TOYOTA TIDBITS -- June 21-27, 2010 ROBBY RALLIES TO RUNNER-UP RESULT: In Sunday afternoon's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race, Robby Gordon finished second behind race-winner Jimmie Johnson at the 1.99-mile Infineon Raceway road circuit in...
TOYOTA TIDBITS -- June 21-27, 2010
ROBBY RALLIES TO RUNNER-UP RESULT: In Sunday afternoon's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race, Robby Gordon finished second behind race-winner Jimmie Johnson at the 1.99-mile Infineon Raceway road circuit in Sonoma, Calif. Gordon started 16th in the No. 7 Camry and worked his way through the field during the first part of the race. Camry driver Marcos Ambrose dominated the later stages of Sunday's race and led the field twice for 35 laps. However, while trying to conserve fuel late in the race during a caution period, Ambrose turned off his car to save fuel during a late race caution period and couldn't restart it before several cars passed him for position. He was forced to restart the race in seventh-place and finished eighth.
BRENDAN BEST CAMRY AT ROAD AMERICA: In Saturday's inaugural NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Road America, Brendan Gaughan was the highest-finishing Camry driver in the field, finishing third behind race-winner Carl Edwards and runner-up Ron Fellows. It was Gaughan's best finish of the season in the Rusty Wallace Racing No. 62 Toyota, after starting sixth in the 50-lap, 200-mile event at the four-mile road course in Elkhart Lake, Wis.
CAMRY TEAMS THINKING 'CHASE': As the NSCS heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) for the 17th race of the season, many drivers are thinking about the year's final 10 races. New Hampshire is the site of the first race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship playoff and teams will utilize the first event at the track as a test session in order to be at their best when they return in September. Kyle Busch (third) and Denny Hamlin (fourth) are currently within the top-12 in points and poised to make this year's Chase while Camry drivers Joey Logano (17th) and Martin Truex Jr. (19th) are looking to break into the top-12 with 10 races remaining before the 10-race Chase begins.
ROOKIE RETURNS: A year ago, 20-year-old rookie Logano earned his first career Cup Series win in just his 20th NSCS start at NHMS in a rain-shortened race. The Middletown, Conn.-native became the youngest race-winner in series history at 19 years, one month and four days. His crew chief, Greg Zipadelli, kept the JGR No. 20 Home Depot Camry driver on the track when others pitted -- before persistent rain forced NASCAR to call the race after 273 (of 301 scheduled) laps were completed. Logano has earned two top-five finishes and six top-10 results in the first 16 races of 2010 along with one pole at Bristol Motor Speedway (March 19).
MEMORABLE MOMENT: In June of 2008, Dave Blaney earned the inaugural Sprint Cup Series pole position for Toyota at NHMS. The pole came in Toyota's 17th NSCS race and was the second of Blaney's career. Toyota drivers have earned 21 total NSCS poles. Camry drivers who have earned poles include Brian Vickers (seven), Busch (five), David Reutimann (three), Hamlin (two), Blaney (one), Logano (one), Truex (one) and Michael Waltrip (one).
CAMRYS CAPTURED CHECKERS: In last year's Nationwide Series race at NHMS, Joe Gibbs Racing teammates, Busch (first) and Logano (second) swept the top-two spots at the checkered flag. In 2008, former Toyota driver Tony Stewart earned the first Camry victory at the one-mile oval. Stewart's Toyota was followed to the checkered flag by two additional Camry drivers -- Hamlin (second) and Busch (third).
TUNDRA TALLY: Tundra drivers will enjoy two more weekends at home before the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) returns to action at Iowa Speedway on July 11. Tundra racer Aric Almirola is the series most recent winner at Michigan International Speedway (June 12). Five Tundra drivers are currently in the top-10 in the NCWTS point standings after nine of 25 races -- Todd Bodine (first), Almirola (second), Timothy Peters (third), Mike Skinner (fifth) and David Starr (eighth).
GOING GREEN: A Toyota Camry Hybrid will serve as the 'official' pace car for both races at NHMS for the third time at the one- mile oval. Built at the Toyota manufacturing facility in Georgetown, Ky., the Toyota Camry Hybrid is a 187-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder vehicle that gets an EPA estimated combined average of 33 miles per gallon.
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