They have done it!
In their first season in the Busch series Toyota has won a race. Jason Leffler passed Greg Biffle with only a couple of laps left in the race at O’Reilly Raceway Park (formerly Indianapolis Raceway Park) and held on to take the win. Backing up his win was David Reutimann, who finished in 3rd place, highlight Toyotas competitive debut in the Busch series this year.
“This was just real exciting to win like that at the end – beating and banging all the way through the final laps,” Leffler said, after taking only his second Busch Series win in 139 starts, and the first of his last 83 races.
“I just had a lot of fun tonight. I really wanted to be the one to do it and I’m really happy for Todd (Braun) and our whole team for being the ones to pick up the win.
“I’m pretty excited to have my name going into the history books as Toyota’s first Busch Series winner.”
Polesitting Aric Almirola looked like the man to beat right from the start of the race, but after halfway through he faded a little with a less than perfect handling car, but was never far from the front, finishing up in 6th place. In the second half of the race Greg Biffle was the man with the best handle on the conditions, and with only 5 laps to go looked like he would win, until Leffler aggressively drove his way to the front. Carl Edwards was also a late contender in the race, at one point running side by side lap after lap with teammate Biffle, but faded a little to 4th, which is another great result given his huge series point lead.
“The handling was not very good all night,” Biffle said. “We really struggled with our car but it was real super loose at the beginning of the race, I tightened it up and then I lost the race because I was too tight. I couldn’t get the gas down and unfortunately the no.38 came and beat us because of that.” said Greg Biffle after the race.
As usual it was an action packed race. The almost flat short oval has always produced some great racing, with several grooves, allowing side by side racing in the 26 years that the Busch series has visited it.