TOYOTA TIDBITS -- August 24 - 30, 2009 Here Are the Headlines: Kyle Captures Win and Closes In Villeneuve Knows Montreal Is Third Time a Charm for Carpentier? Tundras First Trip to Chicagoland KYLE CAPTURES WIN AND CLOSES IN: Kyle Busch...
TOYOTA TIDBITS -- August 24 - 30, 2009
Here Are the Headlines:
Kyle Captures Win and Closes In
Villeneuve Knows Montreal
Is Third Time a Charm for Carpentier?
Tundras First Trip to Chicagoland
KYLE CAPTURES WIN AND CLOSES IN: Kyle Busch returned to his winning ways at Tennessee's Bristol Motor Speedway Saturday night when he guided his Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) No. 18 M&M's Camry to victory lane. He started 15th and led the final 68 laps (of 500) at the half-mile oval en route to his third win in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) at Bristol. The win enabled Busch to move into 13th-place in the driver point standings -- just 34 points out of 12th-place and a spot in the 'Chase'. Along with last Wednesday's Bristol NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) victory, Busch now has 55 career NASCAR victories (in 399 starts) across the top-three series, tying Rusty Wallace for ninth-place on the all time win list.
CHARTING THE CHASE: Two races remain before the 'Chase' for the Sprint Cup championship 10-race playoff begins and three Camry drivers are still battling to get into one of the coveted top-12 spots. Denny Hamlin moved up to fourth-place in the points following Saturday evening's fifth-place result at Bristol and has secured a spot in the 'Chase.' However, Camry drivers Busch (13th, -34 points from 12th), Brian Vickers (14th, -39 points) and David Reutimann (16th, -160 points) have two races left to put themselves in position to battle for the championship.
FAMILIAR FOR ONE: The NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) heads to Canada this weekend and 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 (F1) driver Gilles Villeneuve. It will mark his second NNS race at his 'home' track. Last year, the former Indianapolis 500 champion also drove a Braun Racing entry in the race that was hindered by heavy rain and wind. He 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 38-year-old driver had a runner-up result and led eight laps in the 1996 Montreal F1 event. During his F1 career, Villeneuve earned 11 victories and competed in 10 races in Montreal.
IS THIRD TIME A CHARM?: Fellow Canadian and Ville LaSalle, Quebec-native Patrick Carpentier will pilot the No. 99 Michael Waltrip Racing entry for the first time this season after sitting in for team owner Michael Waltrip in the two NSCS road races this season. 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 finishes at Montreal. Prior to competing in stock cars, Carpentier raced open-wheel Indy cars and recorded five Champ Car victories between 2001 and 2004.
TRUCKS CHICAGO DEBUT: Friday night's NCWTS race will mark the series' first trip to Chicagoland Speedway, but three Tundra drivers have plenty of experience at the one-and-a-half-mile oval. Mike Skinner, driver of the Randy Moss Motorsports No. 5 Tundra, has three Sprint Cup Series starts (2001-02 and 2009) at the track and one Nationwide Series start (2001). Todd Bodine, driver of the Germain Racing No. 30 Tundra, has also made three Sprint Cup Series starts (2001-03), along with three Nationwide Series starts (2002-04), at the Joliet, Ill. circuit. Bodine started from the pole in both the Cup Series (2001) and Nationwide Series (2002) at Chicagoland. Busch, who will pilot the Billy Ballew Motorsports No. 51 Tundra before heading north of the border to participate in the NNS event in Montreal, has both a NSCS pole and victory (2008) in five starts at Chicagoland, along with one NNS victory (2008) in six starts at the circuit.
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