Toyota tidbits 2010-05-11

DENNY'S DARLINGTON DOUBLE: Denny Hamlin became the first driver since 1993 (Mark Martin) to sweep both races in a single weekend at Darlington Raceway, following up Friday's NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) win with a victory in Saturday night's ...

DENNY'S DARLINGTON DOUBLE: Denny Hamlin became the first driver since 1993 (Mark Martin) to sweep both races in a single weekend at Darlington Raceway, following up Friday's NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) win with a victory in Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) event at the 1.366-mile South Carolina oval. In the NSCS race, Hamlin led four times for 104 (of 367) laps to earn his third win of the season and his 11th NSCS career victory. Camry drivers have now won four of the last six Cup Series races with Hamlin winning three (Martinsville, Texas and Darlington) and Kyle Busch victorious in one (Richmond). In the NNS race, Hamlin started on the pole and led 111 (of 147) laps en route to victory lane.

RACE REWIND: Camry drivers Busch (seventh), Brian Vickers (10th) and David Reutimann (11th) also earned top-15 finishes at Darlington. Busch remains the highest-ranked Toyota driver (third) in the NSCS championship point standings following Darlington, 113 points behind leader Kevin Harvick. Hamlin's victory enabled him to climb one spot to sixth in the points, while Martin Truex Jr. (13th), Joey Logano (19th) and Vickers (20th) are also in the top-20 after 11 of 36 races.

TOYOTA TRIFECTA: This weekend, the top three series in NASCAR return to Delaware's Dover International Speedway. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race was won by Brian Scott last May. During the May 2008 race weekend at Dover, Toyota swept all three NASCAR series races. Busch earned the NSCS victory and Hamlin won the NNS race. Current Cup driver and then-rookie Tundra driver Scott Speed won the NCWTS race. It marked only the seventh time in NASCAR history that one manufacturer earned wins in all three NASCAR series at one track during the same weekend.

ONE AND TWO FOR JGR: In Friday night's NNS race at Darlington, Hamlin and Busch finished first and second, respectively, to give Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) its ninth one-two sweep in a Nationwide race since joining together with Toyota in 2008 (80 races). The JGR duo finished the race right where they started as Hamlin sat on the pole en route to the win, while Busch qualified second and finished runner-up. The last time the first and second fastest qualifiers also finished the race in the same positions -- across all three of NASCAR national series -- was in the 2009 Nationwide Series race at Kentucky Speedway (June 13) and was again a duo from JGR. Logano was on the pole and won the race, and Busch qualified and finished second.

DARLINGTON RECAP: Kasey Kahne (fourth), Jason Leffler (fifth) and Vickers (ninth) also earned top-10 results at Darlington. After 10 of 35 NNS races, eight Camry drivers are among the top-15 in NNS point standings -- Busch (second), Logano (seventh), Leffler (ninth), Trevor Bayne (11th), Scott (12th), Brendan Gaughan (13th), Steve Wallace (14th), and Michael Annett (15th).

GOING FOR THREE: This weekend, Tundra drivers strive to earn a third consecutive NCWTS win for Toyota at Dover. In 2008, Speed won the NCWTS race at Dover in just his sixth start. Last year, Scott -- who now drives a Camry in NNS competition -- also earned his first career NCWTS victory at 'The Monster Mile.' Busch has also won a NCWTS race at Dover in 2005.

HYBRID PACER: This weekend, a Toyota Camry Hybrid will serve as the 'official' pace car for both NASCAR races at Dover International Speedway. It marks the third time the Camry Hybrid has served in this capacity at the track. In addition to Dover, the Camry Hybrid has served as the 'official' pace car at California, Martinsville, Phoenix, Richmond and Kansas so far this season.

-source: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup , NASCAR XFINITY , NASCAR Truck
Drivers Jason Leffler , Kevin Harvick , Kasey Kahne , Scott Speed , Brendan Gaughan , David Reutimann , Martin Truex Jr. , Brian Vickers , Denny Hamlin , Joey Logano , Michael Annett , Brian Scott , Steve Wallace , Kyle Busch , Mark Martin