Toyota tidbits 2009-09-15

TOYOTA TIDBITS -- September 14 - 20, 2009 Here Are the Headlines: Two Camrys in Chase Hamlin Hoists Trophy at Home Race-Winner Logano Returns to New Hampshire Skinner Scores Second Straight Victory RACING IN THE CHASE: Toyota will be represented...

TOYOTA TIDBITS -- September 14 - 20, 2009
Here Are the Headlines:
Two Camrys in Chase
Hamlin Hoists Trophy at Home
Race-Winner Logano Returns to New Hampshire
Skinner Scores Second Straight Victory

RACING IN THE CHASE: Toyota will be represented in the 'Chase for the Sprint Cup' by Camry drivers Denny Hamlin and Brian Vickers. Hamlin and Vickers will start the 10-race Chase this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. With the points reset for the championship-contenders, Hamlin is seeded fourth (5,020 points) in the Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) No. 11 FedEx Camry earning bonus points following his win at Richmond on Saturday and a win at Pocono Raceway in August. Vickers clinched his first career Chase spot on Saturday night and the first appearance for the Red Bull Racing Team since joining the series in 2007. Vickers is seeded eighth (5,010 points) in the championship points after earning 10 bonus points for his win at Michigan in August. Camry driver Kyle Busch missed making the top-12 by only eight points.

RICHMOND RECAP. Hamlin was victorious Saturday night in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Richmond International Raceway, earning his first Cup Series victory on his hometown track. Hamlin led seven times for 299 (of 400) laps in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 FedEx Camry. The Chesterfield, Va.-native has recorded four top-three finishes and five top-10 results in eight starts at the .75-mile Virginia short track. The win marked the 75th NSCS victory for Joe Gibbs Racing. It was also Toyota's ninth win of 2009 and the 19th victory since joining the series in 2007. Busch (fifth) and Vickers (seventh) also finished in the top-10 for Toyota.

LOGANO LIKES LOUDON: Nineteen-year-old rookie Joey Logano earned his first career Cup Series win in just his 20th NSCS start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in June in a rain-shortened race. The Middletown, Conn.-native became the youngest race- winner in series history at 19 years, one month and four days when his crew chief, Greg Zipadelli, kept the JGR No. 20 Home Depot Camry driver on-track while others pitted before persistent rain forced NASCAR to call the race after 273 (of 301 scheduled) laps were completed. In 25 NSCS starts this season, Logano has earned five top-10 finishes.

KYLE IS CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENDER: With eight NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) races remaining in 2009, Camry driver Busch continues to hold onto first-place in the NNS standings following Richmond. He now sits 201 points ahead of second- place Carl Edwards. Toyota drivers Jason Leffler (fourth), Michael Annett (11th) and Logano (14th) are also among the top-15 in the series point standings after 27 of 35 races.

SKINNER GRABS GATEWAY WIN: Tundra driver Mike Skinner won his second-consecutive NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race Saturday at Gateway International Raceway near St. Louis. Skinner led once for the final six (of 162) laps to get the win in the Randy Moss Motorsports No. 5 PC Miler Navigator Tundra. It marked the second straight win for Skinner, who also won at Iowa Speedway the previous weekend, and his third triumph in 2009. It was also the fourth-consecutive NCWTS win for Toyota and the 10th of the season.

HYBRID PACER: This weekend, a Toyota Camry hybrid will serve as the 'official pace car' for both NASCAR races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It marks the second time a hybrid has served in this capacity at Loudon and seventh time this season the Camry hybrid has fulfilled this role with previous appearances in Charlotte, Dover, Sonoma, Chicagoland and Watkins Glen.

-credit: toyota motorsports

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup , NASCAR XFINITY , NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Skinner , Brian Vickers , Carl Edwards , Denny Hamlin , Joey Logano , Michael Annett
Teams Red Bull Racing , Joe Gibbs Racing