MORE CALIFORNIA HISTORY: Blaney captured the first pole for the Camry in NASCAR competition when he was the fastest qualifier for the Nationwide Series race at the California oval in February 2007. Earlier this year, Stewart earned his first ...
MORE CALIFORNIA HISTORY: Blaney captured the first pole for the Camry in NASCAR competition when he was the fastest qualifier for the Nationwide Series race at the California oval in February 2007. Earlier this year, Stewart earned his first California win in February when he led 136 of 150 laps. Stewart was followed to the finish line by fellow Camry driver Busch for a one-two sweep.
RETURNING TO ROOTS: Two Toyota drivers and one crew chief from the NNS garage call Southern California home. Jason Leffler, driver of the No. 38 Braun Racing entry, grew up in Long Beach. Originally from Riverside, Josh Wise will be behind the wheel of the No. 22 Camry for Fitz Motorsports this weekend. Jerry Baxter, crew chief for the No. 99 Michael Waltrip Racing Camry driven by Reutimann, hails from San Diego where he raced Late Models from 1976-79 and occasionally raced against Ernie Irvan, Rusty Wallace and Dick Trickle.
WORDS FROM WISE: "We lived about 20 minutes from the Auto Club Speedway and that's where I watched my first NASCAR race," says Wise. "Growing up around the area, I raced Quarter Midgets at Pomona from seven to 13 years of age and I also raced at Perris right about the time I was graduating from Jurupa Valley High School. I have a lot of history there and friends and family are still there. I'm looking forward to going back."
RACE REWIND: Three Toyota Camrys finished in the top-10 in the NNS race last weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. Busch's seventh-place run was the highest among the Camry contingent, followed by Reutimann (eighth) and Vickers (ninth). Leffler (15th), Joey Logano (16th), Mike Wallace (35th) and Hamlin (36th) were also in the field.
DOUBLE DUTY: Three Camry drivers are set to compete in a pair of NASCAR events during the Fontana race weekend. Busch, Reutimann and Vickers will compete in the NNS race Saturday and the NSCS race on Sunday at the two-mile California oval. Busch will drive the No. 18 JGR entry in both races. Vickers will drive the No. 83 Red Bull Racing entry in Sunday's NSCS race and the No. 32 Braun Racing Camry in the NNS race. Reutimann will once again compete for Michael Waltrip Racing in both events, pulling his regular Toyota 'double-duty.'
CAMRY COUNT: Camrys have won 15 of the 26 NNS races this season. Busch has six wins, including three consecutive at Texas (April 5), Phoenix (April 11) and Mexico City (April 20), along with victories at Charlotte (May 24), Chicagoland (July 11) and Indianapolis (July 26). 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 three victories at Richmond (May 2), Dover (May 31) and Daytona (July 4). Logano scored his first-career victory at Kentucky (June 14).
CAMRY CONSISTENCY: Four Camry drivers remain in the top-10 in points after Bristol, with Reutimann (fourth) leading the way, followed by Busch (seventh), Leffler (eighth) and Wallace (ninth) after 26 of 35 races.
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