Atlanta: Toyota Motorsports preview

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Toyota drivers have combined for 13 wins, 53 top-five results, 106 top-10 finishes and 12 poles after 25 of 35 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) races ... Camry drivers Kyle Busch (third), Steve Wallace (seventh), ...

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Toyota drivers have combined for 13 wins, 53 top-five results, 106 top-10 finishes and 12 poles after 25 of 35 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) races ... Camry drivers Kyle Busch (third), Steve Wallace (seventh), Trevor Bayne (eighth), Joey Logano (ninth) and Jason Leffler (10th) are in the top-10 in the NNS point standings ... Busch currently is tied with Sam Ard for the most NNS wins in a single season at 10 ... Toyota holds a 43-point advantage over Chevrolet in the manufacturer point standings with 10 races remaining in the 2010 NNS season.

BRIAN SCOTT, No. 11 AccuDoc Solutions Toyota Camry, Braun Racing

Do you enjoy racing at Atlanta? "I love Atlanta. Atlanta is one of the faster mile-and-a-half tracks that we go to on new tires, and it also challenges you the most with wearing them out and sliding around. It can be a really, really fun place. When your setup's right, you can run high against the wall and you can run on the bottom. I don't think I've ever had to hang on more at a place than I have at Atlanta in the truck when we were loose there. It can provide a lot of challenges, but it can be very rewarding and make you feel very good about yourself."

How does your experience in the Truck Series compare to the Nationwide cars? "It's different, but in some ways it's a lot the same. You're obviously trying to accomplish the same thing and trying to get the same feel -- to be fast without feeling out of control, but be on the edge with control. That's the same between a truck and a Nationwide car, it's just you go about it a little different way. When they feel right and they feel 100 percent perfect, they just have a slightly different feel and you just have to adapt to that. I think I am far enough along in the season in Nationwide now and comfortable enough in the cars to know what I need from a Nationwide car and how it will feel different when it's right compared to the Camping World Truck."

KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 NOS Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

How important is getting an 11th win and breaking the record for Nationwide wins in a single season? "It's pretty awesome. To me, it's cool to have the opportunity. We've got 10 more races left or to get the opportunity to do it. Hopefully, luck can fall our way and we can get number 11. Number 11 is going to be pretty special because for one, it's never been done before. For two, it brings one of our crew members that has never been to victory lane before to victory lane. I've mentioned it before, Leo Thorsen, the car chief on our car for some reason just doesn't like coming to victory lane, but I told him on win number 11 when I break the record for most wins and you're a part of it, I said, 'You're coming to victory lane and getting your picture taken and hanging it up on the wall for your kids to see he was a part of it.' Kevin Grubb, the engine tuner, he was with Sam (Ard) back when Sam won 10, so it's pretty cool to have him here now."

-source: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jason Leffler , Kevin Grubb , Trevor Bayne , Steve Wallace
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing