Chicagoland: Toyota Motorsports preview

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Toyota drivers have combined for seven wins, 19 top-five results, 39 top-10 finishes and four poles after 18 of 36 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races ... Red Bull Racing Team's No. 83 entry -- with Reed...

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Toyota drivers have combined for seven wins, 19 top-five results, 39 top-10 finishes and four poles after 18 of 36 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races ... Red Bull Racing Team's No. 83 entry -- with Reed Sorenson (eighth) -- earned its first top-10 last weekend at Daytona since Brian Vickers was 10th at Darlington in May (eight races ago) ... Last year, both Red Bull cars sat on the front row at Chicagoland with Vickers on the pole and Scott Speed beside him ... In 2008, Kyle Busch won both the NSCS and Nationwide races at Chicagoland ... Jay Frye, general manger of the Red Bull Racing Team, is from Rock Island, Ill. ... Five Camry drivers are currently in the top-20 in the NSCS point standings -- Denny Hamlin (fifth), Busch (sixth), David Reutimann (17th), Joey Logano (18th) and Martin Truex Jr. (20th).

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

What do you think about Chicagoland Speedway? "It's not your typical mile-and-a-half race track. It seems like Chicago is a track we just got a little bit better at. It has much tighter corners than what you see on Texas, Atlanta, or Charlotte. We only get to go there once a year and it seems like the setups evolve so much during the course of that time that you never really can go back with what you had last year and be able to perform well there. So, every time we go there it seems like everyone has something new because everything changes so quickly in our sport."

Can you learn from the Chicagoland race to prepare for the 1.5-mile tracks in the Chase? "We hope so. The mile-and-a-half and two-miles have been our strong suit for our team over the last couple months. So, hopefully, we get an indication when we go to Chicagoland of how we'll run at Kansas in the Chase race because those two race tracks are the most similar we have on our schedule."

KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Snickers Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

Does Chicagoland Speedway change much during the night race? "The biggest thing I learned last year was the track didn't change much. It just got cooler and gained grip. The balance didn't change a lot. That was pretty cool to see. Charlotte, we go there and it's probably the most temperamental track as far as temperature. It's so hot during the day and you're sideways loose, busting your butt, and then, all of a sudden, you get to nighttime and you're knocking every wall down with the right-front corner. At Chicago, it didn't change much. The track was well-lit and everything went well in both races there in 2008 and not as much for the finishes we had in 2009. We're just hoping that our Snickers Toyota looks a little more like what we did there in 2008."

MARCOS AMBROSE, No. 47 Clorox-Kleenex Toyota Camry, JTG Daugherty Racing

Are you looking forward to this weekend's race at Chicagoland Speedway? "Last summer was my first time at Chicagoland Speedway in a Cup car. I only had two Nationwide starts before that. Because we ran well, we're looking forward to going back. Last weekend, we were collected in the massive pileup at Daytona. Each week I think we have a car capable of finishing in the top-10, but we can't make it to the finish line, and that's through no fault of our own. We're putting Daytona behind us and looking forward to a good weekend at Chicagoland."

-source: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Scott Speed , David Reutimann , Martin Truex Jr. , Brian Vickers , Denny Hamlin , Reed Sorenson , Kyle Busch
Teams Red Bull Racing , JTG Daugherty Racing , Joe Gibbs Racing