By Jared Turner
Toyota continued its recent hot streak with a superb showing at Bristol, where cars representing the Japanese manufacturer claimed the top four finishing positions and led all but 73 of 500 laps. Toyotas have now won five of the past seven races after winning just once in the season’s first 10 events. Meanwhile, a Toyota driver — Furniture Row Racing’s Martin Truex Jr. — continues to lead the standings and has amassed more race victories, stage victories and playoff points than any other driver in 2017. What makes Toyota’s domination even more impressive? Toyotas account for just six cars — less than one fourth of a full field in a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. Currently, five of the six Toyota drivers are in position to make the playoffs. The only one on the outside looking in is rookie Erik Jones, who led a race-high 260 laps on Saturday night at Bristol.