Texas Double-Sided for Denny 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 --...
Texas Double-Sided for Denny
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), 39 top-fives and 70 top-10 finishes through 33 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races this season ... With three Chase races remaining this season, Hamlin is 11th in the standings and Vickers is in 12th-place ... Dave Rogers takes over as the crew chief for Kyle Busch and the Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) No. 18 Toyota this weekend ... JGR will field a fourth car this weekend for David Gilliland ... This weekend, Toyota's 'Start Something' off-road course and the Toyota 'PitPass' display will be on-site for race fans.
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Has Texas been a 'hit or miss' track for you? "It definitely has. It was a good track early in my career and then we've had a few wrecks in the Chase that has kind of hurt our average finish. I love going to Texas -- it's probably my favorite mile-and-a-half race track that we go to. Love the area there and I've got some family there. We always go there with our FedEx team pretty excited about our chances at that race track. I've led laps at that place before and been in contention. Especially with how far we've progressed on our big track program, I go there this time expecting to win. Each one of these Chase races we have a bit of confidence that we haven't had in a long time, especially this late in the season."
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 M&M's Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
How do you feel about Dave Rogers replacing Steve Addington as your crew chief? "I love Steve (Addington). He's been a great guy and a great leader with this team the last couple of years. He brought a lot to the table last year with the car coming in for his first full season of competition. This year, it just seems in the beginning of the year we were good again, but we sort of fell off a little bit and couldn't keep up with the rest of the compe tition. We're looking for some new, fresh ideas. Dave Rogers can bring those in and get us going. Joe and J.D. (Gibbs) are always looking for opportunities to make their organization better. They felt like this was a necessary change to make in order to get ready for 2010, so the 18 car can be capable of competing for the Chase and, of course, competing for the championship at the end of the year."
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