Richmond II: Toyota Motorsports preview

NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Toyota drivers have combined for 13 wins, 54 top-five results, 109 top-10 finishes and 13 poles after 26 of 35 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) races ... Camry drivers Kyle Busch ...

NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS)

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Toyota drivers have combined for 13 wins, 54 top-five results, 109 top-10 finishes and 13 poles after 26 of 35 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) races ... Camry drivers Kyle Busch (third), Trevor Bayne (seventh), Steve Wallace (eighth), Joey Logano (ninth) and Jason Leffler (10th) are in the top-10 in the NNS point standings ... Busch (fourth), Logano (sixth), Reed Sorenson (eighth) and Brendan Gaughan (ninth) finished in the top-10 at Richmond in May ... Busch will be behind the wheel of the No. 18 Toyota Kimmy/Z-Line Designs Camry as he goes for a NASCAR record 11 series wins this season ... The 25-year-old Las Vegas native will drive the pink race car featured in the 'Kimmy' Toyota Sponsafier commercial this weekend at Richmond ... Leffler will make his 250th career series start Friday night at Richmond ... Kevin Kidd, crew chief of the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Camry is from Tazewell, Va., while car chief Nate Bellows hails from Fairfax, Va.

KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Toyota Kimmy/Z-Line Designs Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

Are you looking forward to driving the pink 'Kimmy' car from the Toyota Sponsafier commercial at Richmond? "It was a neat commercial and the way that it turned out was really fun. There's been a huge reaction. Everybody has been pumped about the commercials and more pumped about seeing me in the pink suit and driving that car, and that's what we're going to do. Who doesn't like kittens and bunnies and little baby seals? We'll give them a ride to remember at Richmond."

JASON RATCLIFF, crew chief, No. 18 Toyota Kimmy/Z-Line Designs Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

Have you ever been a crew chief for a pink race car? "It's a good opportunity and I'm sure that's everybody's favorite commercial -- the Toyota pink car commercial with the baby seals. It's going to be interesting. I told somebody last week that if we're going to race a pink car, we better run good because you can't show up with a pink car and run bad. If you do, it's like a double whammy. It will be fun and with the new car, it will be interesting. We'll have a full plate trying to learn the new car, learn it at Richmond so we'll have a lot going on. It should be fun and I know it's something that Kyle's (Busch) been looking forward to. He loves that pink suit. You know Kyle, he likes to stand out in the crowd."

Do you get to wear a pink fire suit for the race? "I do. I was making fun of Kyle (Busch) and he said he was going to fix me up and make sure I was going to get one. I told him I was not getting a pink fire suit, but unfortunately I'm getting a pink fire suit. I have to find out what kind of shoes you wear with a pink fire suit. I don't want to look out of place and wear my black shoes with a pink fire suit. I'm going to try to stay up on top of the pit box and hide."

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

Do you enjoy racing at Richmond? "I like racing at Richmond a lot. It is getting better and better as the asphalt ages because the groove seems to be getting wider. It is a lot of fun for drivers because we can run two-wide and move around the track to find where the car works best. It's the type of track where you can run side-by-side and give the fans a good show. Racing under the lights there adds to the excitement. Richmond has just enough banking to give it some speed and really great racing."

RYAN TRUEX, No. 00 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing

What is your approach to racing at Richmond? "I'm all about learning and finishing the race. Where we finish is important, but it isn't as important as what we learn. We've started off the first two races really good. At St. Louis we drove to the front and at Michigan we ran second a long time. We have to work on dialing our car in for later in the race. That's where these Nationwide guys, and especia lly the Cup drivers, have something over us. They know what these cars will do as the race goes on. That'll come with experience."

-source: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Michael Waltrip , Jason Leffler , Brendan Gaughan , Reed Sorenson , Joey Logano , Steve Wallace , Kyle Busch
Teams Michael Waltrip Racing , Joe Gibbs Racing