Toyota NASCAR Notes & Quotes - Week of June 23, 2008

June 26, 2008

Upcoming Races:
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) @ New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Friday, June 27, Qualifying, 3:10 PM (ET) -- SPEED, MRN and Sirius Satellite Radio (Ch. 128)
Sunday, June 29, Race start @ 2:00 PM (ET) -- TNT, MRN and Sirius Satellite Radio (Ch. 128)
Race 17 of 36

NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) @ New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Saturday, June 28, Qualifying, 10:05 AM (ET) – ESPN2, MRN and Sirius Satellite Radio (Ch. 128)
Saturday, June 28, Race start @ 3:00 PM (ET) --ESPN2, MRN and Sirius Satellite Radio (Ch. 128)
Race 18 of 35

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) @ Memphis Motorsports Park
Saturday, June 28, Qualifying, 6:00 PM (ET) -- MRN and Sirius Satellite Radio (Ch. 128)
Saturday, June 28, Race start @ 9:00 PM (ET) --SPEED, MRN and Sirius Satellite Radio (Ch. 128)
Race 12 of 25

HISTORY HERE: This weekend, the Toyota Camry will make its third NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) appearance at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS). Last year, three Camrys competed in the spring race in Loudon, N.H., with Dave Blaney earning the top Toyota finish of 29th after leading the first 30 laps from the pole. Other Camrys in the race included David Reutimann (38th) and Jeremy Mayfield (40th). Four Camrys competed in the fall race at the New England one-mile oval -- Reutimann (26th), AJ Allmendinger (33rd), Blaney (35th) and Brian Vickers (43rd).

ROAD RACE RECALL: In the most recent race on the NSCS schedule at California's Infineon Raceway, Kyle Busch earned his fifth win of the season and sixth for Toyota in 2008. Busch started 30th in his Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) No. 18 M&M's Camry and led a race-high 78 laps in the 112-lap event. Other Camry drivers in the top-15 at the California road course included Tony Stewart (10th) and Vickers (14th). The remaining Camry drivers in the field included Blaney (20th), Michael McDowell (21st), Michael Waltrip (25th), Denny Hamlin (27th), Allmendinger (37th) and Reutimann (40th).

KYLE'S COMMENTS: "We changed everything from Friday to Saturday and the guys did an awesome job," said Busch, following Sunday's race. "Steve (Addington, crew chief) made some great calls on what to change and how to get the Camry better. Judging by where we started (the race), we didn't think we would be that good. But, once we got through ‘happy hour' on Saturday, we thought we would be okay. Then, we came from 30th to 13th or 12th before the first green flag pit stop took place, and I thought that was pretty sporty. Then the caution came out and we were up front when it mattered most. We were able to stay up front and run only as hard as we needed to, conserve just a little bit of fuel and we were able to win."

LEFT COAST LOVE: Busch has had mixed reception from race fans as the NSCS travels across the country, but in California the cheers seemed to be louder than the boos for the 23-year-old Las Vegas native. "I think they're happy, maybe that their guy (Dale Earnhardt, Jr.) won last weekend," said Busch, of the California race fans. "I think the West Coast has a little bit to do with it. I'm from around this area --- being a Vegas boy. A lot of my friends came to California this weekend and I spent some time with them here. It must be a West Coast thing,."

HISTORICAL HAPPENING: In last year's NSCS spring race at NHMS, Blaney earned the inaugural Cup pole position for Toyota since the manufacturer joined the series in January of 2007. The pole came in Toyota's 17th NSCS race and was the second of Blaney's career. Since that historic accomplishment, Camry drivers have earned four more NSCS poles. Waltrip earned the second Cup pole for Toyota at Talladega last October. This season, Busch scored poles at Las Vegas and Charlotte, and Hamlin started at the front of the field at Richmond.

DAVE'S DESCRIPTION: "We didn't run all that well in the race that day, so we hope we've gained on that part of the competition," says Blaney, about returning to New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend. "We're going to go back with close to that same qualifying set-up and hopefully we can improve out on the race track. Over the last four to six weeks, we've been gaining at every track, so we're anxious to go to all of them. Things change a lot though. We could go back there with the same set-up this time and qualify 30th. It's all about the little details and keeping up with things week to week. It changes a lot, especially from a year ago. I think we'll have a good baseline going in and we'll work from there."

FEELING FINE: "It's flat and short," says Hamlin, about defending race winner of the 2007 NSCS race at New Hampshire. "Those are the tracks we tend to excel on for the most part. I have a lot of laps on flat short tracks and I think it gives me a better feel for what I need in the race car. I can tell Mike (Ford, crew chief) more important things that I can't tell him on the bigger tracks quite yet because I have a little more seat time on these type of tracks."

SHORTER IS BETTER: The race at New Hampshire is 301 laps, one of the shorter races on the NSCS calendar. "I love them short," says Hamlin about the length of this Sunday's event. "Michigan was just right. The 400 miles at Michigan -- it seemed like it went by fast for us drivers, and it was great. You don't need any more than that. I know the reason and the tradition of the 500-mile and 600-mile races at some of these tracks, but I think from the interest standpoint and the fans, they might not mind seeing a little bit shorter race. I think from the excitement level, you're going to have better racing with maybe a little more intense racing if you have a shorter distance."

HAMLIN'S SPECIAL DELIVERY: Before making their way to New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Hamlin and the FedEx Racing team will stop in Boston to deliver a hybrid Toyota Prius to Community Servings -- a non-profit organization that prepares, packages and delivers meals to those in need throughout the greater Boston area ( The donation from FedEx will be presented during a program at the group's facility in the Boston neighborhood of Jamaica Plain where Hamlin will be joined by crew chief Mike Ford and FedEx team members.

VOICE OF VICKERS: "Jay Frye (General Manager) coming on board this year has given a lot of leadership and inspiration to the team with a lot of experience and knowledge in the sport, which we definitely needed," says Vickers, about the recent success of the Red Bull Racing Team. "He's brought a lot of new people on board that have done a great job, and has also redirected the talents of a lot of RBRT employees. When you combine all those things together, and then you think about Toyota learning and growing in their second year, you can see why things are starting to come around. We've just got to keep this momentum going and hopefully get back in the top-12."

POINTS PACE: Busch continues to lead the NSCS point standings following Sunday's race in Sonoma, Calif.. He extended his points lead with his recent win and is now 103 points ahead of second-place driver Jeff Burton. Other Camry drivers in the top-20 in the NSCS point standings include Hamlin (eighth), Stewart (11th) and Vickers (15th).

BUSCH WANTS TO BE BETTER: Busch will look to extend his lead in the NSCS point standings this weekend at New Hampshire, as well as pick up additional bonus points. "We sort of ran halfway decent there last year," says Busch. "The 18 car looked really good there last year and Denny (Hamlin) won the race there. I've just struggled on the flat track so far this year for some reason and hopefully we can pick up on it and run better."

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, Peet went on to play professional minor-league hockey from 1998 through the 2005 season. The 32-year-old Peet now serves as captain of the No. 83 pit crew that recently won the NASCAR Pit Crew Challenge in Charlotte.

NOW IN NEW ENGLAND AGAIN: Two crew members for the Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR) No. 00 Toyota Camry will enjoy a homecoming at New Hampshire. Greg Osbourne, car chief and rear tire changer, is from Hampton Beach, N.H., and rear tire carrier Troy Prince is from York, Maine. Osbourne joined MWR when Waltrip established his team for the start of the 2007 campaign. Osbourne also worked with Waltrip on his NAPA team at Dale Earnhardt Inc. (DEI). Prince served as the rear tires carrier for Waltrip's team at DEI in 2005 before making the move to MWR. Another homecoming will take place for Mark Durgin, car chief on the No. 32 Camry for Braun Racing in the NNS. Durgin is from Lynn, Mass.

