This Week's Races:
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series (NNCS):
Friday, September 21, Qualifying @ Dover International Speedway, 3:15 PM (ET)
Sunday, September 23, Dodge Dealers 400 @ Dover International Speedway, 1:30 PM (ET)
Race 28 of 36
NASCAR Busch Series (NBS):
Saturday, September 22, Qualifying @ Dover International Speedway, 12:05 PM (ET)
Saturday, September 22, RoadLoans.com 200 @ Dover International Speedway, 3:30 PM (ET)
Race 29 of 35
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS):
Saturday, September 22, Qualifying @ Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 6:00 PM (ET)
Saturday, September 22, Smith's Las Vegas 350 @ Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 8:30 PM (ET)
Race 19 of 25
HISTORY HERE: Five Toyota Camrys started the NNCS race at Dover International Speedway in June. Brian Vickers (19th), driver of the No. 83 Red Bull Camry, was the highest finishing Toyota in the field. Other Camrys in the race included Michael Waltrip (28th), AJ Allmendinger (33rd), Jeremy Mayfield (38th) and Dale Jarrett (43rd). Three Camrys started the NBS race at Dover in June with Jason Leffler (11th) earning the best finish among the Toyotas in his No. 38 Great Clips Camry, David Reutimann (15th) and Dave Blaney (16th).
MAYFIELD'S RECORD: Mayfield holds the NNCS qualifying record at Dover, an achievement he set in June 2004 with a speed of 161.522 mph (22.288 seconds). "Dover is one of my favorite race tracks," says Mayfield. "I love going there. I have a few poles there and I still hold the track record. It's been a good place for me in the past and I can't wait to get back there."
MOMENTUM AT THE MONSTER MILE: At Dover, the No. 84 Red Bull Camry team of Allmendinger is looking to continue the momentum they have from making and completing the past four races on the NNCS schedule. Allmendinger has completed nearly all of the possible laps (99%) in the past four races, along with earning his career-best NNCS finish at California Speedway (18th). He was able to back that up the following week at Richmond International Raceway where he finished 23rd. In his first-ever visit to the ‘Monster Mile' in June, Allmendinger started the race 43rd and finished 33rd.
MORE THAN MANY: Waltrip has made 43 Cup Series starts at Dover, earning one pole (1991) and a top-finish of fifth (1991), along with earning two NBS wins (1988 and 1990). This season, Waltrip made his first start since the season-opening race at Daytona when the NNCS competed at Dover in June.
MICHAEL AND THE MONSTER: "I always look forward to heading to Dover," says Waltrip. "It's one of those tracks where you have to be on top of the wheel 24/7. There is no relaxing at that place, and it reminds me a lot of Bristol. The entire track is banked, and the turns are tight -- the turns are the key to getting around Dover. The car has got to be able to turn through the corners in order to carry the momentum through the straight-aways. It's fun to drive despite the immense challenge it presents."
TALLADEGA TESTING: Seven Camry drivers participated in the recent two-day ‘Car of Tomorrow' (COT) test session at Talladega Superspeedway last week in preparation for the October event -- marking the first superspeedway race for the COT. Michael Waltrip Racing tested a total of six cars with Waltrip, Jarrett and Reutimann driving, and Team Red Bull tested four cars with Vickers and Allmendinger behind the wheel. Bill Davis Racing brought three cars to the test with Dave Blaney and Jacques Villenueve sharing the driving chores.
COT THOUGHTS: "I don't really see much of a difference in drafting with the COT versus the other car," said Waltrip, during the test session. "People can argue it all they want, but I don't see much difference. I've had success in the other car (at superspeedways) and I know how to draft in it. It seems to me that the biggest difference will be more passing because if you fall back on a guy and you can really come back on him. With the other car you really had to time it perfect to be able to make those types of moves. With this car it seems like you can play the game of laying off a guy and getting that big run."
CHASE IN THE CHASE: The No. 22 Camry of Bill Davis Racing and the No. 83 Camry of Team Red Bull are having their own ‘Chase' battle to get into the top-35 in NNCS owner points by the season-ending race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Blaney and Vickers have nine races remaining in the season to earn a guaranteed starting position at the 2008 Daytona 500. Blaney is currently 36th, 39 points out of 35th, while Vickers sits 38th in points, 277 out of 35th.
DOUBLE DAVE AT DOVER: After taking the past seven Busch Series races off, Blaney will resume driving duties behind the wheel of the No. 10 Hass Avocados from Mexico Camry this weekend at Dover, in addition to driving his No. 22 Caterpillar Camry in the NNCS race. Blaney earned his best Dover NBS starting position in June when he started fourth in his Braun Racing Camry, and his best NBS finish of third came in September of 2000. Blaney is scheduled to run two additional NBS races for Braun Racing this season at Lowe's Motor Speedway (where he won the 2006 October race) and Homestead-Miami Speedway (November).
LEADING LAPS: Five Camry drivers have notched a total of 324 laps led across 12 races. Leffler (Daytona, Nashville, Darlington, Indianapolis and Bristol) has led a total of 141 laps. 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. Todd Bodine (St. Louis) has led 15 laps.
BUSCH BATTLE: After 28 of 35 races, Reutimann remains tied with Kevin Harvick for second-place in the NBS point standings as they chase points-leader Carl Edwards. Leffler, who earned the first win for the Toyota Camry in NASCAR competition at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis earlier this season, sits fourth in the standings.
VEGAS FOR VILLENUEVE: Former F1 champion and Indianapolis 500 winner Jacques Villenueve, will make his first career NASCAR start behind the wheel of the No. 27 Bill Davis Racing Tundra at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Villenueve tested a Tundra at Chicagoland Speedway and has tested the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup ‘Car of Tomorrow' Camry at Kentucky Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway.
LADY LUCK RIDING ALONG: Toyota Tundra drivers have achieved great success at the 1.5-mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mike Skinner won last year's race and has earned the past three poles at the speedway, and Todd Bodine took his Tundra to victory lane in 2005. Fellow Tundra driver Jack Sprague earned two wins (1996 and 1998) and three poles (1997, 1998 and 2001) before moving behind the wheel of a Tundra. Ted Musgrave has also earned a win at the track back in 2001.
BET ON BODINE: Bodine has made a total of 11 starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway between all three major NASCAR series. In those starts Bodine has earned six top-five finishes and made his way to victory lane in both NCTS (2005) and NBS (2001) events.
POKER FACE: "I've always loved it (Las Vegas Motor Speedway) -- the old track and the new configuration of the track," says Bodine, about racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. "It's just the type of track I enjoy racing. We were really close with the set-up in our Tundra there last year. The truck was very fast, we just had a miscue in the pits that made the truck too loose. We've always run well at Vegas, and I'm looking forward to getting back there."
TUNDRA TALK: After 18 of 25 races, five Tundra drivers sit among the top-10 in the NCTS championship point standings. Skinner is second in standings, just 29 points behind leader Ron Hornaday. He is being chased by fellow Tundra drivers Bodine (fourth), Benson (fifth), Ted Musgrave (seventh) and Jack Sprague (10th).
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). 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).
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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 Hass Avocados from Mexico 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 Toyota Certified Used Vehicles Toyota Tundra Bill Davis Racing
Mike Skinner No. 5 Toyota Tundra Bill Davis Racing
Ryan Mathews No. 22 Toyota Tundra Bill Davis Racing
Jacques Villenueve No. 27 Toyota Tundra Bill Davis Racing
Josh Wise No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine 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
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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