All-Star: Toyota Motorsports preview

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Toyota drivers have combined for five wins, 13 top-five results, 28 top-10 finishes and three poles after 12 of 36 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races ... Five Camry drivers are in the top-20 in the NSCS point...

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Toyota drivers have combined for five wins, 13 top-five results, 28 top-10 finishes and three poles after 12 of 36 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races ... Five Camry drivers are in the top-20 in the NSCS point standings after Dover -- Kyle Busch (second), Denny Hamlin (fifth), Martin Truex Jr. (12th), Joey Logano (18th) and David Reutimann (20th) ... Busch earned his second NSCS win of the season Sunday at Dover (Del.) International Speedway ... The win was the 18th of his career and 14th victory in a Toyota Camry ... Sunday's win was also the fifth victory in the last seven races for a Camry driver, and the 26th NSCS victory for Toyota since the start of 2007 ... In the last six races, Busch has earned two wins, three top-five and six straight top-10 finishes -- propelling him 14 positions in the NSCS point standings from 16th to second-place, currently 69 points behind leader Kevin Harvick ... Truex has also moved up 12 positions in the NSCS point standings in the last six races with six consecutive finishes of 12th or better, and now sits 12th in the points.

KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 M&M's Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

What has it been like to have so much success recently versus how your season started? "It's always fun when it is your way instead of the other way around. For the way that we've run, and for as hard as Dave Rogers (crew chief) worked, I think the hard work is paying off. That's what it comes down to, what you 're able to put together through the off-season and through this year with our cars. It's really been fun to work with these guys and to kind of revive the 18, if you will, and put it back into victory lane this year. We've been working real hard at just keeping my head in the game more, and it seems to be working a little bit, too."

MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Why have you been able to gain 12 positions in the point standings over the past six weeks? "There were some things in the beginning of the year that made it look bad in points, but I felt li ke we were on the right track. We were competitive. We had some things that we needed to work on and we've worked on those things and continually getting better. We were kind of in the position where it was like Pat (Tryson, crew chief) had been doing some of this and I had been doing some of this, and it took us a while to kind of put all of that together and figure out what the cars at MWR (Michael Waltrip Racing) wanted and what I needed. Just kind of putting all of that together took a little bit of time and I feel like we've got a better understanding of the race cars now and what we need in them for us to be competitive. We've just been chipping away at it, been solid and steady and working on our cars to make them faster each week, and in the last few weeks they've had great speed."

DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

What is your favorite All-Star race memory? "Favorite All-Star memory -- for me it was probably the Darrell Waltrip-Rusty Wallace incident, or Bill Elliott-Dale Earnhardt incident. I was a big Bill Elliott fan. It wasn't a really legit pass in the grass that Dale Earnhardt did back then. That part of it -- it's just so exciting. I just remember Dale (Earnhardt) having that silver No. 3 (car) for the All-Star race and the excitement that that race brought. So many great finishes I can remember and a lot of it just leads to drivers just going for a win. Not thinking about points. Not thinking about anything but winning. That's what makes for the amazing finishes that you see there"

-source: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Bill Elliott , Darrell Waltrip , Rusty Wallace , Michael Waltrip , Kevin Harvick , David Reutimann , Martin Truex Jr. , Denny Hamlin , Joey Logano , Kyle Busch
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing