Michigan: Toyota Motorsports preview

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Toyota drivers have combined for six wins, 17 top-five results, 32 top-10 finishes and four poles after 14 of 36 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races ... Five Camry drivers are currently in the top-20 in the NSCS...

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Toyota drivers have combined for six wins, 17 top-five results, 32 top-10 finishes and four poles after 14 of 36 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races ... Five Camry drivers are currently in the top-20 in the NSCS point standings -- Kyle Busch (second), Denny Hamlin (third), Martin Truex Jr. (15th), Joey Logano (17th) and David Reutimann (19th) ... Hamlin earned his fourth win of the season in Sunday's NSCS race at Pocono Raceway ... Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) and Toyota have won six of the last nine NSCS races ... Hamlin has won six of the last 19 NSCS races dating back to his win at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway in October 2009 ... Brian Vickers earned the first Sprint Cup win for Red Bull Racing Team last August at Michigan International Speedway and the first NSCS win at the two-mile oval for Toyota.

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

What does it take to be successful at Michigan? "I've only got a Nationwide win there,. I'm looking forward to it because it seems like our bigger track program is better than our short track program right now. It seems like every time we go there we do improve, and I do improve. It's just the track is very similar to Pocono. When you have a car that is really good, it just shows up huge on the stopwatch. Any place where you have long straightaways like that it's the first man to the gas wins, it seems like. It's just a track where you continually fight that and everyone is going for it. Aero is a big deal and the restarts are absolutely crazy because we've got the whole race track to use there."

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

What makes Michigan International Speedway a popular race track among drivers? "It's just a fun place to race. Its wide-open racing and you can run from top to bottom. The biggest thing is just trying to get grip there. Some guys are able to get it, other guys can't. You can get it for maybe five laps and then you're just out to lunch. The biggest thing is, just trying to make your car comfortable and make it last throughout a whole tire run and, of course, make it fast, too. And the wide race track is good. That's what makes Michigan so exciting and so fun...I tend to run well there"

How did you become a University of Michigan fan? "My brother moved up to Michigan years ago to run in the (Camping World) Truck Series and he went to a Michigan game. He bought me a Michigan sweatshirt and sent it home for me. I never really paid attention to college football until then, but I became a Michigan fan. It's not too complicated of a story, but it's fun to be able to follow them when I have a Saturday afternoon off in the fall. I was lucky enough to be able to go to their practice before and get to know a few of the guys. I've met Coach (John) Belein (University of Michigan men's basketball head coach) and his family the last couple of years, and they're a lot of fun to talk to. You always respect people who are as competitive as you are, and they certainly have the same drive to win that I do."

-source: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers David Reutimann , Martin Truex Jr. , Denny Hamlin , Joey Logano , Kyle Busch
Teams Red Bull Racing , Joe Gibbs Racing