One Chevy driver doesn't buy the Toyota hype


A lot has been made out of Toyota dominating NASCAR this season. Drivers are starting twitter beefs over sandbagging, analysts are gushing over Toyota's unreal performances and fans are decrying the inclusion of the Japanese automaker for ruining their sport.

Toyota did nothing to calm the waters when they had a 1-2-3 sweep at Chicagoland, but one Chevy driver isn't buying the hype.

Kyle Larson spoke with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio about Toyota's dominance and had quite a different take than some other NASCAR drivers.

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Via Autosport.com, Larson said:

"Toyota is good, but honestly, I think it's only the #78 team that's dominant and way better than everybody else. I feel like I out-run Hamlin, Daniel Suarez, Matt Kenseth and Erik Jones every week. It's the #78 [Truex] especially and then Kyle Busch, I'm pretty equal with.

"I don't think it's as much as a Toyota dominance as it is a Martin Truex Jr and [crew chief] Cole Pearn dominance right now."

For all the talk about Toyota's dominance, Larson just doesn't see it. He sees one particular Toyota dominating but that has more to do with the driver and his team than anything the manufacturer is doing.

"We're right there and I feel like we have closed the gap on them during the summer months, but we still have a lot of work to do," Larson said.

"I think if we keep putting ourselves in position, like we have, we can steal some wins from those guys."

Larson has a good point. But it is hard to argue with the performance of the Toyota's overall. They may not be as far ahead as everyone seems to think, but they clearly are overall better sorted than some of their competition.