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TOYOTA TALK: Keeping Up with Kyle Logano's Impressions of Texas Track Crew Chief Chats About Ambrose Kyle to Go for Third Straight NNS Texas Triumph What to do with Free Friday? NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: Toyota Camry drivers have combined for...

TOYOTA TALK:
Keeping Up with Kyle
Logano's Impressions of Texas Track
Crew Chief Chats About Ambrose

Kyle to Go for Third Straight NNS Texas Triumph
What to do with Free Friday?

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: Toyota Camry drivers have combined for two wins (Kyle Busch -- Las Vegas and Bristol), seven top-fives and 12 top-10 finishes through six 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races ... In addition, Camry drivers have led 840 laps and earned two poles ... Busch will be running a special paint scheme on his Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) No. 18 Camry in honor of racing near the Interstate Batteries headquarters in Dallas ... Approximately 85 soldiers stationed at the Army base of Ft. Hood in Killeen will visit Brian Vickers on Saturday and watch the Nationwide Series race from the Red Bull Energy Station.

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

Can you keep pace with your teammate Kyle Busch this season? "Anywhere a mile and shorter, I feel pretty confident that we're going to be the best. Our big track program has gotten better and we've been able to keep up with Kyle (Busch) on the longer tracks. Kyle has a gift of speed and knows what it takes to go fast -- to make a car go fast, regardless of the handling, regardless of anything. It's something I got to work on to get better. When these races go to long runs, you'll always see the No. 11 car come to the front."

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

Do you enjoy racing at Texas? "I ran the Nationwide race there and we ran decent -- I think we finished fourth. I ran the Cup race there last year and we should be able to take some of that stuff and keep working towards it. I think as a team we're going to keep growing by the time we get there and keep getting better. It's a cool track -- you're digging off into (turn) one and you're going pretty fast. You kind of move around a lot and the banking kind of drops off quite a bit off of turn two. It's good racing there."

KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

What's your motivation on the race track? "If there's a car in front of me, I'm going to chase him. You know, I want to pass that guy. If I'm the leader, there's another car in front of me, he's going a lap down. The more guys you get a lap down, the more you don't have to deal with at the end of the day. There's always somebody ahead of you that you can pass that's going to mean something. Even if you are the leader."

What do you think about the 'special' paint scheme you'll have this weekend in Texas? "The Interstate Batteries scheme at Texas is going to be cool. I remember Bobby Labonte winning a bunch of races at Atlanta with that scheme -- with Interstate's black and fluorescent colors on it. I'm really looking forward to being able to have that scheme. The car looks great. I really would like to run well with it. It's a special place for Norm (Miller, chairman of Interstate Batteries) -- being in his backyard there in Dallas. Bringing it to victory lane would be really special for the whole team."

FRANK KERR, crew chief, No. 47 Clorox Toyota Camry, JTG-Daugherty Racing

How do you approach Friday qualifying sessions at the track? "Marcos (Ambrose) has gotten us up in the points, so we don't have to worry about that because he is a great qualifier. Actually, Fridays are enjoyable now. You're still worried about what you brought as a race car. The communication between Marcos (Ambrose) and I has been so good that we usually get the car going pretty good and it's not hard to fix. I'm glad to have him as our race car driver."

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

Are you looking forward to visiting with the Ft. Hood Soldiers on Saturday? "I am honored and excited to have the opportunity to meet the men and women that serve this country, defend the rights and protect the freedoms that allow us to come out and race every weekend."

-credit: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Bobby Labonte , Brian Vickers , Kyle Busch
Teams Red Bull Racing , Joe Gibbs Racing