NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: Toyota Camry drivers combined for one top-five and four top-10 finishes in the first NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race in 2010 with Vickers (fifth), Logano (seventh), Kasey Kahne (ninth) and Steve Wallace (10th) ... Toyota...
NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: Toyota Camry drivers combined for one top-five and four top-10 finishes in the first NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race in 2010 with Vickers (fifth), Logano (seventh), Kasey Kahne (ninth) and Steve Wallace (10th) ... Toyota drivers have won four straight NNS races at Fontana with Busch (Aug. 2008 and Feb. 2009), Logano (Oct. 2009) and former Toyota driver Tony Stewart (Feb. 2008) each taking the Camry to victory lane at the two-mile track.
JASON LEFFLER, No. 38 GreatClips Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Do you enjoy racing near your hometown of Long Beach, Calif.? "I always look forward to the chance to get back to the west coast, but this weekend I'm just excited about getting back to racing. Daytona is its own beast, where it really doesn't matter if you have a great race car or a mediocre race car. It's more about the luck you are dealt. The real season starts at California because your performance there will be a pretty good indicator of where you stand in comparison with everyone else and what areas you need to work on for the first part of the season. I feel very confident that we will have a strong car that will be able to qualify up front and contend for the win this weekend. To win at this track would be a huge deal for me. Of course, you want to win every race, but you especially want that win in front of the home crowd with your family and friends cheering you on."
STEVE WALLACE, No. 66 5-Hour Energy Toyota Camry, Rusty Wallace Racing
What is the key to have a good race in California? "California is a fun track to drive, because you can run a lot of different grooves. I typically run the bottom more, but at the same time, you'll see guys like my teammate, Brendan Gaughan, right up against the wall. It's a really wide and fast track, so horsepower and downforce are two of the real keys to running up front. Without both, you're just not going to have a very good day. Those also happen to be two areas where I think our switch to the Toyota Camry and Triad engines is really going to help us. I really think our Camry will be strong this weekend. We had a top-10 there in the first race last year and ran even better in the second race. We were up in the top-five for a lot of the day before pit strategy and an accident on the last lap ruined our race. So, when you combine that with the advantage we feel our new Toyota program provides us, this weekend should be a good one for our team."
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