TEXAS TALE: Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Texas will be the fourth visit for Toyota Camrys to the 'Lone Star' state. Busch scored his first of eight Nationwide wins in the spring event. He led 125 of the final 130 laps...
TEXAS TALE: Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Texas will be the fourth visit for Toyota Camrys to the 'Lone Star' state. Busch scored his first of eight Nationwide wins in the spring event. He led 125 of the final 130 laps -- and a race-high 126 of 200 -- en route to the checkered flag. Vickers (sixth), Jason Leffler (ninth) and Stewart (10th) also earned top-10 finishes for Toyota in April. In last fall's race at Texas, Reutimann earned the pole position for Toyota the week following his first career NNS win in Memphis.
TOYOTAS IN TENNESSEE: Reutimann recorded his season-best NNS finish of the year on Saturday with a second-place finish at Memphis Motorsports Park. Toyota 18-year-old drivers Joey Logano (fifth) and James Buescher (pole) also had memorable moments in Memphis. Buescher earned his first career pole in just his sixth series start and finished 19th. Leffler finished 12th and Mike Wallace earned a 14th-place result, while Marc Davis (23rd) made his Nationwide Series debut on Saturday in a JGR entry.
FROM THE BACK OF THE PACK: Reutimann's NSCS driving duties in Atlanta over the weekend caused him to miss qualifying in Memphis and he had to start from the back of the 43-car field. "We ended up having a great car," says Reutimann. "Josh (Wise) did an incredible job practicing and qualifying the car. The car drove phenomenal the whole race. Three-quarters of the field was in the same situation when we ended up being two laps down. We got one of our laps back the old fashion way -- I fought for it and got it back -- and then the second time we got the 'Lucky Dog' and were able to get up there."
LOGANO LEARNING: Part of being a rookie driver is visiting tracks for the first time, which is what Logano is experiencing this year. "I came to Memphis earlier and went around a few laps with Mike McLaughlin and Casey Atwood just trying to get to know the race track a little bit to see what I needed to do," said Logano, who has proved to be a quick study. "I think we did good for never being here before. I'll take another top-five to get back in the spirit again."
CATCHING SOME COACHING: Logano has learned many things from Joe Gibbs -- the former NFL coach and team owner at JGR. "A lot of people stuff," says Logano. "He knows what he's doing when it comes to that. You watch the way he deals with the media. You watch the way he deals with the guys on the team. That, to me, is a very, very big deal. Winning races takes a lot of hard work, and that's one of the steps, I think, that gets you there. You have to be gelling with the people around you all the time. That's probably the biggest thing I've learned from him."
PILING UP POLES: Toyota drivers have earned 12 NNS poles this season. Busch has four poles at Nashville (March 22), Phoenix (April 11), California (August 30) and Dover (September 20). Camry drivers with a pair of poles in 2008 include Logano at Nashville (June 7) and Kentucky (June 14), Stewart at Daytona (Feb. 15) and Talladega (April 25), and Vickers at Las Vegas (March 1) and Charlotte (May 24). Reutimann earned the top-starting spot at Chicagoland (July 11) and Buescher earned the pole at the most recent NNS race at Memphis (Oct. 25).
POINTS PACE: Four Camry drivers currently rank in the top-10 in the NNS point standings heading into Texas. Reutimann, who regained the sixth position in the standings, is the highest-ranking Toyota driver in points after 32 of 35 races. Busch (seventh), Wallace (eighth) and Leffler (ninth) also trail points-leader Clint Bowyer with three races remaining.
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