This Week's Races:
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series (NNCS):
Friday, August 10, Qualifying @ Watkins Glen International, 3:10 PM (ET)
Sunday, August 12, Centurion Boats at The Glen @ Watkins Glen International, 2:00 PM (ET)
Race 22 of 36
NASCAR Busch Series (NBS):
Saturday, August 11, Qualifying @ Watkins Glen International, 11:35 AM (ET)
Saturday, August 11, Zippo 200 at The Glen @ Watkins Glen International, 3:30 PM (ET)
Race 24 of 35
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS):
Saturday, August 11, Qualifying @ Nashville Superspeedway, 1:30 PM (ET)
Saturday, August 11, Toyota Tundra 200 @ Nashville Superspeedway, 6:30 PM (ET)
Race 15 of 25
HISTORY HERE AND THERE: This weekend's races at Watkins Glen International marks the first time Toyota Camrys have entered in NASCAR competition at the 2.4-mile road course in upstate N.Y. Toyota has participated in numerous sports car events at the historic road course, including the famed Six Hours of The Glen, and is the official vehicle at the track. In Tennessee, Toyota Tundras will race at the Nashville Superspeedway for the fourth consecutive year when they take on the 1.33-mile concrete speedway this weekend.
ROAD COURSE RINGER: Road course specialist P.J. Jones will again be substituting for regular Camry driver David Reutimann at Watkins Glen. Jones, who subbed for Reutimann at Infineon Raceway in June, will be behind-the-wheel of the No. 00 Burger King Camry this weekend for the Cup Series event. In addition, Terry Labonte will make his third start of the season in the No. 55 NAPA Camry, driving for team owner and regular driver Michael Waltrip.
WALTRIP ON SITTING OUT: "If I didn't think it was helping the team to get better by me sitting out for a couple races then I would be bored stiff," says Waltrip. "I know the result of me not driving is an investment in the future of my team. Running Terry (Labonte) at Infineon, Indy and Watkins Glen are things that I feel will help us become a better race team. We believe that the No. 55 team and the No. 00 team have progressed to the point where they won't miss another race. Now we have to work on the same thing with the No. 44 because they are not quite at that point yet where I can make that same statement. Those are the goals for the teams for the rest of the year and we'll continue working on the progress of the No. 44 team."
ELDERS WITH EXPERIENCE: Dale Jarrett and Labonte have the most experience among the Camry drivers competing at Watkins Glen this weekend -- each has 20 starts at the track. Jarrett, the 1999 Cup champion, has five top-10 finishes at The Glen, and started on the pole in 2001. Labonte has two poles (1987 and 1991) and two second place finishes (1987 and 1996) at the historic road circuit. Camry driver Jeremy Mayfield has made 10 starts at Watkins Glen, with a best finish of third in 2001.
DAVE'S DIALED IN: Dave Blaney, driver of the No. 22 Caterpillar Camry, continued his ascension in the NNCS owner's point standings with a 20th-place finish at Pocono Raceway Sunday. Now just 10 points out of the top-35 in owner's points -- which guarantees a spot in the starting field -- Blaney hopes a good run on the Watkins Glen road course can move the No. 22 CAT machine into the top-35.
TALKING TWISTY TURNS: "We were able to test at VIR (Virginia International Raceway) to get the Cup car ready for Watkins Glen and I think we'll be okay for the race," says Blaney. "I've never really considered myself much of a road racer, but I do enjoy running on them from time to time. We just need to focus on another consistent run like we've had the past couple weeks at Indy and Pocono. With a good chance of a guaranteed spot in the race will help because we can work more on race set-up during the practice time rather than only working on qualifying."
POSITIVES IN POCONO: Six Toyota Camrys started Sunday's Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway, marking the first time that six Camrys have started a NNCS race on an oval this season. There were also six Camrys in the road course event at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. earlier this season. Thus far this season, Blaney has made the most NNCS starts in a Camry this season with a total of 19.
ALL IN AT MWR: For the first time this season, all three Camrys for Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR) made the NNCS race at Pocono on their qualifying times with their regular drivers, for the first time this season. The same three made the first race of the season at Daytona, with the No. 44 UPS Camry of Jarrett starting on a past champion's provisional. All three MWR Camrys also made the race at Infineon Raceway, with Labonte driving the No. 55 NAPA Camry and Jones driving the No. 00 Burger King Camry.
MORE RIGHT TURNS: After racing on the Montreal road course last weekend, NBS drivers will get another dose of left and right turns this weekend at The Glen. It's the first time in Busch Series history that the schedule includes back-to-back road course races. With the trip to Mexico City in March, this year is also the first NBS season to have three road course races on the schedule.
CAMRYS ARE CLOSE: Heading into Watkins Glen, race 24 of 35 on the Busch Series schedule, three Camry drivers remain in the top-10 in the NBS point standings. With a ninth-place finish last weekend in Montreal, Reutimann remains second in points behind leader Carl Edwards. Fellow NBS Camry drivers Jason Leffler (fourth) and Blaney (ninth) remain in the top-10 with 12 races left in the season.
GRAHAM RETURNS: John Graham will again be driving the No. 10 Kick-Butt Amped Energy Ballz Camry this weekend for Braun Racing in the Zippo 200 at The Glen. Graham substituted for regular driver Blaney last weekend at Montreal, finishing 23rd, and will make his sixth-career NBS start Saturday.
