Busch Bests Toyota Brigade at Texas

November 02, 2008

November 2, 2008 - Fort Worth, TX - Kyle Busch earned the top Toyota result in all three NASCAR races this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. Busch finished sixth in Sunday afternoon's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race, earned his 10th series victory of the season in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race on Saturday afternoon and finished second in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race on Friday evening – allowing Toyota to clinch the NCTS manufacturer's title for the third consecutive season.

In Sunday afternoon's NSCS race, Busch started 29th in his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Camry and led twice for two laps in the 334-lap, 500-mile event.

"It was a good race car, it was decent," said Busch, following the race. "Clean air was so important here and we had to get upfront but we never really got there. We got there once but then it kind of got demoralized because of the pit stops that came there at the end of the race with the last caution flag pit stop. Those guys took two and just got track position on us. We battled all day to get up there and then we got shuffled back. It was the best we could do with the car we had."

David Reutimann ran in the top-five during the majority of the race, leading twice for five laps on the 1.5-mile Texas oval. With long green flag runs, the event became a fuel mileage race at the end with leaders pitting in the closing laps, including the No. 44 Michael Waltrip Racing Camry, and Reutimann finished 10th.

Brian Vickers made his way into the top-10 late in the race, but the No. 83 Red Bull Racing Team had to make a pit stop for fuel with one lap to go and finished 18th.

Camry drivers Tony Stewart (16th), Denny Hamlin (17th), Marcos Ambrose (21st), Michael Waltrip (27th), Dave Blaney (29th), Ken Schrader (30th), Scott Speed (33rd) and Joey Logano (40th) also competed in the race for Toyota.

Stewart (ninth), Busch (10th) and Hamlin (12th) are all among the top-12 in the unofficial NSCS point standings with two races remaining this season.

The next race on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule is at Phoenix International Raceway, Nov. 9.

In Saturday afternoon's Nationwide Series race at Texas, Busch crossed the finish line first, earning a record-tying 10th series win of the year and a season sweep of the two Nationwide events at the Texas track.

"It was a strong car all day and it kind of set the tone," said Busch, following the race. "We had a good race car yesterday when we were practicing it. It felt good, it had speed but the balance wasn't quite there so we were working on it. Joel (Weidman, crew chief) did some good calls in practice trying to get it right and we made it to where it was really good today off the bat. It sort of got loose a little bit through the race and tightened it up some with some adjustments there. Fortunately for us, we were up front all day and didn't have to mire through much traffic but I still feel like our car was good enough to do so."

Busch tied Sam Ard for the most victories in a single season in Nationwide Series history with his 10th win of the season.

The victory also marked the 21st NASCAR win of the year for the 23-year-old racer. In addition to his 10 Nationwide Series wins in 2008, Busch has also recorded eight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) victories and three triumphs in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS). He has made a total of 78 race starts this year, including 34 in NSCS events, 28 in NNS races and 16 in the NCTS.

Busch started fourth in his Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) No. 18 Farm Bureau Insurance Toyota Camry and led the field five times for a total of 174 laps (of 200) en route to the checkered flag at the 1.5-mile oval. The Las Vegas-native has led a total of 4,137 laps across all three NASCAR series, including 1,673 in the NSCS, 1,862 in the NNS and 602 in the NCTS.

The No. 18 JGR entry has won a series-best 10 races this season, tying the Nationwide Series record for wins by a car in a single season, previously held by Richard Childress Racing (No. 21 in 2006) and Howard Thomas (No. 00 driven by Sam Ard in 1983).

Camry drivers who joined Busch in the top-10 included JGR teammate Logano (fourth) Reutimann (eighth).

Other Camry drivers in the field included Josh Wise (11th), Mike Wallace (12th), Hamlin (14th), Jason Leffler (17th) and Vickers (37th).

Reutimann continues to lead the Toyota contingent of drivers in the unofficial NNS point standings following the Texas race -- sitting in sixth-place. Busch (seventh), Wallace (eighth) and Leffler (ninth) are also in the top-10 in the point standings.

The next race on the NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule is at Phoenix International Raceway, Nov. 8.

In Friday night's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) race at the Texas oval, Busch was the top-finishing Tundra driver with a second-place result, enabling Toyota to clinch its third consecutive NCTS manufacturer's championship (2006-2008).

