Toyota quotes, note 2009-03-16

Lamar and Leffler Have Phoenix Familiarity McDowell Ready to Race Near Home Benson Prepared for Celebrity Race in Long Beach NEWS, NOTES NUMBERS: Toyota Camry drivers have recorded three wins (Busch -- California and Texas; Joey Logano -- ...

Lamar and Leffler Have Phoenix Familiarity
McDowell Ready to Race Near Home
Benson Prepared for Celebrity Race in Long Beach

NEWS, NOTES

NUMBERS: Toyota Camry drivers have recorded three wins (Busch -- California and Texas; Joey Logano -- Nashville), eight top-fives and 20 top-10 finishes through six 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) races ... In addition, Camry drivers have captured two poles and led 703 laps ... Last weekend in Nashville, Joey Logano earned the 25th NNS victory for Toyota ... Burney Lamar won the 2005 Copper World Classic at Phoenix ... Jason Leffler has two NNS poles (2000 and 2006), three top-10 finishes and has a 99.8 percent completion rate of laps at Phoenix ... Michael McDowell, 24, grew up in nearby Glendale, Ariz.

BURNEY LAMAR, No. 32 Dollar General Toyota Camry, Braun Racing

Do you have much experience at Phoenix? "I've raced there a lot in my career. One of my most memorable wins is the Copper World Classic and I got that in Phoenix in 2005. Been there a lot and can't wait to go there in the Nationwide car. I know Dollar General and Trent (Owens, crew chief) and all the guys are going to give me a good car, so I'm excited about it. Jason (Leffler) and I have some of that ‘left coast' experience together and can't wait to get to Phoenix. Anytime you go back to a place you've been to a lot before you can't wait to get back just because you know you're going to be good. You know your way around the race track and it's always what a driver enjoys doing."

JASON LEFFLER, No. 38 Great Clips Toyota Camry, Braun Racing

Is Phoenix a track you enjoy? "I've got a lot of laps around there. I used to go to the Copper World Classic there when I was a kid and watched a lot of races there. It's pretty close to southern California so that is really good, too. It's a really unique race track -- both ends are so different and it's slick and it's just a good old short track."

MICHAEL McDOWELL, No. 47 Pacific Packaging Toyota Camry, JTG-Daugherty Racing

Are you looking forward to racing near your hometown this weekend? "I ran a Nationwide race there in 2007 and we had a good race -- finished 14th and ran in the top-10 most of the day. It's one of those tracks that I have at least driven these cars at so that's a plus. A lot of these places I haven't been to in a Nationwide car so at least that's one place I'm familiar with. The last couple years I've spent a lot of time with friends and family, but this year we're going to try to keep it a little more low key. Just focus on having a good race and a good weekend. I'm actually going to be in my best friend's wedding on Saturday, so it's cool that the race is Friday night."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jason Leffler , Michael McDowell , Burney Lamar , Joey Logano