Pocono II: Toyota Motorsports preview

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Toyota drivers have combined for eight wins, 20 top-five results, 43 top-10 finishes and four poles after 20 of 36 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races ... Denny Hamlin was awarded the 2010 second quarter 'Driver...

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Toyota drivers have combined for eight wins, 20 top-five results, 43 top-10 finishes and four poles after 20 of 36 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races ... Denny Hamlin was awarded the 2010 second quarter 'Driver of the Year' award ... Kyle Busch and Reed Sorenson will travel between Iowa and Pennsylvania this weekend to race in both the NSCS and Nationwide Series events ... Toyota Racing will kick off the Sponsafier Media Challenge on Sunday, Aug. 1 ... Media are invited to create a NASCAR Sprint Cup race car design ... One media participant's creation will be selected as the best entry and a $3,000 donation will be made by Toyota to the winner's charity of choice ... Five Camry drivers are in the top-20 in the NSCS point standings -- Hamlin (third), Busch (sixth), David Reutimann (18th), Joey Logano (19th) and Martin Truex Jr. (20th).

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

What are your expectations for the race at Pocono? "I think you just go there trying to find more grip. It was slick enough last time, and I'm sure it will be worse this time. We had a pretty good car there in the first race, but generally when you go back there, it's completely different. You have to go there open- minded with a plan in the back of your mind, but at the same time, be ready to go for changes and try different things. It's one of those places where we get a lot of practice and we'll just have to work on it hard like every weekend."

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

Were you encouraged by your performance at Pocono in June? "We ran second and third all day in June, and that was really good for us. We needed that. Pocono hasn't been a great track for me. It was good to turn it around. The places we really worked hard at trying to turn around, we've turned it around. At the places we haven't worked so much at because we feel like we've been really good at, we seem to have fallen behind a little."

MARCOS AMBROSE, No. 47 Clorox-Kleenex Toyota Camry, JTG Daugherty Racing

What do you think about racing at Pocono? "I really like Pocono. It's one of the gnarliest places you'll ever go to. It's one of the bumpiest tracks we race on. It's just a good contrast between two places after racing at Indy the week before -- it sort of highlights what NASCAR is all about. No two weeks are the same."

-source: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Michael Waltrip , David Reutimann , Martin Truex Jr. , Reed Sorenson , Joey Logano , Kyle Busch
Teams JTG Daugherty Racing , Joe Gibbs Racing , Toyota Racing