Nashville: Toyota Motorsports preview

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Toyota drivers have combined for one win, five top-five results and 16 top-10 finishes after four of 35 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) races ... Toyota drivers Kyle Busch (fourth), Steve Wallace (ninth), Brian ...

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Toyota drivers have combined for one win, five top-five results and 16 top-10 finishes after four of 35 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) races ... Toyota drivers Kyle Busch (fourth), Steve Wallace (ninth), Brian Vickers (10th), Jason Leffler (11th), Joey Logano (12th), Michael Annett (15th), Trevor Bayne (17th) and Brian Scott (19th) are in the top-20 in NNS points ... Camry drivers earned the coveted Gibson guitar first-place trophy at both NNS races at Nashville Superspeedway in 2009 ... Logano started on the outside of row one in the spring and led 95 (of 225) laps en route to his first Nashville win ... Logano's Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) teammate, Busch, earned his first Gibson guitar at the 1.33-mile concrete oval after he started from the pole and led 173 (of 225) laps in the June race.

KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Z-Line Designs Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

After seven NNS starts at Nashville, how did it feel to get the win last June? "It was mainly relief. We had a good day that went smooth and we didn't have any issues. I was actually nervous coming down to the end of the race because I wasn't sure. I was like, 'Something might happen, you never know.' It would just be a never-ending saga really, but finally we were able to knock the monkey off our back and get a win at Nashville. For me, especially to get my first Nationwide Series win at Nashville and my second guitar -- I won an ARCA race there. It was very cool."

JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 GameStop Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

Why are you so strong at Nashville Superspeedway? "Before I ever raced there in the GameStop car, I had a lot of laps in testing (with Joe Gibbs Racing) Cup cars at both Nashville and Kentucky. I've done well because I've run so many laps so I know the track really well. And, of course, Joe Gibbs Racing just has an awesome program for the one-and-a-half-mile speedways and Nashville is similar to those."

TREVOR BAYNE, No. 99 Toyota Camry, Diamond-Waltrip Racing

Being from Knoxville -- are you looking forward to another race in Tennessee at Nashville? "Nashville was actually my first race for Michael Waltrip Racing last year (June). That's another hometown crowd -- I like it, it's almost like a grass roots kind of track. It's a really cool race track and we were running strong there last year. I think we were seventh when we got involved in an accident. We have some experience there and I love going to these tracks that I've been to before, like Bristol and Nashville -- I have laps there and it gives you that confidence."

STEVE WALLACE, No. 66 5 Hour Energy Toyota Camry, Rusty Wallace Racing

What do you think about racing at Nashville? "I've had a lot of good runs there. We sat on the pole there a couple years back. I like Nashville, it's a fun race track. I like all the concrete tracks because the tracks get rubbered up and you have to run on the bottom a lot and get a lot of rubber built up and your car is going to handle really good at those tracks. I'd like to win the guitar, but it's not like you can just go get it, you have to beat all those guys. I think we'll be in good shape, we'll have a good car there."

-source: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Rusty Wallace , Michael Waltrip , Jason Leffler , Trevor Bayne , Brian Vickers , Joey Logano , Michael Annett , Brian Scott , Steve Wallace , Kyle Busch
Teams Michael Waltrip Racing , Joe Gibbs Racing