Watkins Glen: Toyota Motorsports preview

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Toyota drivers have combined for eight wins, 21 top-five results, 44 top-10 finishes and four poles after 21 of 36 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races ... Five Camry drivers are in the top-20 in the NSCS point...

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Toyota drivers have combined for eight wins, 21 top-five results, 44 top-10 finishes and four poles after 21 of 36 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races ... Five Camry drivers are in the top-20 in the NSCS point standings -- Hamlin (third), Busch (sixth), David Reutimann (18th), Joey Logano (19th) and Martin Truex Jr. (20th) ... Boris Said will make his first start in the No. 83 Red Bull Racing Camry Sunday at Watkins Glen ... Said has one top-five and two top-10 finishes in nine previous NSCS starts at the track ... Busch, Logano and Marcos Ambrose will compete in both the NSCS and NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) races at Watkins Glen ... Truex will throw out the first pitch at Saturday's Philadelphia Phillies game versus the New York Mets in Philadelphia.

KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 M&M's Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

Do you enjoy racing at Watkins Glen? "I like road courses. They're fun. For me, road racing is enjoyable. You get a chance to turn right and turn left and do something different than what you typically do. For me, I'm excited about it. Hopefully we have a good shot at running well there again this year. We won two years ago, finished fourth last year so we've been decent." DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing What does it take to be successful at Watkins Glen? "We really don't spend a whole lot of time working on our road course program so we go there and just really hope to keep it on the race track. We have a really good record at Watkins Glen, several top-10s and top-fives, but we have never had really a race winning driver or car there so we hope to just go there and solidify a good finish and obviously keep the stable of cars as healthy as possible."

MARCOS AMBROSE, No. 47 Little Debbie Toyota Camry, JTG Daugherty Racing

What do you like about racing at Watkins Glen? "Watkins Glen is a high-speed, old style road course and it has a lot of character to it. You can carry a lot of momentum, a lot of speed and it's a fun place to race. You can't guarantee a win, but we know it's one of our better chances of the year to run really well there and get our first win for JTG Daugherty Racing. We want to go there with optimism and we're looking forward to it. There's a chance, but there's no guarantee."

BORIS SAID, No. 83 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Red Bull Racing Team

Are you excited for this opportunity with the Red Bull Racing Team? "I can't put into words how excited I am. I'm over the moon about it. I've known Jay Frye (general manager, Red Bull Racing Team) for about 20 years and consider him a good friend. When Brian (Vickers) got sick earlier in the season, Jay was one of the first calls I made. I've been trying to do my own deal the past five years. Running a program with only four or five people is really tough. You end up going to the races more worried about decals, hotel rooms, sponsors, making sure people are taken care of and everything else. I haven't gone to the race track in a while where I won't have to worry about anything other than driving."

What are your expectations for the weekend? "I've raced for so many different teams in my career that I'm kind of used to getting in new cars. I have a step-by-step process, and try to check each thing off the list. First thing is to go out and get comfortable and see what we have got. In my mind, after spending some time with the team, they are a team capable of winning. Hopefully we will be a top-10 team on the track. That is my initial goal for the race -- to run top-10 most of the race and drive into the top-five during those last few laps and put myself in the position to win."

-source: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Boris Said , Marcos Ambrose , David Reutimann , Martin Truex Jr. , Joey Logano
Teams Red Bull Racing , JTG Daugherty Racing , Joe Gibbs Racing