It marks the fourth manufacturer's title for Toyota since becoming a participant in NASCAR's upper levels of competition in 2004. Toyota captured its first NCTS title in 2006 -- when Tundra driver Todd Bodine also won the driver's championship -- and won the manufacturer's title again in 2007. Earlier this year, Toyota clinched the 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) manufacturer's championship at Kansas Speedway in September.

Busch started third in his Billy Ballew Motorsports Tundra and led three times for 87 (of 147) laps. The No. 51 Tundra crew overcame misfortune when a fire destroyed their transporter en route to the Texas race, sparing all but the race truck, pit box and a few tools.

"I have to thank these guys," said Busch, following the race. "For as much adversity they've had this week and Billy (Ballew, team owner) for sticking in with us. He was in tears the other night and this just means so much to finish second. We wish we could have got a win for him. This is the best handling truck and best handling truck I've ever had at Texas. If it comes up that much short to Ron Hornaday and those guys on that bunch than that's all we had for them. We waxed everyone else tonight but weren't able to hang with them."

Johnny Benson crossed the finish line third to maintain a six-point lead in the unofficial NCTS points race over race-winner Ron Hornaday, Jr. with two races remaining in the 2008 season.

In addition to Busch and Benson, Todd Bodine (third), Terry Cook (sixth), Mike Skinner (eighth), Brian Scott (ninth) and Speed (10th) also finished in the top-10 for Toyota.

Other Toyota drivers in the field included Texas-resident David Starr (12th), Jack Sprague (15th), Paul Tracy (20th), Texas-native Ryan Lawler (22nd) and Max Papis (29th).

Tundra drivers Bodine (third), Skinner (sixth), Sprague (ninth) and Cook (10th) join current point leader Benson in the top-10 in the NCTS point standings following Texas.

The next race on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule is at Phoenix International Raceway, Nov. 7.

Toyota NSCS Driver Finishes at Texas Motor Speedway
6th, KYLE BUSCH
10th, DAVID REUTIMANN
16th, TONY STEWART
17th, DENNY HAMLIN
18th, BRIAN VICKERS
21st, MARCOS AMBROSE
27th, MICHAEL WALTRIP
29th, DAVE BLANEY
30th, KEN SCHRADER
33rd, SCOTT SPEED
40th, JOEY LOGANO

Toyota Drivers in NNS Point Standings – following Texas Motor Speedway**
9th, TONY STEWART               5,962 points
10th, KYLE BUSCH                5,938 points
12th, DENNY HAMLIN              5,935 points
17th, BRIAN VICKERS             3,476 points
23rd, DAVID REUTIMANN         	3,201 points
29th, MICHAEL WALTRIP           2,749 points
31st, DAVE BLANEY             	2,651 points
** unofficial point standings
 
Toyota NNS Driver Finishes at Texas Motor Speedway
1st, KYLE BUSCH
4th, JOEY LOGANO
8th, DAVID REUTIMANN
11th, JOSH WISE
12th, MIKE WALLACE
14th, DENNY HAMLIN
17th, JASON LEFFLER
37th, BRIAN VICKERS
 
Toyota Drivers in NNS Point Standings – following Texas Motor Speedway**
6th, DAVID REUTIMANN     	4,194 points
7th, KYLE BUSCH             4,126 points
8th, MIKE WALLACE           3,881 points
9th, JASON LEFFLER 	        3,838 points
19th, DENNY HAMLIN          2,437 points
21st, JOEY LOGANO           2,282 points
** unofficial point standings
 
Toyota NCTS Driver Finishes at Texas Motor Speedway
2nd, KYLE BUSCH
3rd, JOHNNY BENSON
4th, TODD BODINE
6th, TERRY COOK
8th, MIKE SKINNER
9th, BRIAN SCOTT
10th, SCOTT SPEED
12th, DAVID STARR
15th, JACK SPRAGUE
20th, PAUL TRACY
22nd, RYAN LAWLER
29th, MAX PAPIS
 
Toyota Drivers in NCTS Point Standings – following Texas Motor Speedway**
1st, JOHNNY BENSON         	3,489 points
3rd, TODD BODINE                3,266 points
6th, MIKE SKINNER               3,123 points
9th, JACK SPRAGUE              	2,901 points
10th, TERRY COOK                2,804 points
12th, DAVID STARR               2,708 points
15th, KYLE BUSCH                2,504 points
16th, BRIAN SCOTT               2,452 points
21st, SCOTT SPEED               1,803 points
** unofficial point standings

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