TOYOTA TAKES FIRST NATIONWIDE SERIES TITLE Clinches NASCAR Nationwide Series Manufacturer's Championship at Kansas KANSAS CITY, Kan. (September 27, 2008) -- When Denny Hamlin's Camry crossed the finish line first at Kansas Speedway in Saturday...
TOYOTA TAKES FIRST NATIONWIDE SERIES TITLE
Clinches NASCAR Nationwide Series Manufacturer's Championship at Kansas
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (September 27, 2008) -- When Denny Hamlin's Camry crossed the finish line first at Kansas Speedway in Saturday afternoon's NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Kansas Speedway, it enabled Toyota to clinch its first NNS manufacturer's championship in its second year of series competition.
This marks the third time that Toyota has earned a NASCAR manufacturer's title since the start of the 2004 season. In each of the past two years (2006 and 2007), Toyota has earned manufacturer's titles in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS). The performance of four teams fielding six Camrys -- Braun Racing, Germain Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing and Michael Waltrip Racing -- all contributed to the first Nationwide Series manufacturer's title earning Toyota the Bill France Performance Cup. Camry Nationwide Series drivers have combined to produce 18 victories, 48 top-five finishes, 85 top-10 results and 11 pole positions in the first 30 events of the 2008 season.
"Toyota's accomplishments are the result of hard work and achievement by all of our race teams -- Braun Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing, Germain Racing and Michael Waltrip Racing -- working in conjunction with TRD, U.S.A. (Toyota Racing Development) and Triad," said Lee White, TRD's president and general manager. "All the tireless efforts during the off-season, at pre-season testing and throughout the season, in combination with a talented driver line-up, have produced the exceptional results that yielded this championship." This year, in the team's inaugural season fielding Toyota Camrys, Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) enjoyed a record-setting campaign. The JGR No. 18 (eight wins) and No. 20 (nine wins) Camry entries have combined for 17 victories in 2008 -- establishing the series record for most wins by one NNS organization in a single season. JGR drivers Kyle Busch (seven), Tony Stewart (five), Denny Hamlin (four) and Joey Logano (one) combined for the team's 17 NNS wins.
Along with JGR's 17 NNS wins in 2008, Braun Racing earned a triumph in May with Busch behind the steering wheel.
"What a great accomplishment for Toyota to come into this sport and two years later lock up a championship in the Nationwide Series -- that means a lot," said Hamlin, after the Kansas race.
This season, Busch leads the Camry contingent with eight NNS victories, including wins at Texas (April 5), Phoenix (April 11), Mexico City (April 20), Charlotte (May 24), Chicagoland (July 11), Indianapolis (July 26), California (Aug. 30) and Dover (Sept. 20). Stewart finished ahead of the pack in his No. 20 Camry at Daytona (Feb. 16), California (Feb. 25), Talladega (April 26), Darlington (May 9) and New Hampshire (June 28), and Hamlin had wins at Richmond (May 2), Dover (May 31), Daytona (July 4) and Kansas (Sept. 27). In just his third NNS race, Logano crossed the finish line first at Kentucky (June 14) to become the youngest NNS race-winner in series history (18 years, 21 days). A total of 16 different drivers have participated in the Nationwide Series in a Camry this year, and Jason Leffler and Reutimann have started every Nationwide Series race since Toyota entered the series in 2007 (65 races).
Since joining the Nationwide Series in 2007, Camrys have won 20 races and captured 15 pole positions.
2008 TOYOTA 'FAST FACTS'
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Toyota clinched its first NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) manufacturer's championship Saturday afternoon at Kansas Speedway when Denny Hamlin's Camry crossed the finish line first.
In 2008, four teams fielded six Camrys in NNS competition. Camry NNS teams included Braun Racing (Nos. 32 and 38), Germain Racing (No. 7), Joe Gibbs Racing (Nos. 18 and 20) and Michael Waltrip Racing (No. 99).
This is Toyota's second season in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS).
Jason Leffler, David Reutimann and Mike Wallace have competed in all 30 NNS races in Camrys this season.
Other drivers to have competed in NNS Camrys this year include Kyle Busch (26 races), Denny Hamlin (16), Joey Logano (14), Brian Vickers (10), Tony Stewart (nine), James Buescher (five), Josh Wise (three), Todd Bodine (one), Michel Jourdain, Jr. (one), Justin Marks (one), Michael McDowell (one), Jacques Villeneuve (one) and Josh Wise (two).
Camry drivers to win races in 2008 include Kyle Busch (Texas, Phoenix, Mexico City, Charlotte, Chicagoland, Indianapolis, California and Dover), Tony Stewart (Daytona, California, Talladega, Darlington and New Hampshire), Denny Hamlin (Richmond, Dover, Daytona and Kansas) and Joey Logano (Kentucky).
Drivers who have registered NNS wins since 2007 driving Camrys include:
Kyle Busch (8)
Tony Stewart (5)
Denny Hamlin (4)
Jason Leffler (1)
Joey Logano (1)
David Reutimann (1)
This year, Kyle Busch (Nashville, Phoenix, California and Dover), Joey Logano (Nashville and Kentucky), Tony Stewart (Daytona and Talladega), Brian Vickers (Las Vegas and Charlotte) and David Reutimann (Chicagoland) have put Camrys on the pole.
Drivers who have recorded NNS poles since 2007 driving Camrys include:
Kyle Busch (4)
Jason Leffler (2)
Joey Logano (2)
Tony Stewart (2)
David Reutimann (2)
Brian Vickers (2)
Dave Blaney (1)
Since the start of this season, Camry drivers have earned 48 top-fives and 85 top-10 finishes.
Since the start of the 2007 season, Camry drivers have a total of 63 top-five and 121 top-10 finishes -- and a third of all starts have resulted in top-10 finishes. To update your email address or to change the format of the emails you are sent, click to this link. This email was individually sent to you, however if you wish to unsubscribe, please click here.
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