Toyota NASCAR Notes & Quotes - Week of September 1, 2008

September 01, 2008

Upcoming Races:
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) @ Richmond International Raceway
·Friday, September 5, Qualifying @ 6:05 PM (ET) – ESPN2, MRN and Sirius Satellite Radio (Ch. 128)
·Saturday, September 6, Race start @ 7:30 PM (ET) – ABC, MRN and Sirius Satellite Radio (Ch. 128)
·Race 26 of 36

NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) @ Richmond International Raceway
·Friday, September 5, Qualifying @ 4:05 PM (ET) – ESPN2, MRN and Sirius Satellite Radio (Ch. 128)
·Friday, September 5, Race start @ 8:00 PM (ET) – ESPN2, MRN and Sirius Satellite Radio (Ch. 128)
·Race 28 of 35

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) @ Gateway International Raceway
·Saturday, September 6, Qualifying @ 11:05 AM (ET) – SPEED, MRN and Sirius Satellite Radio (Ch. 128)
·Saturday, September 6, Race start @ 2:30 PM (ET) – SPEED, MRN and Sirius Satellite Radio (Ch. 128)
·Race 17 of 25

Toyota 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Statistics
Races Starts (Drivers) Wins Top-5s Top-10s Poles Times Led Laps Led
25 244 (15) 9 36 55 4 160 3,005

ROOTS AT RICHMOND: This weekend, the Toyota Camry will make its fourth trip to Richmond International Raceway for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) event. In the first trip to the three-quarter mile race track this season, 10 Toyota Camrys competed in the NSCS race with Kyle Busch (second) and Tony Stewart (fourth) earning top-five finishes. Other Camrys in the field included Dave Blaney (18th), David Reutimann (22nd), Denny Hamlin (24th), Brian Vickers (28th), J.J. Yeley (34th), Michael Waltrip (37th), AJ Allmendinger (39th) and Michael McDowell (40th).

CALIFORNIA CAMRYS: The NSCS headed west for the Labor Day race weekend at Auto Club Speedway of Southern California. Five Toyota Camrys earned top-15 finishes with Hamlin recording the top Toyota finish of third-place. Other Camry drivers in the top-15 included Busch (seventh), Reutimann (ninth), Vickers (12th) and Allmendinger (14th). Reutimann's ninth-place result marked his career-best NSCS finish, and Allmendinger earned his career-best NSCS starting position (second) at the two-mile speedway. Other Camrys in the field included Stewart (22nd), Blaney (29th), Waltrip (33rd), Mike Skinner (35th) and Ken Schrader (41st).

PLACE IN THE CHASE: This weekend's race is the final event to determine the 12 NSCS drivers who will compete for the 2008 championship. Busch, driver of the Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) No. 18 M&M's Camry, has already secured the top spot in the standings when the 'Chase for the Sprint Cup' begins at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (Sept. 14). Other Camry drivers looking to secure their place in the 'Chase' this weekend include Stewart (eighth) and Hamlin (11th).

KYLE'S GOAL: Busch will enter the 'Chase' with 80 bonus points and the top spot in the standings, but the 23-year-old driver is focused on one goal for his No. 18 JGR Camry. "You'd love to have a championship, of course, and that would be the ultimate goal, but it's been a good year," said Busch, who has eight NSCS wins this season. "We've had a lot of excellent success. If it comes down to something out of our (control), then it wasn't meant to be. All we can do is hope for the best and keep working as hard as we can."

ADDINGTON'S ACCOMPLISHMENT: Steve Addington, crew chief for Busch's No. 18 Camry will serve as a crew chief in the 'Chase' for the first time in his career, and it will also be the first 'Chase' appearance for the No. 18 JGR entry. "It's an awesome feeling, but it's more of an awesome feeling for the guys who have been with the 18 car for the past three or four years," says Addington. "To get in there and make our first 'Chase' and to have a chance with Kyle (Busch) driving the car. We know we have a shot at the championship, so it makes all the guys on this race team feel really good."

CREW CHIEF COMRADERY: "It will be the same as always," says Addington, about communicating with his fellow JGR crew chiefs during the 'Chase' -- Mike Ford (No. 11) and Greg Zipadelli (No. 20). "We lean on each other every single week and we'll continue to do that. I'll ask Zippy (Greg Zipadelli) and Mike (Ford) about preparation and if they change anything going into the 'Chase.' My opinion of that deal is we need to keep doing what got us here and just focus on making our cars better every week."

TONY'S TAKE: "I feel great about the effort that's being put forth," says Stewart, who is currently eighth in NSCS point standings. "I'm proud of my team, I'm proud of Zippy (Greg Zipadelli, crew chief), and I'm proud of our guys and how hard they are digging. But, we just haven't found that one thing or two that we need right now. The great thing about this organization is that these guys won't quit. You keep doing the same things that we've always done for 10 years that's won us 32 races and two championships."

