Toyota notes 2009-04-06

Here Are the Headlines: Guitars Make A Great Gift Plenty of Tennessee Trophies for Toyota No Rest for Camry Cup Drivers Texas Three-Peat for Toyota Lamar Lives Near Nashville GIVE ME THE GIBSON: Nashville is known as the 'Music City' and is...

Here Are the Headlines:
Guitars Make A Great Gift
Plenty of Tennessee Trophies for Toyota
No Rest for Camry Cup Drivers
Texas Three-Peat for Toyota
Lamar Lives Near Nashville

GIVE ME THE GIBSON: Nashville is known as the 'Music City' and is home of the Grand Ole Opry, but Nashville Superspeedway is known for its trophy -- the Sam Bass-designed Gibson Les Paul guitar given to the race winner. Since 2001, the guitar has been given as a trophy at Nashville and was named one of the top-10 trophies in the country by Sports Illustrated. Of the nine Camry drivers scheduled to compete in this weekend's race, three have hoisted the famed Gibson guitar above their heads in victory lane -- David Green (2003) Michael Waltrip (spring 2004) and Jason Leffler (fall 2004).

TENNESSEE TROPHIES FOR TOYOTA: Toyota racers have had plenty of success in the state of Tennessee. With three race tracks to compete on -- Nashville Superspeedway, Bristol Motor Speedway and Memphis Motorsports Park -- Toyota drivers have earned a number of trophies in both the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) in the 'Volunteer State.' Nashville has seen Tundra drivers record three wins and three poles, and Camry drivers register two poles. Tundra drivers have earned two wins and four poles at Memphis, and Camry drivers have one win and one pole at the three-quarter-mile track. The Bristol track has primarily been the site of success for Tundra drivers with three wins and two poles -- until earlier this season when Kyle Busch earned the first Camry Cup win at the short track.

WHAT OFF-WEEKEND?: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) regulars Kyle Busch, Joey Logano and Michael Waltrip will not spend the rare NSCS off-weekend relaxing at home -- instead they will all be racing with the Nationwide drivers at Nashville Superspeedway. Busch will pilot the Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) No. 18 Camry, Logano will drive the JGR No. 20 Camry and Waltrip will be behind the wheel of the Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR) No. 99 Camry. Busch is the defending pole-winner of the spring Nationwide race at Nashville and Logano earned the pole in last year's fall event. Waltrip earned a Nationwide Series win at the 1.33-mile concrete oval in the spring of 2004.

TEXAS THREE-PEAT: Kyle Busch made history in Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Texas Motor Speedway by becoming the first driver to win three straight NNS races at the speedway. Busch led 178 of 200 laps en route to his second NNS win of 2009 and sixth NASCAR win seven weeks into the season. Busch was also the first driver to win from the pole after he earned the 20th NNS pole for a Camry since entering the series in 2007.

TAKING NUMBER 10: David Reutimann earned the pole position for Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Texas -- the 10th pole for a Camry driver since Toyota entered the series at the beginning of the 2007 season. Drivers who have recorded poles for Toyota include Kyle Busch (three), Reutimann (two), Brian Vickers (two), Dave Blaney (one), Denny Hamlin (one) and Michael Waltrip (one).

TENNESSEE TIES: Burney Lamar, who will drive Braun Racing's No. 32 Camry at Nashville, lives with his family in Brentwood, Tenn. Lamar has competed in three NNS races at Nashville with his best finish a seventh-place result coming in the fall of 2006. Lamar and his wife recently welcomed their first child, Ciel Taylor Lamar, on March 4. 'DASH FOR CASH': This weekend's NNS race at Nashville Superspeedway marks the first of four 'Dash-4-Cash' races where full-time NNS drivers or part-time series-only 'regulars' are eligible to receive an additional $25,000 for a race win. Five Camry drivers will be vying for the bonus -- Michael Annett, Kyle Busch, Scott Lagasse, Jr., Burney Lamar, Jason Leffler and Michael McDowell.

-credit: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup , NASCAR XFINITY , NASCAR Truck
Drivers Michael Waltrip , Jason Leffler , David Green , Michael McDowell , David Reutimann , Brian Vickers , Scott Lagasse Jr. , Burney Lamar , Denny Hamlin , Dave Blaney , Joey Logano , Michael Annett , Kyle Busch
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing