NASCAR Truck: Toyota claims manufacturer’s title
Daniel Suarez takes the checkered flag in the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway on Nov. 11, 2016 (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR).
By AMANDA VINCENT
Daniel Suarez’s win of the Lucas Oil 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday night clinched the 2016 Camping World Truck Series manufacturer’s championship for Toyota with one race remaining at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 18. It was Toyota’s ninth manufacturer’s championship in the Truck Series in 13 years and its fourth-straight.
“Toyota has won nine manufacturer’s championships in just 13 years in the Truck Series, and we’re tremendously proud of the continued accomplishments of our Toyota drivers,” Toyota Motor Sales USA Marketing and Integrated Marketing Operations Vice President Ed Laukes said. “The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the continued success in it by the Tundra is important to the Toyota brand. It also serves as a great showcase for the Tundra, which is built in Texas and has proven its mettle by winning numerous NASCAR championships on the race track. We have great race teams featuring both incredibly talented veterans and young, up-and-coming stars, and we couldn’t have reached this goal without their dedication, and the hard work of each of our Toyota race teams.”
The Toyota camp has, roughly, a 75 percent of claiming this year’s driver’s championship with three of the championship four heading into the season-finale at Homestead being Toyota drivers — William Byron, Matt Crafton and Timothy Peters. The other remaining chaser is Chevrolet driver Johnny Sauter.
Truck Series rookie William Byron leads the series in wins this year with six trips to victory lane in the first 22 races of the 23-race season. In all, Toyota drives have won 13 of the 22 races, so far, this season. Crafton and Kyle Busch have two apiece, while Bell, Brett Moffitt and Suarez each have one win in Truck Series competition in 2016. According to a press release from Toyota, the manufacturer’s drivers have led more than half the laps of competition in 2016, running up front for 1997 laps.
Toyota has been in the Camping World Truck Series since 204. Since then, the manufacturer has racked up 157 wins in 311 races. Thirty-eight of those victories came with Busch behind the wheel.
Toyota’s first five Truck Series manufacturer’s title also came in consecutive seasons between 2006 and 2010.