Toyota NASCAR Notes & Quotes - Week of September 10, 2007

September 13, 2007

NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series (NNCS):
Friday, September 14, Qualifying @ New Hampshire International Speedway, 3:10 PM (ET)
Sunday, September 16, Sylvania 300 @ New Hampshire International Speedway, 2:00 PM (ET)
Race 27 of 36

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS):
Saturday, September 15, Qualifying @ New Hampshire International Speedway, 10:05 AM (ET)
Saturday, September 15, New Hampshire 200 @ New Hampshire International Speedway, 3:00 PM (ET)
Race 18 of 25

HISTORY HERE: This weekend's race at New Hampshire International Speedway (NHIS) is the second trip to the Loudon, N.H. track for the Toyota Camry in NNCS competition. In the inaugural visit to the track earlier this year (July 1), Dave Blaney captured the first-ever NEXTEL Cup pole position for a Toyota Camry and led the first 30 laps of the race. Three Toyotas participated in that event at the New Hampshire oval -- Blaney (29th), David Reutimann (38th) and Jeremy Mayfield (40th). In the first NBS race for Toyota at Loudon (June 30), Reutimann was the top-finishing Toyota with an eighth-place result. Other Toyotas in the New Hampshire Busch race were Jason Leffler (12th), Bobby Santos (33rd) and Blaney (35th).

MORE HISTORY HERE: In the NCTS, Toyota Tundras have made three appearances at New Hampshire (2004-06). Tundra drivers Travis Kvapil (2004) and Johnny Benson (2006) both have registered victories at the track, and Mike Skinner started from the pole a year ago.

CURRENT CAMRY DRIVERS HERE: Two current Camry drivers have had some success at NHIS. Dale Jarrett, driver of the No. 44 UPS Camry, has one win at New Hampshire (7-22-01). Brian Vickers, driver of the No. 83 Red Bull Camry, captured the pole at the mile oval in July of 2005.

RECENT RACE RESULT: In the recent race at Richmond International Raceway (Sept. 8), rookie David Reutimann recorded the best NNCS result of his career when he crossed the finish line 13th in the No. 00 Burger King Camry. "The car drove good pretty much all night," said Reutimann, after the race. "We messed around with the track bar and it didn't seem to make much of a difference, then we put it back to where it was at the start and that really made the car come back to life. I really wish we would have done that earlier because I feel like we might have been able to get an even better finish." Prior to Richmond, Reutimann's best finish this season was a 15th place finish at Michigan (June 17).

TOP-10 TOYOTAS: Toyota drivers have recorded seven top-10 finishes this season in NNCS competition. Brian Vickers fifth-place finish at Charlotte's Lowe's Motor Speedway is the best result of the current campaign for a Camry driver. Additionally, Vickers has also had three other top-10 finishes in 2007 -- a 10th-place at California (Feb. 25), and eighth-place finishes at Michigan (Aug. 19) and California (Sept. 2). Other top-10s have been registered by Michael Waltrip, who was 10th at Michigan (June 17), and Blaney, who finished ninth at Indianapolis (July 29) and sixth at Michigan (Aug. 19).

MORE IS MERRIER: Rookie AJ Allmendinger, driver of the No. 84 Red Bull Camry, is getting used to the NASCAR schedule in his first season in the series since moving over from the open-wheel ranks. "I enjoy the schedule," says Allmendinger. "Obviously, it gets tedious sometimes -- especially when you're struggling every weekend. I think the biggest deal for us is that not being in the top-35 in points, there's a lot of pressure that comes with that -- which makes it hard. Other than that, I would take this schedule over a 14 race schedule because the biggest thing is when you're struggling, you always know there's next week to go to a race track and have a great race."

MORE IS MERRIER: Rookie AJ Allmendinger, driver of the No. 84 Red Bull Camry, is getting used to the NASCAR schedule in his first season in the series since moving over from the open-wheel ranks. "I enjoy the schedule," says Allmendinger. "Obviously, it gets tedious sometimes -- especially when you're struggling every weekend. I think the biggest deal for us is that not being in the top-35 in points, there's a lot of pressure that comes with that -- which makes it hard. Other than that, I would take this schedule over a 14 race schedule because the biggest thing is when you're struggling, you always know there's next week to go to a race track and have a great race."

PEOPLE POWER: "I'm proud of my people because people make the difference in NASCAR racing," says team owner and driver Michael Waltrip. "Basically, NASCAR has a very small box that the cars and the engine has to fit inside. So, the folks that are turning the wrenches or adjusting the shocks -- the work that those people do are how you get better. People still believe in what we can accomplish together. There were times on Monday mornings when we returned from missing another race and I'd look at the guys, and I'd think they can go somewhere else and not have to deal with all this heartache -- but they wanted to be here. They want to be with me and my organization. I like the people I'm surrounded with and know that long-term, people are what lead to success."

