Loudon: Toyota Motorsports preview

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Toyota drivers have combined for seven wins, 19 top-five results, 36 top-10 finishes and four poles in 16 of 36 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races ... Four Camry drivers are currently in the top-20 in the NSCS point...

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Toyota drivers have combined for seven wins, 19 top-five results, 36 top-10 finishes and four poles in 16 of 36 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races ... Four Camry drivers are currently in the top-20 in the NSCS point standings -- Kyle Busch (third), Denny Hamlin (fourth), Joey Logano (17th) and Martin Truex Jr. (19th) ... Reed Sorenson will make his first start with the Red Bull Racing Team at New Hampshire Motor Speedway driving the No. 83 Camry ... Joe Gibbs Racing crew chiefs Dave Rogers (Marshfield, Vt.) and Greg Zipadelli (Berlin, Conn.) are both from the New England area ... The second round of the Toyota 'Sponsafy Your Ride' contest -- Sponsafier2 -- is open for submissions at ToyotaRacing.com through August 20 ... The grand prize winner will be announced at Phoenix International Raceway on Nov. 14 and the winning car design will be showcased prior to the NSCS race.

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

Are you looking forward to returning to New Hampshire as the defending race winner? "I'm really excited to head back to New Hampshire Motor Speedway -- it's my home track and I've had a lot of success at the place. It's not the easiest track to figure out. It's so flat makes it really difficult to get a handle on. But I've been getting a lot better at all of the flat tracks on both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup sides, and that is paying off. Plus, it's always a lot of fun because there seem to be more fans out there pulling for me and even some family members who get to come to the race and check it out."

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

Do you look ahead to the Chase and the possibility of winning a championship this year? "You always think about it, but I'm no fool. I'm not going to sit here and say that everyone is going to beat us because we're not in September yet. I can assure you anytime people talk about peaking too early it's more an excuse than anything. Anyone will tell you that you have a fast enough car, everyone is trying to win each and every week. Don't let anyone fool you into thinking that they're not. For us, I think we've got the best stuff right now. There's a lot of different areas of our race car that could still be quite a bit better that we're going to continue to get better. Right now, things are good but I definitely feel like come September we're going to be better than what we are at this point."

Why has Joe Gibbs Racing been able to run so well this year? "We're running much different setups than what we did at the beginning of the year or even at the end of last year. Our engines, I'd say, are about the same, maybe a little bit better than what they were at the beginning of the season . Our cars are obviously the best in the corners right now which makes it look good down the straightaway. For us at the beginning of the year, a lot of it was we were struggling with our balance. Once we got our cars handling a little better, I started to not complain about the engines as much and the next thing you know we have race-winning cars week in and week out."

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

What is the key to success at New Hampshire? "It is a pretty flat, fast and hard braking track -- you need good brakes. You need to carry a lot of entry speed to be able to roll through the center. That's the main thing. Usually if you can turn better than everybody else through the center, you'll be really good. When it comes to qualifying, I don't think your qualifying spot is as important as it is at certain tracks. A lot of times the race there seems to come down to tire strategies. Do you get two tires, four tires or no tires? You just need to be on the right cycle at the end of the race. If you have a good car there at the end and you can pit for two or no tires, the chances are good to get a decent finish."

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

What does it take to be successful at New Hampshire? "Loudon is a pretty particular race track. It's tough. It's not like Phoenix, it's not like Dover at all -- it's a flat race track and it's really typical of a tough race track to pass. You just can't have a really good race car and finish up front. You have to keep track position, you have to keep up all day and make everything work."

Is your approach to the regular season different this year than in the past? "I think right now, we're on the up swing still. We're still going forward. We've had a couple really good weeks. Michigan was the first bad week in awhile, we started so far back in the field it took us a while to get up front and I made a mistake. We've been this steady, that's what it takes in this sport. I've learned that you can win as many races and DNF as many as you want but it's not going to work at the end of the year when you need to be able to be consistent and run top-three, top-five every week. We've done a good job with that. Hopefully this week we can go to Loudon and have another good run."

-source: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Michael Waltrip , Martin Truex Jr. , Denny Hamlin , Reed Sorenson , Joey Logano , Kyle Busch
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing