TRD boss Wilson slams Toyota's "unacceptable" NASCAR Cup performance
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Toyota's NASCAR boss David Wilson has described his record of eight wins in this year's Cup series as "unacceptable" despite Denny Hamlin's title challenge.
Toyota only supports six full-time Cup teams in the form of Joe Gibbs Racing with four cars and single cars from Leavine Family Racing and Gaunt Brothers Racing.
Hamlin celebrated his seventh win of the season at Talladega last weekend, but JGR teammate Martin Truex Jr's victory in Martinsville is the only other triumph for a Toyota driver.
JGR rider and reigning champion Kyle Busch remains victorious this season, while Erik Jones (JGR), Christopher Bell (LFR) and Daniel Suarez (GBR) failed to make the playoffs.
Wilson, the president of Toyota Racing Development USA, said Busch's loss to Ford driver Kevin Harvick in Atlanta was a better achievement for the brand than in Martinsville, which he described as "embarrassing" despite Truex's victory.
Wilson said ahead of this weekend's cutoff race at Charlotte Roval, where Busch is in danger of being eliminated, "I focus more on losses than wins and I hate to say it but we're sitting on eight wins in 31 starts this year and that's unacceptable, that's ridiculous.
"We're better than that. We should be sitting somewhere between 13-15 now.
"But it's a tough sport and we have some amazing teams to compete with and we can never believe that we're so much better than everyone else out there because we aren't."
"It's so much fun."
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When asked to explain the reasons for his performance, Wilson said he could "easily count five losses on a hand that should only have won this year," blaming a lack of execution.
"We lost too many because we had a loose bike at the last pit stop of the third stage, missteps or mistakes on our part," he said.
"This is not aimed at a single team or a single driver. These are the things that are unacceptable because we adhere to the highest standards - and it's every part of the organization, every part of this car."
Wilson said every team faced the same changed operating conditions this season with the COVID-19 pandemic.
"As a manufacturer, we haven't done as good a job as the Ford guys, and that's up to me," he said.
"We're in and we're going to the next five races to win.
"And that's not arrogance. We should win each of these next five races.
"I only speak clearly and distinctly."
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