NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Toyota drivers have combined for 12 wins, 41 top-five results, 80 top-10 finishes and six poles after 35 of 36 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races ... Camry driver Denny Hamlin...
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS)
NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Toyota drivers have combined for 12 wins, 41 top-five results, 80 top-10 finishes and six poles after 35 of 36 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races ... Camry driver Denny Hamlin currently leads the championship standings by 15 points over second-place Jimmie Johnson and 46 points ahead of Kevin Harvick going into the season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway ... Kyle Busch ranks seventh in the Chase standings ... Joey Logano has recorded five straight top-10 finishes ... With only two months to go in the year, the Toyota Camry is the best-selling car in America, a position it has held for eight consecutive years ... The 2010 Camry, built in Georgetown, Ky., and Lafayette, Ind., also was judged to be the No. 1 'American- made' vehicle for the second straight year in a recent annual survey conducted by Cars.com.
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
How will you race the season-finale at Homestead this weekend with the series points lead? "The important thing is we have a good car for Homestead. It's going to be our Texas car. So, we know we got a good piece there. This is why we run the races. This is why you can't crown anyone before this thing is over, is because if any kind of strategy or anything goes wrong, it could be the deciding factor in the championship. It's a tight one. It's just going to be whoever runs best. Trust me, I'd rather race at Homestead knowing I need to go out there and I need to win the race than knowing I need to finish 15th. That's the mentality I'm going to have, is to win the race. It will be one of those things where you'll probably see me as aggressive as I've been all year."
Will your past success at Homestead work in your favor this weekend? "If you look at stats and history it looks good for us, but you never know what can happen. We just hope to have a clean race and the best car to win. That's all that we can ask for to crown the champ. I'm proud that we've stepped up our performance like we have over these last few weeks. I'm just going to continue to keep digging as hard as I can and try to beat those guys. It's going to be tough. Those guys are going to be good. We see that every week. As far as I'm concerned, it's going to take a win."
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 M&M's Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Do you enjoy racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway? "Homestead is a fun race track. It's real challenging from the beginning to the end of the race and with the beginning to the end of the run. You run the bottom then you go to the top. You're always moving around, you're always thinking. The sun is going to play havoc on our eyes getting down into turn one during the race. I'm looking forward to it, and hopefully there's another two NASCAR championships to celebrate down there for myself with Kyle Busch Motorsports in the Truck Series, as well as Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) in the Nationwide Series -- both owner's titles, and then helping JGR celebrate the driver and owner championships with Denny Hamlin."
How has the transition been to joining the Red Bull Racing Team and preparing for 2011? "I think at times it's been pretty good and at other times it's been kind of difficult. They do everything a lot different, so it's been tough at times to pick that up while other stuff has been easy. I'm glad I have these few races to work on it. I think it definitely does help us prepare for next year. They have a lot of good people and good equipment."
-source: toyota motorsports