Richmond: Toyota Motorsports preview

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Toyota drivers have combined for two wins, eight top-five results, 18 top-10 finishes and one pole after nine of 36 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races ... Four Camry drivers are in the top-20 in the NSCS point...

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Toyota drivers have combined for two wins, eight top-five results, 18 top-10 finishes and one pole after nine of 36 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races ... Four Camry drivers are in the top-20 in the NSCS point standings heading into Richmond -- Kyle Busch (fifth), Denny Hamlin (ninth), Martin Truex Jr. (15th) and Joey Logano (16th) ... Toyota is currently in second-place in the NSCS manufacturer point standings, trailing Chevrolet by 22 points (70-48) ... Busch, who turns 25 on Sunday, became the second driver in NASCAR history to win a NSCS race on his birthday with last year's win at Richmond ... Marcos Ambrose and Scott Speed will each make their 50th Toyota NSCS starts Saturday night ... Toyota team owner Michael Waltrip will be inducted into the Kentucky Hall of Fame on Wednesday in Louisville, joining sports legends Muhammad Ali, Johnny Unitas and Adolph Rupp, among others ... Hamlin's charity late model race will take place Thursday night at Southside Speedway in Midlothian, Va.

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

Do you enjoy racing at Richmond? "I like going to Richmond. It's a fun race track. It's a nice short track that we get to go and run at. For me, the success I've had there, I'm not sure why but it's just been a good place for me to run. I'm excited about getting back there and hopefully to get another run in the top-five and try to go after a win."

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

What is the secret to your success at Richmond? "If I told you, I'd have to kill you. Other than that, I've got a great feel for that race track. It's just a track that we've always run extremely competitive at. What I'm hoping is that we go back there and we're as competitive as what we always are. Of course, there's hometown weekend and of course my short track Showdown weekend. That's a big weekend for myself and the whole race team. I always like to perform as good as we can. The only thing is we are going back to a heavy braking race track again in Richmond. So, hopefully we make a little bit more strides with the (knee surgery) recovery."

JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

What do you need to do to be successful at Richmond? "Brakes seem like a huge deal. It always seems like we pulsate our brake pedal a little bit for some reason. Saving yourself and being there at the end -- just like every other race. And, just getting a good setup. Drive -off is a big deal. It's just typical everywhere else that we go. We're just trying to fight drive-off and then getting the car in the center. We've got a couple of things we're trying to work with there, and it seems like Denny (Hamlin) has a good handle on it at that place. We'll pick his brain and see what we can find."

Is Denny Hamlin any different when he gets to Richmond? "I guess you can see his personality is a little different when he comes to Richmond or places like that where he runs real good at or he likes a lot. That's home for him. Martinsville is another place that you see him all excited to be at. I just ask questions about it because apparently he's really good there. It's a place that I enjoy running and I feel like we run pretty good there and hopefully we can pick up again. I'm running Southside there, that's his (Denny Hamlin) old home track, coming up here for his charity Late Model race. I did that last year, had a ton of fun and look forward to getting back out there."

-source: toyota motorsports

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Michael Waltrip , Marcos Ambrose , Scott Speed , Denny Hamlin , Joey Logano , Kyle Busch
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing