Phoenix II: Toyota notes, quotes 2009-11-12

Kyle Approaches Another Record NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: Toyota Camry drivers have combined for 10 wins (Kyle Busch -- Las Vegas, Bristol-1, Richmond and Bristol-2; Denny Hamlin -- Pocono-2, Richmond-2 and Martinsville-2; David Reutimann -- ...

Kyle Approaches Another Record

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: Toyota Camry drivers have combined for 10 wins (Kyle Busch -- Las Vegas, Bristol-1, Richmond and Bristol-2; Denny Hamlin -- Pocono-2, Richmond-2 and Martinsville-2; David Reutimann -- Charlotte; Joey Logano -- New Hampshire; and Brian Vickers -- Michigan-2), 40 top-fives and 71 top-10 finishes through 34 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races this season ... With two Chase races remaining, Hamlin is eighth in the standings and Vickers is in 12th-place ... Busch will compete in all three NASCAR races this weekend and could break his NASCAR record set last year of 21 wins in a single season ... Busch currently has 19 wins in NSCS (four), Nationwide Series (eight) and Camping World Truck Series (seven) action.

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

How challenging is it having double-file restarts at Phoenix International Raceway? "It's very challenging, but to me, I don't think it will be much different than what it has been with the double -file with the lapped cars. There, lapped cars with new tires are just as good as what the lead lap cars are, so I think it will be very similar. Of course , I think the bottom will be the place to be on restarts where on the old style (restarts), being on the outside, you just wanted to fight to get down there as soon as you could. I think it's going to be the bottom line is going to be the preferred line. It's tough to say though, when you get to the front and you're in that front row, the guy on the inside is at the mercy to the guy on the outside, it's almost a good, vulnerable place to be on the outside."

KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Pedigree Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

Has this been a good year for Joe Gibbs Racing in the Sprint Cup Series? "I wish we could have gotten a couple more Cup wins. I felt like there was some opportunity for those. It didn't work out. We've had a great year. All the Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) team drivers won in their hometown, which was pretty cool. Denny (Hamlin) won at Richmond (Va.), Joey (Logano) won up at Loudon (N.H.) and I won at Vegas. That's pretty cool -- all in the Cup Series. It's been a great year for Joe Gibbs Racing overall."

What has it been like to win 19 times across the top-three NASCAR series this season? "It's been a great year for me in all three series. I've run the best I've ever run in the Truck Series and have had good trucks every week. Jason (Ratcliff, crew chief) and the guys have done a good job with our Nationwide cars every week to come and unload like that. Our Cup program has struggled a little bit but, unfortunately, sometimes that happens, and Joe and J.D. (Gibbs) ended up making a change with Dave (Rogers, crew chief) coming on board. Now, the Nationwide deal is close to being done with and we can go back to focusing more on the Cup effort and try to get ourselves to championship-caliber on that side. Somebody has to beat that 48 (Jimmie Johnson)."

MICHAEL WALTRIP, No. 55 NAPA/Susan G. Komen Foundation Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing

Does the curved pit road at Phoenix present any challenges? "I think it is interesting that the curviest part of pit road is the most desirable place to pit. The access road on pit road is an element we have to consider when we have to merge back out onto the track."

-credit: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Michael Waltrip , David Reutimann , Brian Vickers , Joey Logano , Kyle Busch
Teams Michael Waltrip Racing , Joe Gibbs Racing