Toyota NASCAR Notes & Quotes - Week of September 15, 2008

September 18, 2008

Upcoming Races:
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) @ Dover International Speedway
·Friday, September 19, Qualifying @ 3:10 PM (ET) – ESPN2, MRN and Sirius Satellite Radio (Ch. 128)
·Sunday, September 21, Race start @ 2:00 PM (ET) – ABC, MRN and Sirius Satellite Radio (Ch. 128)
·Race 28 of 36

NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) @ Dover International Speedway
·Saturday, September 20, Qualifying @ 11:05 AM (ET) – ESPN2, MRN and Sirius Satellite Radio (Ch. 128)
·Saturday, September 20, Race start @ 3:30 PM (ET) – ESPN2, MRN and Sirius Satellite Radio (Ch. 128)
·Race 29 of 35

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) @ Las Vegas Motor Speedway
·Saturday, September 20, Qualifying @ 6:30 PM (ET) – SPEED, MRN and Sirius Satellite Radio (Ch. 128)
·Saturday, September 20, Race start @ 9:30 PM (ET) – SPEED, MRN and Sirius Satellite Radio (Ch. 128)
·Race 19 of 25

Toyota 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Statistics
Races Starts (Drivers) Wins Top-5s Top-10s Poles Times Led Laps Led
27 264 (16) 9 38 60 4 173 3,195

HISTORY IN DELAWARE: This weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Dover International Speedway marks the fourth time the Toyota Camry has competed at the one-mile Delaware oval. In the spring, Kyle Busch earned one of his eight NSCS victories at 'The Monster Mile.' Two other Camry drivers earned top-15 finishes in the spring race -- Dave Blaney (ninth) and Brian Vickers (13th). Other Camry drivers in the field included J.J. Yeley (24th), David Reutimann (27th), Michael Waltrip (28th), Michael McDowell (30th), AJ Allmendinger (37th), Tony Stewart (41st) and Denny Hamlin (43rd).

TOYOTA TRIFECTA: During the May race weekend at the concrete oval, Toyota swept all three NASCAR races at the track -- marking the first time Toyota had accomplished that feat. Busch earned his fourth NSCS victory of the season (June 1), Hamlin won the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race (May 31) and rookie Tundra driver Scott Speed won the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) race (May 30). It marked only the seventh time in NASCAR history that one manufacturer earned wins in all three NASCAR series events at one track during the same race weekend.

RACE REWIND: Camry drivers Stewart (eighth) and Hamlin (ninth) each earned top-10 finishes at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon. Other Camry drivers in the field included Reutimann (15th), Waltrip (25th), McDowell (27th), Joey Logano (32nd), Blaney (33rd), Busch (33rd) Vickers (35th) and Allmendinger (38th).

PLACES IN THE 'CHASE': Toyota is represented in the 'Chase for the Sprint Cup' for the first time since entering the series in 2007. Three Camry drivers -- Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) teammates Busch, Hamlin and Stewart -- started the 10-race 'Chase' at New Hampshire. Busch went into the 'Chase' in first-place with a 30-point lead, but fell to the eighth position in standings after early mechanical problems and then a spin resulted in a 33rd-place finish in the first event of the 10-race 'Chase.' Hamlin remains sixth in the point standings and Stewart moved up to seventh.

'CHASE' CHATTER: "Jimmie (Johnson) wasn't even an issue until two or three months ago and then he did a lot of testing and picked up his program," says Hamlin, of competing in the 'Chase.' "It could happen for any of the other guys that are in, Greg (Biffle) is starting to run strong and I feel like we're coming into our own coming off of a couple of top-10 finishes -- and it was on a variety of race tracks between the big and the small. I think we've gotten our package better and each week it seems like we're getting a little more confidence and things are starting to mesh really well."

MORE 'CHASE' CHATTER: "We see it in the sport -- there's always peaks and valleys and guys always seem to really peak either before or during the 'Chase', adds Hamlin. "It's hard to see someone really stay on top for an entire year simply because when someone goes out there and dominates it just forces everyone else to go to work. I think there's nine other guys in the 'Chase' that are thinking, 'we have something to prove so let's go test and
let's figure out what we have to do to beat these guys.'"

JOEY JUMPS IN: Eighteen-year-old Logano made his much anticipated Cup debut at New Hampshire Sunday in the No. 96 Home Depot/DLP HDTV Camry. "It was fun -- I enjoyed it," said Logano, after the race. "By lap 200 I wanted it to end because we weren't running worth a dang. We are going to take what we learned and go at it. Deep down inside I really wanted a better finish. We got close to where we needed to be -- just too late in the race and we weren't able to work on it from there."

FUN PLACE TO RACE: After winning the spring NSCS race at Dover, Busch looks forward to returning to 'The Monster Mile' this weekend. "Dover is fun -- I love that place," says Busch. "I always run the triple there in the spring race because the trucks are there with us. I'm running the Nationwide race this time, too. There are a lot of characteristics that make it fun -- the concrete, the mile, the high banks and everything. I think we can run well there. We won the last time and this time around, hopefully things will go about the same way. If not, a top-three or a top-five would be good."

BLANEY'S BEST: Camry driver Blaney earned a season-best ninth-place finish the first time around at the one-mile Delaware oval. "We have only had a handful of races where we have run really well this year and Dover was one of them," says Blaney, driver of the No. 22 Caterpillar Camry. "I think we'll have a good combination to go back and hopefully be competitive and maybe have a shot at another top-10."

DAVE DESCRIBES DOVER: "That race track is fun because by race day you will see guys running way at the top of it, at the bottom and in the middle -- so there's room to race which is fun, but still the best handling cars always go to the front," adds Blaney. "At that place you are in the corners so long, there's not much straight-away to it and you have to stay out of trouble."

DOUBLE DUTY: Three Toyota drivers will compete in both the NSCS and NNS events at Dover. Busch will drive the No. 18 JGR entry in both races. Hamlin will be behind the wheel of the familiar No. 11 JGR entry in the NSCS race and the No. 32 Braun Racing entry in the NNS. Reutimann will once again compete for Michael Waltrip Racing in both events, pulling his regular Toyota 'double-duty.'

REFRESH MY MEMORY: "You can gain knowledge of the different lines around the track," says Busch, of running both NSCS and NNS races at Dover. "It's always good to have a refresher course. My memory is terrible. I can tell you anything about any race, but I couldn't tell you anything about the line I ran or where I broke. I've got to get a refresher course when I go back to race tracks, and it's always nice to have it fresh in your mind."

HOMETOWN TIES: Ty Norris, Michael Waltrip Racing's vice president and general manager, has strong ties to the state of Delaware. Norris grew up in Smyrna, Del., and attended Delaware State University where he studied journalism. Upon graduation, Norris was hired to work for the Wilmington (Del.) News Journal in 1984. He then became a sportswriter for the Delaware State News in 1988, where he covered regional collegiate and professional sports. As part of his job, Norris also covered auto racing events, including both NASCAR races at Dover each year.

TY TALKS: "I'm all set up to go to a friend's function in Dewey Beach and maybe I can catch a University of Delaware football game," says Norris, of his upcoming trip to Delaware for the race weekend. "I like to hang at my sister's house because she has horses and go to some of my friend's Little League games."

CLOSE TO HOME: Tom Dean, front tire carrier for the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing entry, is from Long Valley, N.J., which is approximately three hours northeast of 'The Monster Mile.' Dean joined JGR following the 1998 season and has been with the No. 20 team since its inception. Prior to joining the team, Dean worked as a mechanic with the IROC (International Race of Champions) Series from 1995-1998.

Toyota 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series Statistics
Races Starts (Drivers) Wins Top-5s Top-10s Poles Times Led Laps Led
28 166 (15) 16 46 80 10 122 2,655

MORE HISTORY HERE: After enjoying a weekend off, the Nationwide Series will return to action at Dover. Camrys will make their fourth NNS appearance at the one-mile Delaware oval. In June, the Camry contingent made its 200th NNS start with Toyota at Dover with driver Hamlin winning the NNS race. Reutimann (fourth), Logano (sixth) and Mike Wallace (eighth) also earned top-10 finishes for Toyota. The race marked Logano's Nationwide Series debut. Other Camry drivers in the field included Jason Leffler (27th) and Busch (28th).

