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Can JGR Duplicate Talladega Sweep?
Victory for Vickers Makes Talladega Tops
Talladega Debuts for Logano and Ambrose
Double Duty at 'Dega'
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS)
NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: Toyota Camry drivers have combined for two wins (Kyle Busch -- Las Vegas and Bristol), seven top- fives and 14 top-10 finishes through eight 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races ... In addition, Camry drivers have led 887 laps and earned three poles ... Kyle Busch is the defending spring race-winner at Talladega ... Busch earned the first superspeedway win for Toyota in NSCS competition driving the Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) No. 18 Camry ... JGR earned a second NSCS win at the 2.66-mile Alabama track in 2008 as the No. 20 Camry (Tony Stewart) took the top spot in the fall event.
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Pedigree Toyota Camry
What's the key to winning at Talladega? "The key is to somehow stay out of trouble. In that race, you pretty much stay around the bottom, since there is a lot of grip there and you can pretty much run wide open every single lap. Everyone can run up on top of each other. When you get single file at the bottom, sometimes it's hard to get a lane on the outside with enough good cars to get something going. It can be frustrating at times because of that. It also seems to still put on a good race each time we go there. If you can be a contender and stay in line on the bottom, you can make it a pretty easy and safe race. Normally, guys are not content doing that -- so that's when it starts to get crazy."
BRIAN VICKERS, No. 83 Red Bull Toyota Camry
How special is Talladega since it's the site of your first career NSCS win? "Talladega is one of my favorite tracks. I've always enjoyed superspeedway racing. It was a special day for me and a special track, and always will be. As far as the track itself, it is the most impressive re-surfacing job I've ever experienced. They did a great job, and it's held up really well. There's not many bumps that have come up over the course of time. Obviously, it has lost grip, but you don't really notice it in our cars. You will notice the lack of grip when you notice the starting difference between the old track and the new track -- but it's such a track the way the banking is and at two-and-a-half-miles and a super speedway and all of the things that go with those facilities -- you're not going to notice a slight drop in grip year-to-year."
JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry
What are your expectations for your first NSCS start at Talladega? "At Daytona, we were dead-sideways, three-wide and everyone was doing the same thing. And you had to think that was the big-time because everyone was out of control. It made for good racing and it was kind of cool. Talladega is going to be smoother, more grip and I don't think everyone will be on the edge as much -- just going off of what I experienced in the ARCA race there. The car went where I told it to most of the time and at Daytona the car went wherever it wanted to go. I think this car is going to be more driver-friendly and people are going to be able to make their moves. That's why you sort of see the packs stay closer at Talladega because handling doesn't come into play as much. I'm sure it still will, but not as much."
MARCOS AMBROSE, No. 47 Little Debbie Toyota Camry
How do you feel about making your first NSCS start at Talladega? "I am just going to run around as fast as I can and be patient before I start hitting everybody and making my way to the front. I learned a lot at Daytona and that is a harder track to drive than Talladega. It's probably one of the race tracks that I don't really have a thought about because I don't want to think about it until I get there. It's just an insane race and you just have to run around, take chances and hope that you're not the one in the big crash."
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