TOYOTA TALK: Hamlin and Pocono a Match Logano Looking Forward NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: Toyota Camry drivers have combined for five wins (Kyle Busch -- Las Vegas, Bristol and Richmond; David Reutimann -- Charlotte; Joey Logano -- New Hampshire),...
Hamlin and Pocono a Match
Logano Looking Forward
NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: Toyota Camry drivers have combined for five wins (Kyle Busch -- Las Vegas, Bristol and Richmond; David Reutimann -- Charlotte; Joey Logano -- New Hampshire), 22 top-fives and 41 top-10 finishes through 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races this season ... Camry driver Denny Hamlin has tallied two wins in seven starts at Pocono ... Toyota driver Marcos Ambrose finished sixth in his first start at Pocono in June.
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Why does the Pocono track suit your driving style? "It just seems like the flatter race tracks are where we excel and we seem to run our best. I have a better feel for the car on the flat tracks. Each driver has a certain style that works with a certain type of race track and mine is just the flatter, short tracks."
What do you need to do to be successful the remainder of the season? "We need to get to the second half of the season starting now and become what I was talking about in the off-season -- about being a guy that wins races instead of contends for race wins. Obviously, at the beginning of this year we had a lot of issues finishing races where we should. We had the best car, and were not actually winning. We need to still work on that. There's a lot of things that I need to do to help close at the end. And there's things, other things, like pit road -- make sure we have our best stops at the very last stop of the day. It just takes a lot of good things to happen to win these Cup races nowadays."
MICHAEL WALTRIP, No. 55 NAPA AUTO PARTS, Michael Waltrip Racing
What does it take to be successful at Pocono? "If you have a good car during the race, it is because you can go down low and find enough grip to pass someone there on the patch. The key to Pocono is being able to go wherever you need to go. You have to adjust your line and be able to drive your car wherever the competition isn't because it makes it really hard to pass a guy if you are following them. Pocono Raceway is just really fun to drive."
JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Are you happy where your team is at in this point of the season? "Coming off last weekend and the last stretch of races has been great for the entire team. Everyone is confident. Everyone has great attitudes and we are all having fun. We overcame a lot last weekend and finished 12th, that's huge at a track where it was harder to pass than any place I've been so far. I'm really looking forward to the final half of the season and seeing what we can do as a race team."
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