Loudon II: Toyota Thursday notes

TOYOTA TALK: Camry Chase Chatter Logano Excited For Return To Loudon Busch Looking To Go Out With A Bang NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: Toyota Camry drivers have combined for nine wins (Kyle Busch -- Las Vegas, Bristol-1, Richmond and Bristol-2; ...

Camry Chase Chatter
Logano Excited For Return To Loudon
Busch Looking To Go Out With A Bang

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: Toyota Camry drivers have combined for nine wins (Kyle Busch -- Las Vegas, Bristol-1, Richmond and Bristol-2; Denny Hamlin -- Pocono-2 and Richmond-2; David Reutimann -- Charlotte; Joey Logano -- New Hampshire; and Brian Vickers -- Michigan-2), 32 top-fives and 60 top-10 finishes through 26 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races this season ... Hamlin and Vickers will represent Toyota in the 10-race 'Chase for the Sprint Cup' beginning this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway ... Hamlin is seeded fourth (5,020 points) in the Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) No. 11 FedEx Camry and Vickers is seeded eighth (5,010 points) in his first career Chase ... Camry driver Logano returns to New Hampshire following his win at the New England oval in June.

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

Do you feel confident your team has a chance to win a championship this year? "We go into each season hoping to win a championship, and I feel like we have been a top-five car each and every year, whether the points showed that or not. We haven't had championship-caliber finishes except for our rookie year, but I feel now our performance on the race track is better than it has ever been in my career. We are being competitive and competing for race wins every week. That's something we didn't have in our rookie year when we were racing for the championship. We were racing for the championship on short tracks. Now I feel like our big track program, our mile-and-a-half mile program is better than our short track program. With those six or seven races on big tracks, I'm looking forward to because it sets up nicely for us."

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

Do you think your team can contend for a championship in the Chase? "I think we do. I guess the Chase is about who can be the best for 10 races. That's the bottom line. And the past 10 races, I don't know the exact statistics, but several people have told me we were one of the best, if not the best teams, collected the most points. To me that proves to us and to everyone, what the team is capable of doing. We have done it for the past 10 weeks. There's no reason we can't do it for the next 10 weeks. There's a lot of challenging teams in this Chase, very competitive teams and talented drivers. So we have got a big road ahead of us, but are we capable of it, absolutely. I think we have proven that. It doesn't mean that we will. We have still got a lot of work ahead of us."

JAY FRYE, General Manager, Red Bull Racing Team

What does it mean for a young organization to get into the Chase? "Our goals for the year were to win a race, win a pole and get into the Chase so we've got that. For a company that is only two-and-a-half years old, it's pretty phenomenal. We're still a small team -- we're a two-car team so that's unusual if you look at everyone else. Part of it has been that when Red Bull came into this sport in 2007, they came in a big way. Their expectations were high, we're very fortunate that they give us the opportunity to do what we do. They give us a chance to compete at a high level and for us that is very exciting. We're paying them back a little bit."

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

Are you looking forward to racing at New Hampshire after your win there in June? "I am pretty excited to be heading back to New Hampshire as the most recent winner. That was a huge win for this team and it gave us a ton of momentum. Winning was never a spoken goal of the team, but it sure was nice to get it. I think every driver holds a special place for their first win, and I was fortunate to have mine at the closest track to where I first began racing. That's pretty cool."

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

What is your plan for the final 10 Sprint Cup races? "Go out and win some more. We just need to work on the consistency. We picked up at some tracks that we needed to and we faltered at some tracks that we thought we were good at. Just wasn't our year and wasn't meant to be for some reason. The good Lord upstairs put me in this predicament for a reason, and one of these days I'll figure that out and say what it is. We'll be looking to win some races in the rest of the season and hopefully go out with a bang."

-credit: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers David Reutimann , Brian Vickers , Kyle Busch
Teams Red Bull Racing , Joe Gibbs Racing