Las Vegas: Toyota Motorsports preview

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: Toyota Camry drivers have combined for one win, two top-fives and nine top-10 finishes in the first two NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) races in 2010 ... Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) and Toyota have now won five straight NNS races...

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: Toyota Camry drivers have combined for one win, two top-fives and nine top-10 finishes in the first two NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) races in 2010 ... Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) and Toyota have now won five straight NNS races at California after Busch was victorious last week (Feb. 2008 to present) ... Camry drivers have five top-10 finishes at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and two poles (Scott Speed in 2009 and Brian Vickers in 2008) ... Toyota drivers Busch and Brendan Gaughan grew up in Las Vegas.

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

Do you enjoy coming home to Las Vegas to race? "I love racing at Las Vegas. It's my hometown, so it's always a lot of fun to hang out with my friends and family. We always seem to run well there. It's a track where you can at least start to run a second groove, so it suits me pretty well. We've had a good amount of success there. I've won a race and a pole there in the trucks and we had a great run in the Nationwide Series race there last year as well. I really think that Vegas will be the place that we get our 2010 season back on track."

BRIAN SCOTT, No. 11 StopRepairBills.com Toyota Camry, Braun Racing

Do you enjoy racing at Las Vegas? "Las Vegas is a pretty interesting place. The hot sun bakes the surface and cures the asphalt so that grip becomes a premium. You're always sliding around, trying to find grip in different lines. The progressive banking really lends itself to some great side-by-side racing, as the car on the inside doesn't always have the best line. If you can get some rubber down on the high line, it's very fast up there. You can race a lot of different lines depending on your setup and it can make for some good, exciting racing for the fans."

TREVOR BAYNE, No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Diamond-Waltrip Racing

How do you get ready for a track like Las Vegas? "I have never been to Las Vegas before. If it's anything like Atlanta, I am really going to like it. I have heard that you can hold it wide open there during qualifying, so hopefully that will equal a top -five starting spot for us. I will lean on my teammates to help me out during practice and my spotter, Brett Griffin , to let me know the lines that the fast guys are running."

RYAN FUGLE, crew chief, No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Toyota Camry, Germain Racing

How do you prepare for the Las Vegas race? "Las Vegas Motor Speedway is a really exciting track with its high banks and high speeds. From a setup standpoint, I really look to the Charlotte race track to share some setup characteristics. We had a great run at Charlotte in October and we're really looking forward to continuing the success we've had so far this season by getting another worthy finish at Vegas. Our team is really strong right now and we are ready for our break-out race. I think Vegas is the perfect track for that."

-source: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Rusty Wallace , Scott Speed , Brendan Gaughan , Brian Vickers
Teams Germain Racing , Joe Gibbs Racing