Talladega: Toyota Motorsports preview

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Toyota drivers have combined for three wins, 13 top-five results, 29 top-10 finishes and three poles after seven of 35 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) races ... With his Texas victory, Kyle Busch etched his name in...

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Toyota drivers have combined for three wins, 13 top-five results, 29 top-10 finishes and three poles after seven of 35 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) races ... With his Texas victory, Kyle Busch etched his name in the NASCAR record books by earning a fifth consecutive win at the 1.5-mile oval ... Busch is only the third driver in NASCAR history to earn five consecutive wins at the same track -- a mark previously accomplished by Dale Earnhardt and Jack Ingram ... Toyota drivers Busch (first), Joey Logano (seventh), Brendan Gaughan (10th), Jason Leffler (11th), Steve Wallace (12th), Brian Scott (13th), Michael Annett (15th) and Trevor Bayne (16th) are in the top-20 in NNS points.

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

Will you consider running for the Nationwide Series championship this year? "I'd like to, but we know how difficult it is to run both and what it takes away from the premium spot, which is the Sprint Cup Series title. I don't want to take anything away from those guys. The summer months get tough. When you have the companion races, I don't think it does anything. But, when you go from Sonoma (Calif.) to the new road course race in Wisconsin, you are going to have to skip all of Saturday in Sonoma to be there for that event in the Nationwide Series. You really hinder your chances to get a good race car setup for the race that's going to be on Sunday out in Sonoma. That's the biggest thing that I look at. All the other ones aren't too bad. Maybe we skip one and can still win the deal, I don't know."

JASON LEFFLER, No. 38 Great Clips Toyota Camry, Braun Racing

Do you think a Nationwide Series-only driver has a better chance to win at Talladega? "I think everybody has a better chance there because anything can play out on the last lap or so. You have to have a fast car and you have to put yourself in the right position, but sometimes you don't even have to put yourself in the right position -- it just happens. I feel like our chances are great, but a big part of that is that the car is so good and I've got some good teammates to work with. I think your chances of seeing a different winner at Talladega are better than they would be at a standard race track."

TREVOR BAYNE, No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Diamond-Waltrip Racing

What are your expectations for your first race at Talladega Superspeedway? "I haven't raced at Talladega yet. However, I did get to make some laps there last season at the new car test. It was cool to get to make laps there and see how smooth the track was compared to Daytona. I really don't know what to expect because I hear it's a lot different than Daytona. I know that Diamond-Waltrip Racing will have a good car for me to drive. They always tend to bring really strong race cars to superspeedway tracks."

-source: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jason Leffler , Trevor Bayne , Brendan Gaughan , Joey Logano , Michael Annett , Brian Scott , Steve Wallace , Kyle Busch
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing