PHOENIX FACTS: In the April NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Phoenix, Busch led 133 laps on his way to a first-place finish at the Arizona oval. He was followed to the finish line by Hamlin (third) and Reutimann (ninth). Driving a Hendrick...
PHOENIX FACTS: In the April NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Phoenix, Busch led 133 laps on his way to a first-place finish at the Arizona oval. He was followed to the finish line by Hamlin (third) and Reutimann (ninth). Driving a Hendrick Motorsports entry, Busch also won the Phoenix November race in 2007. Braun Racing's Jason Leffler recorded Toyota's best result in the 2007 fall NNS Phoenix race with an eighth-place run, and Blaney (10th) was the top Toyota driver to finish the spring 2007 event.
TAKE TWO AT TEXAS: Busch was victorious for the second time at Texas this year in the Nationwide Series when he crossed the finish line first in his JGR No. 18 Camry. He led 174 laps in Saturday's race en route to victory lane. In the two Texas NNS races this year, Busch has led 300 of 400 laps. Other Camry drivers in Saturday's event included Logano (fourth), Reutimann (eighth), Josh Wise (11th), Mike Wallace (12th), Hamlin (14th), Leffler (17th) and Vickers (37th).
REACHING RECORDS: Busch's win was his 10th NNS victory of the season, which equaled Sam Ard's 1983 record for the most wins by one driver in the Nationwide series in a single season. The win was also the 10th of the year for the JGR No. 18 team, tying another record that was held by Richard Childress Racing (the No. 21 entry in 2006) and Howard Thomas (the No. 00 driven by Ard in 1983). Busch (eight) and Hamlin (two) have combined for the No. 18 team's 10 wins.
SOMETHING ABOUT SAM: "NASCAR had some champions of past years together and when Sam (Ard) was there I shook his hand, said hello to him and told him what he means to this sport," says Busch. "I know his record of 10 wins and I know what he's done for the sport and how he's built the Nationwide Series. His name is one of the lead names along with (Tommy) Houston, (Mark) Martin and (Tommy) Ellis. It's a pretty cool list of names of drivers who built this series." In victory lane, Busch announced he was sending Ard -- who is battling health issues a check for $100,000.
HOW MANY MORE?: Saturday's NNS victory at Texas also marked Busch's 21st NASCAR triumph of 2008 in 78 race starts -- 34 NSCS races, 28 NNS starts and 16 NCTS events. In addition to his 10 Nationwide Series wins this year, the 23- year-old driver has also recorded eight NSCS victories and three triumphs in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS). "I would have liked to have seen 25 (wins), but I might have to shy off that a little bit," says Busch. "We're trying to get as many as we can."
TONY'S TAKE ON 20+: "It's still a pretty successful year in my opinion," says Stewart, about his JGR teammate Busch. "To go out and win 21 races in any season, no matter what type of car it is, that's pretty impressive. Obviously, he's not going to be satisfied because he's so competitive. But, when you put it in perspective and you look how many races you've run, to win 21 races out of a season is pretty impressive."
COOL CARPOOL: Unveiled at the SEMA show in Las Vegas this week is the Ultimate NASCAR Fan Sienna Rampvan. It gives a racing twist to the traditional Toyota Sienna Rampvan that provides outstanding wheelchair access. Complete with a nearly identical red and black paint scheme and racing decals to the No. 38 Camry driven by Leffler, this van has a host of new features ideal for the avid NASCAR fan. Leffler will sign autographs at the SEMA show alongside the van on Tuesday and Wednesday before heading to Phoenix. More information on the Sienna Rampvan is available at braunability.com or Toyota.com/mobility.
POINTS PACE: Four Camry drivers currently rank in the top-10 in the NNS point standings heading to Phoenix. Reutimann, who regained the sixth position in the standings, is the highest-ranking Toyota driver in points after 33 of 35 races. Busch (seventh), Wallace (eighth) and Leffler (ninth) also trail points-leader Clint Bowyer with two races remaining.
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