Toyota notes and quotes 2008-10-01

OFF WEEKEND: The Toyota Camry teams competing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) will enjoy a weekend off, before returning to action at Charlotte's Lowe's Motor Speedway, Oct. 10. HAMLIN HITS HARD: Hamlin scored his fourth NNS victory of...

OFF WEEKEND: The Toyota Camry teams competing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) will enjoy a weekend off, before returning to action at Charlotte's Lowe's Motor Speedway, Oct. 10.

HAMLIN HITS HARD: Hamlin scored his fourth NNS victory of the season last Saturday at Kansas Speedway, leading 99 laps in the JGR No. 18 Camry en route to the checkered flag. Jason Leffler (eighth) and Logano (ninth) also posted top- 10 finishes for Toyota. Camry drivers Mike Wallace (15th), Reutimann (16th) and Busch (35th) were also in the field.

TOYOTA TITLE: Hamlin's victory clinched the NNS manufacturer's title for Toyota in its second year competing in the series. With 18 victories in 30 races, Toyota secured its first championship with five NNS races remaining on the schedule. This marks the third time that Toyota has earned a NASCAR manufacturer's title since the start of the 2004 season. In each of the past two years (2006 and 2007), Toyota has earned manufacturer's titles in the Craftsman Truck Series.

TITLE TALK: "Toyota's accomplishments are the result of hard work and achievement by all of our race teams -- Braun Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing, Germain Racing and Michael Waltrip Racing -- working in conjunction with TRD, U.S.A. (Toyota Racing Development) and Triad," says Lee White, president and general manager of TRD. "All the tireless efforts during the off-season, at pre-season testing and throughout the season, in combination with a talented driver line-up, have produced the exceptional results that yielded this championship."

MORE TITLE TALK: "It was a great transition over to Toyota," says Hamlin. "They made it easy for us to change (manufacturers). They've done such a great job with the support for our race teams on the Cup side and the Nationwide side. I've enjoyed the partnership that we've had with Toyota. I've got their first Cup win earlier with the 'Duel' (qualifying race) at Daytona and to be able to clinch for them on the Nationwide side is very special for me. It seems like we always win these special races for Toyota. Toyota has stepped up -- they've been a manufacturer that has been behind this race team 120 percent. If we have any problems, any complaints, they're the first to go to work on it. We've gotten all the tools we need from them to go win."

CAMRY COUNT: Busch has eight victories, 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), Indianapolis (July 26), California (Aug. 30) and Dover (Sept. 20). 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 four victories at Richmond (May 2), Dover (May 31), Daytona (July 4) and Kansas (Sept. 27). Logano scored his first career NNS career win at Kentucky (June 14).

POINTS PACE: Four Toyota drivers are in the top-10 in NNS points after 30 of 35 races, with Reutimann (sixth) the highest among the Camry contingent, followed by Busch (seventh), Wallace (eighth), and Leffler (ninth).

-credit: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Michael Waltrip , Jason Leffler , Mike Wallace
Teams Germain Racing , Michael Waltrip Racing , Joe Gibbs Racing , Toyota Racing