Toyota Motorsports tidbits 2010-07-27

BRICKYARD LOOK BACK: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) teammates Kyle Busch (eighth) and Joey Logano (ninth) recorded top-10 finishes for Toyota on Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Busch recovered from an opening lap incident that damaged his No. 18 ...

BRICKYARD LOOK BACK: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) teammates Kyle Busch (eighth) and Joey Logano (ninth) recorded top-10 finishes for Toyota on Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Busch recovered from an opening lap incident that damaged his No. 18 Camry to earn his fourth top-10 result in six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races at the historic 2.5-mile speedway.

POINTS PUSH: After 20 races this season, Toyota drivers Denny Hamlin (third) and Busch (sixth) are among the top-12 in the championship point standings following Indianapolis. Camry drivers David Reutimann (18th), Logano (19th) and Martin Truex Jr. (20th) are looking to break into the top-12 with six races remaining before the 10-race Chase for the championship playoff begins.

SHORT TRACK REPLAY: Busch secured his eighth victory of 2010 in Saturday night's NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at O'Reilly Raceway Park (ORP) near Indianapolis. He led four times for 144 (of 201) laps at the 0.686-mile short track to take his 38th career triumph and 27th behind the wheel of a Toyota. Trevor Bayne earned his third career pole position on Saturday and led twice for 55 laps before finishing fourth. Reed Sorenson (fifth), Brendan Gaughan (sixth) and Steve Wallace (10th) also collected top-10 finishes at ORP for Toyota.

TRUCKS TAKE TOP-10S: Tundra drivers earned five top-10 finishes at ORP Friday night in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race where Busch finishing runner-up. Todd Bodine (seventh), Brad Sweet (eighth) and David Starr (ninth) also took home top-10 results. Timothy Peters earned the pole position and led twice for 71 (of 200) laps before finishing 10th at the Indiana short track. Bodine leads the NCWTS point standings with a 177-point margin over fellow Tundra driver Aric Almirola.

DENNY DELIGHTS: Hamlin has more NSCS wins at Pocono Raceway than any other track on the circuit. His first two Pocono victories came in his rookie season in 2006 when Hamlin swept the pole and race wins in both NSCS races at the triangular track. The 29-year-old has earned two more victories at Pocono behind the wheel of a Toyota race car, including last August when he led 91 (of 200) laps and earlier this year when he led 88 (of 204) laps to bring home his fourth victory in June's race. Hamlin has six top-five and seven top-10 finishes in nine career NSCS starts at Pocono. Among active full-time drivers, he is tied with Jeff Gordon for most victories (four) at Pocono, while semi-retired driver Bill Elliott has five.

HAWKEYE STATE DATE: The NNS returns to Iowa Speedway where competitors will race at the 0.875-mile oval located outside of Des Moines. Last year's inaugural race saw four Camry drivers earn top-10 results. Busch led 84 (of 250) laps and finished second followed by Jason Leffler (third), Kelly Bires (fifth) and Scott Lagasse Jr. (ninth) in the top-10. Busch will travel between Long Pond, Pa., and Newton, Iowa this weekend where he has a NASCAR Camping World Series East/West win from May 2009.

TRUCK TIME IN POCONO: This will be the first trip to Pocono for the NCWTS, but two Toyota drivers have found success previously in Pennsylvania. Bodine, driver of the No. 30 Germain Racing Tundra, won a Cup pole at Pocono in 2001. In addition, Bodine was victorious at Nazareth (Pa.) Speedway, with a NNS win in 1992. Tundra driver Justin Lofton won the ARCA race from the pole at Pocono last August, leading 65 (of 82) laps. He also started from the pole in the June 2009 event and finished second.

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup , NASCAR XFINITY , NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bill Elliott , Todd Bodine , Jason Leffler , David Starr , Trevor Bayne , Brendan Gaughan , David Reutimann , Martin Truex Jr. , Scott Lagasse Jr. , Denny Hamlin , Reed Sorenson , Aric Almirola , Kelly Bires , Joey Logano , Steve Wallace , Brad Sweet , Kyle Busch
Teams Germain Racing , Joe Gibbs Racing