Toyota Motorsports notes 2009-06-16

'Rowdy' Real Road Racer Homecoming for Speed and Elledge Toyotas Sweep Poles Toyota Tundra Trophies 'ROWDY' ROAD RACER: Last year, Kyle 'Rowdy' Busch led 78 of the 112 laps at Infineon Raceway to take his Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) No. 18 M&M's ...

'Rowdy' Real Road Racer
Homecoming for Speed and Elledge
Toyotas Sweep Poles

Toyota Tundra Trophies

'ROWDY' ROAD RACER: Last year, Kyle 'Rowdy' Busch led 78 of the 112 laps at Infineon Raceway to take his Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) No. 18 M&M's Camry to victory lane for the first of his two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) road course wins of the season. (Busch's other road course win was at Watkins Glen, NY.) In addition to last year's Infineon win, Busch also finished eighth in 2007 to give him two top-10s in four starts at the Northern California road course.

RED BULL REUNION: This weekend marks a California homecoming for Red Bull Racing Team's Scott Speed (Manteca) and his crew chief Jimmy Elledge (Redding). Speed is in his first full season in the NSCS. In 2003, he won the Red Bull American driver search propelling him into a 2006 Formula 1 ride. Since returning to the states in 2007 to begin his stock car career, the Calif.-native has four ARCA wins and one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) win (Dover 2008). He also has one NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) pole (Las Vegas 2009) and a career best fifth-place Sprint Cup finish at Talladega (April 2009).

POLE POSITIONS: Last weekend, Toyota drivers swept the pole positions in the top-three NASCAR series. At Michigan, Brian Vickers earned the NSCS pole and Brian Ickler took the top starting spot in the NCWTS. In NNS competition at Kentucky, Joey Logano grabbed his second pole in two starts at the track. Logano continued his perfect record at the 1.5-mile oval when he also picked up his second consecutive Kentucky NNS victory, and the third win of his NNS career. Along with the three poles and one Nationwide victory, Toyota drivers combined for four other top-three finishes across the series last weekend, with Denny Hamlin's third-place NSCS result, both of Busch's runner-up finishes (NCWTS and NNS) and Ickler's NCWTS third-place result.

MCDOWELL AND MILWAUKEE: Michael McDowell's first stock car start came in the 2006 ARCA event at the Milwaukee Mile. Despite a difficult debut where his car caught on fire, McDowell returned a year later to capture the ARCA pole at the flat one-mile oval. Since joining the JTG-Daugherty Racing NNS team this year, the Ariz.-native has registered three top-10 finishes.

TOYOTA TUNDRA TROPHIES: Tundra drivers have accounted for five wins at the Milwaukee Mile. Mike Skinner (1995) and Terry Cook (2002), who will make his 300th NCWTS start this weekend, recorded wins in Milwaukee before sitting behind the steering wheel of a Tundra. D efending NCWTS champion Johnny Benson, has taken a Tundra to victory lane in the last three events at Milwaukee (2006-2008). Last year, Benson won from the pole, leading 130 of 200 laps.

TOYOTA TALES: This year marks Toyota's third year as co-sponsor of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway. Toyota is also the official vehicle of the road course and a Toyota Camry Hybrid pace car -- which became the first hybrid vehicle to serve as the official pace car for an entire NASCAR race in May at Lowe's Motor Speedway -- will serve as the pace car for the 110-lap Sonoma race. Along with the on-track action, the Toyota 'PitPass' exhibit will be on-site featuring driver appearances, racing simulators, vehicle displays and more. Toyota's former off-road racing champion Ivan 'Ironman' Stewart will serve as honorary starter this weekend and sign autographs at 'PitPass' at select times. In addition, the Toyota Dealers of Northern California will sell raffle tickets for a Toyota Tundra at 'PitPass' to be given away in August to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

-credit: toyota motorsports

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series NASCAR Sprint Cup , NASCAR XFINITY , NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Skinner , Johnny Benson , Terry Cook , Michael McDowell , Scott Speed , Brian Vickers , Joey Logano , Brian Ickler
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing