PHOENIX REPLAY: Kyle Busch (eighth) was the top Toyota driver to the finish line in Saturday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR). Busch was leading when a caution came out with three laps remaining. After...
PHOENIX REPLAY: Kyle Busch (eighth) was the top Toyota driver to the finish line in Saturday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR). Busch was leading when a caution came out with three laps remaining. After pit stops, he restarted eighth and was unable to regain the lead in the two-lap, green-white-checkered flag finish. He led the field twice for a total of 113 laps (of 378) and tied Jimmie Johnson for most laps led during the race. Toyota driver Joey Logano (10th) also earned a top-10 result at the one-mile Arizona oval. After seven of 36 races, five Camry drivers are currently in the top-20 in the NSCS point standings -- Logano (11th), Busch (12th), Brian Vickers (17th), Denny Hamlin (18th) and Martin Truex Jr. (19th).
TEXAS TOYOTA TALES: Last November, Hamlin earned a runner-up finish in the NSCS race at Texas Motor Speedway. His Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) teammate Busch (11th) led the most laps (232 of 333 laps) in the event, but finished 11th after running out of fuel in the closing laps. In April of 2008 at Texas, Busch scored a third-place result after leading 50 laps and combined with teammates Hamlin (fifth) and former Toyota driver Tony Stewart (seventh) to give Toyota three top-10 finishers at the 1.5-mile oval. When the series raced at Texas in November of 2008, Camry drivers Busch (sixth) and David Reutimann (10th) recorded top- 10 results. Last April, Reutimann earned the pole at Texas and led 40 laps before finishing 11th.
BUSCH TAKES ANOTHER TRIUMPH: Busch took his second NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) victory of 2010 in Friday night's event at PIR. Despite leading the race on lap 144, Busch was given a black flag pass through penalty for jumping the restart. Busch returned to the track in 19th-place after the penalty and worked his way to 10th with just 10 laps remaining before taking the lead for the final time five laps before the checkered flag waived. Busch led a race-high 126 of 200 laps. Camry drivers Brendan Gaughan (fourth) and Logano (10th) also had top-10 finishes at the one-mile track. Eight Toyota drivers are currently in the top-20 in the unofficial NNS driver points after six of 35 events -- Busch (third), Logano (seventh), Gaughan (11th), Brian Scott (12th), Michael Annett (13th), Jason Leffler (14th), Steve Wallace (16th) and Trevor Bayne (17th).
TEXAS TOYOTA NNS HISTORY: Busch has won the last four NNS races at Texas, leading 657 of 800 total race laps. He is the first driver to earn four straight NNS wins at Texas and his win last November allowed him to match a track record for most consecutive victories at the track, a mark also held by Gaughan in the Truck Series. Starting position does not matter to the 24-year- old -- he started 31st in April of 2008 and became the first driver to win from a starting position that deep in the field. He started fourth in November 2008, last April he started from the pole and qualified sixth last November for his fourth Texas triumph.
TRUCKS TAKE IT EASY: The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) takes a few weeks off before returning to action at Kansas Speedway, May 2. In 2010, Tundra drivers have earned two victories, 12 top-five finishes, 19 top-10 results and led 276 laps. Timothy Peters won the season-opening event at Daytona and Busch won the most recent race at Nashville -- his first NCWTS win as a driver/owner. Toyota driver Mike Skinner, who won last year's Kansas NCWTS race, visits Kansas City on Tuesday in advance of the upcoming race.
CAST YOUR VOTES: The 10 finalists for the Toyota Racing 'Sponsafy Your Ride' contest are accessible via ToyotaRacing.com for the final round of voting, which began April 1. Race fans can visit the site, click on the Sponsafier logo and vote for their favorite design through this Thursday, April 15. The winning design will be featured on a Toyota Camry NSCS car on display at the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, May 22.
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