Toyota tidbits 2010-03-16

BUSCH BACK-TO-BACK: In 2009, Kyle Busch earned wins in both NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races at Bristol Motor Speedway. Busch led 378 (of 503) laps in the spring race and led 68 (of 500) laps in the summer. The two wins were the 24-year old...

BUSCH BACK-TO-BACK: In 2009, Kyle Busch earned wins in both NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races at Bristol Motor Speedway. Busch led 378 (of 503) laps in the spring race and led 68 (of 500) laps in the summer. The two wins were the 24-year old Las Vegas-native's second and third career Sprint Cup Series wins at the half-mile bullring. In the spring race, Busch was followed to the checkered flag by his Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) teammate, Denny Hamlin, who finished second. Two Camry drivers followed Busch to the finish line in the fall -- Marcos Ambrose (third) and Hamlin (fifth).

SHORT TRACK SUCCESS: The races at Bristol Motor Speedway mark the first short track event of the season for NSCS and

NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) drivers and teams. Camry drivers earned three (of four) Sprint Cup Series wins at half-mile short tracks last year. Busch visited victory lane in both races at Bristol and his JGR teammate Hamlin earned the win at Virginia's Martinsville Speedway in the fall.

100 FOR VICKERS: Brian Vickers will make his 100th career start in a Toyota Camry in the NSCS race Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway. Vickers and his Red Bull Racing Team were part of Toyota's 'freshman class' -- the original drivers and teams to compete in Camrys in the manufacturer's inaugural NSCS season in 2007. Since then Vickers has earned one win (Michigan 2009), eight top-five results and 24 top-10 finishes in 99 race starts, as well as seven pole positions. Vickers was also the first driver in Toyota's 'freshman class' to earn a spot in NASCAR's 'Chase for the Sprint Cup' last season.

TENNESSEE TIES: Several Toyota team members call Tennessee and Virginia 'home.' Mike Ford, crew chief of the No. 11 Camry driven by Hamlin, is from Morristown, Tenn. Fellow JGR crew chief on the No. 20 NNS Camry, Kevin Kidd, is from Tazewell, Va., only 70 miles from Bristol Motor Speedway. Trevor Bayne, driver of the No. 99 Camry for Diamond-Waltrip Racing in the Nationwide Series, is from Knoxville, Tenn., and Charlie Brock, car chief on the No. 82 Camry for Red Bull Racing , is from Brentwood, Tenn. Brock is the grandson of legendary racer 'Red' Farmer -- an original member of 'The Alabama Gang.'

RWR REALLY KNOWS BRISTOL: Rusty Wallace Racing (RWR) teammates Brendan Gaughan and Steve Wallace may be in their first season driving Camrys in the NNS, but they both know their way around the half-mile Bristol oval. Gaughan earned his only career NNS pole at Bristol in March 2009 and Wallace earned one of his two career NNS poles at Bristol in March 2007. In addition, team owner Rusty Wallace enjoyed a great deal of success at Bristol, w inning nine NSCS races between 1984 and 2005.

TUNDRA TIME: Tundra drivers will return to action in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) next weekend at the half-mile Martinsville Speedway. Five Tundra drivers are in the top-10 in 2010 NCWTS point standings after two of 25 races -- Todd Bodine (first), Timothy Peters (second), Aric Almirola (fourth), Busch (fifth) and Tayler Malsam (ninth).

FAN FRIENDLY: Toyota's 'PitPass' display will make its way to Bristol Motor Speedway for the race weekend, providing fans with numerous interactive exhibits to enjoy while taking in the short track action. The 'PitPass' display also features a variety of production vehicles and games focused on the Toyota production facilities in the U.S. In addition, Toyota, Lexus and Scion owners can visit the 'Owners Hospitality' area where they can enjoy refreshments, giveaways and more. Toyota will also show its appreciation to owners as they can park for free in the Earhart Campground's day lots Friday through Sunday of race weekend.

-source: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup , NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Rusty Wallace , Todd Bodine , Trevor Bayne , Marcos Ambrose , Brian Vickers , Denny Hamlin , Timothy Peters , Aric Almirola , Tayler Malsam , Steve Wallace , Kyle Busch
Teams Red Bull Racing