TOYOTA TIDBITS -- October 5 - 11, 2009 Here Are the Headlines: Hamlin Hones in on Chase Kansas Creates Camry Conquests Camry Drivers Consistent at California KANSAS RACE RECALL: Four Toyota drivers recorded top-15 finishes in Sunday's NASCAR ...
TOYOTA TIDBITS -- October 5 - 11, 2009
Here Are the Headlines:
Hamlin Hones in on Chase
Kansas Creates Camry Conquests
Camry Drivers Consistent at California
KANSAS RACE RECALL: Four Toyota drivers recorded top-15 finishes in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Kansas Speedway. Denny Hamlin earned the best finish for a Camry driver with a fifth-place result and David Reutimann ended his day in eighth-place. Other Toyota drivers in the top-15 at Kansas were Kyle Busch (12th) and Marcos Ambrose (14th).
CAMRY DRIVERS CHASE PLACES: After three races in the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup playoff, Toyota drivers Hamlin and Brian Vickers are still in contention for the 2009 championship. After Kansas, Hamlin sits sixth in the standings, 99 points behind first-place Mark Martin. Vickers is 12th in the standings, 250 points behind Martin. A top-five finish at Kansas strengthened Hamlin's championship hopes, while engine problems left Vickers in 37th-place in the third Chase race.
CALIFORNIA'S NEW DATE: This weekend's NSCS race at Auto Club Speedway will mark the first time the track has hosted a Chase playoff event. In five Cup Series competitions at the track, the best result for a Camry driver has been a third-place finish by both Hamlin (August 2008) and Busch (February 2009). Overall, Toyota drivers have combined for 10 top-10 finishes at the Southern California circuit. Vickers earned the first of his six series poles this season in February at the two-mile Fontana oval.
LOGANO'S LATE PASS: Joey Logano overtook his Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) teammate Busch with four laps remaining to register a win in Saturday's 300-mile NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Kansas Speedway. It was the fifth one-two finish by the duo this season, with Logano claiming four of the five victories. Fellow Camry drivers Scott Speed (eighth) and Reed Sorenson (10th) also earned top-10 results at Kansas.
CAMRYS CAN DO CALIFORNIA: Camry drivers have won the last three Nationwide Series events at Auto Club Speedway. Earlier this year, Busch led 143 of 150 laps en route to victory lane at the California oval. In 2008, former Toyota driver Tony Stewart won February's race and Busch was victorious in the August event -- where he led 144 of 150 laps.
RECORD HOLDER: Following last weekend's Nationwide Series event, Busch set a new series record with 2,226 laps led this season. Sam Ard held the previous mark of 2,127 laps led in the series. Busch remains atop the NNS standings with a 245 point advantage over second-place Carl Edwards heading into Saturday's California race. Toyota drivers Jason Leffler (fourth), Michael Annett (12th) and Logano (14th) are also in the top-15 in series point standings with five races remaining in the 2009 season.
CAN TOYOTA SCORE FOUR?: After winning three consecutive manufacturer's championships (2006-08) in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS), Toyota is seeking its fourth title in six years competing in the series. With 20 of 25 races in the books this season, Toyota currently holds a 13-point advantage over Chevrolet in the 2009 manufacturer's point standings. This year, Tundra drivers have recorded 51 top -five and 108 top-10 finishes, and led 1,619 laps.
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