NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Toyota drivers have combined for four wins, 10 top-five results, 24 top-10 finishes and two poles after 11 of 36 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races ... Five Camry drivers are in the top-20 in the NSCS point ...
NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Toyota drivers have combined for four wins, 10 top-five results, 24 top-10 finishes and two poles after 11 of 36 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races ... Five Camry drivers are in the top-20 in the NSCS point standings heading into Dover -- Kyle Busch (third), Denny Hamlin (sixth), Martin Truex Jr. (13th), Joey Logano (19th) and Brian Vickers (20th) ... Hamlin's win at Darlington was the 25th NSCS victory for Toyota ... Busch has recorded five straight top-10 finishes in NSCS competition ... Ty Norris, vice president and general manager at Michael Waltrip Racing, grew up in Smyrna, Del., and graduated from Delaware State University ... Vickers will go on a behind the scenes tour of the Capitol with Congressman Hastings (Wash.) and will also visit the Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital in Washington, D.C., on Thursday ... Truex will host 'Catwalk for a Cause,' a celebration of fashion to benefit the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation May 18 from 6-9 PM at the River Run Country Club in Davidson, N.C. ... For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.martintruexjrfoundation.org.
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Does winning early in the season give you confidence for later in the year when it really counts? "During the course of my career, I felt like I missed out on a lot of wins the first two to three years of my career. The only difference to what we're doing right now is just my mindset and knowing what I need to do to win the race at the end. So this is the kind of winning pace that I felt like we should have been on right from the get-go of my career, now we're just hitting that stride. It's just taken me a while to understand how these races play out, what it takes to win. I feel like I have a better understanding of that. I think it's going to continue to go on a roll the way it is."
How important is the Dover race? "We have a big test ahead of us when we go to Dover. Obviously, we ran terrible there last year in the Chase. When we go back there, we really need to get our stuff right. That is the one race track that has killed our Chase chances every single year. It's the second race of the Chase. For whatever reason, if you start off the Chase good, it seems to carry you through. My rookie season is the best finish I have ever had there and the best we ever finished in the points. How I finish in Dover, relative to the pack, is how I finish in the Chase every year -- I just don't have a feel for it right now."
MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Do you enjoy racing at Dover? "I always look forward to going back to Dover. Not only because it was where I won my first Cup race, but we've always ran well there in the Cup Series and the Nationwide Series. It's a fun track to get around and I have a lot of good memories there. Having it so close to home makes it that much more special."
Are you confident heading to Dover with your Truck Series win there in 2008? "You have to make a huge asterisk there next to anything but a Cup car because honestly all year we've been talking about it. It's the one track where we struggled the most on was in the Cup car. I wish I knew because I would apply it."
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