TOYOTA TALK: Kyle Likes Chances at Daytona Busch, Speed Prepare For Saturday Daytona Doubleheader Scott Speaks About Sports Cars Leffler Likes Double-File Restarts Lagasse Learning Plate Racing *** NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) NEWS, NOTES...
Kyle Likes Chances at Daytona
Busch, Speed Prepare For Saturday Daytona Doubleheader
Scott Speaks About Sports Cars
Leffler Likes Double-File Restarts
Lagasse Learning Plate Racing
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS)
NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: Toyota Camry drivers have combined for five wins (Kyle Busch -- Las Vegas, Bristol and Richmond; David Reutimann -- Charlotte; Joey Logano -- New Hampshire), 19 top-fives and 34 top-10 finishes through 17 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races - Nineteen-year-old rookie Logano became the youngest race-winner in NSCS history when he won at New Hampshire last weekend - A year ago, Busch won the NSCS race at Daytona International Speedway - Toyota NSCS drivers Kyle Busch and Scott Speed will team-up to drive the No. 02 Lexus Riley for Chip Ganassi Racing in the Grand-Am Rolex Series race at Daytona Saturday afternoon before that night's NSCS race.
JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
How special was your first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win at New Hampshire last weekend? "I think your first win -- no matter where it's at -- is huge. Obviously, it's not the way you want to win your first race, in the rain, but 20 years down the road when you look in the record books no one will know the difference. I'll take them any way I can. New Hampshire is my 'home' track and where I watched my first Cup race. And Zippy (Greg Zipadelli, crew chief), and a lot of the guys at Joe Gibbs Racing are from the northeast, so it's cool to get a win there."
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
How slick is the track at Daytona -- on a scale of from one to 10 -- in July versus February? "I guess if you put the spring time slickness at a three, this might be like a seven or maybe an eight. It's not terrible. It's bad, but it's not terrible. Some guys will tell you worse, but I believe our cars are really good handling at that track. The only places I really have (not struggled) at are Bristol, Richmond and Daytona. That's where our cars run really strong. I'm looking forward to Daytona. Hopefully, we can stay out of mayhem and at least have a good, solid run there. They might bounce a lot and look terrible, but for s ome reason they're fast and they still grip good and it should be a good race for us."
What are some of the challenges you and Kyle Busch will face on Saturday as you race in both series? "The (Grand-Am) car is completely different. Not only is it racing different being on a road course, but the cars themselves having so much more downforce are obviously completely different to drive. Luckily, we got a test session in. We were able to do some laps which was very beneficial for both of us to get into the groove of driving a car that's so much different and that actually has some grip. And then to have the two different races on the same day, I'm sure that's going to be interesting. I'm sure Kyle (Busch) will be more used to doing that kind of stuff than I am. But, nonetheless, for both of us it's going to be a big challenge to go from a car that's got a lot of grip and turning right to Daytona where you're just trying to keep it flat-out and drafting all day."
Did you find during the test that you and Kyle Busch like similar things in a sports car? "I think we both like similar things, for sure. I have to say, how fast he (Kyle Busch) was able to progress and how much he picked up was truly impressive. He's a man, there's no question. One good thing was we were able to fit into the same seat, we are similar sizes and we like the same car set-up. A lot of the big fundamental things we got out of the way and I think it will work out good with the two of us."
NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS)
NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: Toyota Camry drivers have recorded seven wins (Busch -- California, Texas, Richmond, Nashville-2 and New Hampshire; Logano -- Nashville-1 and Kentucky), 25 top-fives and 56 top-10 finishes through 16 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) races - Busch leads the NNS series point standings, holding a 162-point advantage over second-place Carl Edwards - Last year, Camry driver Denny Hamlin visited victory lane in July - Jason Leffler has a current streak of 11 consecutive top-10 finishes dating back to the race at Nashville in April - Scott Lagasse, Jr. is from St. Augustine, Fla., and graduated from his hometown Flagler College.
JASON LEFFLER, No. 38 Great Clips Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
What do you think about the double-file restarts beginning at Daytona in the Nationwide Series? "I think the double-file restarts are going to bring a lot of excitement to the Nationwide Series races. It's going to allow us the opportunity to race for position instead of spending time trying to get by a lap-down car. There will be times that you feel like it hurts you, but more often than not, I think it will be viewed as a benefit. I'm really excited about it and I think the fans are going to love it!"
SCOTT LAGASSE, JR., No. 11 E-Pack Manufacturing Toyota Camry, CJM Racing
What have you learned from your first two restrictor-plate races this year? "At Talladega, I learned how the air works and the drafting in general. I learned a little bit more about what I needed the car to do and feel like in the draft. Each race, I'm learning more and more so that helps a lot. I think we'll be pretty good at Daytona. We had a really good car at Daytona in February and got caught up in something that probably wasn't of our doing. Just trying to ride and stay out of the mess. Then we turn around and go to Talladega and run really well there. I'm excited about going back to Daytona. I think we were just kind of riding there the first time and it felt like we were pretty good. It should be a fun race."
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