NASCAR Sprint Cup Series @ Homestead-Miami Speedway
·Friday, November 14, Qualifying @ 3:10 PM (ET) – ESPN2, MRN and Sirius Satellite Radio (Ch. 128)
·Sunday, November 16, Race start @ 3:45 PM (ET) – ABC, MRN and Sirius Satellite Radio (Ch. 128)
·Race 36 of 36
NASCAR Nationwide Series @ Homestead-Miami Speedway
·Saturday, November 15, Qualifying @ 11:35 AM (ET) – SPEED, MRN and Sirius Satellite Radio (Ch. 128)
·Saturday, November 15, Race start @ 4:30 PM (ET) – ESPN2, MRN and Sirius Satellite Radio (Ch. 128)
·Race 35 of 35
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series @ Homestead-Miami Speedway
·Friday, November 14, Qualifying @ 5:00 PM (ET) – SPEED, MRN and Sirius Satellite Radio (Ch. 128)
·Friday, November 14, Race start @ 8:00 PM (ET) – SPEED, MRN and Sirius Satellite Radio (Ch. 128)
·Race 25 of 25
Toyota 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Statistics
Races Starts (Drivers) Wins Top-5s Top-10s Poles Times Led Laps Led
35 344 (20) 10 44 71 4 217 3,460
HOMESTEAD HISTORY: Five Toyota Camry drivers competed in last year's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) season- finale at Florida's Homestead-Miami Speedway. Dave Blaney was the top Toyota finisher with a 12th-place result. Other Camry drivers in the field included Dale Jarrett (17th), David Reutimann (25th), Brian Vickers (42nd) and Jeremy Mayfield (43rd). Current Camry driver Denny Hamlin has recorded back-to-back third-place finishes at the 1.5-mile Florida oval.
FOLLOW-UP FROM PHOENIX: Hamlin (fifth) was the top finishing Toyota in Sunday's NSCS race at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR). It was his 12th top-five Cup result of the season. Camry driver Kyle Busch (eighth) also earned a top-10 finish at Phoenix -- his 21st top-10 in 35 Cup races this year. Marcos Ambrose (18th) and Blaney (20th) also recorded top-20 finishes at the one-mile oval. Other Toyota drivers in the field included Tony Stewart (22nd), Michael Waltrip (24th), Reutimann (25th), Ken Schrader (27th), Scott Speed (40th) and Vickers (42nd).
HAPPY ENDING: Hamlin was happy to leave Phoenix with a top-five finish, but will be even happier to enjoy some time off after the final race of the season in Florida. "A lot of people will have a sigh of relief when the season is over, for sure," says Hamlin. "It's definitely been a long year for us and the traveling gets tough. We're just looking forward to hopefully solidifying our spot in the top-10 at Homestead."
TO BE IN THREE: For the third straight weekend, Busch will compete in all three NASCAR events during a race
weekend. The 23-year-old Las Vegas-native will drive for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) in both the Cup and Nationwide races, and
will pilot a Tundra for Billy Ballew Motorsports in Friday night's truck race. "I like it because you get to go out there and drive and do what you love to do," says Busch. "For me, I just enjoy getting out there on the race track. I would presume that
any extra time on the track is an advantage. To run the triple with the truck, the Nationwide and the Cup stuff, it always helps -- at least for me -- because you get a sense of the track, air pressure adjustments, and things to change on the vehicles throughout the race."
AMAZING ACHIEVEMENT: Busch has competed in 81 NASCAR races this season and has registered 21 victories in those events -- eight in NSCS, 10 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) and three in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS). "It's great and it's a lot of fun to have that success like that this year," Busch says. "I've been able to run with a lot of great people and to be teamed with great race teams, and all the guys that have helped sponsor our stuff this year and get us to the race track. I don't really think about winning one in every four (races) or anything like that. You think about that you have 21 and all you want is more."
PHENOMENAL FEAT: "The year's not over yet, so once the checkered flag falls in the Cup race at Homestead then it'll be time to reflect and look back on it all and be like, ‘Wow, that's pretty cool,'" says Busch, about his 2008 accomplishments. "I don't even know all the numbers to tell you the truth. All I know are the wins, the 10 in the Nationwide Series and the 21 overall. It's just phenomenal the way this year's gone. A lot of that success of course is right down to Joe Gibbs Racing and all these guys putting their hearts and everything into the organization with the Nationwide and the Cup program."
END OF AN ERA: Tony Stewart will wrap up his 10-year career with Joe Gibbs Racing on Sunday at Homestead. Stewart has learned many valuable lessons from Gibbs that he will take with him next season as he starts his own NSCS team. "I think he's made me a smarter businessman, being able to spend 12 years with him," says Stewart. "I've been very fortunate and blessed to be surrounded by a guy, and drive for a guy, that is of the caliber of Joe (Gibbs).' And not only what he does as a team owner, but who he is as a person and what he means to us as a person."
DETERMINED DENNY: "We've made the ‘Chase' all three years that we've tried and we're one of three teams that has done that. Now, it's time to set little loftier goals. We finished in the top-three the first season and we've struggled the last couple of years. Our performance has been well -- not a championship-caliber performance, but we've been good enough to be top-five or top-three in points every single year. It's just every single year we've had problems in the ‘Chase.' We're not ahead of the curve as much as we were at the beginning of the year."
BOWLED OVER: Two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Stewart will serve as the Grand Marshal for the 38th annual Fiesta Bowl Parade on Jan. 3, 2009. "We spend so much time this time of year getting ready for the end of the season -- by the time the Fiesta Bowl comes around I'm just happy that I get to sit still long enough to watch it," says Stewart. "That's kind of become a tradition for us -- in our off-season with it being so short. All I care about is that we have two great teams come and play a great game. That in itself will be special no matter who it is."
OVERSEAS ADVENTURE: Following the season, Hamlin will make a journey overseas to the foothills of Mount Fuji in Japan for ‘Toyota Motorsports Day' at Fuji Speedway. Hamlin will run several exhibition laps in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car and may get a chance to drive a Formula One car. "I'm excited about it," says Hamlin. "I've never gone overseas so it's going to be exciting for me. To meet some of the executives at Toyota -- I got to meet a few of them at Phoenix, and they said they're excited to get a ride from me. It's going to be fun, especially to get to know those guys. We're going to have a long partnership and it's a good way to build on it."
DOUBLE DUTY: In addition to Busch competing in all three NASCAR races at Homestead, two other Camry drivers will also be running a pair of events. Hamlin will compete for Joe Gibbs Racing in the NSCS race and Braun Racing in the NNS event, and Reutimann will drive Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR) entries in NSCS and NNS competition.
DOLPHIN DUO: Terry Bassett, chief marketing officer for MWR, and Shannon Myers, jack man for the No. 55 MWR Camry, both have connections to the Miami Dolphins. Bassett was the vice president of marketing and business development for the Dolphins before his move to MWR earlier this year. Myers was a wide receiver at North Carolina's Lenoir-Rhyne University who was selected by the Dolphins in the 1995 NFL draft.
CHASING THE ‘CHASE': Hamlin is the top Toyota driver in the ‘Chase' standings, where he currently sits ninth in the 12-car field, 471 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson. Busch (10th) and Stewart (12th) are also in the top-12 in points with one race remaining in the 2008 NSCS season.
Toyota 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series Statistics
Races Starts (Drivers) Wins Top-5s Top-10s Poles Times Led Laps Led
34 206 (17) 20 56 98 13 144 3,347
HOMESTEAD HISTORY: Five Toyota Camrys competed in last year's NNS race at the 1.5-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway. Jason Leffer (14th) earned the top finish among Toyota drivers in Braun Racing's No. 38 Great Clips Camry. Other Camry drivers in the field included Reutimann (15th), Blaney (26th), Michael McDowell (32nd) and Todd Bodine (37th).
RELIABLE RUNNING: Mike Wallace, driver of the No. 7 Germain Racing Camry, has completed 99.2% of all the laps in NNS competition during this season -- finishing 6,166 of 6,215 total laps. "We can take our hat off to our race team because we don't break and I try not to tear the car up," says Wallace. "Had we not had someone turn us around at Bristol, we would have completed all but a handful of laps this year. Our cars don't break, the Toyota motors don't have any failure, all the preparation of the cars is excellent and the crew itself is doing better."
ALL ABOUT ARIZONA: Hamlin (second) and Busch (fifth) earned top-five finishes for Toyota in the NNS event on Saturday at PIR. Wallace (ninth) and Joey Logano (10th) also recorded a top-10 finishes at Phoenix. Camry drivers Josh Wise (23rd), Jason Leffler (25th) and Reutimann (31st) also participated in the 201-mile race.
RECORD RESULTS: The Joe Gibbs Racing NNS Camrys -- No. 20 and No. 18 -- have combined to win 19 races in the series this year. Busch's win at Texas (Nov. 2) equaled Sam Ard's 1983 record for the most wins by one driver in the Nationwide Series in a single season. The victory was also the 10th of the year for the JGR No. 18 team -- equaling another record that was held by Richard Childress Racing (2006) and Howard Thomas (1983). Busch (eight) and Hamlin (two) have combined for the 10 wins by the No. 18 team. In Indianapolis (July 26), Busch broke the record for most wins by one team in NNS competition, and Busch's wins at California (Aug. 30), Dover (Sept. 20) and Charlotte (Oct. 10), along with Hamlin's triumph at Kansas (Sept. 27), further increased the record.
POINTS PACE: Four Camry drivers currently rank in the top-10 in the NNS point standings heading to the Florida season-finale. Busch (sixth) is the highest-ranking Toyota driver in the point standings after 34 of 35 races. Reutimann (seventh), Wallace (eighth) and Leffler (ninth) are also among the top-10 in the point standings.
Toyota 2008 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Statistics
Races Starts (Drivers) Wins Top-5s Top-10s Poles Times Led Laps Led
24 251 (31) 12 58 110 10 104 1,846
HOMESTEAD HISTORY: Tundra drivers have had a great deal of success in NCTS competition at Homestead winning two of the four NCTS races they have competed in at the track, including wins last year (Johnny Benson) and in 2005 (Bodine). Tundra drivers have also captured the pole position three times. Current Camry driver Reutimann earned back-to-back poles in 2004 and 2005, and Mike Skinner started first at the Florida track in 2006.
PHOENIX FINISH: Four Tundras finished among the top-five Friday night in Phoenix -- Busch (second), Bodine (third), Brian Scott (fourth) and Skinner (fifth). Other Toyota drivers in the field included Terry Cook (11th), David Starr (13th), Speed (14th), Jack Sprague (17th), Michael Annett (18th) and Kenny Wallace (22nd).
BENSON BATTLING: Benson finished 26th at Phoenix and heads to the season-finale at Homestead with a three point lead over Ron Hornaday, Jr., in the unofficial NCTS point standings. "We decided at the beginning of the year running for the championship we weren't going to worry about anything and we weren't going to put any pressure on – we're just going to go have some fun and go do it," says Benson. "So, we're making it fun for the fans -- I can guarantee you that."
TWO TO DEBUT: Premier Racing will make its first NCTS start in a Toyota at Homestead-Miami with Timothy Peters behind the wheel of the No. 17 Tundra. This weekend's race will be a prelude for 2009 when the team will field Tundras throughout the season. Tayler Malsam will also make his NCTS debut at Homestead driving the Bill Davis Racing No. 52 Stocks for Tots Tundra.
TAKING THE TITLE: Toyota clinched the 2008 NCTS manufacturer's championship when Busch crossed the finish line second at Texas (Oct. 31). It marks the third consecutive manufacturer's championship for Toyota in the series and 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 Bodine also won the driver's championship -- and won the manufacturer's honors again in 2007.
CHAMPIONSHIP CHASE: Benson was able to hang on to his NCTS point lead following Phoenix and now leads second-place Hornaday, Jr., by only three points after 24 of 25 races. Tundra drivers Bodine (third), Skinner (fifth), Sprague (ninth) and Cook (10th) are also in the top-10 in points with only one race at Homestead-Miami remaining this year.
BACK STORY: Background information on the Toyota NASCAR program is available at www.toyota.com/pitpass and members of media can access Toyota images at www.toyotamotorsportsmedia.com.
2008 TOYOTA DRIVER/TEAM ROSTER NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Car Team Dave Blaney No. 22 Bad Boy Mowers Toyota Camry Bill Davis Racing Ken Schrader No. 96 DLP HDTV Toyota Camry Hall of Fame Racing Denny Hamlin No. 11 FedEx Toyota Camry Joe Gibbs Racing Kyle Busch No. 18 M&M's 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 Marcos Ambrose No. 47 Little Debbie Toyota Camry Michael Waltrip Racing Michael Waltrip No. 55 NAPA Toyota Camry Michael Waltrip Racing Scott Speed No. 83 Red Bull Toyota Camry Red Bull Racing Team Brian Vickers No. 84 Red Bull Toyota Camry Red Bull Racing Team NASCAR Nationwide Series Denny Hamlin No. 32 Hass Avocados from Mexico Toyota Camry Braun Racing Jason Leffler No. 38 Great Clips Toyota Camry Braun Racing Michael Annett No. 03 HYPE Toyota Camry Germain 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 DLP HDTV Toyota Camry Joe Gibbs Racing David Reutimann No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry Michael Waltrip Racing Josh Wise No. 00 NAPA Toyota Camry Michael Waltrip Racing NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Driver Truck Team Mike Skinner No. 5 Toyota Tundra Bill Davis Racing Scott Speed No. 22 Red Bull Toyota Tundra Bill Davis Racing Johnny Benson No. 23 Toyota Certified Used Vehicles Tundra Bill Davis Racing Tayler Malsam No. 52 Stocks for Tots Toyota Tundra Bill Davis Racing James Buescher No. 15 Hyprene Ergon Toyota Tundra Billy Ballew Motorsports Kyle Busch No. 51 Miccosukee Resort Toyota Tundra Billy Ballew Motorsports Max Papis No. 07 GEICO Toyota Tundra SS Green Light Racing Chrissy Wallace No. 9 Toyota Tundra Germain Racing Todd Bodine No. 30 Lumber Liquidators Toyota Tundra Germain Racing Terry Cook No. 59 Team ASE/Harris Trucking Toyota Tundra HT Motorsports Timothy Peters No. 17 Toyota Tundra Premier Racing David Starr No. 11 Zachry Toyota Tundra Red Horse Racing Jack Sprague No. 60 Wyler.com Toyota Tundra Wyler Racing Brian Scott No. 16 Albertsons Toyota Tundra Xpress Motorsports
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