TOYOTA TALK: Busch, Annett Say Iowa Equals Richmond 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,...
Busch, Annett Say Iowa Equals Richmond
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), 36 top-fives and 72 top-10 finishes through 20 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) races this season ... Busch leads the NNS point standings by 192 points over second-place Carl Edwards ... The Nationwide Series will visit Iowa Speedway for the first time this weekend ... Busch has a streak of eight consecutive top-two finishes, which is one short of the series record (nine) set by Jack Ingram in 1983.
MICHAEL ANNETT, No. 15 Northland Toyota Camry, Germain Racing
Can you compare Iowa to another race track that the Nationwide Series competes at? "I think everybody says that it's real similar to Richmond. Richmond is a little bit tighter off turn two than Iowa. There's a little bit more room, but everyone keeps talking about a bump that's on the bottom of (turn) two that's kind of developed. I was in the first Late Model race ever held there (Iowa) and it was almost like Talladega. It was really smooth and everybody's handling really good but when you get a track that gets a little character and gets a bump like that it separates the field and makes it a little bit more fun."
TREVOR BAYNE, No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Do you think you have a good chance to run upfront at Iowa since you've raced there before? "I think we've got a good chance there. I've been to Iowa three times already. We've run two races there in the Hooters Pro Cup and ran the Camping World East Series there last year. That will be the first track that I'm going to that I've been to before. That's pretty important. The biggest thing is when we've been going to tracks, other drivers know how to adjust before the track actually changes and that's where we've been behind the eight-ball a little bit. We have to adjust as it happens instead of before it happens."
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Pizza Ranch Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Does the Iowa track compare to any other tracks that you've raced at before? "It's a funny race track because it's not Richmond, whic h is a three-quarter mile, and we tend to take it as a short track . And it's not a mile-and-a-half because it's only seven-eighths mile. It drives like Richmond, but it feels like a mile -and-a-half. It feels like you're going so fast there, but you're r eally not. It was really good for side-by-side racing. Turn three is just a little bit harder than to be expected. It's a little flat getting in there and then the banking picks up more as you get into the corner and onto the exits. That might be a little tricky for some guys to get used to, especially racing side -by-side on the inside of somebody -- a couple guys might get loose and hopefully not cause a handful of wrecks. To learn that place was really good and really beneficial for me. It was nice to go there and hopefully we can have a good, solid run there."
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