TOYOTA TIDBITS -- October 26 - November 1, 2009 Here Are the Headlines: Hamlin Victorious in Virginia Again Talladega is Site of Toyota Triumphs Toyota Takes Nationwide Manufacturer's Title Timothy Takes Truck Trophy Bodine Battling for Fifth ...
TOYOTA TIDBITS -- October 26 - November 1, 2009
Here Are the Headlines:
Hamlin Victorious in Virginia Again
Talladega is Site of Toyota Triumphs
Toyota Takes Nationwide Manufacturer's Title
Timothy Takes Truck Trophy
Bodine Battling for Fifth Superspeedway Win
HAMLIN WINS AT 'HOME': Denny Hamlin earned his third win of the season in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia. The 28-year-old Chesterfield, Va.-native led three times for 206 (of 501) laps at the half-mile track to record his seventh career NSCS victory and third in his 'home' state -- he also won at Martinsville last year and at Richmond in September. The win was the 20th for a Toyota driver in the Cup Series since 2007, as well as the 10th win for a Camry driver in 2009. The win enabled Hamlin to move up to ninth-place in the unofficial NSCS Chase point standings.
TOYOTA TALLADEGA TRIUMPHS: In 2008, four NASCAR races were held at Alabama's 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway and Toyota drivers swept all four events. Kyle Busch led 12 of the 188 laps in the spring race to earn the first Camry Sprint Cup Series points win at a superspeedway. Former Toyota driver Tony Stewart led the most laps (81 of 117) in the spring Nationwide Series race en route to victory lane. Stewart was again dominant in the fall Cup Series race -- leading the most laps (24 of 190) and registering Toyota's 10th NSCS win of 2008. In the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at the Alabama oval, Todd Bodine earned the 49th win for Toyota in the series.
TOYOTA TAKES TITLE: When Busch's Camry crossed the finish line second in Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Memphis Motorsports Park, it enabled Toyota to clinch its second consecutive NNS manufacturer's championship in its third year of series competition. Thus far, Camry Nationwide Series drivers have combined to produce 13 victories, 62 top-five finishes and 115 top-10 results in 32 events ran this season. Busch now leads the unofficial NNS point standings by 215 points ahead of second-place Carl Edwards with three races remaining in the 2009 season.
TRIUMPH FOR TIMOTHY: Tundra driver Timothy Peters, who resides in Danville, Va., earned his first career NCWTS win in Saturday afternoon's race at Martinsville Speedway. Peters, who lives about 30 miles from the track, started 11th, made one pit stop early in the race and led the final 84 (of 200) laps to earn his inaugural series win in the Red Horse Racing No. 1 Strutmasters.com Tundra. It was the 12th victory for a Tundra driver in 2009 and the 63rd series victory for Toyota since joining series competition in 2004. In addition to Peters, five other Tundra drivers earned top-10 finishes at the half-mile Virginia short track -- Bodine (second), Hamlin (sixth), David Starr (eighth) and Terry Cook (10th).
TAKING THE FIFTH?: Tundra driver Bodine will attempt to capture his fifth straight win on a superspeedway when he climbs into his Tundra at Talladega this weekend. Bodine, driver of the No. 30 Germain Racing Tundra, has two consecutive wins at Talladega Superspeedway (2007 and 2008), as well as back-to-back victories at Daytona International Speedway (2008 and 2009). In 2007, Bodine started from the Talladega pole and led 46 (of 94) laps en route to victory lane. Last year, Bodine used a thrilling last lap pass to win at the 2.66-mile Alabama oval. Bodine has 17 career NCWTS wins -- all in a Toyota Tundra.
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