CAMRY COUNT: Camrys have won 16 of the 28 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 28 of 35 races, four Camry drivers remain in the top-10 in points, with Reutimann (sixth) leading the way for Camry drivers, followed by Busch (seventh), Wallace (eighth) and Leffler (10th).

CAR COMPARISON: After making his first NSCS start at New Hampshire, Logano can compare the Cup car with the Nationwide Series car he will drive this weekend at Dover. "The Cup car seems to suit my driving style better than the Nationwide car," says Logano. "When I'm driving the Nationwide car it seems like it is all momentum and you have to hustle those cars a lot to get them going. In the Cup cars it seems like you can drive it into the corner straight, get it turning and focus on your forward drive. I think with the Nationwide car you are arching it in there and getting back to the gas as soon as you can and using the least amount of brake as you can. They drive a lot different that way. I seem to like the Cup car more, but probably because it has more horsepower and it is more fun to me."

Toyota 2008 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Statistics
Races Starts (Drivers) Wins Top-5s Top-10s Poles Times Led Laps Led
18 184 (20) 9 40 81 10 77 1,497

TUNDRA HISTORY: This weekend's NCTS race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will mark the fifth time Toyota Tundras will compete on the 1.5-mile track. Tundras have earned two wins at the speedway -- Todd Bodine (2005) and Mike Skinner (2006). Three Tundra drivers earned top-10 finishes at Las Vegas in last year's race -- Johnny Benson (second), Terry Cook (fourth) and Josh Wise (sixth). Other Tundra drivers in the field last year included Skinner (13th), Ted Musgrave (15th), David Green (18th), Jacques Villeneuve (21st), Bodine (28th) and Jack Sprague (32nd).

FLYING HIGH: Before Toyota driver Benson -- the current leader in the championship point standings -- climbs into his No. 23 Toyota Certified Used Vehicles Tundra and takes to the Las Vegas track at high speeds, he'll attempt another sport. Benson will hurl through an indoor air chamber -- a different feeling than leading an NCTS race in 'clean' air -- at a Las Vegas indoor skydiving facility on Friday (Sept. 19). At the event, Benson will also be available for interviews to talk about his season, his quest for the NCTS championship, the Las Vegas race and his indoor skydiving experience.

A LOOK BACK AT LOUDON: Three Tundra drivers recorded top-10 finishes in Saturday's race at the one-mile New England oval. Benson earned his 12th top-five finish in 18 starts this season with a runner-up result to race-winner Ron Hornaday, Jr. Busch (sixth) and David Starr (seventh) also finished in the top-10 for Toyota. Other Tundra drivers in the field included Reutimann (13th), Skinner (15th), Musgrave (17th), Cook (18th), Bodine (19th), Jason White (21st) and Michael Annett (24th).
FOUR IN TOP-10: Four Tundra drivers are currently in the top-10 in the NCTS championship race. Benson still leads the standings and currently has a 74-point advantage over defending NCTS champion Hornaday. Bodine, the 2006 NCTS champion, is fifth, followed by two-time NCTS champion Skinner (seventh) and Cook (10th).

NINE IS FINE: To date, 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 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry           Joe Gibbs Racing   
Denny Hamlin               No. 11 FedEx Ground 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 
Denny Hamlin               No. 32 Hass Avocados from Mexico Toyota Camry      Braun Racing 
Mike Wallace               No. 7 GEICO Toyota Camry                           Germain Racing 
Kyle Busch                 No. 18 Z-Line Designs 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 Exide Batteries Tundra                     Bill Davis Racing 
Scott Speed                 No. 22 Red Bull 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 
John Andretti               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 
Ted Musgrave                No. 59 Team ASE Toyota Tundra                     HT Motorsports 
David Starr                 No. 11 K&N Filters Toyota Tundra                  Red Horse Racing 
Terry Cook                  No. 60 Toyota Tundra                    Wyler Racing 
Brian Scott                 No. 16 Albertsons Toyota Tundra                   Xpress Motorsports 


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