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Two Texas Companies Ties to JGR SECOND SECOND: Denny Hamlin earned back-to-back second-place NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) finishes at Bristol (Tenn.) and Martinsville (Va.). The Virginia-native led the most laps (296 of 500 laps) ...

Two Texas Companies Ties to JGR

SECOND SECOND: Denny Hamlin earned back-to-back second-place NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) finishes at Bristol (Tenn.) and Martinsville (Va.). The Virginia-native led the most laps (296 of 500 laps) at Martinsville. His pair of runner-up results allowed Hamlin to gain nine positions in the point standings since Atlanta and is currently fifth in the points.

NEAR MISS: Despite Tundra driver Kyle Busch leading the most laps (139 of 251 laps) in Monday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) event, a Toyota didn't end up in victory lane at Martinsville. The near miss kept Toyota from extending its four consecutive series wins dating back to the 2008 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

TOYOTA TEXAS TOP-10s: Last April, Kyle Busch led 50 laps and finished third in the NSCS event at Texas Motor Speedway. Busch's finish, combined with results from Denny Hamlin (fifth) and former Toyota driver Tony Stewart (seventh), gave Toyota three top-10s at the 1.5-mile oval. Camry drivers Busch (sixth) and David Reutimann (10th) recorded top-10 finishes when the series returned to Texas in November.

PAST PLAYBACKS: Several Camry drivers have had success at the Dallas/Ft. Worth-area speedway. Current Camry driver Brian Vickers earned one of his six career NSCS pole positions at Texas (Nov. 2006) and Jeremy Mayfield also has one pole position (April 1998) at the Texas track. In NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) competition, Kyle Busch swept the 2008 races at Texas Motor Speedway, combining to lead 300 of 400 race laps in the two events. His November win helped Busch equal the Nationwide Series record for 10 wins in a season. In 2007, David Reutimann earned the NNS pole position for the November race.

TEXAS TEAM TIES: Two Toyota NNS crew members are from Austin. PJ Briody, rear tire carrier for the No. 15 Camry driven by Michael Annett, will have his mother and two brothers, who still live in Austin, attend this Saturday's race. James Davis, jack man and mechanic at Germain Racing, grew up in the ‘Lone Star' state before joining the Air Force in 1997 and began his racing career in 2004.

DALLAS-CHARGED: Interstate Batteries -- who will adorn the hood of the Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) No. 18 Camry driven by Busch -- will be seeking its first Texas NSCS win at the track closest to its Dallas headquarters. Interstate Batteries became associated with JGR in 1992 and earned a Cup championship with Bobby Labonte in 2000. Since JGR began utilizing Toyotas in 2008, the Interstate Batteries Camry has won twice with Busch behind the wheel -- in the NNS at Phoenix (4-11-08) and in the NSCS at Daytona (7-5-08).

MAKE A GAMESTOP: GameStop, the sponsor of the JGR No. 20 Nationwide Series entry driven by Joey Logano, is headquartered in Grapevine, just a few miles from Texas Motor Speedway. The world's largest video game retailer, GameStop is in its second season sponsoring a NASCAR entry. GameStop was the sponsor for Logano's Nationwide win at Kentucky last year, as well as his three NNS poles in 2008. The No. 20 Camry will have the recently released ‘Guitar Hero: Metallica' game featured on the race car.

RED BULL WELCOMES REGGIE: NFL running back Reggie Bush, who plays for the New Orleans Saints, recently became the first- ever NFL player to join the Red Bull family and their extensive athlete roster. The 2005 Heisman Trophy winner and former USC star will hang out with Brian Vickers prior to this Sunday's events and watch the race from the No. 83 pit box.

-credit: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup , NASCAR XFINITY , NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Labonte , Jeremy Mayfield , Tony Stewart , David Reutimann , Brian Vickers , Denny Hamlin , Joey Logano , Kyle Busch
Teams Germain Racing , Joe Gibbs Racing