Toyota notes 2009-05-26

Reutimann Wins One Trifecta for Toyota Double Duty for Speed Dover Homecoming REUTIMANN RELISHES IN RAIN: David Reutimann earned his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) victory -- and gave Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR) its first series...

Reutimann Wins One
Trifecta for Toyota
Double Duty for Speed
Dover Homecoming

REUTIMANN RELISHES IN RAIN: David Reutimann earned his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) victory -- and gave Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR) its first series win -- in Monday's rain-postponed and shortened Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Reutimann's crew chief Rodney Childers elected to keep the No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Camry out on the track during a caution just past the halfway point (lap 222), where he led five yellow flag laps before the race was red-flagged due to heavy rain and never restarted. The win marked the fourth NSCS victory for Toyota in 2009 and 14th since joining the series in 2007. Reutimann has made the most starts in a Toyota with 224 total across all three of NASCAR's premier series.

LEADER OF THE PACK: Camry drivers led 219 of 227 laps in Monday's race at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Eight Toyota drivers led laps with Kyle Busch leading a race-high 173 laps. Camry drivers Brian Vickers (33 laps), Reutimann (five), Scott Riggs (three), Dave Blaney (two), Robby Gordon (one), Joey Logano (one) and Michael Waltrip (one) also led laps.

TOYOTA TRIFECTA: During last May's race weekend at Dover (Del.) International Speedway, Toyota swept all three NASCAR races for the first time. Busch earned his fourth NSCS victory of the season and Denny Hamlin won the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race. Current Cup driver, and then rookie Tundra driver, Scott Speed won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race. It marked only the seventh time in NASCAR history that one manufacturer earned wins in all three NASCAR series at one track during the same race weekend.

DOVER DOUBLE DUTY: Sprint Cup Series rookie Scott Speed returns to Dover after earning his first career NASCAR victory last May in the NCWTS race at the one-mile concrete oval. Speed crossed the finish line first in just his sixth career Truck Series start. This year, Speed is set to run double duty at Dover in both NSCS and NNS competition. In addition to his regular duties driving the No. 82 Red Bull Camry, he will also run the NNS No. 99 Red Bull Camry for MWR.

HAPPY HOMECOMING: Ty Norris, Michael Waltrip Racing's vice president and general manager, has strong ties to Delaware. Norris grew up in Smyrna, Del., and attended Delaware State University where he studied journalism. Upon graduation, Norris was hired to work for the Wilmington (Del.) News Journal in 1984. He then became a sportswriter for the Delaware State News in 1988, where he covered regional collegiate and professional sports.

TOP TOYOTA FINISHES: A year ago, Camry drivers swept both NNS races at Dover. Last spring, the Camry contingent made its 200th NNS start at Dover with Hamlin winning the race. In the fall race, Busch started from the pole and led 157 of 207 laps on his way to victory lane. Logano also made his Nationwide Series debut at Dover and finished sixth at the one-mile concrete oval last spring.

-credit: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup , NASCAR XFINITY , NASCAR Truck
Drivers Michael Waltrip , Robby Gordon , Scott Riggs , Scott Speed , David Reutimann , Brian Vickers , Denny Hamlin , Dave Blaney , Joey Logano , Kyle Busch
Teams Michael Waltrip Racing