Las Vegas: Toyota Motorsports preview

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: Toyota drivers have combined for two top-fives and three top-10 finishes in the first two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races of 2010 ... Joey Logano (fifth) earned his fourth career NSCS top-five last week in California...

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: Toyota drivers have combined for two top-fives and three top-10 finishes in the first two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races of 2010 ... Joey Logano (fifth) earned his fourth career NSCS top-five last week in California ... Last year, Camry driver Kyle Busch earned the pole position, led 51 (of 285 laps) and won at his Las Vegas hometown track ... David Reutimann (fourth) and Denny Hamlin (ninth) earned top-10 finishes for Toyota at the 1.5-mile track in 2009 and 2008, respectively.

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

Does your top-five finish at California give you momentum for Las Vegas? "A top-five at California was really cool. We worked really hard, Zippy (Greg Zipadelli, crew chief) made awesome calls. The pit crew was amazing and we gained spots just about every time we came down pit road. I am really, really stoked about how we ran. It feels like a win after what we had the first time we came (to California). To watch yourself improve that much, working with the team better, that feels really good. This is what we have to do every week. It's cool to see yourself improve from a year ago. Hopefully we can get some momentum going and go to Vegas, which is one of my favorite tracks so we'll have fun."

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

What was it like to win at a track you watched being built? "It was cool. To go out there and to run a smooth race, and to have a shot at winning at the end of the race, is what it's all about. I watched Vegas being built from the ground up, and I remember when it wasn't anything but a gleam in Richie Clyne's (Las Vegas track founder) eye -- all those guys who made that place happen."

What did it feel like to win in your hometown? "It was awesome, just the feeling of a lifetime. I told everyone that it would be just like another race, but it really meant a lot. To have my mom there and my brother (Kurt Busch) come to victory lane just made it that much more special. We didn't have the best car last year, but I feel like I drove a smart race, and did what we needed to do. We worked on it all day and kept making it better."

BRIAN VICKERS, No. 83 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Red Bull Racing Team

Do you enjoy racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway? "Since they changed the banking there, it's made the racing better. Vegas is always a fun town to go to. I actually have a couple buddies that have birthdays that fall right around the Vegas weekend, usually give or take a few days so we always stay Sunday night and go out after the race for a bit. It's always fun."

What do you enjoy in your free time on the west coast? "When I'm on the west coast, I like to travel to or visit San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco -- San Francisco is probably my favorite west coast city. I love to go skiing so when I'm out west, if it's in the winter, I'm usually on the slopes if I can find time to get on a snowboard or a pair of skis. In the summer I like to be out there as well -- I like fly fishing or just spending time hiking, mountain biking or things like that."

MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing

Are the 'green-white-checkered' finishes tough physically on a driver? "It wasn't that physical (at Daytona). I thought everybody did a great job. Guys were making moves racing right on that edge, but not across it and not messing up, not making mistakes. We were all just digging and biting on the steering wheel and going as hard as we could go. We all made it through. From that perspective it was fun. I don't expect anything less. The first chance we got, we used all three of them. I don't expect it to be much different from here on out."

MICHAEL WALTRIP, co-owner, Michael Waltrip Racing

How are able to transition into a car owner from being a owner/driver? "I said when I started my team that I knew I couldn't drive forever, but I could be a car owner forever. Ultimately, my goal is to be a winning, championship car owner. Being on that Showtime show for NASCAR is good for NAPA. A presence in front of the camera, a presence on TV shows is something that I think is important for the owner of MWR (Michael Waltrip Racing). The drivers can only do so much. I will continue to be on TV and look to race occasionally -- whatever it takes to continue a presence, I think that's important for MWR."

-source: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Michael Waltrip , Kurt Busch , David Reutimann , Denny Hamlin , Joey Logano , Kyle Busch
Teams Red Bull Racing , Michael Waltrip Racing , Joe Gibbs Racing