Joe Gibbs Racing has been the team to beat at Richmond in recent years.
The Toyota powerhouse has three consecutive wins at the track.
The team’s Toyota Camrys have won six of the last eight.
Even more impressively, however, is how dominant the team has been during this run.
A Toyota car led the most laps at Richmond in the last nine races at the track.
But the impressive stats do not stop here.
The team’s drivers have a combined ten wins at Richmond.
When it all comes together, it’s easy to see why the Toyotas are the car to beat heading into round 2 of the playoffs.
What: Federated Auto Parts 400
Where: Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, VA
When: Saturday, September 21st at 7:30 PM EST
How: NBC Sports (TV) | Motor Racing Network (Web radio) | NBC Sports App
Picking the top running Toyota driver is another interesting bet option for this weekend.
While the Camrys are the clear favorites, we should have an interesting fight between the drivers.
But, out of the trio, Truex Jr. seems to be slightly ahead.
First of all, the 2017 champion won the postseason opener at Las Vegas last weekend.
Truex is also the most recent winner at Richmond, his first win at the track.
The driver of the #19 car led the most laps in the last three races at the oval.
Truex has a very good shot at repeating as the top Toyota driver this weekend.
Kyle Busch leads all active drivers with six wins in 28 starts at Richmond.
The short oval is one of his best tracks as well.
Busch scored a sweep at Richmond last season, and led 101 laps earlier this year.
He has an average finish of 7.00 in the last five starts at the track.
After a poor run at Vegas, the former points leader will be looking for a better result this time.
Busch is Truex’s main threat in the battle to be the best performing Toyota driver this weekend.
Don’t count out Denny Hamlin, of course.
The hometown factor could play into #11’s advantage as well.
Hamlin is a three-time winner at his home track.
His last triumph at Richmond came in 2016.
Hamlin was the top performer for Toyota in two of the last five races at the track.
He will be looking to recover from a bad first playoff race at La Vegas last weekend as well.
Hamlin finished 15th and dropped from second to seventh in the standings.
The prize for the best performing Toyota will likely go for one of these three.
But one thing is certain for the second round of the playoffs.
Toyota is, without any questions, the favorite and the best pick among the manufacturers.
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