This Week's Races:
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series:
Friday, June 15, Qualifying @ Michigan International Speedway, 3:10 PM (ET)
Sunday, June 17, Citizens Bank 400 @ Michigan International Speedway, 2:00 PM (ET)
NASCAR Busch Series:
Saturday, June 16, Qualifying @ Kentucky Speedway, 5:10 PM (ET)
Saturday, June 16, Meijer 300 presented by Oreo @ Kentucky Speedway, 8:30 PM (ET)
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series:
Saturday, June 16, Qualifying @ Michigan International Speedway, 11:05 AM (ET)
Saturday, June 16, Michigan 200 @ Michigan International Speedway, 3:00 PM (ET)
FIRST FOR DJ: Dale Jarrett, driver of the No. 44 UPS Toyota Camry, earned his first career NASCAR Cup Series win at Michigan International Speedway in August 1991 when he crossed the finish line 10 inches ahead of the late Davey Allison. Michigan has continued to be good to Jarrett as he has earned three additional wins (1996, 1999, and 2002) and two poles (1997 and 2002) at the track. In his 40 career Cup starts at the speedway, Jarrett has led 352 laps of competition with half of his finishes being top-10s.
LAST WIN FOR ONE: The last NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series (NNCS) win for Jeremy Mayfield, driver of the No. 36 360 OTC Camry, came at Michigan International Speedway in August of 2005. Mayfield led the final six laps of the race to pick up his fifth career Cup series victory. He has made 25 NNCS starts at Michigan and has completed 99 percent of the laps at the speedway.
MICHIGAN EXPERIENCE: Michael Waltrip, driver of the No. 55 NAPA Camry, has made 43 starts at Michigan and earned one pole (1991). In addition, Waltrip has earned two top-five finishes and eight top-10s at the track. Dave Blaney, driver of the No. 22 Caterpillar Camry will make his 15th NNCS start at Michigan this weekend where he has earned two top-10 NNCS finishes along with one NASCAR Busch Series (NBS) pole (1999) at the track where he made his first career Busch Series start.
'ALL TOYOTA, ALL THE TIME': David Reutimann is the only driver to compete in a Toyota full-time in all three NASCAR Series. Reutimann will make his 100th career start in a Toyota this weekend when he takes the green flag at Kentucky Speedway in the NBS race. He has earned one win in his 99 starts, which came at Nashville Superspeedway (2005) behind-the-wheel of a Tundra in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS).
REUTIMANN TALKS TOYOTA: "It doesn't seem like it has nearly been that long since we started this deal with Toyota," Reutimann says. "To be able to say I have had 100 starts with Toyota between racing in the NNCS, NBS and NCTS is an honor. It seems like just yesterday I was rolling into Daytona for my first truck test. It has gone by fast. It's cool and I don't know if many people have had that honor. Hopefully, we'll have 100 more starts with Toyota. Being with them since the beginning of their NASCAR venture into the top-three series has been pretty special to me. I'm hoping to deliver solid finishes for them this weekend at Kentucky and at Michigan."
KENTUCKY DEBUT: Dave Blaney has made a total of 356 starts across all three NASCAR series during his career, but this weekend will mark his first career start at Kentucky Speedway. Blaney has tested at the 1.5-mile oval numerous times, but has never competed in a race at the track.
'DOUBLE DUTY': Three Toyota drivers will do 'double duty' this weekend. Reutimann and Blaney will once again travel between the NNCS event at Michigan and the NBS event at Kentucky on Saturday evening. Ken Butler III will also be busy throughout the weekend with Friday's ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Michigan and Saturday's NCTS race, where he will make his second start of the season in the No. 00 Aaron's Lucky Dog Tundra for Darrell Waltrip Motorsports.
GREEN HOMECOMING: David Green will make his third career NBS start with Toyota this weekend at Kentucky Speedway, which is near his hometown of Owensboro, Kentucky. The 1994 NBS champion has made six starts at Kentucky with his best result being an eighth-place finish in 2003. "Andy Vertrees is one of the guys who helped design Kentucky and he was an old friend that we obviously raced against growing up," says Green. "With the track being only three hours away from Owensboro, a lot of my friends and family will come to this race. There's a Toyota plant down in Georgetown -- so, I'm sure there are going to be plenty of Toyota associates there to root for us. It's fun to go back home and be able to race. It's a track I enjoy a lot and after Nashville -- we know what we need to do to get better."
