Martinsville II: Toyota Motorsports preview

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Toyota drivers have combined for 10 wins, 34 top-five results, 70 top-10 finishes and five poles after 31 of 36 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races ... Toyota drivers Denny Hamlin (second in points) and Kyle...

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Toyota drivers have combined for 10 wins, 34 top-five results, 70 top-10 finishes and five poles after 31 of 36 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races ... Toyota drivers Denny Hamlin (second in points) and Kyle Busch (fifth in points) are currently competing in the 2010 NSCS Chase ... Hamlin is 41 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson after five of 10 races ... Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Busch, Hamlin and Joey Logano have all finished together in the top-10 four times this season, including three of the last six NSCS races ... Aric Almirola will drive the No. 83 Red Bull Camry this weekend.

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

What does it take to be successful at Martinsville? "I've been there with several different cars and several different series, and I've got to have a good car if I'm gonna run well there. It's one of those tracks where braking is so important. All your laps times are really just made up on how you enter the corners and you're braking. A lot of people really try to work on exit, but I for the most part work on how I'm going to enter the corner and make sure my car is stable enough."

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

Will your focus be on winning races rather than ‘points' racing the remainder of the season? "That's what our goal is, to go out there and win the rest of the races and to try to spoil it. Unless they all have trouble at least once or twice. The reality of that is why I said our championship hopes and dreams are lost. We're going to go out there and race hard. We'll see what we can get. If we can get back up to fourth in points, third in points, second in points even -- that's great."

DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing

Do you enjoy racing at Martinsville Speedway? "We've had some decent runs at Martinsville, but we haven't quite clicked like we would like to. It's a great race track, but it can be a deceiving race track as to how tough it really is. When you leave Martinsville -- even if you've had a good day -- you've had a long day because there's just a lot of stuff that goes on. There are real long straightaways and tight, tight corners. Of course there happens to be only one patch of grass left in the whole place and I just happened to get turned around and got stuck in it the last race. So that just gives you an idea of how things have gone for me at Martinsville in the past."

-source: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jimmie Johnson , Denny Hamlin , Aric Almirola , Joey Logano , Kyle Busch
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing