MORE BRISTOL BACKSTORY: Friday night's NNS race at Bristol also marks the fourth series trip to the track for the Toyota Camry. Earlier this season, Camry drivers Reutimann (third), Jason Leffler (sixth) and Mike Wallace (10th) posted top-10 ...
MORE BRISTOL BACKSTORY: Friday night's NNS race at Bristol also marks the fourth series trip to the track for the Toyota Camry. Earlier this season, Camry drivers Reutimann (third), Jason Leffler (sixth) and Mike Wallace (10th) posted top-10 finishes in the rain-shortened event at Bristol. Leffler (second) and Reutimann (third) also had top-five results at Bristol last August.
RACE REWIND: Four Toyota Camrys finished in the top-10 in the NNS race last weekend at Michigan. Vickers' second- place run was the highest among the Camry contingent, followed by Stewart (third), Joey Logano (seventh) and Leffler (eighth). It was Vickers' best NNS run of the year and fourth top-five finish in eight NNS starts this season, and Stewart's sixth top-five in just nine NNS races in 2008.
SMOKE ON 'SLINGSHOTS': "We got in a great battle there," said Stewart, following Saturday's NNS race at Michigan. "It reminded me of being what I can imagine Daytona was like without restrictor plates and with the slingshot and everything. You could get two or three guys there and it really got fun. It was really fun because if you broke the momentum on these things you could get passed going into the turn and come back off and pass a guy back. That's something you don't see here very often."
VICKERS WANTS VICTORY: Vickers led 17 laps in Saturday's NNS race at Michigan, but came up short in the end. "You don't want to come across greedy, but at the same time , I'm getting sick and tired of not winning one of these races ," said Vickers, following the race. "I feel like every race that we've been in we've led, we just haven't led the right lap. When I could get up to the top as the tires wore off we could really get good runs and really had a good car to compete for the win -- but we just ran out of time."
DOUBLE (AND TRIPLE) DUTY: Four Toyota drivers will compete in more than one NASCAR event this week at Bristol Motor Speedway. Busch will compete in all three series at the track -- for Joe Gibbs Racing in NSCS and NNS, and for Billy Ballew Motorsports in Wednesday night's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) event. In addition to their duties in the NSCS with Joe Gibbs Racing and the Red Bull Racing Team, respectively, Hamlin and Vickers will drive in Friday's NNS race for Braun Racing. Reutimann will again compete in both NSCS and NNS for Michael Waltrip Racing.
CAMRY COUNT: Camrys have won 15 of the 25 NNS races this season. Busch has six wins, including three consecutive at Texas (April 5), Phoenix (April 11) and Mexico City (April 20), along with victories at Charlotte (May 24), Chicagoland (July 11) and Indianapolis (July 26). Stewart has five NNS wins at Daytona (Feb. 16), California (Feb. 25), Talladega (April 26), Darlington (May 9) and New Hampshire (June 28). Hamlin has recorded three victories at Richmond (May 2), Dover (May 31) and Daytona (July 4). Logano scored his first-career victory at Kentucky (June 14).
CAMRY CONSISTENCY: Four Camry drivers remain in the top-10 in points following Michigan, with Reutimann (fifth) leading the way, followed by Busch (seventh), Wallace (eighth) and Leffler (ninth) after 25 of 35 races.
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