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NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Toyota drivers have combined for 10 wins, 32 top-five results, 64 top-10 finishes and five poles after 29 of 36 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races ... Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch are currently competing in the...

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Toyota drivers have combined for 10 wins, 32 top-five results, 64 top-10 finishes and five poles after 29 of 36 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races ... Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch are currently competing in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship playoff ... Hamlin is second (-8 points) and Busch is fourth (-80 points) in the current Chase standings after three of 10 races ... Owner and driver Robby Gordon grew up in Orange, Calif. ... The 10 Sponsafier2 finalists will be announced this Friday (Oct. 8) with the grand prize winner to be named at the Phoenix race in November.

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

Do you enjoy racing at California's Auto Club Speedway? "I like California. It's real wide and it's kind of flatter than Michigan, so it's a little harder to get a h old of, but you can really spread out. In the spring we saw guys all the way down at the white line and we saw guys all the way up at the wall. It seemed to be a really good race. It will be a really fun race track. It's widened out and it's become where you can race all over it, and with the race being as long as it is, you need to take a lot of time working through traffic and being able to have a good car and all that. It's the same thing every week. We just hope for a solid day and that our efforts will put us good enough."

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

Are you looking forward to racing at Auto Club Speedway? "Any big track is good for us at this point. We're getting ready to get into a swing of a lot of big 1.5-mile, two-mile race tracks and I feel like that was really our 'bread and butter' through the summer months. I feel like we're definitely heading into some tracks that are definitely in our favor."

What does it take to be successful at Auto Club Speedway? "California is a multi-groove race track, but it's just a track where you have to setup your car on one specific line because when you run the top your car changes a whole lot different than what it is on the bottom. Our goal is to get up there and if we're going to run the top in practice we have to commit to it in the race. It's very line sensitive track and the restarts are obviously interesting there because of the draft."

DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing

Are you looking forward to putting Kansas behind you and finishing the season on a high note? "It has been a good season and we need to finish out the season on a strong point and get to the good of it. We've had some really good race cars and haven't had good finishes so we need to finish out as strong as we can to give our guys a little momentum during the off-season. As they're building cars and updating things, it makes the winter go by a lot better when you finish out strong."

-source: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Michael Waltrip , Robby Gordon , Denny Hamlin , Kyle Busch
Teams Michael Waltrip Racing , Joe Gibbs Racing