Toyota Motorsports tidbits 2010-08-24

BRISTOL SWEEP: Kyle Busch became the first driver in history to sweep all three NASCAR national series races in a single weekend when he captured the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Tennessee's Bristol Motor Speedway Saturday night....

BRISTOL SWEEP: Kyle Busch became the first driver in history to sweep all three NASCAR national series races in a single weekend when he captured the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Tennessee's Bristol Motor Speedway Saturday night. Earlier in the week, Busch won the Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) and Nationwide Series (NNS) races on the half-mile high-banked oval. In the NSCS race, Busch led four times for 282 (of 500) laps en route to his third series win of the year and his fourth career NSCS win at Bristol. In Friday night's NNS race, Busch tied the series' single-season record for wins with his 10th victory of 2010 after leading 116 (of 250) laps. In Wednesday night's NCWTS race, Busch earned his third straight win at Bristol and led 116 (of 206) laps, after starting from the pole. The 25-year-old Las Vegas native also led the most laps in all three races.

POINTS RACE TO THE CHASE: Camry drivers in the Sprint Cup series will enjoy a weekend off before returning to action next Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway. There are only two races remaining before the cutoff for the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship playoff, which begins at New Hampshire in three weeks. Busch (third) and Denny Hamlin (fifth) are currently in the top-12 and are looking to clinch their position in the Chase. Busch climbed five spots to third-place in the standings with his victory at Bristol while Hamlin fell two spots to fifth in the points race with his 34th-place finish after experiencing mechanical issues at the half-mile short track. Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR) teammates David Reutimann (17th) and Martin Truex Jr. (20th) are also in the top-20 in points and are currently 155 points and 260 points, respectively, out of the 12th and final Chase position.

FAMILIAR TERRITORY: The Nationwide Series heads to Canada this weekend. Montreal-native and 1997 Formula 1 champion Jacques Villeneuve will be competing in the event in Braun Racing's No. 32 Dollar General Camry at the track named after his father, former Formula 1 driver Gilles Villeneuve. It will mark his third NNS race at his ‘home' track. Last year, the former Indianapolis 500 champion started sixth and finished fourth in a Braun Racing entry in a race that was hindered by heavy rain. Two years ago, Villeneuve led one lap and ran among the top-five for most of the event before contact with another car during the final caution period relegated him to a 16th-place finish. The 39-year-old driver had a runner-up result and led eight laps in the 1996 Montreal F1 event.

CAN CARPENTIER IMPROVE RUNNER-UP RESULTS?: Fellow Canadian and Ville LaSalle, Quebec-native Patrick Carpentier will pilot the No. 00 Michael Waltrip Racing entry in this weekend's race in Montreal. Carpentier, who started from the pole and led 14 laps in the 2007 event, will be looking to improve upon a pair of runner-up Nationwide Series finishes at Montreal in 2007 and 2008. Prior to competing in stock cars, Carpentier raced open-wheel Indy cars, and recorded five Champ Car victories between 2001 and 2004.

COLLECTING CHECKERS AT CHICAGOLAND: The NCWTS will return to Chicagoland Speedway this weekend for the series second start at the 1.5-mile oval outside Chicago. In the inaugural NCWTS race at Chicagoland one year ago, Busch passed fellow Tundra driver Todd Bodine late in the race and went on to capture the checkered flag. Busch, who will pilot the Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 18 Tundra Friday night, started fourth and led the field four times for 79 (of 150) laps en route to victory lane. He has won races in all three NASCAR series at Chicagoland Speedway. In addition to his win in the inaugural Camping World Truck Series race last August, Busch has recorded a Sprint Cup Series win and a Nationwide Series triumph at the track in 2008, and most recently won this year's NNS race at the Illinois track in July.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY , NASCAR Truck
Drivers Michael Waltrip , Todd Bodine , Jacques Villeneuve , Patrick Carpentier , David Reutimann , Martin Truex Jr. , Denny Hamlin , Kyle Busch
Teams Michael Waltrip Racing , Kyle Busch Motorsports