Toyota tidbits 2010-05-04

RICHMOND REWIND: Camry driver Kyle Busch was victorious in Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Richmond International Raceway. Busch started on the pole and led 221 of the first 229 laps in the event, and eventually passed...

RICHMOND REWIND: Camry driver Kyle Busch was victorious in Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Richmond International Raceway. Busch started on the pole and led 221 of the first 229 laps in the event, and eventually passed Jeff Gordon on a late-race restart for the win. It was Toyota's 24th victory since joining the NSCS, and it came one day before Busch's 25th birthday. Camry drivers Martin Truex Jr. (seventh) and Marcos Ambrose (ninth) also finished in the top-10 in the 400-lap event at the three-quarter-mile oval. Toyota now has three NSCS victories at Richmond, tied with Martinsville for the most wins at any track. In addition, the six wins by Camry Cup drivers in Virginia are the most in any one state.

PACING POINTS: The victory enabled Busch to climb two spots to third-place in the NSCS point standings following Richmond, 109 points behind leader Kevin Harvick. Toyota drivers Denny Hamlin (seventh), Truex (14th), Joey Logano (17th), Brian Vickers (24th) and Scott Speed (25th) are also in the top-25 in points after 10 of 36 races in the 2010 season.

BACK AT THE LADY IN BLACK: This weekend, the NSCS returns to South Carolina's Darlington Raceway for a 500-mile event at the 1.366-mile track. One year ago, Logano (ninth) and Hamlin (13th) registered top-15 finishes at Darlington. Busch won the race at the 'Lady in Black' in 2008, leading 169 of 367 laps en route to victory lane. In that race, Camry drivers Hamlin (seventh) and Dave Blaney (ninth) also registered top-10 finishes.

NATIONWIDE NUMBERS: Busch (fourth) was the highest-finishing Toyota driver in Friday's NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) event at Richmond. He started on the pole and led twice for 62 laps, but couldn't hold off race-winner Brad Keselowski, who had fresh tires on a late-race restart. Logano (sixth), Reed Sorenson (eighth) and Brendan Gaughan (ninth) also finished in the top-10 Friday night. Nine Camry drivers are among the top-20 in NNS point standings following Richmond -- Busch (third), Logano (sixth), Gaughan (ninth), Brian Scott (10th), Trevor Bayne (12th), Steve Wallace (14th), Jason Leffler (15th), Michael Annett (17th) and Sorenson (20th).

SOUTH CAROLINA SUCCESS: Toyota has one NNS win at Darlington, when former Camry driver Tony Stewart was victorious in 2008. That year, he started third and led 90 (of 139) laps to take the checkered flag ahead of fellow Toyota drivers David Reutimann (third), Todd Bodine (fourth) and Leffler (ninth). In 2009, Leffler (second) matched his best finish of the season at Darlington, while Vickers (10th) also finished in the top-10 in the race won by Matt Kenseth. It was Busch who dominated, though, leading 143 of 153 laps before debris cut down his right-rear tire before a 'green-white-checkered' finish, forcing him to pit road and a 16th-place result.

KANSAS SIX-PACK: Six Toyota Tundra drivers finished in the top-10 in Sunday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at Kansas Speedway. Bodine finished third behind race-winner Johnny Sauter and runner-up Ron Hornaday Jr. Brian Ickler (fourth), Johnny Benson (fifth), Aric Almirola (seventh), Mike Skinner (eighth) and David Starr (10th) were also in the top-10 for Toyota at the 1.5-mile track just west of Kansas City.

TRACKING TUNDRAS: Despite a 23rd-place finish at Kansas, Tundra driver Timothy Peters continues to lead the NCWTS point standings. Peters now sits 22 points ahead of second-place Bodine. Almirola (third), Skinner (10th), Starr (11th) and Tayler Malsam (12th) are also in the top-15 in NCWTS points for Toyota after five of 25 races this season. The NCWTS returns to action at Delaware's Dover International Speedway, May 14.

-source: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup , NASCAR XFINITY , NASCAR Truck
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Matt Kenseth , Tony Stewart , Todd Bodine , Jason Leffler , Mike Skinner , David Starr , Kevin Harvick , Johnny Benson , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Johnny Sauter , Marcos Ambrose , Brendan Gaughan , David Reutimann , Martin Truex Jr. , Brian Vickers , Brad Keselowski , Denny Hamlin , Reed Sorenson , Timothy Peters , Aric Almirola , Joey Logano , Brian Scott , Tayler Malsam , Brian Ickler , Steve Wallace , Kyle Busch