Toyota NASCAR Notes & Quotes - Week of June 25, 2007

June 27, 2007
Toyota NASCAR Notes & Quotes
Week of June 25, 2007

This Week's Races:

NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series:
Friday, June 29, Qualifying @ New Hampshire International Speedway, 3:10 PM (ET)
Sunday, July 1, Lenox Industrial Tools 300 @ New Hampshire International Speedway, 2:30 PM (ET)

NASCAR Busch Series:
Saturday, June 30, Qualifying @ New Hampshire International Speedway, 10:05 AM (ET)
Saturday, June 30, New England 200 @ New Hampshire International Speedway, 2:30 PM (ET)

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series:
Saturday, June 30, Qualifying @ Memphis Motorsports Park, 6:00 PM (ET)
Saturday, June 30, O'Reilly 200 @ Memphis Motorsports Park, 9:00 PM (ET)

REGULARS RETURN: After a weekend of road course racing at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., all the familiar Toyota Camry drivers will return to their cars this weekend at New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon. David Reutimann will be back behind-the-wheel of the No. 00 Burger King Toyota Camry after road-racer P.J. Jones finished 12th in the Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR) entry this past weekend. Michael Waltrip will be driving his No. 55 NAPA Camry after earning his best result of the season (10th) at Michigan two weeks ago. Terry Labonte drove the MWR Camry at Infineon. Finally, Jeremy Mayfield will be back driving the No. 36 360 OTC Camry in Loudon, after Butch Leitzinger substituted for him at the Northern California road course.

HISTORY HERE: Toyota Tundras have made three starts at New Hampshire International Speedway, earning two wins (2004 and 2006) with Travis Kvapil and Johnny Benson, along with seven top-five finishes and one pole position (2006). Dale Jarrett, driver of the No. 44 UPS Camry, has one win at the one-mile speedway (2001) and Brian Vickers, driver of the No. 83 Red Bull Camry captured the pole in 2005.

MARKING A MILESTONE: Dave Blaney will make his 250th career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series (NNCS) start this weekend at New Hampshire in the No. 22 Caterpillar Camry. Blaney has made the most NNCS starts among Camry drivers this season with a total of 14 races. Blaney earned the best start for a Camry this year when he qualified seventh at Bristol. His best finish of the season is an 11th-place at Richmond.

BLANEY'S 250TH: "It's nothing really," says Blaney, when talking about his 250th career NNCS start this weekend. "I'm glad I've been around that long, but it really doesn't feel like it's been quite that long. It would probably mean more to me if I had run a little better throughout those first 250 starts. Our team has been making progress and I'm real proud of the constant improvement our Bill Davis Racing team is making this season. If we get a little luck, I think we would be solidly in the top-35 (in owner points), but we haven't had any and we just have to keep working hard."

BIG GREEN GUY: Shaun Peet, jackman for the No. 83 Red Bull Camry, attended Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. and played on the school's Division I ice hockey team. Peet played four seasons as a defenseman for the Big Green, from 1994 to 1998, participating in 76 games and scoring three goals. Following graduation from Dartmouth, Peet went on to play professional minor-league hockey from 1998 through the 2005 season.

CAMRY BUSCH BOYS: David Reutimann moved into the second-place in the NASCAR Busch Series (NBS) championship point standings after last weekend's race at Milwaukee. Dave Blaney slipped to fourth in the standings when he remained in Sonoma while Tundra driver Todd Bodine drove his No. 10 Camry to a sixth-place finish. Jason Leffler moved up to sixth in the standings after his third-place finish at Milwaukee.

HOMETOWN HERO: Franklin, Mass.,-native Bobby Santos, will get his first chance to compete in front of his hometown fans in one of NASCAR's premiere divisions at New Hampshire this weekend in the NBS race. Santos will drive the No. 92 Camry for Riley-D'Hondt Motorsports for the third time this season. Santos also raced the No. 92 entry at Richmond International Raceway and Nashville Superspeedway.

TUNDRAS DON'T SING THE BLUES: Tundra drivers have won from the pole each of the past two years at Memphis Motorsports Park in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) competition. Brandon Whitt earned his first career NCTS win at Memphis in 2005, while Jack Sprague made his way to victory lane last year for his second career win at the three-quarter mile speedway.

BIG 50 FOR SKINNER: Mike Skinner will celebrate his 50th birthday on June 28. The current NCTS championship point leader has captured 22 NCTS wins and 39 NCTS poles during his career. This season Skinner has earned seven poles and three wins, as well as leading at least one lap in every race this season in his No. 5 Tundra for Bill Davis Racing.

JACK IS BACK IN MEMPHIS: "Memphis is just a little different track," says Sprague, driver of the No. 60 Con-way Freight Tundra. "Turns one and two are certainly different corners than turns three and four. You have to compromise so you can get around both corners well, and that's hard to do. The first time I won there -- it was quite a bit of luck. The second time I won there it wasn't luck. We had a great truck last year, but it's just a hard track to get a hold of because it eats tires. It gets real slippery and you've got to be handling well to stay in the groove. I think it favors drivers that have been there a few times before and know what to expect. If you haven't -- it will certainly surprise you."

RECOGNIZABLE RACETRACK: Nearly every weekend, AJ Allmendinger is racing on a track that he has never seen before in his No. 84 Red Bull Camry. However, this weekend, Allmendinger will return to the site of his first career NCTS race. Allmendinger drove a Bill Davis Racing Tundra at New Hampshire last September where he worked his way from a 32nd-place starting position to a 13th-place finish.

TOP TUNDRAS: Tundra drivers hold six of the top-10 spots in the NCTS championship point standings. After 11 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 (sixth), Johnny Benson (seventh), Sprague (eighth), and rookie Aaron Fike (ninth). Tundras have earned nine poles and six wins in the first 11 races this season.

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 ABC, 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). Craftsman Truck Series qualifying will be televised on SPEED.

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
Bobby Santos	No. 92 Riley-D'Hondt Motorsports 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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