MEMPHIS MEMORIES: The Toyota Camry will make its second NNS start at Memphis Motorsports Park Saturday. Reutimann gave Toyota its second NNS win in 2007 at the track, leading 194 of 253 laps on the three-quarter-mile Tennessee oval en route to...
MEMPHIS MEMORIES: The Toyota Camry will make its second NNS start at Memphis Motorsports Park Saturday. Reutimann gave Toyota its second NNS win in 2007 at the track, leading 194 of 253 laps on the three-quarter-mile Tennessee oval en route to the checkered flag. The Zephyrhills, Fla.-native survived a record 25 caution flags for 117 laps to capture his first-career NNS win. Fellow Camry driver Jason Leffler (fifth) also posted a top-five finish for Toyota at Memphis last fall.
DAVID DISCUSSES '07 WIN: "I don't know if there has ever been that many yellows in a race, there were a lot of them," says Reutimann, reflecting on last year's victory. "Memphis is a pretty challenging racetrack and sometimes it is challenging to pass. It doesn't take much to turn a guy around. It was one of those deals where it is good for Michael Waltrip Racing because we were able to give them their first win on the race track in a few years. I was so proud of my guys."
THE 'KING' RETURNS TO MEMPHIS: When Reutimann won at Memphis last October, the No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Camry he drove was carrying a very special paint scheme. The designer, Wiley King, was the winner of the inaugural 'Design a Dream' coloring contest -- where children at the St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital could color their own paint scheme, with the winners seeing their sketch on actual race cars. After drawing the winning design last year, King and his family will be on-hand at Memphis again this weekend. The No. 99 Toyota Camry is one of many NNS cars participating in the program again this year.
ON THE 'MARC' IN MEMPHIS: Joe Gibbs Racing development driver Marc Davis will make his Nationwide Series debut Saturday at Memphis. The 18-year-old Silver Spring, Maryland-product made his NASCAR debut at St. Louis in August, finishing 16th in the NCTS race for Randy Moss Motorsports.
'MARC' MY WORDS: "It's been a long time coming," says Davis. "I'm really excited and looking forward to it. "I've seen (Memphis) on video games and I've watched tapes of a lot of Nationwide and Craftsman Truck Series races there. I've never competed there, but I've tried to learn everything I can about the track. When you break it down, the No. 18 car has 10 wins this year. When you get in that car, you expect to run well , a nd I expect to run well myself."
SHARING IS WISE: With Reutimann having NSCS obligations in Atlanta on Friday and Saturday morning, Josh Wise will practice and qualify the No. 99 Camry in Memphis. The Riverside, Calif.-native has made three NNS starts for Toyota in 2008, with a best finish of 14th at Michigan in August.
BUESCHER BACK IN: James Buescher returns to the seat of the Braun Racing No. 32 Camry this weekend for his final start with the team in 2008. The 18-year-old from Plano, Texas has made five NNS starts with Braun in 2008, with a best finish of eighth at Gateway International Raceway outside St. Louis in July.
CAMRY COUNT: Toyota drivers have earned 19 NNS wins this season. Busch has nine victories, including three consecutive at Texas (April 5), Phoenix (April 11) and Mexico City (April 20), along with victories at Charlotte (May 24 and Oct. 10), Chicagoland (July 11), Indianapolis (July 26), California (Aug. 30) and Dover (Sept. 20). Stewart has five NNS wins at Daytona (Feb. 16), California (Feb. 25), Talladega (April 26), Darlington (May 9) and New Hampshire (June 28). Hamlin has recorded four victories at Richmond (May 2), Dover (May 31), Daytona (July 4) and Kansas (Sept. 27). Logano scored his first career NNS win at Kentucky (June 14).
POINTS PACE: Four Camry drivers currently rank in the top-10 in the NNS point standings heading into Memphis. Busch (sixth) is the highest-ranking Toyota driver in points after 31 of 35 races. Reutimann (seventh), Mike Wallace (eighth) and Leffler (ninth) are chasing points-leader Clint Bowyer with four races remaining on the 2008 schedule.
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