Toyota notes, quotes 2009-03-12

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) NOTES & NUMBERS: Toyota Camry drivers have recorded one win (Kyle Busch, Las Vegas), four top-fives and eight top-10 finishes through four 2009 NSCS races ... This weekend marks the first NSCS off-weekend and ...

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS)

NOTES & NUMBERS: Toyota Camry drivers have recorded one win (Kyle Busch, Las Vegas), four top-fives and eight top-10 finishes through four 2009 NSCS races ... This weekend marks the first NSCS off-weekend and many Camry drivers have distinctly different plans ... Michael Waltrip will join actor Jason Lee and the cast of 'My Name is Earl' for a guest spot on the NBC hit series ... Kyle Busch, who races just about anything with four wheels, is going to escape the urge to go to the racetrack and visit Park City, Utah -- home of the 2002 Olympic Games ... Scott Speed will attend the NHRA event in Gainesville, Fla., with fiance Amanda Mathis, to watch her brother Matt Smith and father Rickie Smith race. Matt is the 2007 NHR A Pro Stock Motorcycle champion, has 10 career NHRA wins and will be running for Don Schumacher this year. Rickie is a seven-time IHRA champion with over 50 race wins and will look to bring home a trophy this weekend in the NHRA Pro Modified class.

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BRIAN VICKERS, No. 83 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Red Bull Racing Team

Are you happy with the way your team has performed to start the season? "The No. 83 team has gotten off to a good start this season. We are coming off three top-10 finishes in a row. Had we not been wrecked in Daytona, it would have been even better. We have overcome a tremendous amount of adversity so far to get to where we are. I'm so proud of this team -- they never give up. It's a relief to be sitting 11th in points going into the off-weekend. Next week it is back to work -- we don't want to lose focus or the momentum that is on our side right now."

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KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 M&M's Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

Do you think you've become the new face of NASCAR with all of your recent accomplishments? "Me being the face of NASCAR isn't what I'm looking for -- I'm just looking for reasons to fill up the record books and everything I guess, and put my name in it as many times as I can. It will still go on even when I'm not here later. We've proven that fact with a bunch of other drivers that have made this sport what it is today. I'm just fortunate enough to be another one of those guys to be a part of it."

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MICHAEL WALTRIP, No. 55 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing

Are you excited about taping an appearance on 'My Name is Earl' this during your off-week? "I am proud to be a part of this show as it always tells a great story about Earl's need to do good things for people. How he gets to the resolution is absolutely hilarious. This experience is going to be a lot of fun for me. I play myself and I help Earl and his brother Randy get out of a big jam."

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DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing

How will you spend your off-weekend? "It's something I'm certainly not used to having. The last two years I've run Nationwide races and stuff, and from the time you started Daytona there was never any time off until Homestead, so it's going to feel quite odd for me to have any kind of time off. We're going to go test at a couple small race tracks and try to get ready for Martinsville. We have a new generation car that we're going to try to run some laps on and see what it has to offer. Just because we won't be racing on the weekend doesn't mean we won't pick up the pace and run a couple places test-wise to try to evaluate our program in some different areas, sit down and see what we've got. As far as me having a weekend off, I'm thrashing around trying to get my dad's (Buzzie Reutimann) dirt car ready so he can start the season. I need this weekend off so I can finish his car so he can come get it and stop calling me every two days wanting to know where his car is."

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MARCOS AMBROSE, No. 47 Kingsford Toyota Camry, JTG-Daugherty Racing

What are your plans for the off-weekend? "I'm just going to hide for a while with the kids and try to have a good time."

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SCOTT SPEED, No. 82 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Red Bull Racing Team

How will you spend your off-weekend? "Amanda (Mathis, fiance) and I are going to Gainesville (Fla.) this weekend for the NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) race. Amanda's dad (Rickie Smith) and brother (Matt Smith) are both racing down there so we are going to check out a different form of racing this weekend."

-credit: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Michael Waltrip , Scott Speed , Rickie Smith , Don Schumacher , Matt Smith , Kyle Busch , Jason Lee
Teams Red Bull Racing , Joe Gibbs Racing