Iowa: Toyota Motorsports preview

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Toyota drivers have combined for 10 wins, 43 top-five results, 84 top-10 finishes and nine poles after 20 of 35 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) races ... Camry driver Michael Annett is from Des Moines, Iowa ...

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Toyota drivers have combined for 10 wins, 43 top-five results, 84 top-10 finishes and nine poles after 20 of 35 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) races ... Camry driver Michael Annett is from Des Moines, Iowa ... Annett donated a helmet specially-designed by Ryan Young of Indocil Art to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team and Training in honor of six-year-old family friend Will Kreuger who suffers from Leukemia ... Toyota NNS team owner Rusty Wallace helped design Iowa Speedway and envisioned a Midwest version of Richmond International Raceway ... Camry drivers Kyle Busch (fourth), Steve Wallace (seventh), Brendan Gaughan (eighth), Trevor Bayne (ninth) and Jason Leffler (10th) are in the top-10 in the NNS point standings.

MICHAEL ANNETT, No. 15 Northland Oil Toyota Camry, Germain Racing

Do you enjoy racing close to your hometown at Iowa Speedway? "I look forward to going back to Iowa every year. That's definitely the track that I circle on my schedule. Not only because there's so many friends and family there, but it's just that race track puts on good racing. We were there last year in the sun and this time it's going to be a night race, so I think it will definitely make the racing that much better. It should widen out to a three-groove race track -- those are my favorite races and tracks where we can move around if the car is not working just right somewhere you can move around and find something. I'm definitely looking forward to it."

KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Z-Line Designs Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

What about Iowa makes you want to race double duty this weekend? "Iowa is a fun race track, kind of like Richmond. I run real well at Richmond and I ran well at Iowa last year. We had a shot to win the race, just missed out a little bit towards the end. I feel real good about going out there and running the Nationwide race. We'll have Brad (Coleman) practice and qualify, and I will just show up and race, and hopefully have a good race. It's a place that starts to widen out, but once it starts to widen out, everybody sees the top lane -as faster."

-source: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Rusty Wallace , Jason Leffler , Trevor Bayne , Brendan Gaughan , Michael Annett , Steve Wallace , Kyle Busch
Teams Germain Racing , Joe Gibbs Racing