FROM N.H. TO MWR: "My dad and I used to go to Star Speedway (Epping, N.H.) every Saturday night for seven years," says Osbourne, about growing up in Hampton Beach, N.H. "I started racing go-karts and did that for about three years and then I worked as a technical inspector for a year at Lee Speedway in N.H. From there, I went full-time Busch North racing for a year with Randy MacDonald and he actually got me to a Cup race to help out. The first Cup team that I worked with that raced every week was SABCO. I worked with Wally Dallenbach for a year and with Joe Nemechek for two years (1997 to 1999). I won my first Cup race with Joe (Nemechek) at New Hampshire, which was home."

FIRMLY IN THE FIELD: Eight Camrys are guaranteed starting spots at NHMS based on the current NSCS owner point standings. Per NASCAR rules, the top-35 in owner points are given starting spots, assuring that Busch's No. 18 (first in owner points), Hamlin's No. 11 (eighth), Stewart's No. 20 (11th), Vickers' No. 83 (15th), Blaney's No. 22 (28th), Reutimann's No. 44 (29th), McDowell's No. 00 (31st) and Waltrip's No. 55 (32nd) will be in Sunday's race. Allmendinger's No. 84 (37th) and J.J. Yeley's No. 96 (38th) will have to qualify for the race.

DOUBLE DUTY: Four Camry drivers will compete in both the NSCS and NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) races at NHMS this weekend. Busch and Stewart will each drive NNS cars for JGR, along with their full-time NSCS rides. Fellow NSCS JGR driver Hamlin will compete in Saturday's NNS race behind the wheel of the Braun Racing No. 32 Hass Avocados from Mexico Camry. Reutimann will once again compete for MWR in both events.

MORE HISTORY HERE: This weekend, the Toyota Camry will make its second NNS appearance at NHMS. Last year, four Camrys competed at the one-mile oval with Reutimann earning an eighth-place result. Other Camrys in the field included Jason Leffler (12th), Bobby Santos (33rd) and Blaney (35th).

TWO IN TOP-FIVE: Two Camry drivers earned top-five finishes at The Milwaukee Mile this past Saturday night -- Joey Logano (second) and Reutimann (fifth). Other Camrys in the field included Leffler (10th), James Buescher (14th) and Mike Wallace (18th).

CAMRY CONSISTENCY: Four Camry drivers hold positions in the top-10 in the NNS point standings after 17 races. Reutimann is third in points (190 points behind leader Clint Bowyer), followed by Busch (seventh), Wallace (eighth) and Leffler (10th).

SERIES SUCCESS: Camry drivers have won 11 of the first 17 NNS races this season. Busch has four wins, including three consecutive at Texas (4-5-08), Phoenix (4-11-08) and Mexico City (4-20-08), along with a victory at Charlotte (5-24-08). Stewart also has four NNS checkered flags this season at Daytona (2-16-08), California (2-25-08), Talladega (4-26-08) and Darlington (5-9-08). Hamlin has victories at Richmond (5-2-08) and Dover (5-31-08), and Logano won at Kentucky (6-14-08).

TUNDRA MEMPHIS HISTORY: Toyota Tundras have won two out of the four NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) races in which they have participated on the three-quarter-mile track at Memphis Motorsports Park. Brandon Whitt (2005) won from the pole in the Red Horse Racing Tundra and Jack Sprague (2006) also won from the pole driving the Wyler Racing Tundra. In 2007, Brad Keselowski earned the pole in the No. 9 Tundra for Germain Racing.

ELVIS EMORTALIZED: "I'm ready to put the Elvis trophy in the lobby at Germain Racing," said Bodine who scored his best NCTS finish at Memphis in 2007 with an eighth place finish. "I've had some good races there, we've had some very good Tundras there and I'm looking forward to getting a win there for the Lumber Liquidators associates in Memphis and for our guys at Germain that work so hard on our short track program."

