Chevrolet was able to stop Toyota’s dominant postseason start.
The weekend at the Charlotte roval, however, wasn’t the best for Toyota.
In a rather uncharacteristic fashion, Joe Gibbs Racing had a terrible day.
Truex was the only Toyota driver inside the top 10, scoring a seventh place finish while leading one lap.
Chevy, on the other hand, had a very solid run at the roval.
Elliott led the most laps, while William Byron finished sixth from the pole and led 23 laps himself.
Kyle Larson won stage 1 as well, adding another positive to a very good Sunday for Chevrolet.
It is proof that the Bowtie can still contend for the championship after a terrible start to the year.
The Cup Series now heads off to Dover, one of Chevy’s best hunting grounds during the Gen 6 era.
What: Drydene 400
Where: Dover International Speedway in Dover, DE
When: Sunday, October 5th at 2:30 PM EST
How: NBCSN (TV) | Motor Racing Network (Web radio) | NBC Sports App
Chevrolet has eight wins at Dover during the Gen 6 era, including six consecutive victories in its first three years.
It has only managed to score two wins in the most recent seven races, however.
Toyota captured four wins, with Ford scoring a single one.
Despite the drop, Chevy had some good showings in the last two outings at Dover.
Chase Elliott won the same race during last year’s playoffs.
He scored the pole and led a race-high 145 laps earlier this year as well.
While the race went to Toyota, Chevy still had a very strong weekend.
The Bowtie was able to get three Camaros inside the top 5, with Bowman second, Larson third and Elliott fifth.
That being said, however, Toyota might have a slight edge.
Even after the poor showing at Charlotte, Joe Gibbs’ Camrys have a very strong package.
The car’s new aero package has two wins in five starts since its introduction in 2017.
JGR’s cars have also won four of the last eight races this season.
Coming off a win at Charlotte, Chase Elliott will likely lead the charge for Chevrolet again.
With six top 5 finishes in seven starts, #9 has a good chance of scoring back-to-back wins.
Keep an eye on Alex Bowman and Kyle Larson, as the pair finished second and third in May.
Bowman is also coming off a solid second place at Charlotte.
For Toyota, early championship favorite Martin Truex Jr. is the safest bet.
He has outperformed his JGR teammates at Dover by a significant margin in recent years.
The 2017 champion won at the Monster Mile in May.
Unless Kyle Busch or Denny Hamlin are able to mount a challenge, expect Truex to lead the Toyotas again.
Kevin Harvick is the favorite to lead the Ford drivers.
The 2014 champion won at Dover in May 2018, scoring his second career victory at the Monster Mile.
Ford has failed to translate solid runs at Dover into wins.
The blue oval only has one race victory in the last three starts despite leading a combined 826 of 1,204 laps.
In fact, Harvick’s win in May 18 was Ford’s only victory during the Gen 6 era, and its first triumph at Dover since 2011.
Brad Keselowski led 213 laps in the last five starts at the Monster Mile and could also be a good pick to lead the Mustangs.
Also, check out our article Five Picks to Consider for Dover!
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