TOYOTA TALK: 'Chase' Chances of Busch and Brian Waltrip Comments on Crew Chief Change NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: Toyota Camry drivers have combined for eight wins (Kyle Busch -- Las Vegas, Bristol-1, Richmond and Bristol-2; David Reutimann -- ...
'Chase' Chances of Busch and Brian
Waltrip Comments on Crew Chief Change
NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: Toyota Camry drivers have combined for eight wins (Kyle Busch -- Las Vegas, Bristol-1, Richmond and Bristol-2; David Reutimann -- Charlotte; Joey Logano -- New Hampshire; Denny Hamlin -- Pocono-2; and Brian Vickers -- Michigan-2), 29 top-fives and 54 top-10 finishes through 24 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races this season ... Hamlin is fourth in the NSCS point standings with two races remaining before the 'Chase for the Sprint Cup' championship playoff begins ... Camry drivers Busch (13th, -34 points from 12th), Vickers (14th, -39 points) and Reutimann (16th, -160 points) are still battling to earn a position among the top-12 drivers in the 'Chase' field ... Vickers has scored the most points of any NSCS driver over the last seven races ... Gene Nead takes over as crew chief for Michael Waltrip's No. 55 Toyota this weekend ... In Atlanta, Camrys will again display a special decal commemorating Toyota's 20 millionth vehicle manufactured in North America.
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Pedigree Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
What is your plan over the next two weeks to make the 'Chase?' "Win. We weren't as good as we needed to be there this spring. We'll try to work as hard as we can to make the car do what it needs to do. Richmond, we feel like we can go there and run strong. That's a place where I don't qualify well, sort of like Bristol, but when the race comes around we seem to run well. We can work our way steadily toward the front. We'll do what we need to do. If we have a shot to go after it, we'll go after it. I think my biggest concern is going to be Atlanta, just trying to get through Atlanta with a solid top-10 finish. If we can do that, I think we'll be okay."
What does your team need to do to make the 'Chase?' "All we need to do is keep doing what we've been doing. We accomplished our goal of reaching victory lane. We did that, and it was great -- great for the whole team, Toyota and everybody at Red Bull Racing Team. Now, we just need to make the 'Chase.' I think we're capable of it -- as much or more capable of it than anybody that has an opportunity to make the 'Chase' as of right now. We've still got a lot of hard work ahead of us -- there are no guarantees in this sport. The tides can turn in a matter of seconds."
MICHAEL WALTRIP, No. 55 NAPA AUTO PARTS Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Why did you decide to make a crew chief change -- replacing Robert 'Bootie' Barker with Gene Nead? "Gene (Nead, crew chief) has always been a guy that I respected. He's a guy that gets in there and tries to figure it all out and rolls his sleeves up and gets with it. He was someone that I always appreciated the way he went about things and we certainly have a lot of respect for 'Bootie' (Barker) and what he stands for and the way he goes about his business as well. I feel like the change of roles for him will make our whole team stronger. I think he'll contribute to me and to the other cars as well. It's just a way to add more depth and more quality people into the mix and help diversify 'Bootie's' talents across all the teams and improve the performances on all our cars."
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