BACK TO BACK TO BACK: Johnny Benson earned his third consecutive NCTS victory at The Milwaukee Mile on Friday night, as well as his first win of the season in the Bill Davis Racing No. 23 Toyota Certified Used Vehicles Tundra. The Grand Rapids, Mich.-native started from the pole and led the field three times for a race-high 130 laps in the 200-lap event. "It is a little overwhelming to be able to win three races here," said Benson, following the race. "It will sink in after a day or two. Milwaukee is not too far from where I grew up, just on the other side of the lake. I've won an ASA (American Speed Association) race here, and I've come close in a Nationwide (Series) race before, but to win three truck races here in a row is just incredible."

FOUR IN TEN: Four Tundra drivers are currently in the top-10 in NCTS point standings after 11 of 25 races. Benson sits atop the standings by 50 points over second-place Bodine, Skinner (sixth) and Terry Cook (seventh).

TUNDRA TRIUMPHS: Toyota Tundras have won six of the 12 NCTS races this season. In addition to Benson's first win of the season at Milwaukee (6-20-08), rookie Scott Speed scored his first career NCTS victory at Dover (5-30-08) and Bodine won the season-opener at Daytona (2-15-08). Busch also has a pair of wins at California (2-23-08) and Atlanta (3-7-08). This season, Tundra drivers have recorded 26 top-fives and 50 top-10 finishes, as well as leading 992 laps.

MANUFACTURER'S MATH: Toyota holds the lead in all three 2008 manufacturer's championship point standings in the three premiere NASCAR series. Toyota is eight points ahead of Chevrolet in the NSCS, has an 20-point advantage over Chevrolet in NNS, and leads Chevrolet by one point for the NCTS manufacturer's points lead.

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Driver			Car							Team
Dave Blaney	No. 22 Caterpillar Toyota Camry				Bill Davis Racing
J.J. Yeley	No. 96 DLP HDTV Toyota Camry				Hall of Fame Racing
Kyle Busch	No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry		Joe Gibbs Racing  
Denny Hamlin	No. 11 FedEx Toyota Camry				Joe Gibbs Racing
Tony Stewart	No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry				Joe Gibbs Racing
Michael McDowellNo. 00 Champion Home Mortgage Toyota Camry	Michael Waltrip Racing
David Reutimann	No. 44 UPS Toyota Camry	Michael 			Waltrip Racing
Michael Waltrip	No. 55 NAPA Toyota Camry				Michael Waltrip Racing
AJ Allmendinger	No. 84 Red Bull Toyota Camry				Red Bull Racing Team
Brian Vickers	No. 83 Red Bull Toyota Camry				Red Bull Racing Team

NASCAR Nationwide Series 
Driver			Car							Team 
Denny Hamlin	No. 32 Hass Avocados from Mexico Toyota Camry 		Braun Racing 
Jason Leffler 	No. 38 Great Clips Toyota Camry 			Braun Racing 
Mike Wallace 	No. 7 GEICO Toyota Camry 				Germain Racing 
Kyle Busch	No. 18 Toyota Camry					Joe Gibbs Racing
Tony Stewart	No. 20 Old Spice Toyota Camry				Joe Gibbs Racing
David Reutimann 	No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry 	Michael Waltrip Racing

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
Driver			Car							Team
Johnny Benson	No. 23 Toyota Certified Used Vehicles Tundra		Bill Davis Racing
Michael Annett	No. 22 Toyota Tundra					Bill Davis Racing
Mike Skinner	No. 5 Toyota Tundra					Bill Davis Racing
Shane Sieg	No. 51 Miccosukee Resorts Toyota Tundra			Billy Ballew Motorsports
Marc Mitchell	No. 15 Hyprene Ergon Toyota Tundra			Billy Ballew Motorsports
Todd Bodine	No. 30 Lumber Liquidators Toyota Tundra			Germain Racing
Justin Marks	No. 9 Construct Corps Toyota Tundra			Germain Racing
Ted Musgrave	No. 59 Team ASE Toyota Tundra				HT Motorsports
David Starr	No. 11 Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra			Red Horse Racing
Terry Cook	No. 60 Toyota Tundra				Wyler Racing


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