LOGANO'S LEAP: Joey Logano will make his first career NSCS start in Saturday night's race at Richmond. The 18-year-old will drive the JGR No. 02 Home Depot Camry with Wally Brown serving as his crew chief. Logano is scheduled to compete in five additional NSCS events this season driving the No. 96 Camry for Hall of Fame Racing -- New Hampshire (Sept. 14), Kansas (Sept. 28), Charlotte (Oct. 11), Martinsville (Oct. 18) and Texas (Nov. 2).

JOEY'S JUMP: "I think I'm going to approach it (Richmond) the same way I did Dover (first career Nationwide Series start)," says Logano "Personally, I don't think it's as big of a jump as it was to go from the Camping World Series to the Nationwide Series as it is from the Nationwide Series to the Cup Series because you're already racing against a lot of Cup guys. We already race at tracks like this and I've done a lot of Cup testing. I feel more comfortable doing this than I did at Dover. You have to focus on your own race and not worry about what everybody else is doing."

SUPPORTIVE STEWART: "I'm proud of Joey (Logano)," says Stewart, about Logano taking over the steering wheel of the No. 20 Home Depot Camry in 2009. "I really like him. I think his record in the last couple of years speaks for itself. I don't think you could ask for a better guy to replace me. I think he's the perfect guy. He's in the perfect situation right now, he's a good kid, he's got a great family and he's going to do things right. I'm proud of who they got and I'm very supportive and behind him 100 percent."

HAMLIN HOMECOMING: In Richmond, Hamlin will enjoy a weekend with family and friends as the NSCS heads to Virginia. The Chesterfield, Va.-native earned his first Cup series win in his home state earlier this year at the short track in Martinsville (March 30). Hamlin earned the pole at Richmond earlier this year and led 381 of the 410-lap race before a late race flat tire ended the chance of a NSCS win in front of his hometown fans.

DETERMINED DENNY: "I don't think you can go out there and do anything different -- especially with it being my hometown," says Hamlin, talking about his plan for this weekend's race. "I'm going to do my best to win the race any way. I'm not going to risk going for a race win, I'm going to make sure I'm definitely in the Chase. All I'm looking for at Richmond is a top-five or top-10 and we should be fine. I just have to make sure we don't make any mistakes."

Toyota 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series Statistics
Races Starts (Drivers) Wins Top-5s Top-10s Poles Times Led Laps Led
27 159 (16) 16 45 77 10 121 2,648

MORE HISTORY HERE: The Camry will also make its fourth NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) start at Richmond this weekend. Earlier this season, five Camry drivers competed in the spring Nationwide race at the Virginia track with Hamlin taking the win in front of his family and friends. Other Camrys in the field included Busch (third), Mike Wallace (13th), Jason Leffler (16th) and Reutimann (18th).

WINNING WAYS: Busch earned Toyota's 16th win of the 2008 NNS season Saturday at Fontana, Calif. in his No. 18 JGR Camry. Busch led 144 laps of the 150-lap race en route to his seventh NNS win of the season. Camry drivers earning top-10 finishes in California included Vickers (third), Logano (sixth) and Reutimann (eighth). Additional Camry drivers in the field included Wallace (16th), Josh Wise (22nd) and Leffler (26th).

BUSCH SHARES THANKS: "This thing was flawless, it was just amazing," said Busch, following his win Saturday. "I really have to thank all the guys back at the shop. I have to dedicate this win to Jason Ratcliff (suspended crew chief). The way these guys prepare the cars coming to the race track is just phenomenal. This is Toyota's home track and these guys were awesome."

DOUBLE DUTY: Four Camry drivers will compete in both the NSCS and NNS races at Richmond this weekend. Logano will compete in his first NSCS race for JGR along with racing his JGR No. 20 Camry in the NNS event. Hamlin will also compete for JGR in both series. In addition to racing his JGR No. 18 entry in NSCS competition, Busch will also be behind the wheel of the No. 32 Camry for Braun Racing. Reutimann will compete for Michael Waltrip Racing in both events.

CAMRY COUNT: Camrys have won 16 of the 27 NNS races this season. Busch has seven wins, including three consecutive at Texas (April 5), Phoenix (April 11) and Mexico City (April 20), along with victories at Charlotte (May 24), Chicagoland (July 11), Indianapolis (July 26) and California (Aug. 30). Stewart has five NNS wins at Daytona (Feb. 16), California (Feb. 25), Talladega (April 26), Darlington (May 9) and New Hampshire (June 28). Hamlin has recorded three victories at Richmond (May 2), Dover (May 31) and Daytona (July 4). Logano scored his first-NNS career win at Kentucky (June 14).

