Sunday , September 21 2014
Home / Trucks / Camping World Trucks / Going By the Numbers: Toyota’s NASCAR Streak Of Epic Proportions
Going By the Numbers: Toyota’s NASCAR Streak Of Epic Proportions
Kyle Busch brings home the hardware in the No. 51 Toyota at Dover in June.

Going By the Numbers: Toyota’s NASCAR Streak Of Epic Proportions

By now you’ve heard the story, even if you don’t follow the series on a scrutinizing level: Toyota’s Tundras are unbeatable in the Camping World Truck Series.

The manufacturer has been on point in 2014 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, setting a blazing pace in the season’s first 10 races. So far, Toyota is 10 for 10 in race wins, losing only if you somehow count poles or heat races at Eldora — which, why would you?

It’s an interesting statistic and run for the manufacturer. Why is Toyota creaming the field? It’s not like it’s an instance where the vast majority of the field is running Toyotas; for this weekend’s Truck Series race at Pocono Raceway, out of 32 trucks currently entered, 10 are Toyotas. Meanwhile, 18 — twice as many — come from the Chevrolet camp, with the pair of Fords from the Brad Keselowski camp.

Part of that’s due to who’s driving for them. Two of the Toyota trucks are fielded by Kyle Busch Motorsports, which has been a formidable force of epic proportions in 2014, winning eight of 10 races between the Nos. 51 and 54 and drivers Kyle Busch, Erik Jones and Darrell Wallace, Jr.

Further, Busch’s two teams are joined by a three-team attack from ThorSport Racing, which has won the other two races in 2014 with Matt Crafton and fields competitive entries for Johnny Sauter and Jeb Burton. Two more come from Red Horse Racing — Timothy Peters and German Quiroga, two of the series’ better organizations of Truck Series-exclusive regulars.

But here’s the thing about the current Camping World Truck Series: it’s really not that much different from last year’s lineup. That said, Toyota’s dominance was quite lessened in 2013 — though it did still win 13 out of 22 races. But that season, Chevrolet and Ford were able to compete to some degree, the former with eight wins and the latter with one.

Toyota has stood the Camping World Truck Series on its ear thus far in 2014, going 10 for 10 in race wins. Kyle Busch Motorsports has authored 9 of those 10 races.

Toyota has stood the Camping World Truck Series on its ear thus far in 2014, going 10 for 10 in race wins. Kyle Busch Motorsports has authored 9 of those 10 victories.

Still, Toyota only strung together four straight wins last year at the most — a sterling number by most standards that pales in comparison to 2014. In fact, Toyota’s current win streak actually sits at 12, considering the manufacturer’s two wins to finish off 2013.

In fact, it’s now the longest streak in the history of the series — both in terms of starting off the year and in terms of an overall streak, counting races from the previous year.

To find a time when a given manufacturer even approached Toyota’s dominance, one must reach all the way back to 2001, when Dodge scored wins in each of the first eight races of the season with drivers Bobby Hamilton, Scott Riggs, Ted Musgrave and Joe Ruttman.

Prior to then, Chevrolet kicked off the entire Truck Series with some astonishing dominance, winning the first eight races of the inaugural season of 1995. Interestingly, two of the players then — Ron Hornaday, Jr. and Ken Schrader — still race in the series. Mike Skinner also added wins for Chevrolet in that span, enroute to the first championship in the series history.

The crazy thing is that eight races — or even five or six — is a fairly important feat in racing when there are multiple manufacturers capable of victory. Toyota’s 10 to start the year and 12 overall is simply spellbinding in comparison.

It’s far removed from the days when it seemed like anyone and everyone had a chance at victory. In the early- to mid-2000s — 2001 notwithstanding — manufacturers struggled more with rounding off big streaks. In fact, in 2004, the longest streak for any manufacturer was two. It helped that there were four makes — Chevrolet, Ford, Dodge and Toyota — fielding competitive teams at the time, but even now with three such makes, a 10-race streak is something to behold.

Oh, and as an addendum: the Truck Series, while the starkest example, isn’t the only series with a major streak in 2014. Chevrolet won five straight in the Sprint Cup Series earlier this year — all, naturally, by Hendrick Motorsports.

So what you’re looking at at this point in the Truck Series is history already having been made, with each win just another peg on the tally. Next up: most wins in a season for a given manufacturer.

 

About Kevin Rutherford

Kevin Rutherford
An editor for the Frontstretch since 2013, Kevin keeps our writing staff in check while penning a weekly column of his own, Going By The Numbers (Thursdays). He balances his love of cars driving in circles with a similar passion for music, as the news editor of CBS Radio's Radio.com and a former contributing editor at Billboard. A New York City transplant by way of Ohio, Kevin lives in Brooklyn with his fiancée.

3 comments

  1. Anyone remember the reason Toyota got into Nascar in the first place? No, it wasn’t to sell Camries, it was to sell Tundra’s. So its not surprising that they put more effort into this series then most.

  2. Oh boy, let the Kyle/Toyota hatred begin…………..LOL.

    I too would like to see Kyle and all other cup drivers taken out of the truck and nationwide series. And then let’s see if the fans come back. My money says they won’t.

    But if Dale Jr. had done everything that Kyle had done, in all three series, it would be called awesome and “epic”.

    FACT. Keep’n it real folks.

  3. Kevin, There will be more people working in the pits than sitting in the stands. What more evidence do you need of the COMPLETE lack of interest in Japanese truck racing dominated by a single Cup driver. NASCAR could not do more to kill off this series if they tried. I’ll tune in for the first few laps just to track the week to week fan loss. It is not even racing anymore. RIP CWTS.