BUSCH BOYS: Blaney, driver of the No. 10 Camping World Camry, continues to hold third-place in the NBS championship point standings following Saturday's race at Nashville. Reutimann moved up one position in the standings to fourth-place and Jason Leffler moved up five positions to 12th in the standings after his third-place finish at Nashville.
TOYOTA TAKES ONE: Toyota earned its first win in NCTS competition at Michigan International Speedway in June 2004. The win came in Toyota's 13th start in the series with Travis Kvapil behind-the-wheel of a Tundra. In three NCTS starts at the Brooklyn, Michigan track, Tundras have earned two wins, with win number two coming last year by Michigan-native Johnny Benson in the No. 23 Bill Davis Racing Tundra.
'HOME' AWAY FROM HOME: Michigan International Speedway is considered the 'home' track for two Tundra drivers. Benson is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-native and fellow Tundra driver Jack Sprague, driver of the No. 60 Con-Way Freight Tundra, is from Spring Lake, Mich. Benson continues to have strong ties to Grand Rapids as he is a partner in Berlin Raceway in Marne, Mich.
MICHIGAN MAN: Benson earned his first career NCTS win at Michigan International Speedway last June, which kick started a string of success resulting in a total of five wins on the season and a second-place finish in the NCTS point standings. "Obviously, winning last year at Michigan was a pretty neat deal," says Benson. "I grew up on the other side of the state, but Michigan can be considered one of my home tracks. It's always nice to go up there because they have some great fans that come out to the race. I'm definitely looking forward to returning to the track."
LONG-TIME COOKING: Terry Cook will make his 250th career NCTS start on Saturday at Michigan driving the No. 59 Harris Trucking Tundra. During his 12 years in the series, the Sandusky, Ohio-native has recorded six wins, eight poles, 26 top-fives and 92 top-10 finishes.
COOK ON CAREER: "It's pretty cool to have reached 250 starts in the Craftsman Truck Series," says Cook. "It's not a goal that I set out to achieve, but to have the opportunity to get 250 starts and make a career in this series is pretty cool. I've raced for some great owners over the years. To still be here and come up on 250 starts in the series is great. I've seen it all -- coming up through the short tracks to the big speedways like Daytona and Talladega. I've seen the series grow over the last 10 years and I'd like to see it grow even more for the next 10 years."
MICHIGAN NO STRANGER FOR MATHEWS: Ryan Mathews has made only three starts in the No. 36 Tundra for Bill Davis Racing this season, but Michigan is a very familiar track for the rookie driver. Mathews made two starts at the two-mile speedway in ARCA RE/MAX Series competition during the 2006 season. He finished second in the August event and earned his best start -- seventh -- in the June event a year ago.
STRING OF STARTS: Tundra drivers have earned the pole position in eight of the first nine NCTS races this season, including the last seven races in a row. Mike Skinner earned six consecutive poles in the No. 5 Tundra for Bill Davis Racing dating back to Atlanta Motor Speedway in March. Skinner's streak ended at Texas Motor Speedway last weekend when Todd Bodine earned the pole in the No. 30 Lumber Liquidators Tundra. Sprague earned the pole at the Daytona season-opener.
WINNING WAYS: Bodine earned the 30th win for a Toyota Tundra in NCTS competition Friday night at Texas. The win was Bodine's 11th career NCTS win and his fourth victory at Texas. Bodine ties fellow competitor, Brendan Gaughan, for the most wins in the series at a single track. Tundras have earned five wins in the first nine races this season with Skinner, the series points leader, earning three of those wins (California, Atlanta, and Martinsville). Sprague won the season-opener race at Daytona.