POINTS PACE: After 27 of 35 races, four Camry drivers remain in the top-10 in points after California, with Reutimann (fourth) leading the way for Camry drivers, followed by Busch (seventh), Wallace (eighth) and Leffler (ninth).

Toyota 2008 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Statistics
Races Starts (Drivers) Wins Top-5s Top-10s Poles Times Led Laps Led
16 163 (18) 9 37 74 10 70 1,457

TUNDRA HISTORY: This weekend's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) race at the 1.25-mile Gateway International Raceway near St. Louis will be the fourth trip to the track for Toyota Tundra teams. Tundras have claimed wins in the past two seasons with both Todd Bodine (2006) and Johnny Benson (2007). Tundra driver Skinner earned the first and only pole award for a Toyota at the track in last year's event.

COMING UP ON CENTURY MARK: The 2006 NCTS champion, Bodine, will make his 100th start in a Toyota Tundra this weekend in St. Louis. In addition to earning the first NASCAR championship for Toyota, Bodine has also recorded 13 wins in his Germain Racing Tundra. "To have represented Toyota in 100 races is an honor for me," says Bodine. "Toyota is a great company, with great people and I'm very proud to represent them with Germain Racing."

TODD ON TOYOTA: "To get my 100th start in a Tundra at Gateway is cool," says Bodine. "Our win here in the Lumber Liquidators Tundra in 2006 was the beginning of our run to secure Toyota's first NCTS championship. It was a big honor for me to win that championship and it was a big honor for the whole Germain Racing team. With the way Toyota and TRD (Toyota Racing Development) approach racing, I knew they would be successful. When I began driving a Tundra in 2004, it took some getting used to with the way Toyota and TRD worked. It didn't take long to see and understand that it was a benefit for everyone involved."

HOMETOWN DEBUT: St. Louis-native Chrissy Wallace will be making her hometown racing debut in the No. 03 Germain Toyota Tundra this weekend at Gateway International Raceway. Wallace has competed in three NCTS races in her career -- Martinsville (18th), Milwaukee (20th) and Kentucky (33rd).

GATEWAY LAP LEADER: Statistically, the best NCTS driver at Gateway is two-time winner and 2005 NCTS Champion Ted Musgrave. He retains the all-time lap-leader title at Gateway with 382. "I know in 2005 we led all but two laps which is just incredible knowing the way the competition is in this series these days," says Musgrave of his 2005 win. "It was really neat to be so dominant. We made a pit stop and didn't win the race off pit road but we easily retook the lead. You don't have too many days like that."

FOUR IN 10: Four Tundra drivers are in the top-10 in the NCTS championship race. Benson still leads the standings and now has a 119-point advantage over defending NCTS champion Ron Hornaday, Jr. Bodine, the 2006 NCTS champion, is fourth, followed by two-time NCTS champion Skinner (fifth) and Terry Cook (ninth).

NINE IN '08: Tundra drivers have registered nine NCTS wins in 2008. Benson (Milwaukee, Kentucky, Indianapolis and Nashville) and Busch (California, Atlanta and Bristol) have each won multiple races. Tundra racers Bodine (Daytona) and Speed (Dover) each have one NCTS victory in 2008.

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 
Driver                         Car                                                  Team 
Dave Blaney               No. 22 Caterpillar Toyota Camry                      Bill Davis Racing 
Ken Schrader              No. 96 DLP HDTV Toyota Camry                         Hall of Fame Racing   
Kyle Busch                No. 18 M&M's Toyota Camry                            Joe Gibbs Racing   
Denny Hamlin              No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota Camry                    Joe Gibbs Racing 
Joey Logano               No. 02 Home Depot Toyota Camry                       Joe Gibbs Racing 
Tony Stewart              No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry                       Joe Gibbs Racing 
David Reutimann           No. 44 UPS Toyota Camry                              Michael Waltrip Racing 
Michael McDowell          No. 00 Champion Mortgage 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 
Jason Leffler             No. 38 Great Clips Toyota Camry                      Braun Racing 
Kyle Busch                No. 32 Dollar General Toyota Camry                   Braun Racing 
Mike Wallace              No. 7 GEICO Toyota Camry                             Germain Racing 
Denny Hamlin              No. 18 Farm Bureau Insurance Toyota Camry            Joe Gibbs Racing 
Joey Logano               No. 20 GameStop Toyota Camry                         Joe Gibbs 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 Tundra        Bill Davis Racing 
Michael Annett            No. 22 Pilot Travel Centers 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 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 
Chrissy Wallace           No. 03 Germain 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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