Toyota Motorsports off-week notes, quotes 2010-07-14

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Toyota drivers have combined for eight wins, 20 top-five results, 41 top-10 finishes and four poles after 19 of 36 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races ... Five Camry drivers are currently in the top-20 in the...

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Toyota drivers have combined for eight wins, 20 top-five results, 41 top-10 finishes and four poles after 19 of 36 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races ... Five Camry drivers are currently in the top-20 in the NSCS point standings -- Denny Hamlin (fourth), Kyle Busch (sixth), David Reutimann (15th), Joey Logano (19th) and Martin Truex Jr. (20th) ... With Reutimann's win at Chicagoland on Saturday, he is now 96 points out of the Chase for the Sprint Cup with seven races remaining before the 10-race championship playoff ... Toyota has now earned wins in eight of the last 14 Sprint Cup Series races ... The NSCS will enjoy a rare weekend off before returning to action on July 25 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 TUMS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing

Did Saturday's win at Chicagoland give you more confidence about making the Chase this year? "If you look how we've run, the fact we had some problems, our on-track performance has been better than it was last year. I've always had confidence in this team, knew if we get things going in the right direction we could win races, regardless of whether everybody else thought we could. Ty (Norris, general manager) knew, Rodney (Childers, crew chief) knew, and everybody in the fab shop knew we could win races. With that being said, it does help my confidence. Every win helps confidence. That's always going to be that way. We've still got some work cut out for us to get into the Chase. But we're a lot closer than were. That's going to be our goal, get in the Chase, then we'll move on from there."

MICHAEL WALTRIP, team owner, Michael Waltrip Racing

What was it like to see David Reutimann win at Chicagoland? "It was amazing just to watch David Reutimann drive up there and steal the lead from Jeff Gordon and hold off a determined Carl Edwards. MWR (Michael Waltrip Racing) is a young team. Obviously winning our first pole, winning our first race, our first time we got to compete, all those are significant marks in our history, but maybe our most significant was Saturday night because of the way that we performed and the way we won. That's how you do it right there. There was no fuel mileage involved. There was no rain involved. No one stayed out and got two tires. That was a race. That was, 'Okay, who's got what? Let's go race and see.' And David Reutimann was the guy that had the most for them."

Do you feel like David Reutimann can make the Chase with seven races remaining? "That's 15 points a race. That's three to five spots, depending on where you finish. Certainly, that's very doable. The great thing is most of the people ahead of him, he outruns them. At Daytona on Saturday night a couple of weeks ago, he had a top-five until the last. He's there. Performance is what will make the difference. So heads up if you just go race each other, I like his chances. Toyota has stepped up our engine program some. We got a little bit of a boost in power Saturday night that we really needed so everything seems to be positioning itself nicely going into the last seven. There's only one caveat to that. One of them is Watkins Glen, and David would rather go to a war zone then there I bet. But we've been testing a lot and he's gotten a lot better. He got a top-20 at Sonoma. I know race car drivers, and I'll bet he's thinking, 'I'll show y'all what I can do at Watkins Glen."

KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Snickers Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

How will you spend your off weekend in the Sprint Cup Series? "Just vacation -- take some time off. We've been pretty busy this year, running all over the place. I'll go ahead and take the Gateway week off, let (Brian) Ickler run the truck and Brad Coleman run the Nationwide car, and just have a good time. Go somewhere and relax a little bit."

-source: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Michael Waltrip , David Reutimann , Martin Truex Jr. , Carl Edwards , Brad Coleman , Denny Hamlin , Kyle Busch
Teams Michael Waltrip Racing , Joe Gibbs Racing