Toyota Motorsports tidbits 2010-07-07

DAYTONA RACE REWIND: In Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Daytona International Speedway, Red Bull Racing Team (RBRT) teammates Reed Sorenson (eighth) and Scott Speed (10th) were the highest finishing Camry drivers. David ...

DAYTONA RACE REWIND: In Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Daytona International Speedway, Red Bull Racing Team (RBRT) teammates Reed Sorenson (eighth) and Scott Speed (10th) were the highest finishing Camry drivers. David Reutimann (11th) and Robby Gordon (12th) also earned top-15 results in the final race before the historic race track is repaved. Kyle Busch led three times for 23 (of 166) laps before an accident on lap 104 relegated him to a 40th-place finish.

POINTS PUSH: At the halfway point in the season, Toyota drivers Denny Hamlin (fifth) and Busch (sixth) are both among the top-12 in the championship point standings following Daytona. Camry drivers Reutimann (17th), Joey Logano (18th) and Martin Truex Jr. (20th) are looking to break into the top-12 in the next eight races to qualify for the 10-race Chase for the championship playoff that begins in September.

DAYTONA DEBUT: The new NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race car debuted in Friday night's race at Daytona International Speedway with Logano finishing runner-up to race-winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. Logano started 10th in the Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) No. 20 Sports Clips Camry, but couldn't close the gap on the final green-white-checkered restart. Busch finished seventh after leading the field four times for 19 (of 102) laps.

CAMRYS IN CHICAGOLAND: Toyota drivers have earned one win, three top-10 finishes and one pole in three NSCS races at Chicagoland Speedway. In 2008, Busch started from the pole and led 165 (of 267) laps en route to victory lane. Other Camry drivers to earn top-10 finishes at the 1.5-mile oval include Hamlin (fifth in 2009) and Brian Vickers (seventh in 2009 and sixth in 2008), in addition to Busch (first in 2008) and former Toyota driver Tony Stewart (fifth in 2008).

CAMRY RESULTS: Camry drivers have won the last two NNS races at Chicagoland Speedway. In 2008, Busch finished first after starting 10th and leading 101 (of 200) laps, and Logano was victorious after starting third and leading 96 (of 200) laps last year. Overall, Toyota drivers have led 360 (of 400) laps in the last two NNS events at Chicagoland and Reutimann started from the pole for the 2008 race. In addition, Camry drivers have claimed four of the top-five positions in the last two Chicagoland races.

TOYOTA CONNECTIONS: Toyota will host a variety of activities for race fans at Chicagoland Speedway on Friday and Saturday. Toyota, Lexus or Scion owners can show their car keys for access to the Toyota Owner Hospitality area where they'll be able to enjoy free food, beverages, driver appearances and a place to sit down and relax at the track. Race fans can also test Toyota vehicles at the 'Toyota Drive Center', where they can either drive or ride-along on a custom-built off-road course. In addition, the Toyota 'PitPass' display, which features a variety of interactive activities, photo opportunities, vehicle displays and driver appearances, will be at the track. Finally, the Camry Hybrid will serve as the 'official' pace car for the races at Chicagoland.

TUNDRAS TAKE TOP-10s: Tundra drivers return to action this weekend at Iowa Speedway where they recorded six top-10 finishes -- including a victory -- in the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at the 0.875-mile track last year. Veteran driver Mike Skinner dominated last year's race, starting from the pole and leading 180 (of 200) laps en route to victory lane. Aric Almirola (second), T.J. Bell (seventh), Timothy Peters (eighth), Brian Scott (ninth) and Tayler Malsam (10th) also earned top-10 results for Toyota.

-source: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup , NASCAR XFINITY , NASCAR Truck
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Tony Stewart , Mike Skinner , T.J. Bell , Scott Speed , David Reutimann , Martin Truex Jr. , Brian Vickers , Reed Sorenson , Timothy Peters , Aric Almirola , Joey Logano , Brian Scott , Kyle Busch
Teams Red Bull Racing , Joe Gibbs Racing