Toyota notes, quotes 2009-03-26

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) NUMBERS: Toyota Camry drivers have combined for two wins (Kyle Busch -- Las Vegas and Bristol), six top-five and 11 top-10 finishes through five 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races ... In addition, Camry ...

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS)

NUMBERS: Toyota Camry drivers have combined for two wins (Kyle Busch -- Las Vegas and Bristol), six top-five and 11 top-10 finishes through five 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races ... In addition, Camry drivers have led 530 laps and earned two poles ... Busch has won at least one NASCAR race during each event weekend thus far in 2009, including Daytona (NSCS qualifying race), California (Camping World Truck Series and Nationwide Series), Las Vegas (NSCS), Atlanta (NCWTS) and Bristol (NSCS) ... Busch will be in Washington, D.C. on Thursday (March 26) to race DC 101 radio personality ‘Flounder' around the 64-mile Beltway in equally prepared Toyota FJ Cruisers ...Elton Sawyer, Red Bull Racing Team's (RBRT) director of competition, is from Chesapeake, Va., and as a driver posted 12 top-10 finishes in 25 NNS races at Martinsville... Pete and Adam Wright, a father-son pair of mechanics for the RBRT, are from Martinsville.

DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

How would you rank last year's victory at Martinsville? "It was a good one, for sure. Obviously, Richmond is my number one place that I want to win , but right now that was a very special win just because we had that grandfather clock (Martinsville first-place trophy) slip through our hands so many times. To finally get it last year was a big deal for me and my family because we've been so close there in Late Model races."

Who is your pick to win the NCAA ‘March Madness' basketball tournament this year? "I'm the only one that has Memphis going all the way -- which is good for my bracket because I am slowly moving up, but a lot of people I think have Louisville and Connecticut. My bracket is not doing bad. I'm fifth right now, so I'm climbing the ladder. I started off dead last -- a few of those upsets kind of hurt me. I have the normal final four, but I think Memphis is going to redeem themselves from last year."

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

How rewarding is it to race and win in each NASCAR series this year? "I enjoy racing them all. The most fun is probably the trucks, with the Nationwide cars coming in a very close second. The Cup cars are the hardest cars to drive, so they're not all that fun. But, the greatest satisfaction comes when you win a Cup race, just because it's the biggest of the big. You want to win as many as you can of those. I get satisfaction out of winning all of them."

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

What will your approach be in your first NSCS race at Martinsville? "At Martinsville, we're going to have big brakes and I will have to look after my brakes. I will treat it like a road co urse race and work hard at getting the car to stop well and work hard on getting it into the corner like I need to and get off. Bristol is more about momentum and carrying the speed through the middle of the corner, if you can."

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

What do you think about racing at Martinsville? "I'm not a huge Martinsville fan, but over the years I've gotten to the point where I actually like it more than I used to, and I think we've gotten better cars. We're going to take another new car there. Every track that we go to, whether we run good or bad, I go there with an open mind. Just because you ran good at one race track doesn't mean you'll run good when you go there, and if you ran bad t here then the same thing. Our mentality right now is that everywhere we go we can run good."

ELTON SAWYER, Director of Competition, Red Bull Racing Team

What do you think of Martinsville Speedway? "It's a great facility. It's a short track and that's where a large number of the guys that are in this garage now -- whether it be in crew chief roles or crewman roles or management roles -- got started. It's cool to go back there. I love that race track. Fortunately, as a driver I had some success there. I won a Late Model race and ran well there at times with the (Nationwide) cars. Hopefully, we'll have good runs there with our Red Bull cars."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Elton Sawyer , Kyle Busch
Teams Red Bull Racing , Joe Gibbs Racing