Bristol: Toyota Motorsports preview

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Toyota drivers have combined for one win, four top-five results and 13 top-10 finishes after three of 35 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) races ... Brian Vickers and Steve Wallace are two of only four NNS drivers to...

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Toyota drivers have combined for one win, four top-five results and 13 top-10 finishes after three of 35 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) races ... Brian Vickers and Steve Wallace are two of only four NNS drivers to open the season with three straight top-10 finishes ... Vickers (third), Kyle Busch (fifth) and Wallace (sixth) are currently in the top- 10 in the NNS point standings ... Kevin Kidd, crew chief on the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 NNS Camry is from Tazewell, Va., only 70 miles from Bristol Motor Speedway ... Trevor Bayne, driver of the Diamond-Waltrip Racing No. 99 Camry, is from Knoxville, Tenn. ... Rusty Wallace Racing (RWR) teammates Brendan Gaughan (March 2009) and Steve Wallace (March 2007) have both earned poles at Bristol.

TREVOR BAYNE, No. 99 Toyota Camry, Diamond-Waltrip Racing

What would it mean to win the race at Bristol? "It would be the hometown crowd -- it would be awesome. Plus it would be our first win so that would mean a lot. I would love to win at Bristol. That is a track where it is a lot up to the driver and people see it that way. In our sport it is up to the car a lot, but the fans kind of see Bristol as being where the driver comes out in them and they see it as a tough place, get down to the 'nitty gritty' short track racing. That's what I'm used to. I love short tracks. Bristol almost seems like a superspeedway compared to what I'm used to racing. It's just an awesome place and a lot of fun to drive. If you can tame that track then you can do it anywhere."

What do you enjoy about Bristol and about being near your hometown (Knoxville) during the Bristol race weekend? "The track itself is unbelievable. You walk in and it's like a bull fighting arena and that's what it turns out to be. You're ready to wave your red flag at somebody when they're charging at you. It's an awesome place and I love going back home to Knoxville. I think you get in your comfort zone when you're home. I get to go home and spend time with the family, the friends and I think you do your best work when you're comfortable and you're just in the zone. That shows, I think , because we've always run really well at Bristol and it's right there by our house. Ironically, I've got more laps there than any other Nationwide track just from the Hooters Pro Cup Series and running the Nationwide races there, so that's a big help as well."

STEVE WALLACE, No. 66 5-Hour Energy Toyota Camry, Rusty Wallace Racing

What do you think about racing at Bristol? "I've got one pole at Bristol, we led a bunch of laps there and had some good runs with a few good finishes. We never have really been the car to beat hardcore, but we always run pretty good. I've always liked Bristol. I really like short tracks like Bristol, like Richmond, like Phoenix -- I like all the little bull rings. That's kind of what I grew up on and it's what I like."

Why do you think they made changes to the Bristol track? "In my opinion, that's just to make the racing a lot better. The guys that were really good on the old track are just about average now, and you've got the guys who never ran good at the old track running good. They just narrowed up the race track b y three feet, I think it will be a lot better -- it'll be cool. It'll have less track surface and you'll have to run the bottom more than you ran the top."

-source: toyoto motorsports

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Rusty Wallace , Trevor Bayne , Brian Vickers , Steve Wallace , Kyle Busch
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing