St. Louis: Toyota Motorsports preview

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Toyota drivers have combined for nine wins, 37 top-five results, 75 top-10 finishes and seven poles after 18 of 35 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) races ... Camry drivers Kyle Busch (third), Joey Logano (seventh),...

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Toyota drivers have combined for nine wins, 37 top-five results, 75 top-10 finishes and seven poles after 18 of 35 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) races ... Camry drivers Kyle Busch (third), Joey Logano (seventh), Steve Wallace (eighth), Brendan Gaughan (ninth) and Jason Leffler (10th) are in the top-10 in the NNS point standings ... Ryan Truex will be the youngest driver to make a start in any of the three national NASCAR series this season when he takes the green flag at Gateway at 18 years, three months and 17 days.

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

How excited are you to make your first Nationwide Series start? "It is a really big opportunity and I'm just excited to get started. I can't wait to get the first race started. I just can't thank everyone enough at MWR (Michael Waltrip Racing) for giving me this opportunity. Three years ago, I remember racing a Legend car at Wall Stadium in New Jersey and now I'm here. It's hard to believe how fast it's come, but I'm excited, ready to get started and make the most of my opportunity."

Do you feel extra pressure because your brother has won two Nationwide Series championships? "It's pretty big shoes to fill. I don't expect to go out and set the world on fire. I know it's not going to happen. I'm just going to get my feet wet and just try to get as much experience as I can. I'm not going to go in and think I can run top-10 or top-five or anything like that. It's a tough series. It took him (Martin Truex Jr.) a lot of starts to figure it out. I put more pressure on myself than anything just to run as good as him because of the last name and everything. I'm just going to go and try to do the best that I can."

STEVE WALLACE, No. 66 5-Hour Energy Toyota Camry, Rusty Wallace Racing

Are you looking forward to racing at Gateway this weekend? "I'm looking forward to racing this weekend at Gateway. It's a place where I usually seem to qualify pretty well, but for one reason or another, we just haven't been able to put together the finishes there. I'm running both the Nationwide and Truck races this weekend though, so hopefully the additional seat time will help us figure it out. With most of my family being from St. Louis, it's kind of a home track for me. The fans there are always really great, so it's usually a pretty fun place to race."

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

Is there something about the Gateway track that suits your driving style? "It's a track I've enjoyed from the first time I was there. It's kind of a different type of race track, it has two different turns -- they're way different from each other. It's a fast short track, so it's not really a short track because it has a lot of speed to it. Ever since I first went there, it seemed to fit my driving style and I've had good race cars and that helps, too. We've been good there."

-source: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Rusty Wallace , Michael Waltrip , Jason Leffler , Brendan Gaughan , Martin Truex Jr. , Joey Logano , Steve Wallace , Ryan Truex , Kyle Busch
Teams Michael Waltrip Racing