Toyota unveils Supra to race in NASCAR Xfinity Series in '19

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Toyota is the latest NASCAR manufacturer to switch models and go with a true sports vehicle.

Alva's Ross Chastain recorded a top ten in Friday's Firecracker 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race in an event that saw a controversial call determine the victor at Daytona International Speedway.

Toyota has fielded the Camry in NXS competition since 2007, tallying four manufacturer championships, while the Camry has earned two driver championships and 142 wins.

Chastain is also scheduled to compete in Saturday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event, where he will start 33 after Friday afternoon's rain-delayed qualifying session.

He earned that right after making an wonderful top to bottom move to bypass both Cup Series star Kyle Larson and XFINITY Series veteran Elliott Sadler, who were bumping each other while racing for the victory.

Rivals Chevrolet and Ford have made recent changes to their Cup models, with Chevy struggling in the first year with the Camaro and Ford announcing in April it would shift from the Fusion to the Mustang in 2019. "Supra's return in production form is huge news, but now we're also going to see this iconic sports vehicle return to American motorsport".

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After a hiatus of two months, Spencer Gallagher is officially able to return to NASCAR Xfinity Series competition. "We're confident we've accomplished that with Supra and we hope racing fans the world over will proudly cheer its success on track".

Calty has now worked with TRD over six vehicle designs to ensure consistency between production models and on-track Toyota race cars, while also improving on-track performance with each new build. The groups began work on the Supra in 2017.

"When Ed told me they were bringing Supra back, I nearly didn't believe him".

It's not often that the driver who takes the checkered flag isn't ruled the victor of a NASCAR race. "I'm hoping to be the first guy to get Supra to Victory Lane, but I'm sure there's a few other Toyota drivers thinking the same thing".

Toyota didn't say what's under the racing Supra's hood Thursday, but we imagine it's a beefy V-8 and 4-speed manual sending power to the rear wheels because NASCAR. The Camry will remain Toyota's Cup Series auto; it redesigned the vehicle for the 2017 season.

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