place right now.”
How do you approach the next two races?
“I don’t know. Talladega: I guess we’re going to roll the dice. ROVAL, I think we’ll be fine. Road courses haven’t been our strong point, but we’ve been good on a couple of them. I don’t know if we’re going to be able to get out of this hole.” of points, but we will give our best”.
Do you feel that you can do magic in the ROVAL if you need it too?
“I don’t feel too good about it. I probably feel better about having something going for us at Talladega.”
Could you tell that you were going to have tire problems?
“No, I had no idea. Having two right rears in the first half of the race is very strange. I don’t know. It is a very disappointing day. We’re probably going to be in a deep hole now.”
How about going to Talladega and the ROVAL?
“It makes it easier for us to decide how to play at Talladega. We were hoping to get out of here okay and be able to ride and survive Talladega. We are going to have to race and get some stage points and be out front all day.”
Do you feel like now it’s a must-win situation?
“No, but Talladega is going to be very difficult.”
What kind of response did the car give you to let you know it was a tire?
“I had a slight vibration seconds just before the tire broke. When it happened on the straight, I was able to slow down before the first corner, but the second one happened right in the middle of the corner. Very disappointing weekend. I was optimistic when they lowered the green flag. I had a pretty bad Saturday but I felt like we had plenty of speed in our Rheem Camry to take advantage of the day, but unfortunately the tires didn’t work the way we wanted them to.”
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Toyota Camry TRD Interstate Batteries, Joe Gibbs Racing
End position: 36
“I was getting close to 11 (Denny Hamlin) and I knew if I tracked him, I followed him in the bottom rut, I was going to lose ground, so I went to the high rut where he was doing time in the spray and the goo, but apparently it’s not as sticky I crash. I’m trying to go, trying to run. Banana peels lying around for me. Too many conditions where you have to be or spin around or find out or be smarter. I guess I wasn’t very smart.
From your perspective, was that resin or just pushing the car too hard?
“As a racing driver, I didn’t know you could push too hard, but it was certainly a resin issue. I guess you would think with a hundred-some-degree track temperature I’d be on and ready to go, but I tried to get in before everyone else. I was behind 11 (Denny Hamlin), catching up to 11. If I followed 11 in the bottom groove, I was going to lose time on him, so I decided to go high and try to keep time or gain time on him. and he just snapped. Once these cars break down, they’re gone. They are not like the previous one, where you have a little bit of time to react and catch it, but yes, you just push yourself to get there and the conditions are not ready. It looks like there are banana peels. When that’s not activated, it’s just ice.”