TOYOTA TALK: Busch Has Been Close Michael Making the Most of Weekend Logano Looking Forward to One-Race Weekend Brentwood's Lamar Right at Home Lagasse Likes Racing Cup Regulars NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) NEWS, NOTES - NUMBERS: Toyota...
Busch Has Been Close
Michael Making the Most of Weekend
Logano Looking Forward to One-Race Weekend
Brentwood's Lamar Right at Home
Lagasse Likes Racing Cup Regulars
NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS)
NEWS, NOTES - NUMBERS: Toyota Camry drivers have recorded two wins (Busch -- California and Texas), six top-fives and 16 top-10 finishes through five 2009 races ... In addition, Camry drivers have captured two poles and led 523 laps ... Last weekend in Texas, Busch earned the 20th NNS pole for Toyota ... Busch also became the first driver to capture three consecutive NNS wins at the Lone Star' state track ... Of the 10 Camry drivers scheduled to compete in this weekend's Nashville race, three have hoisted the famed Gibson guitar above their heads in victory lane -- David Green (spring 2003), Michael Waltrip (spring 2004) and Jason Leffler (summer 2004) ... Burney Lamar, driver of the Braun Racing No. 32 Camry, resides in nearby Brentwood, Tenn .
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Z-Line Designs Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
How close have you come to winning at Nashville? "I've been so close there a few times at being able to win a race. Last spring, I qualified on the pole and led the most laps and coming down towards the end just got too loose and spun through the grass. That was the one that Michael Waltrip won. It's a fun little race track -- a mile-and-a-third concrete race track, but it's a weird race track sometimes. The most prestigious prize you get from that event is the trophy of course -- the Gibson guitar. Hopefully, we can get one of those and bring it home. I've got one from an ARCA race there, but it sure would be nice to win one in Nationwide."
MICHAEL WALTRIP, No. 99 Best Western Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
What do you like about visiting Nashville? "I love everything about Nashville -- both the track and the city. Nashville is one of my favorite cities that we go to because I love the country music industry. Me and Ken Butler (Aaron's president) plan on going to the Grand Ole Opry on Friday night. Maybe they'll let me get on stage and sing a little bit. I have also won the race at Nashville, so hopefully we can do that again. The last time I was there (2004) we won and Nashville is close to home. We get to race on Saturday and spending Sunday with the family on Easter, which will be cool."
JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 GameStop Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Are you looking forward to the Nationwide Series race at Nashville this weekend? "I'm really looking forward to Nashville this weekend. I've had some decent success in that city, but I haven't won there yet. I picked up my first career Nationwide Series pole in the second race there last year and we came close to winning at the fairgrounds track in 2007 in the NASCAR Camping World East Series. The speedway is great for the Nationwide cars. It's an intermediate track like a lot of the others that we go to, but the concrete surface gives it a much different feel. We've had some very strong GameStop Toyotas at the intermediate tracks this year. If we have as good a car as we did last weekend in Texas, we should be in good shape."
What did it mean to win your first Nationwide pole at Nashville last year? "Winning that first pole last year was a big deal for me. There was a lot of hype and buildup around my first start at Dover. To come back in my second race and grab the pole was huge for my confidence. I'm not sure what it showed the rest of the world, but I showed myself that I belonged here and that I could compete early in my career. It catapulted us to a big year. I wish we could have won that race, but we'll go back this time to finish the job."
BURNEY LAMAR, No. 32 Dollar General Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Do you look forward to racing close to home? "Nashville is home for both me and my sponsor, Dollar General, which is headquartered in Goodlettsville, Tenn. -- so racing at Nashville Superspeedway is very special. I look forward to sharing the weekend with a small portion of the 60,000 members of the Dollar General family, as well as with my wife, newborn daughter and our close friends. In addition to it being the home track, I love racing at Nashville. It's a fun track and I've always run well. Taking the No. 32 Dollar General Toyota there, I know we will unload and be fast. I anticipate we'll get dialed in quickly and have a great race!"
Have you been to the Grand Ole Opry? "Yes, I have. With the history that Dollar General has in Nashville, I was actually introduced on stage at the Grand Ole Opry. I got to meet Porter Wagoner, Brad Paisley, Daryl Worley, and Charlie Pride. It was incredible. That was definitely one of my most memorable moments that I've had so far in Nashville."
If you were to win the Nashville race -- can you play a song on the Gibson guitar? "No, but trust me, I'll learn! I would play It's A Great Day To Be Alive' by Travis Tritt."
JASON LEFFLER, No. 38 Great Clips Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Do you look forward to racing at Nashville? "I love racing at Nashville. It's a cool concrete track, and we always seem to run pretty good there. This will be my first race there with Scott Zipadelli (crew chief), and we've been fast everywhere we have gone so far, so I think we'll be fast there, too. Nashville is unique and I would like nothing more than to win that guitar."
SCOTT LAGASSE, JR., No. 11 America's Incredible Pizza Toyota Camry, CJM Racing
What is the benefit to having Cup drivers compete in the Nationwide races? "I like having the Cup drivers in these Nationwide Series races. As a rookie, I'm trying to learn as much as I can and try to get better each week, and with those guys in the race I can lean on them for information about the cars or the tracks. If you want to get better, you have to compete against the best, and that's what the Nationwide Series is. This team is still so young that we're looking to improve as a whole and get consistent week in and week out. Nashville is going to be a pretty neat race, and I'm looking forward to getting there."
BRIAN SCOTT, No. 10 Dollar General Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
What are your thoughts on running the first of four NNS races for Braun Racing? "I am so grateful to have the opportunity to join forces with Braun Racing for these upcoming races. Braun Racing is a top-notch organization in the Nationwide Series with first-rate equipment. All three of their cars consistently run up front and have the ability to contend for the win week in and week out. As a driver making his debut in the Nationwide Series, you can't ask to be in a better situation."
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