TOYOTA TIDBITS -- September 7 - 13, 2009 Here Are the Headlines: Final Race Before Chase Hamlin Homecoming Skinner Scores No. 60 Tundra Triumphs at Gateway FINAL RACE BEFORE CHASE: Richmond International Raceway marks the final race before...
TOYOTA TIDBITS -- September 7 - 13, 2009
Here Are the Headlines:
Final Race Before Chase
Skinner Scores No. 60
Tundra Triumphs at Gateway
FINAL RACE BEFORE CHASE: Richmond International Raceway marks the final race before the start of the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup' championship playoff featuring the top 12 drivers in the point standings. Three Camry drivers have been near the transfer position -- the 12th spot in the standings -- for several weeks and hope a strong performance at Richmond will secure a place in the finals. Denny Hamlin is fourth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) point standings and clinched a spot in the Chase. However, Camry drivers Brian Vickers (13th), Kyle Busch (14th) and David Reutimann (15th) are battling for a spot in the top-12. Vickers is currently 20 points out of 12th-place, and Busch (-37 points) and Reutimann (-132 points) are also trailing in points.
BIRTHDAY BOY: In May, Busch made the most of his birthday weekend at Richmond International Raceway by winning Friday's NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race and Saturday's NSCS race. He became the second driver in Sprint Cup history to win a race on his birthday since Cale Yarborough (1977 and 1983).
HAMLIN'S HOMECOMING: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) driver Hamlin grew up just outside Richmond in Chesterfield, Va. He was a successful kart driver as a youngster around the Richmond-area, winning his first race at seven. The 28-year-old racer has made seven NSCS starts at Richmond and has recorded three top-three finishes and four top-10 results, including a runner-up finish in his first NSCS start there (2006). Hamlin has also made eight NNS starts at Richmond and has one win (May 2008), one pole (Sept. 2007), two top-five finishes and five top-10 results.
NUMBER 60 TO SKINNER: Mike Skinner dominated the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at Iowa Speedway Saturday night, earning Toyota its 60th NCWTS victory since joining the series in 2004. Skinner led 180 (of 200) laps in the race after starting from the pole to record his second win of 2009 and the 27th triumph of his NCWTS career. In addition, it was Skinner's 33rd pole in a Tundra and the 65th for Toyota.
WINNING WAYS: Toyota drivers have a pair of NCWTS wins at Gateway International Raceway outside St. Louis. Todd Bodine was victorious at the 1.25-mile Illinois oval in his 2006 championship season, leading 66 of 160 laps. The following year, former Toyota driver Johnny Benson drove his Tundra to victory lane. This year, Bodine looks to score his second Gateway win in the Germain Racing No. 30 Ventrilo Tundra during the sixth trip to the track for Toyota since joining the series in 2004.
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