Darlington: Toyota Motorsports preview

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Toyota drivers have combined for three wins, 15 top-five results, 36 top-10 finishes and three poles after nine of 35 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) races ... Nine Camry drivers are in the top-20 in the NNS point...

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Toyota drivers have combined for three wins, 15 top-five results, 36 top-10 finishes and three poles after nine of 35 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) races ... Nine Camry drivers are in the top-20 in the NNS point standings heading into Friday's race at Darlington -- Kyle Busch (third), Joey Logano (sixth), Brendan Gaughan (ninth), Brian Scott (10th), Trevor Bayne (12th), Steve Wallace (14th), Jason Leffler (15th), Michael Annett (17th) and Reed Sorenson (20th)... Toyota crew chiefs Jason Ratcliff (No. 18 Camry) and Trent Owens (No. 32 Camry) hail from South Carolina ... Owens grew up in Darlington and Ratcliff is from Sumter ... Kasey Kahne takes over driving duties of the No. 38 Great Clips Camry for this weekend, shifting Leffler to the Braun Racing No. 10 Camry ... Trip Bruce will be Leffler's crew chief at Darlington, Dover and Charlotte.

BRENDAN GAUGHAN, No. 62 South Point Casino Toyota Camry, Rusty Wallace Racing

Are you happy with your team's performance? "We still need to get a bit better. We're still not as good as we want yet. We want to be the best Toyota team. We gotta catch the (Joe) Gibbs (Racing) boys. We don't want to be just the best non-Cup Toyota team. We want to be the best Toyota team. We are starting to get the finishes we have deserved all season, but we still need a little more. The late-race restarts have been great because I love restarts, but we need to run just a little bit better throughout the race. We are making progress, for sure, and all the guys are working hard, but we just need a little bit more."

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

What do you expect in your first trip to Darlington? "I am not sure what to expect at Darlington. I am pretty sure I will have a Darlington stripe before the first practice is over. I am really excited about racing there. It has such a rich history. It's one of those tracks that all the drivers seem to talk about. Since we get an extra set of tires this weekend we are going to try and make the most laps we can. I think track time is going to be really important for us this weekend. We need to get a good starting spot and just try and stay out of trouble."

TRENT OWENS, crew chief, No. 32 Dollar General Toyota Camry, Braun Racing

Are you looking forward to this weekend's race at Darlington? "Coming home to Darlington is one of my favorite stops on our schedule. Not only because I grew up there, but because Darlington Raceway is one of those tracks that has such a deep history in racing. It is always cool to race at the tracks that have been on the NASCAR circuit for a long time. Darlington is one of those where legends have been. I have a lot of great memories at this track. I've watched family race here, I was here as a competitor in the Truck Series in 2002 and now I am here as a crew chief. In 2004, when I was a shock specialist at Rusty Wallace's team, I won here with (Jamie) McMurray. I am definitely ready to get to victory lane again. Every win is special, but to be able to do it with so many friends and family here would make it even that much better."

-source: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Rusty Wallace , Jason Leffler , Trevor Bayne , Kasey Kahne , Trent Owens , Brendan Gaughan , Joey Logano , Michael Annett , Brian Scott , Kyle Busch