Michigan: Toyota Thursday notes, quotes

Busch Returns to Nationwide at Michigan Leffler Likes Room to Race NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: Toyota Camry drivers have recorded 10 wins (Busch -- California, Texas, Richmond, Nashville- 2, New Hampshire and St. Louis; Logano -- Nashville-1, ...

Busch Returns to Nationwide at Michigan
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NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: Toyota Camry drivers have recorded 10 wins (Busch -- California, Texas, Richmond, Nashville- 2, New Hampshire and St. Louis; Logano -- Nashville-1, Kentucky, Chicagoland; Ambrose -- Watkins Glen), 41 top-fives and 79 top-10 finishes through 22 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) races this season ... Busch leads the NNS point standings by 212 points over second-place Carl Edwards ... Busch has a streak of 10 consecutive top-two finishes, a new series record he set with his second-place finish at Watkins Glen ... Five NSCS Camry drivers will compete in Saturday's NNS race at Michigan -- Busch, Hamlin, Reutimann, Speed and Vickers.

KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

How does it feel to get back in a Nationwide car at Michigan for the first time since 2006? "Michigan is a fun place to race and I'm happy to get a shot in a JGR (Joe Gibbs Racing) car there for the first time. It's wide-open and it should be fun with the double-file restart rule in place, based off of the Sprint Cup race (earlier this year). It's important that we make this car as comfortable as we can and find grip since a good-handling car goes a long way here. We won the race at California earlier this year, so I 'm hoping we can do the same at Michigan this weekend. Jason (Ratcliff, crew chief) and this whole NOS Energy Drink team have done a great job all year and we need to be at our best this week because Carl (Edwards) has been pretty good there and we need to keep finishing ahead of him to keep our points lead strong."

JASON LEFFLER, No. 38 Great Clips Toyota Camry, Braun Racing

Do you look forward to racing at Michigan? "We have had a good mix of races over the last month so it's fun to throw in a race like Michigan after a couple of short-track races and last weekend's road course race at Watkins Glen. It's nice to mix it up every now and then with a different style of racing, but I miss the excitement of racing three-wide and beating and banging for position that you just don't get much of in a road course race. Michigan is a super fast track with multiple grooves that allow you to run anywhere on the track you want or where your car handles the best. I love it because there's a lot of side-by-side and three-wide racing which keeps it pretty exciting the entire race. This Great Clips team has run extremely well at these intermediate tracks this season and I look for more of the same on Saturday."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Carl Edwards
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing