TOYOTA TIDBITS -- September 28 - October 4, 2009 Here Are the Headlines: Hamlin and Vickers Chasing Championship Kansas Common Territory Tundras Tallying Plenty of Top-10s CHASING A CHAMPIONSHIP: This year, Toyota drivers Denny Hamlin and Brian...
TOYOTA TIDBITS -- September 28 - October 4, 2009
Here Are the Headlines:
Hamlin and Vickers Chasing Championship
Kansas Common Territory
Tundras Tallying Plenty of Top-10s
CHASING A CHAMPIONSHIP: This year, Toyota drivers Denny Hamlin and Brian Vickers are competing for the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) championship. After two events (New Hampshire and Dover) in the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup playoff, Hamlin sits in sixth and Vickers is 10th in the standings. An ill handling race car relegated Hamlin to a 22nd-place finish at Dover, dropping him three positions in the title quest. Vickers was 18th at Dover and slid two spots in the points.
FAMILIAR TERRITORY: Last year, Hamlin won the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Kansas Speedway. After starting deep in the field (19th), he moved to the front and led 99 (of 200) laps en route to visiting victory lane. His win also enabled Toyota to clinch its first Nationwide Series manufacturer's title. In 2007, current Camry driver Kyle Busch won the NNS race at Kansas and Toyota driver Michael Waltrip earned back-to-back NNS poles at the one-and-a-half-mile oval in 2002 and 2003.
LEADER OF THE PACK: Camry driver Busch continues to lead the NNS standings with seven races remaining this season. The Las Vegas-native is 211 points ahead of second-place Carl Edwards heading into Saturday's Kansas race at. Toyota drivers Jason Leffler (fourth), Michael Annett (11th) and Joey Logano (14th) are also in the top-15 in series point standings after 28 of 35 races. SIX IN TOP-10: Six Toyota drivers recorded top-10 finishes in Saturday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It was the 11th time in 20 races this season that Toyota had six drivers register top- 10 finishes in the same event. In 2009, Tundra drivers have recorded 51 top -five and 108 top-10 finishes, and led 1,618 laps.
TRUEX TAKES TITLE: Michael Waltrip Racing's (MWR) Ryan Truex captured the 2009 NASCAR Camping World East Series championship with an eighth-place result at Dover on Saturday afternoon. It was the first championship for a Toyota driver in the series. This season, Truex had three wins, seven top-fives and eight top-10 finishes in 11 events. Last year, a Toyota driver (Eric Holmes) won the NASCAR Camping World West Series title.
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