BACK FROM BRISTOL: Kyle Busch (ninth) was the highest-finishing Toyota driver in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Busch -- who swept both NSCS races at Bristol in 2009 -- overcame a 38th-place starting ...
BACK FROM BRISTOL: Kyle Busch (ninth) was the highest-finishing Toyota driver in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Busch -- who swept both NSCS races at Bristol in 2009 -- overcame a 38th-place starting position and blown tire during the race to record his first top-10 finish of the season. Camry drivers Martin Truex Jr. (12th), Brian Vickers (15th) and Denny Hamlin (20th) also finished in the top-20 on the Tennessee short track. Toyota driver Joey Logano became the youngest pole-winner in NSCS history at Bristol, recording his fast lap at 19 years, nine months and 23 days old.
POINTS PACE: Busch's finish at Bristol catapulted the 24-year-old Las Vegas native into 10th in the unofficial NSCS point standings, 168 points behind leader Kevin Harvick. Toyota drivers Vickers (14th), Logano (17th), Scott Speed (18th) and Hamlin (19th) are also in the top-20 in points after five of 36 races this season.
DEFENDING DENNY: NASCAR heads to its second short track of the season this weekend, visiting the half-mile Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. Hamlin was victorious the last time the NSCS visited Martinsville in October 2009. The Chesterfield, Va., native led a race high 206 of 501 laps to capture the checkered flag. It was his second win at the 'paper clip,' scoring his first victory driving a Toyota at the track in March 2008. Hamlin finished second at Martinsville last spring to race-winner Jimmie Johnson.
NATIONWIDE NUMBERS: Busch finished third in Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Bristol, crossing the finish line behind winner Justin Allgaier and runner-up Brad Keselowski. He led twice for 59 of 300 laps to record his second top- five result of the season. Fellow Camry drivers Reed Sorenson (seventh), Jason Leffler (ninth), Logano (14th) and Michael Annett (20th) also finished in the top-20 on the half-mile 'bullring.' The NNS returns to Nashville Superspeedway, April 3.
TUNDRA TIME: The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) returns to action this weekend at Martinsville, where Tundra drivers have won six of 12 races since Toyota joined the series in 2004. Timothy Peters recorded his first career NCWTS victory at Martinsville in October 2009, leading the final 84 of 200 laps en route to victory lane. Fellow Tundra driver Mike Skinner swept both Martinsville races in 2007, while 2008 NCWTS champion Johnny Benson -- who will make his season debut driving a Billy Ballew Motorsports Tundra -- won in the fall of his title run. Toyota also swept both races at the track in 2006, with David Starr (spring) and Jack Sprague (fall).
COMMONWEALTH CONNECTION: Martinsville Speedway is a special place for Peters and Red Horse Racing crew chief Jeff Hensley. Peters, who resides in Danville, Va., approximately 30 miles from Martinsville, spent the early part of his racing career cutting his teeth on the half-mile track before winning his first career NCWTS race last fall. Hensley, from Ridgeway, Va., approximately 10 miles from the track, is a former NNS driver and was the crew chief for both of Skinner's Martinsville victories in 2007. Peters and Hensley won their first race as a team in 2010, in the season-opening event at Daytona International Speedway, and come into Martinsville second in the NCWTS standings, four points behind Toyota driver Todd Bodine.
HYBRID LEADER: The Toyota Camry Hybrid will serve as the pace car for both races this weekend at Martinsville Speedway, as Toyota is the 'official vehicle' of the track.
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