TOP TUNDRAS: Tundra drivers hold six of the top-10 spots in the NCTS championship point standings. After nine races, Skinner continues to sit atop the point standings for Bill Davis Racing. Tundra drivers trailing Skinner in the standings are Bodine (third), Ted Musgrave (fifth), Sprague (seventh), Benson (eighth) and rookie Aaron Fike (10th).
MORE ARCA AT MICHIGAN: Three Camrys will compete in the ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Michigan on Friday afternoon, including both cars fielded by Eddie Sharp Racing. Michael McDowell will make his first appearance in a Toyota this season driving the No. 2 Camry. The No. 22 Camry will be driven by Michael Waltrip Racing's development driver Ken Butler III and Bobby Santos will pilot the No. 02 Camry for Bill Davis Racing.
CREW MEMBERS CALL MICHIGAN HOME: Several Toyota crew members hail from Michigan. Chad Rainey, truck chief and rear tire changer on the No. 5 Bill Davis Racing Tundra is from Linden. Andrew Emerick from Riga also works on the No. 5 Tundra as a rear tire carrier. Andrew Turner is the jack man on the No. 84 Camry for Team Red Bull and is from Coloma, while Michelle Marckwardt from Novi, is the public relations representative for the NNCS entries for Bill Davis Racing. Drew Bible, originally from Coldwater, is now the shock specialist on the No. 55 Camry for Michael Waltrip.
KENTUCKY-GROWN CAMRYS: When Camrys are racing in the Busch Series this weekend at Kentucky Speedway, manufacturing of production Camrys will take place only 250 miles away in Georgetown, Kentucky. Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. employs 7,000 associates and has produced more than five million cars. The facility manufactures the Camry, Avalon, Solara and Camry Hybrid.
HAPPY 50TH: Toyota is celebrating its 50th anniversary in the U.S. in 2007. Toyota and its dealers employ about 145,000 workers in the U.S. Toyota operates 10 manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and assembles approximately half the vehicles it sells here.
BROADCAST BITS: The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race will be televised on TNT and broadcast on MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio (Channel 128). NEXTEL Cup qualifying will be televised on SPEED, and broadcast on MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio (Channel 128). The NASCAR Busch Series race will be televised on ESPN2, and broadcast on MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio (Channel 128). The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race will be televised on SPEED, and broadcast on MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio (Channel 128).
BACK STORY: Background information on Toyota's motorsports programs and the manufacturer's NASCAR program is available at www.toyotamotorsports.com.
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2007 TOYOTA DRIVER/TEAM ROSTER
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Driver Car Team Dave Blaney No. 22 Caterpillar Toyota Camry Bill Davis Racing Jeremy Mayfield No. 36 360 OTC Toyota Camry Bill Davis Racing Dale Jarrett No. 44 UPS Toyota Camry Michael Waltrip Racing David Reutimann No. 00 Burger King Toyota Camry Michael Waltrip Racing Michael Waltrip No. 55 NAPA Toyota Camry Michael Waltrip Racing AJ Allmendinger No. 84 Red Bull Toyota Camry Team Red Bull Brian Vickers No. 83 Red Bull Toyota Camry Team Red Bull NASCAR Busch Series Driver Car Team Dave Blaney No. 10 Camping World Toyota Camry Braun Racing Jason Leffler No. 38 Great Clips Toyota Camry Braun Racing David Reutimann No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry Michael Waltrip Racing David Green No. 91 YRT2 Toyota Camry Riley-D'Hondt Motorsports NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Driver Truck Team Johnny Benson No. 23 TCUV Toyota Tundra Bill Davis Racing Mike Skinner No. 5 Toyota Tundra Bill Davis Racing Ryan Mathews No. 36 Toyota Tundra Bill Davis Racing Ken Butler III No. 00 Aaron's Lucky Dog Toyota Tundra Darrell Waltrip Motorsports Todd Bodine No. 30 Lumber Liquidators Toyota Tundra Germain Racing Ted Musgrave No. 9 Team ASE Toyota Tundra Germain Racing Terry Cook No. 59 HT Motorsports Toyota Tundra HT Motorsports Aaron Fike No. 1 Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra Red Horse Racing Jack Sprague No. 60 Con-Way Freight Toyota Tundra Wyler Racing
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