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Toyota drivers have earned at least one top-10 result (seven total) at Auto Club Speedway in each of the four Cup events since entering the series in 2007. Brian Vickers and Kyle Busch each have two top-10s in a Camry in Fontana. Kyle Busch will...

Toyota drivers have earned at least one top-10 result (seven total) at Auto Club Speedway in each of the four Cup events since entering the series in 2007. Brian Vickers and Kyle Busch each have two top-10s in a Camry in Fontana.

Kyle Busch will pull 'triple- duty' this weekend and five other drivers will be pulling 'double- duty.' Those drivers competing in the NSCS and NNS races this weekend include Joey Logano, David Reutimann, Brian Vickers and Michael Waltrip, while Todd Bodine will attempt to make the Cup race in addition to his NCWTS duties.

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KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR)

How does it feel to be the youngest NSCS pole and race-winner at California (2005)? "It's pretty special. We beat Donald Thomas in the spring by a couple of months and then by just a mere three or four days there in the fall winning the race. It's cool. I don't know how long it will live. We have Joey (Logano) here this year so it probably won't live too long. Records are meant to be broken, so I wish all the best to whoever is up next."

How does it feel to be one of only two drivers to accomplish the 'hat trick' at California? "It's pretty cool because I've only done it at a couple race tracks. It's especially cool with Mark Martin being the only other guy to be able to do it. He's of course a legend and pretty respected in his own right -- being able to win as many races as he has. California is a strange place in my heart because it was supposed to be my first truck race. So, the first truck race I was able to run here I won -- which was pretty neat."

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DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

Why are you giving away race tickets to fans this season? "It's something I'm really excited about doing. Fans can go to Denny Hamlin.com/seats and they can sit in my seats each and every week at every single race track that we go to. We're going to be giving away race tickets to fans. Basically, they just enter and we'll choose a handful to sit in my seats each and every week. It's not for Denny Hamlin race fans. It's for everyone. It doesn't matter if you're going to be there in your Dale (Earnhardt) Jr., gear, Carl Edwards, it doesn't matter to me. I just want to help the race fans that don't have the means to or have gone for the last 20 years and aren't able to now because of financial reasons."

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SCOTT SPEED, No. 82 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Red Bull Racing Team

What did you learn last year from racing a variety of stock cars? "There are other guys out every time you race. You can't control all those guys. Sometimes it works out to where you're the best out of all of them. The idea is you try to improve yourself to be one of the best drivers in the series, and whether you win or not, it really doesn't have too much to do with that. Obviously, in the long term it does. I'm certainly a lot better than I was then and I'm continuing to learn. Honestly, that whole process of learning and getting better at this is what I'm enjoying so much."

How tough do you think the Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year battle is going to be this year? "I think honestly it's going to be very interesting because we're both rookies for such different reasons. Obviously, having come from such a big form of racing, I've gone through all the hype and dealing with the pressure and all that and the pressure I have on me is for sure a one-hundredth of what he has. Then again, he (Joey Logano) has so much more stock car experience and so much experience in these cars and probably handles himself better in the racing circumstance. We're both going to be learning a lot but we're going to be learning in different areas. It'll be interesting to see how that works."

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JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, JGR

What are your expectations for the 2009 season? "I think we'll go for Raybestos 'Rookie-of-the-Year.' I think it's an achievement or accomplishment we can do this year. From there, (we'll) see how it goes. You don't get that pre-season testing that we were going to do. You really don't know what you got, but we did get to go to the Phoenix tire test. From there, go week-by-week, get to know each other and learn a little bit more, and keep putting that to use as we keep going."

What kind of advice have you gotten from Kyle Busch? "A lot of on-track stuff. That's just kind of how we've always worked. Most everything has been on-track. If I have a question, I can go to him. It doesn't matter. We have a really good relationship, I think. He was kind of in the same boat as me -- moving up at a really young age. All this stuff is kind of the same thing that he did. It works good."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Michael Waltrip , Todd Bodine , David Reutimann , Brian Vickers , Carl Edwards , Joey Logano , Kyle Busch , Mark Martin
Teams Red Bull Racing , Joe Gibbs Racing