CAMRYS IN THE CHASE: Two Camry drivers are in this year's 10-race, 12-driver Chase for the Sprint Cup championship playoff. Denny Hamlin recovered from falling a lap down and finished ninth in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at ...
CAMRYS IN THE CHASE: Two Camry drivers are in this year's 10-race, 12-driver Chase for the Sprint Cup championship playoff. Denny Hamlin recovered from falling a lap down and finished ninth in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Alabama's Talladega Superspeedway. Three races remain in this year's Chase and Hamlin is second in the standings, 14 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson. Kyle Busch finished 25th at Talladega and is in fifth-place (-230 points) after seven playoff races.
TALLADEGA TOP-10S: In addition to Hamlin, three other Camry drivers recorded top-10 finishes at Talladega Superspeedway - - David Reutimann (fourth), Joey Logano (fifth) and Martin Truex Jr. (sixth).
TEXAS TRIUMPHS: Hamlin drove to victory lane in April's NSCS race at Texas Motor Speedway -- just two weeks after surgery to repair a torn ACL. Even though it was the first Camry win in the NSCS at the 1.5-mile track, Toyota drivers are no stranger to victory lane at the Texas track. Toyota drivers have earned more wins (14) -- across all three of NASCAR's premier series -- at the Ft. Worth-area facility than any other circuit on the schedule. In addition to Hamlin's NSCS Texas victory, Toyota drivers have earned five NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) checkered flags and eight NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) triumphs.
RIDING ALONG WITH TRUEX: Michael Waltrip Racing's No. 56 Camry will feature a special design at Texas -- the NAPA Signature Toyota. Over $50,000 was raised by individual donations of $5.60 or more from fans to have their name put on the race car. More than 2,400 names will race with Truex at Texas. In addition, NAPA will have McKinney, Texas, breast cancer survivor Marcia Potter Dluhy as a guest at the race, and present a $250,000 check to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
HEADING FOR HALF DOZEN: Camry driver Busch has won five consecutive NNS races at Texas Motor Speedway -- making him the first driver to earn such a feat in the Nationwide Series at Texas. His current winning streak dates back to the April 2008 race and he has led 810 of 1,000 laps in his five race wins.
TALLADEGA TUNDRA TRIUMPH: Busch secured his sixth NCWTS victory of the season when he took the checkered flag at Talladega on Saturday, beating fellow Tundra driver Aric Almirola by two-thousandths of a second -- the closest finish in NCWTS history. This year, Toyota drivers have won 13 of 22 NCWTS races. Series points-leader Todd Bodine, who finished 16th at Talladega, holds a 216-point advantage over second-place Almirola in the standings. Busch's victory enabled his Kyle Busch Motorsports team to take the lead in the NCWTS owner standings by 42 points over Bodine's No. 30 Tundra for Germain Racing.
TUNDRAS AT TEXAS: Tundra drivers have eight NCWTS race wins at Texas Motor Speedway since entering the series in 2004. Tundra driver Bodine has the most Truck Series victories at the 1.5-mile track with six (Oct. 2004, Nov. 2005, June 2006, June 2007, June 2009 and June 2010), along with one pole position. Former Toyota driver Ted Musgrave (Nov. 2007) and NCWTS team owner Busch (Nov. 2009) each have one win at the Texas track. Mike Skinner has five NCWTS pole positions at Texas.
TOYOTA CONNECTIONS: This weekend, Toyota will host two free activities for race fans at Texas Motor Speedway. Toyota, Lexus or Scion owners can show their car keys for access to the Toyota Owner Hospitality area where they'll be able to enjoy snacks, driver appearances and a place to sit down and relax at the track. Toyota's 'PitPass' display features a variety of interactive activities, photo opportunities, vehicle displays and driver appearances. Both areas are located on the vendor midway and open on Friday (12:00 PM to 8:00 PM), Saturday (8:00 AM to 11:30 AM) and Sunday (8:00 AM to 2:00 PM).
-source: toyota motorsports