Texas: Toyota Motorsports preview

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Toyota drivers have combined for one win, five top-five results, 13 top-10 finishes and one pole position after seven of 36 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races ... Joey Logano (11th) and Kyle Busch (12th) are...

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Toyota drivers have combined for one win, five top-five results, 13 top-10 finishes and one pole position after seven of 36 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races ... Joey Logano (11th) and Kyle Busch (12th) are the highest Camry drivers in the NSCS point standings, 211 and 218 points, respectively, behind leader Jimmie Johnson ... Toyota drivers Brian Vickers (17th), Denny Hamlin (18th), and Martin Truex Jr. (19th) are also in the top-20 in points ... Hamlin completed the entire NSCS race at Phoenix after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee on March 31 ... Braun Racing's Reed Sorenson will make his second Cup attempt of 2010 at Texas in the No. 32 Dollar General Camry .... Joe Gibbs will be inducted into the Texas Motor Speedway Hall of Fame this week ... The Hall of Fame will also honor Toyota driver Marcos Ambrose with the Sportsmanship Award and Busch with the Racer of the Year Award for his dominance at the Ft. Worth track and his 2009 Nationwide driver's championship.

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

What are your expectations for Texas with the spoiler? "I think the spoiler is a great addition for all the race tracks. You'll probably be a little better in traffic with more front downforce -- it kind of shifts that balance forward. We did the Texas spoiler test/tire test earlier this season. For a high-speed race track, I thought it was a great improvement. Not huge, not substantial, but definitely a noticeable improvement from our perspective and I think the fans will see it as well."

MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing

How do you think your car will perform at Texas with the spoiler? "If it's going to get tested, Texas is the place to do it. It should be good. The Charlotte test went really well. I was really happy with our cars with the spoiler on them. It was the best test I've ever had in my life at Charlotte, so I'm really looking forward to running it at Texas to see what it will do."

SCOTT SPEED, No. 82 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Red Bull Racing Team

How do you feel the spoiler will affect the race cars at Texas Motor Speedway? "I think it gave the car a little more grip, but I think what it's going to do in traffic and what it's going to do in a racing situation is yet to be seen because no one really ran with each other. I expect that to be a much bigger change. By ourselves, I don't think it made that much of a difference, but I think it's going to make a bigger difference when we're around other cars at a track like Texas."

MARCOS AMBROSE, No. 47 Tom Thumb/Viva Toyota Camry, JTG-Daugherty Racing

Will Texas be the true test for the new spoiler? "Definitely. I think Phoenix was a test already with a lot of cars loose -- a lot of cars haven't got the side-force they're used to. We've been fighting it. We're going to really see how big teams change the way they send their cars out there. With this spoiler, I think it's going to be great racing. I'm looking forward to getting to Texas and trying it out."

What do you think about being presented the Sportsman Award by the Texas Motor Speedway Hall of Fame? "I am honored to receive the Sportsmanship of the Year award and would like to thank the Motorsports Hall of Fame panel, Eddie Gossage (track president) and everyone at Texas Motor Speedway. I have such a great appreciation for our sport. When I came into NASCAR, I promised myself I was going to appreciate every single day and not get mad or angry. I remind myself every day that I'm doing something that millions of kids out there -- girls and guys -- would love to do when they grow up. I am lucky enough to be a driver. Sure, you may get disappointed at times and there are compromises. However, you can never lose sight that there are not many downs when you are a race car driver. I love what I do. So, to be recognized like this for the first time -- especially when I'm a goofy Tasmanian coming from 14,000 miles away -- is pretty awesome."

JOE GIBBS, owner, Joe Gibbs Racing

What are your thoughts of being inducted into the Texas Motor Speedway Hall of Fame? "It's a great honor to have been selected into the Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) Hall of Fame and I want to thank everyone with the Speedway and all those that voted for me to receive this recognition. I'm not so sure everyone in Texas would agree with them judging by some of the reactions I used to get on the sidelines with the Redskins. But in all seriousness, I have always felt that Texas has some of the best and most passionate fans in the country and certainly their support of the NASCAR community has been outstanding. Any success we have had at TMS should really be attributed to our drivers, crew chiefs, and all the people here at Joe Gibbs Racing."

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

What are your plans for racing at Texas? "I'm guessing a full week of more recovery should be better. It'll be a lot less braking at that race track. I don't foresee any issues when we get to Texas. I knew if I could just survive Phoenix, I'd be fine when I got to Texas."

-source: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Michael Waltrip , Jimmie Johnson , Marcos Ambrose , Martin Truex Jr. , Brian Vickers , Reed Sorenson , Joey Logano , Kyle Busch
Teams Red Bull Racing , Joe Gibbs Racing