Phoenix: Toyota Motorsports preview

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Toyota drivers have combined for one win, eight top-five results, 21 top-10 finishes and two pole positions after five of 35 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) races ... Camry driver Kyle Busch won the April 2008 NNS...

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Toyota drivers have combined for one win, eight top-five results, 21 top-10 finishes and two pole positions after five of 35 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) races ... Camry driver Kyle Busch won the April 2008 NNS Phoenix race from the pole ... Reed Sorenson will make his third start of the season in Braun Racing's No. 32 Camry this weekend ... Sorenson has three straight top-10s, dating back to a third-place result at Phoenix last November (seventh at Bristol and second at Nashville) ... Steve Wallace will race this weekend with two small breaks in his right foot that he suffered from a crash at Nashville last weekend ... Toyota drivers Busch (fourth), Joey Logano (seventh), Michael Annett (10th), Wallace (11th), Trevor Bayne (13th), Brian Scott (14th), Jason Leffler (15th) and Brendan Gaughan (16th) are in the top-20 in NNS points.

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

Do you like racing at Phoenix? "Phoenix is a lot of fun to race at. It's fast and flat and not at all a self-cleaning track, so there is usually a lot of excitement when an accident does happen. It definitely keeps a driver on his toes. I think the key to running well here begins with starting as close to the front as possible, preferably on the pole. The Dollar General team and I ran really good here last fall. Coming off our great run at Nashville, I think we have a lot of momentum and definitely a shot at the win this weekend."

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

How do you like visiting Phoenix? "I really like Phoenix -- I think Phoenix is a cool city. I don't know why I like it so much. Ever since I've been going out there, I went out there for the Bondurant Driving School a couple years ago when I was driving for DEI (Dale Earnhardt Inc.) and I just really liked the city. It's the only place I've ever played golf, too. Scared every prairie dog out of the bushes in Phoenix that day -- it was bad. They turned the sprinklers on me and everything, it was pretty bad. It's a cool city -- it's really clean with a lot of new stuff. It seems like a younger crowd out there so I think that's why I like it being 19, it's just more my style out there I guess."

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

What is it like to have two different race cars this year, splitting your time between the Nos. 10 and 38 car? "I don't have two different crew chiefs. I run with one team. I have a different number and different sponsor, obviously but everything stays the same other than that. In racing you get used to everything and even if you have a different spotter week in and week out, it kind of affects things. I think Todd Braun, my owner, realized that so they structured it to where I had the same people every week and it helps out everybody."

-source: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jason Leffler , Trevor Bayne , Brendan Gaughan , Reed Sorenson , Joey Logano , Michael Annett , Brian Scott , Kyle Busch