TOYOTA TALK: Leffler Likes ORP Shaw Makes Truck Debut NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: Toyota Camry drivers have recorded nine wins (Busch -- California, Texas, Richmond, Nashville-2, New Hampshire and St. Louis; Logano --...
Leffler Likes ORP
Shaw Makes Truck Debut
NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS)
NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: Toyota Camry drivers have recorded nine wins (Busch -- California, Texas, Richmond, Nashville-2, New Hampshire and St. Louis; Logano -- Nashville-1, Kentucky, Chicagoland), 35 top-fives and 69 top-10 finishes through 19 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) races this season ... Camry drivers have led 2,247 NNS laps this year ... Busch leads the NNS point standings by 212 points over second-place Carl Edwards ... Camry drivers have won back-to-back NNS races at O'Reilly Raceway Park (ORP) ... Busch won last year and Jason Leffler earned the first NASCAR win for a Camry in 2007.
JASON LEFFLER, No. 38 Great Clips Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
How much are you looking forward to ORP? "ORP is an exciting track for me. Obviously, I've raced there a lot and it's a big week of racing that seems to kick off with the race at Gateway. I just love ORP. It's really my home track and it's a track that I've raced at the most in my career. I'm going back there with a lot of family and friends and supporters in the stands. As well as we ran a couple of years ago, it would be cool to get another win there. I'm going to run my USAC Midget there on Thursday night too, so maybe I can start it off with a win there."
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: In 12 NCWTS races in 2009, Toyota Tundra drivers have combined for six wins (Todd Bodine -- Daytona and Texas; Busch -- California and Atlanta; Mike Skinner -- Kansas; Brian Scott -- Dover), 34 top-fives and 64 top-10 finishes ... In addition, Tundra drivers have recorded three poles and led 898 laps ... Former Toyota driver Johnny Benson earned the first win for a Tundra at ORP last year ... Nineteen-year-old Caitlin Shaw will make her NASCAR debut in Friday's NCWTS race driving the No. 1 Red Horse Racing Tundra.
CAITLIN SHAW, No. 1 Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing
How excited are you about your first career Camping World Truck Series start? "It's such a huge accomplishment for me to be able to compete in this series. Driving in NASCAR has always been a goal of mine, and it's exciting to see some of the hard work pay off. I can't wait to get on the track, especially at O'Reilly Raceway Park. It's a great opportunity that Toyota and Red Horse have made possible for me. I consider ORP to be one of my home tracks because I've been there testing and racing so often with the midget it just feels like home. I think that will help me to get past the nerves allowing me to focus on running with the other trucks and earning some respect from the veteran drivers."
TODD BODINE, No. 30 Ventrilo Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing
What is it like to race at O'Reilly Raceway Park? "ORP is a flat track. It's real easy to overdrive it. The Ventrilo Tundra has got to turn good through the center to be able to drive off the corner. It gets real frustrating if it doesn't turn good because then it will get loose off the corners. It takes a lot of patience to race at ORP. You have to be perfect to be in position at the end of the race. We've worked really hard on our short track program and we'll be trying a totally different set up this week."
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