Toyota notes 2009-05-05

Busch Best on Birthday Weekend Hitting a Half-Century in Victory Lane Toyota Looks to Defend at Darlington Darlington Debuts for Camry Drivers Five in Nationwide Top-10 BIRTHDAY BOY BUSCH: Toyota driver Kyle Busch became just the second driver...

Busch Best on Birthday Weekend
Hitting a Half-Century in Victory Lane
Toyota Looks to Defend at Darlington
Darlington Debuts for Camry Drivers
Five in Nationwide Top-10

BIRTHDAY BOY BUSCH: Toyota driver Kyle Busch became just the second driver to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race on his birthday Saturday (May 2) at Richmond International Raceway. The Las Vegas-native, who turned 24, led the field three times for 53 laps in the Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) No. 18 Combos Toyota Camry en route to his third NSCS victory of 2009 -- also winning at Las Vegas (March 1) and Bristol (March 22). Busch joined Cale Yarborough -- who did it in 1977 and 1983 -- as the only NASCAR drivers who celebrated a birthday in victory lane. Marcos Ambrose (11th), Denny Hamlin (14th), Brian Vickers (15th), Robby Gordon (16th) and Joey Logano (19th) also posted top-20 finishes for Toyota Saturday night.

REWRITING RECORDS: The win at Richmond enabled Busch to tie Jeff Gordon for the most NSCS wins (15) before the age of 25. Of Busch's 15 victories, 11 have come since joining JGR at the beginning of 2008. It was also the 50th triumph for Busch across all three NASCAR national series. Along with his 15 Sprint Cup Series wins, Busch has 24 victories in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) and 11 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS). Busch has recorded 29 of his 50 victories driving a Toyota, in 107 NASCAR starts since 2008.

TRIUMPHANT TRIPLE-HEADER: Saturday night's NSCS win capped a flawless weekend for Busch, who won JGR teammate Hamlin's charity race at Southside Speedway on Thursday (April 30) and the NNS event at Richmond on Friday (May 1). In Friday evening's race, Busch led four times for a race-high 115 laps to score his third NNS victory of the season -- the win tying him with Tommy Houston and Matt Kenseth for fifth on the all-time list with 24. He also won at California (Feb. 21) and Texas (April 4). Three other Toyota drivers -- Logano (sixth), Michael McDowell (eighth) and Jason Leffler (10th) -- also posted top-10 results Friday night.

DEFENDING DARLINGTON: Camry drivers head to South Carolina this weekend for a pair of night events at Darlington Raceway, where Toyota attempts to defend a 2008 weekend sweep at the 1.333-mile egg-shaped oval. Last year, Busch started sixth and led 169 laps for his third (of eight) NSCS victory of the year. Former Toyota driver Tony Stewart won the Nationwide Series race for JGR. Coupled with back-to-back NNS wins by Hamlin at Darlington in 2006 and 2007, JGR has won three straight races at the 'Lady in Black' heading into this weekend.

DARLINGTON DEBUTS: Four Camry drivers will make their NSCS debuts at Darlington on Saturday. Ambrose has made two NNS starts at the track, but will make his first NSCS start for JTG-Daugherty Racing. The Australian driver has registered three-straight top-15 finishes, including a career best fourth-place result at Talladega (April 26). Toyota drivers Logano, Max Papis and Scott Speed will each make their first NASCAR starts at Darlington this weekend. Like Ambrose, all three drivers recorded their career-best NSCS finishes two weeks ago at Talladega.

PACING THE POINTS: Five Toyota drivers are currently in the top-10 in the NNS point standings. Busch is the current leader, holding an 82-point advantage over Carl Edwards. Camry pilots Leffler (third), Logano (fourth), McDowell (eighth) and Scott Lagasse, Jr. (ninth) are all chasing Busch in the standings after nine of 35 races.

-credit: toyota motorsports

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup , NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Tony Stewart , Jason Leffler , Robby Gordon , Max Papis , Marcos Ambrose , Scott Speed , Brian Vickers , Carl Edwards , Scott Lagasse Jr. , Denny Hamlin , Joey Logano , Cale Yarborough , Kyle Busch
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing