Kansas: Toyota Motorsports preview

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Toyota drivers have combined for 14 wins, 59 top-five results, 118 top-10 finishes and 14 poles after 28 of 35 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) races ... Toyota currently holds a 40-point advantage over Chevrolet in...

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Toyota drivers have combined for 14 wins, 59 top-five results, 118 top-10 finishes and 14 poles after 28 of 35 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) races ... Toyota currently holds a 40-point advantage over Chevrolet in the NNS manufacturer point standings and can clinch the manufacturer's championship with a first- or second-place finish Saturday at Kansas ... Brothers Martin Truex Jr. and Ryan Truex will both compete in the NNS race at Kansas ... It marks the first time they will compete against one another on the race track ... James Buescher will pilot the Braun Racing No. 11 Camry at Kansas.

MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 00 Out! Pet Care Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing

Are you looking forward to competing against your brother Ryan in the Nationwide race at Kansas? "I've watched (Ryan Truex) race many times and I think I'll like it better racing against him because I get really nervous watching him race. I guess it's a big brother thing. With the age difference (11 years), I pretty much had already moved out when he considered racing. We didn't get to spend a lot of time together growing up. The last year or two, we've gotten a lot closer. When he comes to Charlotte to prepare for a race or to come to a race, he stays with me. It's been a lot of fun for me to be a part of his racing career. I've even owned some of his cars, so to see his progression has been rewarding for me as an older brother. It seems like every kind of car he gets in, he's impressive from the get go. Now, we finally get to race together so it's going to mean a lot to me."

RYAN TRUEX, No. 99 Out! Pet Care Toyota Camry, Diamond-Waltrip Racing

Do you think you can beat your brother Martin in the Nationwide race at Kansas? "I used to beat Martin (Truex Jr.) on the computer, but I think he might be favored this weekend. He's won two championships and I've been in three Nationwide races. But this will be fun. My mom and dad will be a nervous wreck, but we'll see what happens. I hope the OUT! Pet Care people will be pleased on Saturday. They really stepped up to put both of us in the race and I hope we put on a good show."

REED SORENSON, No. 32 Dollar General Toyota Camry, Braun Racing

Are you looking forward to racing at Kansas? "I like Kansas Speedway a lot. It's a wide track with multiple grooves which makes for fast and fun racing. The Dollar General team has had consistent success at the mile-and-a-half tracks this year. Trent (Owens, crew chief) and the guys work really hard to bring great cars to the race track every week. I think we'll unload fast and then it's just a matter of tweaking with the handling to get it just right. We are coming off of two top-five finishes. I think the momentum is there with this team right now and we are ready to use that to our advantage."

-source: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Michael Waltrip , Martin Truex Jr. , James Buescher , Ryan Truex