Bristol: Toyota Motorsports preview

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Toyota drivers have combined for two top-five results and six top-10 finishes after four of 36 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races ... Scott Speed (12th) tops the Camry contingent in 12th-place in the NSCS...

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Toyota drivers have combined for two top-five results and six top-10 finishes after four of 36 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races ... Scott Speed (12th) tops the Camry contingent in 12th-place in the NSCS driver point standings, trailing leader Kevin Harvick by 162 points ... Toyota drivers Joey Logano (14th), Kyle Busch (15th) and David Reutimann (18th) are also in the top-20 in points ... Brian Vickers will make his 100th start in a Toyota Camry in NSCS competition on Sunday ... Camry driver Marcos Ambrose has made only two starts at Bristol, but has earned one top-five and two top-10 finishes ... Toyota's 'PitPass' display will be at Bristol Motor Speedway during the race weekend, providing fans with numerous interactive exhibits to enjoy while taking in the short track action ... In addition, Toyota, Lexus and Scion owners can visit the 'Owners Hospitality' area where they can enjoy refreshments, giveaways and more ... Toyota, Lexus and Scion owners can also enjoy free parking at the Earhart Campground's day lots Friday through Sunday of race weekend.

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

What have you figured out about Bristol that helped you dominate the two races last year? "I think it's a place that reminds me of racing Saturday nights on the short track back in Vegas growing up. It just seems to be a place that suits my driving style. Your driving style has had to change at Bristol a lot. Bristol used to be a track where you could charge the corners a little bit and get it right in and down to the bottom of the track. You kind of would go through the middle of the corner and then slingshot out on the exits, and now it's just so smooth that you're easy in, you're kind of easy through the center, and easy off. The track is a little slower than I think it was because they reduced some banking in order to put the progressive banking into it to make the outside groove better for the fans. We'll have to see how the extension of the SAFER barrier changes the racing, if at all."

How important is your starting position at Bristol? "Ultimately, it doesn't really matter where you start there. You have to bide your time, take it easy when you have a car that's as good my M&M's Camry was in both races last year, it makes it easier. If you don't have good cars, it's going to be a really long day no matter where you start. I like all the room you can get at some of these race tracks so that's going to make it tough with the extension of the barriers there. That's definitely a decision I would've made, but they did it for the excitement of the race track and trying to put some bumping and grinding back into that place. The exits were tight already with these cars. It's going to slow the pace up probably a little bit because we know we don't have as much on the exits to use up. Maybe it will make for even better racing for the fans."

MARCOS AMBROSE, No. 47 Little Debbie Toyota Camry, JTG-Daugherty Racing

Why did you have so much success last season at Bristol? "There's no secret. I don't do anything different than what I do at other places. We just have a good setup there and it works out. I feel good about it. I feel like we can run top-10 again if we get our stuff together and who knows what's going to happen."

BRIAN VICKERS, No. 83 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Red Bull Racing Team

What did you think of the new spoiler on the car which you tested at Texas Motor Speedway? "I thought it added a little bit of front downforce which is a good thing. I think it's going to be more accepted to the fans. It looks cooler -- a little more retro back to the older car. We haven't been in a lot of traffic yet, so the big question is how it's going to handle in traffic. Theoretically, from what I've been told, the difference between the two (race cars) is that the spoiler is better in traffic. The spoiler is going to be more efficient in dirty air and a wing will be more efficient in clean air. Once you get in a lot of turbulence, the spoiler's not going to lose a lot of efficiency while a wing really will."

-source: toyoto motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Marcos Ambrose , Scott Speed , David Reutimann , Brian Vickers , Joey Logano , Kyle Busch
Teams Red Bull Racing , Joe Gibbs Racing