Toyota Wins 100th NASCAR Truck Series Race – 7 Straight at Daytona
On Friday, February 22, 2013, Toyota, as a manufacturer, won its 100th NASCAR Truck Series Race. The win by Johnny Sauter was also the 7th win in a row at Daytona. Not bad for Toyota which started racing trucks in 2004.
The 250-lap Daytona race marks the beginning of the truck series. Toyota had a great start going 1-2 with Johnny Sauter winning the race and Kyle Busch coming in second. The race had an action filled finish thanks to a blown tire that caused a wreck that took out another Toyota driven by Timothy Peters. Even with the wreck, tt was a great showing for Toyota.
As we said in a previous article:
The trucks that see track time for Toyota in NASCAR bear only a very small resemblance to the Tundra parked in your driveway. While the basic bodywork might look similar, it is really a Tundra shell that has been made out of fiberglass and mounted on a tubular steel frame. Significant aerodynamic work has been done to the vehicle, such as filling in the truck bed, adding a rear wing and designing a front air splitter. These last two items are critical to generating the down force necessary to keep the truck under control at high speeds.
NASCAR-spec Tundras are powered by a specially built 5.9 liter V8 engine that conforms to the rules and regulations of the series. Each manufacturer races very similar engine designs, and so it is up to the race engineers at Toyota to discover how to tweak the most power they can while remaining with the narrow boundaries of the rules. This ingenuity eventually trickles down to the street Tundra, and many TRD parts are first tested in the ‘trial by fire’ environment of the racetrack. You might surprised to find out that the engines in these trucks are actually lower-tech than the ones found in your local Toyota showroom – there are no overhead camshafts to be found in NASCAR. The challenge is to strengthen the inner workings of the race engines, which are subject to incredible stress, as they must produce maximum horsepower at full throttle for almost the entire duration of each event.
Remarkably, Chevy has never won a Truck Series race at Daytona. Just saying!
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