BIG GREEN GUY: Shaun Peet, the jackman for the No. 83 Red Bull Camry pit crew, attended Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. and played on the school's Division I ice hockey team. In four seasons (1994-98) as a defenseman for the ‘Big Green' Peet participated in 76 games and scored three goals. Following his graduation from Dartmouth, Peet played professional minor-league hockey from 1998 to 2005.

TWO IN TOP-FIVE: Two Camry drivers are currently in the top-five in the NBS championship point standings. Reutimann, driver of the No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine, sits third in the standings. He has recorded four top-five finishes and 10 top-10s this year. Jason Leffler, driver of the No. 38 Great Clips Camry, is fourth in the standings. This season, Leffler has one win, two poles, six top-fives and nine top-10 finishes.

LEADERS OF THE PACK: This season, five Camry drivers have led a total of 324 laps across 12 races in Busch Series competition. Leffler (Daytona, Nashville, Darlington, Indianapolis and Bristol) has led a total of 141 laps and Reutimann (Nashville, Talladega, St. Louis and Bristol) has led 93 laps. Vickers has led 56 laps (Michigan and California) and Blaney (California, Atlanta and Nashville) has led 19 laps. In just four races, Todd Bodine (St. Louis) has led 15 laps. To date, Camrys have recorded 13 top-five and 31 top-10 finishes in NBS competition.

TUNDRA TALK: After 17 of 25 races, five Tundra drivers sit among the top-eight in the NCTS championship point standings. Mike Skinner slipped to second in the standings following the recent race in St, Louis, and is now four points behind leader Ron Hornaday. Skinner is followed by fellow Tundra drivers Bodine (fourth), Benson (fifth), Ted Musgrave (seventh) and Jack Sprague (eighth).

UNSEAT ME IN ST. LOUIS: Until the recent NCTS race in St. Louis (Sept. 1), Mike Skinner led the series point standings for most of the current campaign. Unfortunately, Skinner ran into on-track trouble at Gateway International Raceway. "Our luck ran out in St. Louis," says Skinner. "We blew a right front tire and that cost us the points lead. I'm disappointed, but it will just make me drive harder. We have a great team and will be back at Loudon -- stronger than ever, looking for strong finishes the rest of the year. If we win, we win, but right now we're focused on strong, solid finishes and the points lead will come."

ONE MORE FOR FOUR: Donny Lia will drive a fourth Tundra for Bill Davis Racing at New Hampshire. The Jericho, N.Y.-native has been competing in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour this year -- where he has recorded six wins in 2007, including a victory at NHIS. "Bill Davis Racing is the best of the best when it comes to the Craftsman Truck Series, and I can't wait to hop in one of their Tundras at Loudon," says Lia, who will pilot the No. 36. "I've had a lot of success in other NASCAR series, and I'm anxious to see what I can do in the trucks. I'm looking forward to making the best of this opportunity."

ONE MORE EQUALS THREE: Germain Racing will field a third Tundra at New Hampshire for driver Sean Caisse. He will join Germain Racing regulars Todd Bodine (No. 30) and Ted Musgrave (No. 9) at the Loudon, N.H. track. Caisse, a Pelham, N.H.-native and veteran of the NASCAR Busch East Series, will drive the No. 03 Casella Waste Systems Tundra.

BY THE NUMBERS: This weekend's NCTS race at New Hampshire will be the 93rd race for the Tundra in the series. Since the beginning of the 2004 NCTS season, Tundra drivers have recorded 34 victories and 45 pole positions. Bodine (11), Benson (eight), Skinner (seven), Sprague (three) and Kvapil (two) have all won multiple races in Tundras. Reutimann, David Starr and Brandon Whitt have one win each.

TOP TUNDRAS IN 2007: Tundra drivers who have won races in 2007 include Skinner (California, Atlanta, Martinsville and Kentucky), Benson (Milwaukee, Bristol and St. Louis), Bodine (Texas) and Sprague (Daytona). In addition, Skinner (Atlanta, Martinsville, Kansas, Charlotte, Mansfield, Dover, Milwaukee, Nashville, and St. Louis), Bodine (Texas), Brad Keselowski (Memphis), Ryan Mathews (Kentucky) and Sprague (Daytona) have put Tundras on the pole this season.

HAPPY 50th: Toyota is celebrating its 50th anniversary in the U.S. in 2007. Toyota and its dealers employ close to 145,000 workers in the U.S. and assemble approximately half the vehicles it sells in America, while operating 10 manufacturing facilities throughout the country.

BROADCAST BITS: The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup 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).

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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 Craftsman Truck Series
Driver          Truck                          Team
Johnny Benson	No. 23 Toyota Certified Used Vehicles Tundra	Bill Davis Racing
Mike Skinner	No. 5 Toyota Tundra				Bill Davis Racing
Ryan Mathews	No. 22 Toyota Tundra				Bill Davis Racing
Donny Lia	No. 36 Toyota Tundra				Bill Davis Racing
AJ Allmendinger	No. 00 Red Bull Toyota Tundra			Darrell Waltrip Motorsports
Sean Caisse	No. 03 Casella Waste Systems Toyota Tundra	Germain Racing
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
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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