Toyota Motorsports tidbits 2010-10-12

Toyota Sets Up Tailgate at Charlotte CHASE CAMRYS: Denny Hamlin remains second in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Chase championship standings following an eighth-place finish in Sunday's race at California's Auto Club Speedway (ACS), ...

Toyota Sets Up Tailgate at Charlotte

CHASE CAMRYS: Denny Hamlin remains second in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Chase championship standings following an eighth-place finish in Sunday's race at California's Auto Club Speedway (ACS), the highest finishing Camry driver in the field. Hamlin is now 36 points behind points-leader Jimmie Johnson after four of 10 Chase races. Fellow Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) driver Kyle Busch fell to ninth in the 12-driver playoff with a 35th-place result at ACS. Toyota drivers David Reutimann (10th), Joey Logano (11th) and Martin Truex Jr. (18th) all posted top-20 finishes in the 200-lap, 400-mile event.

QUEEN CITY RETURN: The NSCS returns to Charlotte Motor Speedway (CMS) this weekend for a 500-mile race Saturday night, the only Chase race under the lights. Busch finished third in the Coca-Cola 600 at CMS in May. The 25-year-old Las Vegas native led 36 laps in the JGR No. 18 M&M's Camry, and crossed the finish line behind his older brother Kurt and Jamie McMurray. Camry drivers Reutimann (fifth), Logano (13th) and Hamlin (18th) also finished in the top-20. Toyota has one NSCS win at the 1.5-mile oval, when Reutimann was victorious in the rain-shortened May event in 2009.

KYLE COLLECTS CHECKERS: Busch extended his single season NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) wins record with his 12th triumph of 2010 on Saturday at ACS in just 26 starts. He led four times for 38 (of 150) laps around the two-mile oval en route to victory lane. Toyota drivers Logano (fifth), Reed Sorenson (10th), James Buescher (17th) and Michael Annett (20th) also finished among the top-20.

BUSCH IS BEST: Busch has six career NNS wins at CMS, where the series will race Friday night, including four of the last five. He won at Charlotte earlier this year, leading 64 (of 203) laps en route to victory lane. Busch is also the defending fall race-winner at the 1.5-mile track, leading 137 (of 200) laps in October 2009 for the victory. The 2009 NNS champion has 10 top-five results in 14 career NNS races at Charlotte, and also swept both races at the track in 2008.

SETTING UP SHOP: The new home to Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) is set to open Thursday (Oct. 14) in Mooresville, N.C., with a fan appreciation day from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. An autograph session with team owner Busch and driver Brian Ickler is set for 9:30 AM at the brand-new 77,000-square-foot facility. Toyota Tundras enjoy one more off weekend before returning to action in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) at Virginia's Martinsville Speedway, Oct. 23.

TOYOTA TAILGATE: Toyota Racing will have a pair of ‘Toyota Tailgate' displays at Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend, where race fans can watch their favorite college football games and get updates on the latest scores. Fans will also get the chance to win an instant prize of suite tickets and a visit to pit road during the race by guessing correctly how many footballs will fill the bed of a brand-new Toyota Tundra at each of the displays. Following the race weekend, the footballs in the Tundras will be donated to Charlotte-Mecklenburg and Cabarrus County school systems. One 'Toyota Tailgate' display will be located near Gate 6, across from Hospitality Village behind the Turn 1 grandstands, and the other will be near the tram stop by Gate 12, near the Diamond Tower grandstands. Both Toyota Tailgate displays will be open from 2:00-7:00 PM on Friday and 12:00-7:00 PM on Saturday.

-source: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup , NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jimmie Johnson , Jamie McMurray , Martin Truex Jr. , Denny Hamlin , Reed Sorenson , Joey Logano , James Buescher , Brian Ickler , Kyle Busch
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing , Toyota Racing , Kyle Busch Motorsports