Toyota to race NASCAR's top series

Monday should mark the next step in Toyota's campaign to become an American car company, with the automaker expected to announce its much-anticipated debut in NASCAR's Nextel Cup and Busch stock car series.
In just three years in NASCAR's Craftsman Truck series, Toyota has become a championship contender, and there is no reason to believe that Toyota will find it any more difficult to compete with Ford, Chevrolet and Dodge in the upper levels of stock car racing.

It has been widely speculated that Toyota's withdrawal from the Indy Racing League was partly fueled by a desire to focus on its NASCAR program. The next question - will Honda be far behind?

The last time a foreign car won a NASCAR race was in 1954. (It was a Jaguar!)

[Thanks for the tip, dinges!]

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