HAMLIN TAKES TOP SPOT: Camry driver Denny Hamlin earned his eighth victory of 2010 in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Texas Motor Speedway. After starting 30th, Hamlin led twice for 31 (of 334) laps -- including the final 29 laps...
HAMLIN TAKES TOP SPOT: Camry driver Denny Hamlin earned his eighth victory of 2010 in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Texas Motor Speedway. After starting 30th, Hamlin led twice for 31 (of 334) laps -- including the final 29 laps -- en route to victory lane to complete his sweep of both Texas races (also won in April). The win enabled Hamlin to take over the lead in the NSCS point standings, and he now holds a 33-point advantage over second-place Jimmie Johnson with two races remaining in the Chase. Camry driver Kyle Busch is seventh in the Chase standings -- 339 points behind Hamlin.
PAST PHOENIX TOP-10s: Camry drivers have combined for 10 top-10 finishes in seven NSCS races at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR). Busch has the most top-10 results at the one-mile Arizona oval with seven, including three in a Toyota (April 2008, Nov. 2008 and April 2010). Hamlin has six career top-10 finishes at Phoenix, including four behind the wheel of a Camry (April 2008, Nov. 2008, April 2009 and Nov. 2009). David Reutimann (April 2009 and Nov. 2009) and Joey Logano (April 2010) have also have collected top-10 results at PIR.
NNS TOP-10s IN TEXAS: Six Toyota drivers finished in the top-10 in Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Texas Motor Speedway. Busch was the race runner-up, ending his streak of five straight NNS wins at the track. Other Camry drivers who earned top-10 results at the 1.5-mile track were Logano (fourth), Martin Truex Jr. (fifth), Jason Leffler (sixth), Reed Sorenson (seventh) and Steve Wallace (10th).
TWO DESERT TROPHIES: Two of Busch's three NNS victories at Phoenix have been in a Camry. The Las Vegas-native led 133 (of 202) laps en route to victory lane in April 2008, and he was at the front of the field for 126 (of 200) laps in his April 2010 triumph.
TEXAS TRUCK TRIUMPH: Busch secured his seventh NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) win of the season with a trip to victory lane at Texas Friday night. Todd Bodine (fourth), Aric Almirola (seventh) and Mike Skinner (eighth) also earned top-10 finishes for Toyota. Series points leader Bodine holds a 230-point advantage over second-place Almirola in the standings. Busch's victory enabled Kyle Busch Motorsports to increase the team's lead in the NCWTS owner standings by 72 points over Bodine's No. 30 Tundra for Germain Racing.
TOYOTA TAKES TITLE: Busch's NCWTS victory at Texas enabled Toyota to clinch its fifth consecutive (2006-2010) NCWTS manufacturer's championship. It marked the eighth NASCAR manufacturer's title Toyota has earned since the start of the 2004 season. The other three manufacturer's titles have been in the NNS (2008-2010).
TUNDRAS AT PHOENIX: Tundras have had a great deal of success in NCWTS competition at Phoenix. Tundra drivers have won two NCWTS races at PIR, including back-to-back wins in 2005 (Bodine) and 2006 (Johnny Benson). Skinner captured the pole position in the 2007 NCWTS race and has finished in the top-10 in each of the past five years.
AND THE WINNER IS...: The Toyota 'Sponsafier2' contest-winner will be announced at Phoenix. The cars of the three finalists in the Sponsafier contest will be located at Toyota's 'PitPass' display, and the winner will be unveiled on Nov. 14. In addition, two of the 'Sponsafier' Sprint Cup cars from the Toyota TV commercials, and the purpose-built RK Collection Camry-NASCAR Edition that debuted at the SEMA show, will also be on display at PIR during the weekend.
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