TOYOTA TIME: The Toyota Tundra 200 NCTS race is scheduled for Saturday at the Nashville Superspeedway. Nine Tundra drivers will be vying to win the race on the 1.33-mile oval in front of a strong contingent of Toyota associates and fans. Tundras have won the last two races at Nashville. Reutimann won his first NASCAR race at Nashville in 2005, while Benson was victorious a year ago. The ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Nashville Friday night is also the Toyota ARCA 150.
TOP TUNDRAS: After 14 of 25 races, five Tundra drivers currently sit in the top-eight in the NCTS championship point standings. Mike Skinner remains in control of the points lead, but now only by 77 points over Ron Hornaday. He is being chased by fellow Tundra drivers Todd Bodine (third), Benson (fifth), Jack Sprague (seventh) and Ted Musgrave (eighth) as the series heads to Nashville Superspeedway for the Toyota Tundra 200.
JOHNNY JIVES IN MUSIC CITY: It was the case of ‘right place, right time' for Tundra driver Johnny Benson at Nashville in 2006. Taking the white flag in third-place, Benson watched as fellow Tundra drivers Mike Skinner and Todd Bodine made contact while battling for the lead. The tangle allowed Benson to slip by for the victory, his third of the season and first at Nashville Superspeedway.
TALKING ABOUT TUNDRA 200: "Winning that Nashville race was awesome for our guys," said Benson. "We obviously didn't have the fastest truck in the race, but sometimes, that's how things shake out. We were fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time to get the win. It was cool to win for all of the Toyota associates that were there and all the fans, and I would like to do that again this year. We're bringing a truck there that we think can compete for the victory, but we'll just have to wait and see what happens."
BODINE'S TAKE: After his contact with Skinner on the last lap, Tundra driver Bodine finished eighth in last year's Toyota Tundra 200 at Nashville, and admits that he and Skinner will never forget that race. "We remember it every week," says Bodine. "We classify it as a ‘laughable memory' and we put it behind us. Mike says we're both boneheads, but we know better than that. We've chalked it up to hard-headed racing, and we'll go to Nashville and race each other like we do anywhere. We never plan on mistakes like that – but we probably expect hard racing out of each other."
NEVER THE BRIDE: Ted Musgrave, driver of the No. 9 Team ASE Tundra, has one of the best driving records at Nashville Superspeedway. In six NCTS starts on the Tennessee oval, Musgrave has never finished outside the top-five. The only thing missing is a win. Musgrave has finished second three times (2001, 2003 and 2005), third twice (2002 and 2004) and fourth a year ago.
TED TALKS TENNESSEE: "To say you've raced at a track six times and your worst finish is fourth is pretty strong," says Musgrave. "I like race tracks that are a little unique and that have some different quality, and Nashville is certainly unique. You have to drive that race track a little different than what it looks like. I don't want to give out the secrets, but I think I drive it different maybe than a lot of drivers. The track is a challenge, but there are a lot of grooves you can use to get around it."
BODINE AT BODINE: Defending NCTS champion Todd Bodine (Bo-DINE) will travel to the ‘Volunteer State' early this week, making a special visit to the Bodine Aluminum, Inc. facility in Jackson, Tenn. Bodine (Bo-DEEN), a St. Louis-based manufacturing company which was established as a Toyota company in 1990, produces cylinder heads, engine brackets, cylinder blocks, intake manifolds, lower cases and carrier covers for a variety of Toyota vehicles. The Bodine Aluminum plant in Tennessee -- which opened in 2005 -- is 130 miles from Nashville and employs nearly 1,000 people. Bodine, driver of the No. 30 Lumber Liquidators Tundra, will meet with associates and take a tour of the facility on Wednesday, Aug. 8.
FRONT ROW CAMRYS: Camrys occupied the front row for Saturday's ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Pocono Raceway with Bobby Santos earning the pole in his No. 02 Bill Davis Racing Camry and Josh Wise starting on the outside of the front row in his No. 22 Eddie Sharp Racing Camry for Michael Waltrip Racing. Santos fell out of the event early due to an on-track accident, while Wise battled for the win all the way to the checkered flag and finished second.
HAPPY 50th: Toyota is celebrating its 50th anniversary in the U.S. in 2007 and operates 10 manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and assembles approximately half the vehicles it sells in America. In addition, Toyota, its dealers and manufacturing plants employ close to 150,000 individuals in the U.S.
BROADCAST BITS: The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race will be televised on ESPN and broadcast on MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio (Channel 128). NEXTEL Cup qualifying will be televised on ESPN2, 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.
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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 P.J. Jones No. 00 Burger King Toyota Camry Michael Waltrip Racing Terry Labonte 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 John Graham No. 10 Kick-Butt Amped Energy Ballz 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 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Driver Truck Team Johnny Benson No. 23 TCUV Toyota Tundra Bill Davis Racing Ryan Mathews No. 22 Triad Racing Development Toyota Tundra Bill Davis Racing Mike Skinner No. 5 Toyota Tundra Bill Davis Racing Josh Wise 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 Harris Trucking Toyota Tundra HT Motorsports David Green 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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