Atlanta: Toyota notes, quotes 2009-03-05

NOTES & NUMBERS: Toyota Camry drivers have recorded one win (Kyle Busch -- Las Vegas), three top-fives and seven top-10 finishes through three 2009 NSCS races ... With Sunday's Las Vegas win, Busch broke his own NASCAR record for fewest races ...

NOTES & NUMBERS: Toyota Camry drivers have recorded one win (Kyle Busch -- Las Vegas), three top-fives and seven top-10 finishes through three 2009 NSCS races ... With Sunday's Las Vegas win, Busch broke his own NASCAR record for fewest races (eight) before winning a race in all three national series in the same season, a record he set in 2008 at 11 races ... The Las Vegas race (March 1) marked the second time (New Hampshire, June 2008) three different Toyota teams recorded top-10 finishes in the same event ... Byron Goggin, who lives in Tifton, Ga., and serves as Joe Gibbs Racing's corporate motor coach driver, was a Grammy-nominated drummer in the band Small Town Poets, which was nominated for 'Rock Gospel Album of the Year' in 1998.


KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 M&M's Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

How special was last week's win at Las Vegas? "It's very special. You never really know how special they can be until you actually get it done. (Sunday) was very, very cool. The last 25, 30 laps -- I was just as nervous as could be. I wasn't really all that great at hitting my marks. I was hitting them good enough, I guess. I don't know if it's set in yet or not, but to go out there and to run a smooth race and to have a shot at winning the race at the end is what it's all about."


JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

Were you satisfied with your career-best finish (13th) at Las Vegas? "It went pretty good. I think that was exactly what we needed with the Home Depot Toyota. We were able to make a lot of adjustments through the race and finally got it right with 100 (laps) to go or so, and I was able to start coming back through the field. We s tayed out of trouble and the whole team did an awesome job. I look at myself and say, 'Hey, I probably could have got a top-10,' but that's part of being a rookie and I learned from it."

Do you think that you are beginning to adapt to these Sprint Cup Series cars? "From Daytona, I wasn't that good at all, and I feel like I'm getting better. I'm learning every weekend so much and it's helping me. Hopefully, we keep this going. Right now, the last two races, California and Las Vegas, we were good by the end of the race. We've got to work on getting good earlier. I'm definitely getting more comfortable in these cars. It just takes time. It's part of it. By no means are we there yet, but we're getting closer."

Are you excited to be heading to Atlanta, where you lived growing up? "I lived there for six years and ran Legends cars at Atlanta, and Bandaleros, a nd a lot of different things. You're running against Reed (Sorenson) and all those guys. It was cool. It's kind of like a home track, but not a t the same time. I am going to Home Depot headquarters and then I have an appearance at a store. It's an important race. All the Home Depot guys are going to be there, a lot of associates will probably be there, so you always want to run well at a place like that. I think we'll be okay, we're getting better -- hopefully we'll go from there."


DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing

Is there one thing that has made Michael Waltrip Racing stronger this year? "I certainly think we are better. It's so early in the season right now that points positions switch back and forth. You need to get into the season a little bit further. Our organization is definitely much stronger. Our cars continue to get better and they got better during the off-season. My crew chief, Rodney Child ers, is doing a phenomenal job and all my key guys are still together. Michael (Waltrip) has Bootie Barker (crew chief) over there now who has brought a lot of leadership. Steve Hallam (MWR's Director of Competition) came over from the F1-side and is bringing some structure to our program, as well. Marcos Ambrose is doing a tremendous job, he's kind of right there, too. Overall our organization is doing a good job. I feel like we have the pieces in place to be able to do that and be consistently in the situation where we are right now."


ED LAUKES, Corporate Manager of Motorsports Marketing, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A

What did Toyota's first Sprint Cup Series win a year ago at Atlanta mean? "Kyle Busch's win last March in Atlanta was important for everyone at Toyota -- it being the first victory for the Camry in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition. While our NASCAR involvement provides Toyota dealers and associates around the country a sense of unity and a program to really rally around, Toyota's first Sprint Cup win really validated our participation in the sport. And, as an Atlanta-area resident, I couldn't think of a better place for our first Cup Series win than Atlanta Motor Speedway."

-credit: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Michael Waltrip , Marcos Ambrose , Bootie Barker , Kyle Busch
Teams Michael Waltrip Racing , Joe Gibbs Racing