TOYOTA TIDBITS -- July 6-12, 2009 Here Are the Headlines: Race Rewind Clean Sweep at Chicagoland Chicagoland Known by Camry Drivers Tundras Take Lead in Manufacturer Chase RESTRICTOR-PLATE RACE REWIND: Toyota drivers ran among the leaders at...
TOYOTA TIDBITS -- July 6-12, 2009
Here Are the Headlines:
Clean Sweep at Chicagoland
Chicagoland Known by Camry Drivers
Tundras Take Lead in Manufacturer Chase
RESTRICTOR-PLATE RACE REWIND: Toyota drivers ran among the leaders at Daytona International Speedway over the Fourth of July weekend, but just missed visiting victory lane in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) and NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) races. In Saturday night's NSCS event, Kyle Busch was leading the final lap when he crashed while trying to hold off race-winner Tony Stewart. Busch finished 14th in the restrictor-plate race, while fellow Camry drivers Denny Hamlin (third), Marcos Ambrose (sixth) and Brian Vickers (seventh) earned top-10 finishes. In Friday night's NNS race, Busch was runner-up to race-winner Clint Bowyer at the two-and-a-half-mile superspeedway.
KYLE'S CHICAGOLAND CLEAN SWEEP: Last year, Joe Gibbs Racing's (JGR) Busch was the center of attention at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., when he swept both the NSCS and NNS events in dominating style. In the Cup race, Busch led 165 of the 267 laps on his way to victory lane in his No. 18 JGR Camry, after starting from the pole. In the Nationwide race, Busch started 10th and led 101 of the 200 race laps en route to taking home the first-place trophy.
CAMRYS IN CHICAGO: In addition to Busch's 'double-play' last year at Chicagoland, Camry drivers have had strong showings at the one-and-a-half-mile oval. Last year, the No. 20 JGR Camry driven by Stewart finished fifth while Red Bull Racing Team's Vickers earned a sixth-place result in the NSCS event. A year ago in NNS action, Toyota drivers led 184 (of 200) laps, with pole-sitter David Reutimann (fifth) leading 83 laps and Busch leading 101 laps. Four Camry drivers finished in the top-five -- with Hamlin (second) and Vickers (fourth) joining Busch and Reutimann at the front of the NNS field.
RED BULL RETURNS: Jay Frye, general manger of the Red Bull Racing Team, will head to his native Illinois this weekend for the Chicagoland Speedway race. Originally from Rock Island, he oversees the Camrys driven by Scott Speed and Vickers, who has four pole positions in 2009 including California, Richmond, Michigan and Sonoma.
BUCK DOESN'T STOP HERE: Braun Racing's association with sponsor Dollar General will expand beyond the familiar team sponsorship this weekend at Chicagoland. The company will be the title sponsor of the Chicagoland NNS race -- the Dollar General 300. In addition, the retailer will be on the hood of two Braun Racing entries -- the No. 32 driven by Vickers and Reutimann in the No. 10. The retailer is also an associate sponsor on Braun's No. 38 Great Clips Camry driven by Jason Leffler.
TERRIFIC TUNDRAS: Tundra drivers have won six of the first 11 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) events this season. Todd Bodine has two victories (Daytona and Texas) and Busch has a pair of wins (California and Atlanta). In addition, Mike Skinner won the Kansas race and Brian Scott earned his first career victory at Dover. Toyota currently holds an eight point advantage over Chevrolet in the 2009 manufacturer's title chase. Tundra NCWTS drivers race at Kentucky on July 18.
HYBRID PACER: This weekend, a Toyota Camry hybrid will serve as the 'official pace car' for both NASCAR races at Chicagoland Speedway. It marks the first time a hybrid has served in this capacity at the track and fourth time this season the Camry hybrid has fulfilled this role with previous appearances in Charlotte, N.C., Sonoma, Calif., and Loudon, N.H.
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