Joe Gibbs Racing dropped Chevy for Toyota
last September? Not only did Tony Stewart, Kyle Busch, and Denny Hamlin
their bow tie stickers for an adhesive
gained some serious driving talent. The move has paid off quickly for Toyota, which just scored its first
win thanks to Denny Hamlin, who won the second Gatorade Duel qualifying race in Daytona yesterday thanks to his teammate Tony Stewart, who finished in Second Place. Stewart was able to both give Hamlin push and hold off a charging Jeff Gordon to give Hamlin the win. It's not a points race, but with Hamlin taking the checkered flag and Stewart the No.
spot, it means there'll be three Toyotas in the first three rows of the Daytona 500 this weekend.
In other NASCAR news, Dale Earnhardt Jr. continued his comeback by winning the first Gatorade Duel qualifying race yesterday. Add that to his
victory in the Bud Shootout
earlier this week, and it's clear that Junior has regained an edge he lost during his many year driving for DEI. Jaqcues Villeneuve, meanwhile, who made his NASCAR debut in
late last year, crashed his Toyota during the second Gatorade Duel yesterday and took out three other cars. You know what they say, rubbin's racing!
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