Toyota Motorsports notes 2009-06-30

Toyota Takes Two in New Hampshire Superspeedway Success for Camrys Reutimann and Lagasse Head Home Tundras Tally Top-10s CAMRYS SWEEP NORTHEAST: Toyota drivers swept the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) and NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) races at...

Toyota Takes Two in New Hampshire
Superspeedway Success for Camrys
Reutimann and Lagasse Head Home
Tundras Tally Top-10s

CAMRYS SWEEP NORTHEAST: Toyota drivers swept the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) and NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last weekend. Nineteen-year-old rookie Joey Logano earned his first career Cup Series win in just his 20th NSCS start in Sunday's rain-shortened race and his Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) teammate, Kyle Busch, earned his fifth NNS victory of the year at the one-mile oval. Logano became the youngest race-winner in series history at 19 years, one month and four days when his crew chief, Greg Zipadelli, kept the JGR No. 20 Home Depot Camry driver on-track while others pitted before persistent rain forced NASCAR to call the race after 273 (of 301 scheduled) laps were completed. In Saturday's NNS race, Logano led a race-high 108 (of 200) laps, but Busch passed the Middletown, Conn.-native with 36 laps to go and the duo recorded a one-two finish for Toyota. Busch continues to lead the NNS standings with a 162 point advantage over second-place Carl Edwards.

SUPERSPEEDWAY SUCCESS: Current Camry drivers have experienced much success in restrictor-plate races, including Busch's wins last year at Daytona International Speedway (summer) and Talladega Superspeedway (spring). Michael Waltrip has recorded three wins at the historic superspeedway. He took home the first-place trophy in two Daytona 500s (2001 and 2003) and the 2002 Daytona July event, as well as starting on the outside of the front row last February (2008) at Daytona. Waltrip (2003) and Vickers (2006) have also won at another restrictor-plate track -- Alabama's Talladega Superspeedway.

FLORIDA FAMILY AFFAIR: David Reutimann, driver of the Michael Waltrip Racing No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Camry, and his family hail from Zephyrhills, Fla., which is about 130 miles from Daytona. Reutimann's spotter and cousin, Shawn Reutimann, still resides in Zephyrhills. At 67-years-old, David's father Buzzie Reutimann is a ‘regular' at David's races and still competes at Florida's East Bay Raceway in open-wheel Modifieds. Reutimann recorded his first career NSCS win in May's rain- shortened race at Charlotte's Lowe's Motor Speedway. In 17 starts this season, Reutimann has recorded four top-five finishes, five top-10 results and two pole positions.

NEAR WHERE HOME IS: Toyota NNS driver Scott Lagasse, Jr., hails from St. Augustine, Fla., approximately 60 miles north of Daytona. Lagasse was born and raised in St. Augustine and ran asphalt and dirt cars around the state of Florida before he made his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) debut in 2004. The 28-year-old also graduated with honors from St. Augustine's Flagler College with a business administration degree in 2004. This year, the Nationwide Series rookie contender has earned three top-10 finishes in 16 starts driving CJM Racing's No. 11 America's Incredible Pizza Camry.

TUNDRA TOP-10s: Six Tundra drivers earned top-10 finishes in Saturday's NCWTS race at Memphis Motorsports Park. Brian Scott (second), driving with a broken wrist, was the highest-finishing Toyota driver in the 201-lap event, while David Starr (thir d) also earned a top-five result. Tundra drivers Aric Almirola (fourth), Mike Skinner (sixth), Timothy Peters (seventh) and Todd Bodine (10th) also recorded top-10 results. This season, Tundra drivers have recorded 59 top-10 finishes, including 31 top-fives.

-credit: nascar

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Series NASCAR Cup , NASCAR XFINITY , NASCAR Truck
Drivers Michael Waltrip , Todd Bodine , Mike Skinner , David Starr , David Reutimann , Carl Edwards , Scott Lagasse Jr. , Timothy Peters , Aric Almirola , Joey Logano , Brian Scott , Kyle Busch
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing