Toyota Motorsports notes, quotes 2011-02-02

Toyota Drivers Predict the Winner of Sunday's `Big Game'

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

Who do you think will win Sunday's `Big Game' in Dallas? "To be honest with you, I like Green Bay in the game just because everyone likes Pittsburgh. It's hard not to pick Pittsburgh because they have been there before. They're a veteran team. There are a couple injured guys that are going to be pretty critical to the game. So, for me, it's a pick'em game. I think it's just going to be who plays the best on that particular day. But, I think Pittsburgh has the better defense and a better running game."

Are you excited to go to Dallas for the `Big Game'? "I've never been before. So, this will be the first one. And for me, I've always wanted to go to the new stadium in Dallas anyway. This is the perfect opportunity to kind of knock out two birds with one stone. I got a great opportunity through a couple sponsors to get some tickets. Now, we are just going to go there and have some fun."

MIKE FORD, crew chief, No.11 FedEx Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

Who do you think will win Sunday's `Big Game' in Dallas? "I don't know. My heart says Green Bay, but I think Pittsburgh is going to win. My wife and I are actually going to Dallas for the game. We got two tickets through FedEx from an early race win last season. We are very excited to go to the game. We are planning to spend a few extra days in Texas and make a little vacation out of it."

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

Who do you think will win Sunday's `Big Game' in Dallas? "It's depressing that Chicago isout, but Green Bay is in -- and Green Bay is really good. They're looking strong. They've been great for the past 10 weeks. They've been one of the best teams to watch. But also, you really can't bet against Pittsburgh. They've been so good the past six or seven years. They've won six championships already -- more times than anybody. It's hard to bet against them, so I'm going with Pittsburgh."

Are you looking forward to attending the `Big Game'? "I'm looking forward to going. It should be fun. I've got the opportunity to go down there with a couple of my sponsors -- Gillette and Mars -- to do some things with Snickers and the Gillette Young Guns program. Should be a fun time down there. Get down there Thursday, go through some publicity events, and then we get to see the game. So, that will be cool."

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

Are you going to watch Sunday's `Big Game'? "I'm going to watch the game and I'm going to go for Green Bay, just because. I don't know why. I'd like to see Green Bay win. I'm not a huge football fan, I don't really know much about it. I don't have a good reason."

Would you like to attend the game one day? "I think it would be cool. The electricity inside those places is like the Daytona 500 or a Bristol night race, or Indy. The electricity of something like that is cool. I can only imagine what it's like there, it's probably similar to it. It would be cool to go to one. I went to an Atlanta game over the off-season and I had a blast. The place was going crazy, it was cool and fun."

TRAVIS PASTRANA, No.00 Boost Mobile Toyota Camry, Pastrana Waltrip Racing

Are you a football fan? "I went to the Baltimore-Pittsburgh game a couple weeks ago. When Baltimore is out -- I'm pretty much done. I'll be in New Zealand this weekend, but I'll definitely try to watch the game. I went to the `Big Game' the last time Pittsburgh was in (2009)."

Did you enjoy going to the game? "My experience was actually awesome. I just went strictly as a fan. A lot of my motocross team members are based out in Pennsylvania, so they were huge Pittsburgh fans and I kind of just jumped on the bandwagon. It was awesome -- Pittsburgh ended up winning right at the last second. You know, I was never a team sports person, but the more injuries I had, and the more I was sitting down, I actually had time to watch stuff -- my friends are diehards."

STEVE WALLACE, No.665-Hour Energy Toyota Camry, Rusty Wallace Racing

Are you going to watch the `BingGame' this Sunday? "I don't watch those stick and ball sports, I only race."

TRAVIS KVAPIL, No.5 International Trucks/Monaco RVs Toyota Tundra, Randy Moss Motorsports (Janesville, Wis.-native)

How long have you been a Green Bay fan? "I'm a lifelong Green Bay fan and have been for as long as I can remember. I grew up watching Green Bay every Sunday. Back in the 80s Green Bay wasn't very good, but they found success in the 90s, especially after (Brett) Farve was with the team. It has been a lot of fun being a Green Bay fan for the last 20 years or so."

Are you attending Sunday's `Big Game' in Dallas? "Yes. I'm planning on going. I'm very excited to go. It's been since 1997 since they've been, and I wasn't able to go then. This is the first time that I will get to see Green Bay in the `Big Game' and I am crazy excited. They're my team. I can't wait to see them play in the game live. It might be the only chance I get to do it. So, we're going to take advantage of it and have fun."

Will you be wearing your `Cheesehead' on Sunday? "I have one and I will bring it. We're hoping to go to the game. One way or the other, I want to go to the game. I'll bring it along, but I'll let my wife wear it."

What is your favorite memory of watching Green Bay growing up in Wisconsin? "I remember going to church every Sunday and coming home to religiously watch Green Bay. During the 1980s it was a given that they were going to lose -- they weren't very good at all, but as a family we still tuned in, cheered them on, and hoped for the best."

TODD BODINE, No.30 Germain.com Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing

Who do you think will win Sunday's `Big Game'? "I'm a northern boy and Pittsburgh is not far from where I grew up, so I have to root for the team from my home area. We are actually going to the game as well. This is my fourth time going and this one is really exciting because we have been to the old stadium in Dallas, but now we get to experience the new one. There are not too many people who are fortunate to experience both stadiums. Texas is like going home for me. I have six wins there in the Camping World Truck Series so it's always exciting to plan a trip to Texas. I'm very excited to attend the game. Going to this game for a football fan is like going to Daytona for a race fan. The ambience and the feeling cannot be described in one word."

-source: toyota motorsports

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup , NASCAR XFINITY , NASCAR Truck
Drivers Rusty Wallace
Teams Germain Racing , Joe Gibbs Racing