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TOYOTA NASCAR NOTES & QUOTES Week of July 4 10, 2011 TOYOTA TIDBITS THREE DAYTONA

TOP-FIVES:  Three Camry drivers drove to top-five finishes at the historic Daytona International  Speedway (DIS) in Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race.  Joey Logano finished third and was  followed to the checkered flag by Kasey Kahne (fourth) and Kyle Busch (fifth).  Kahne led eight times for 19 laps and Busch  led 11 laps over five stints in Saturday night’s race.

LOGANO’S FIRST 2011 TROPHY:  Camry driver Logano, the three-time defending NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS)  race winner at Kentucky Speedway, claimed his first NNS win of 2011 at Daytona Friday night.  Logano led just one lap — the final one — to take the checkered flag after gaining six positions in the final few laps while being pushed by his Joe Gibbs  Racing (JGR) teammate Busch.  Three additional Camry drivers earned top-10 finishes –Busch (fourth), Michael Annett  (sixth) and Kenny Wallace (seventh).  The sixth-place showing tied Annett’s career best finish and marked his third top-10 in  his last four starts.

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WALTRIP HEADS HOME:  Owensboro, Ky.-native and Toyota team owner/driver Michael Waltripwill compete in  Saturday’s NSCS race at Kentucky Speedway with a special paint scheme to honor his brother, Darrell, on the No. 15 Camry.   Waltrip’s Camry will display an image of his brother on the hood and a victory lane photo on the quarter panels.  The  younger Waltrip entered NASCAR in 1985 at the age of 22 and his career has spanned a quarter-century.  During his career,  he has four NSCS victories, 11 NNS triumphs and one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) win to his credit.   He’s a member of the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame and released his first book, ‘In the Blink of an Eye,in Feb.

FOUR GOODNESS SAKE:  Loganowill return to Kentucky Speedway as a considerable favorite, having won three  consecutive NNS races at the track.  The 21-year-old driver has won each event from the pole and has led at least 20 laps in  each race.  In the track’s most recent NNS event, Logano led more than half of the race — 106 (of 200) laps.  At Kentucky, he has three wins, three poles, both track records and has led on 12 occasions for a total of 202 (of 600) laps (34 percent).

BUSCH CHASING RECORDS:  After breaking a tie with Mark Martin for the fifth most career wins across NASCAR’s  national touring series earlier this year, Busch is now eyeing another Martin record.  Busch currently has 48 career NNS wins  in 211 starts, and a win in Friday ’s NNS race at Kentucky would tie Martin’s all-time NNS win record of 49.

TUNDRA TROPHIES:  Tundra drivers have won three of the last four races at Kentucky Speedway.  Todd Bodinewon at  the track last Sept. en route to the 2010 NCWTS championship  and has finished in the top-10 three times at the 1.5-mile speedway.  Johnny Benson drove a Tundra to victory lane in 2008, as did Mike Skinner in 2007.  In just two NCWTS starts  at the track (2008 and 2010), Busch has led the third-most laps (116) and has finished sixth and seventh.

BACK TO THE FUTURE:   The NCWTS race at Kentucky Speedway will mark Tundra driver Justin Lofton’sreturn to  Eddie Sharp Racing (ESR), where he won the 2009 ARCA Racing Series championship.  Lofton, currently 18th in the point  standings, return s to his former team to drive the No. 46 Tundra.  Lofton most recently had a season-best finish of 10th at  Texas Motor Speedway.  The California-native grew up racing BMX and mountain bikes before competing in off-road  events, such as the Pike’s Peak Hill Climb, and eventually moving to stock cars.

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NOTES, QUOTES & NUMBERS NASCARSprintCupSeries(NSCS): Since the start of the 2011 season, Toyota drivers have combined for three victories,  19 top-five results, 38 top-10 finishes and have led 1,600 laps After 17 races, Kyle Busch is third in the NSCS point  standings, trailing leader Kevin Harvick by just 10 points Denny Hamlin (11th), Kasey Kahne (19th) and Joey Logano  (20th) are also in the top-20 in the standings …This is the first time the NSCS has ever raced at Kentucky Speedway The  NSCS race at Kentucky will take place about an hour from Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.  (TEMA) in nearby Erlanger, Ky. TEMA was established in 2006 and employs more than 2,700 residents.

KYLE BUSCH,No. 18 M&M’s Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Are you looking forward to racing at Kentucky Speedway? “Kentucky will be good.  I’m looking forward to getting there.  It’s a great opportunity for the speedway to have the ‘triplethere this weekend — the Trucks, the Nationwide cars and the Sprint Cup cars there all together.  For their first Sprint Cup  weekend, it’s not just a standalone event or it’s not just a Nationwide Series and Cup Series event –it’s all three.  It’s big for  the speedway and hopefully it will be good for myself and Kyle Busch Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing.What type of racing do you expect?  “I couldn’t expect anything but some good, hard racing.  Kentucky is a fast race track.  There’s a lot of sweeping corners  there so you’ve really got to keep your momentum going and it’s a big momentum-type race track.  There’s a lot of throttle  on time there.  You carry a lot of good speed, but yet the place is really wide so you’ve got room for maneuverability.  You  can run the bottom.  It seemed like you can run the middle.  I don’t know how great the top will be, but we’ll have to see  once we get there and what kind of tire we’re on.

MICHAEL WALTRIP,No.  15. Aaron’s Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing How do you feel about recognizing your brother’s Hall of Fame induction on your car? “What a great photo.  And, I was there.  Seeing it still makes me smile.  This was when all the winning started and led Darrell  to the NASCAR Hall of Fame.  What a happy group we were.  So many people who helped him are in it, including my  grandparents.  I had never seen a man so happy.  I have always idolized my brother and because of him, racing is all I ever  wanted to do.  It is truly special for our family that I will be able to honor him by driving this paint scheme at the first Sprint  Cup race in our home state of Kentucky.

NASCAR Nationwide Series(NNS):  During the 2011 season, Toyota drivers have combined for seven wins, 20 top-five  results, 43 top-10 finishes and have led 1,161 laps Kenny Wallace (seventh) is the top Toyota driver in the NNS point  standings Steve Wallace (eighth), Brian Scott (ninth), Michael Annett (10th)  and Joe Nemechek (15th) are also in the top- 15 in the standings …In just four NNS races, Kyle Busch has led the most laps at Kentucky Speedway (311), and has one  win (2004) at the track NNS drivers will participate in a ‘Feed the Children’event at Warsaw High School in Warsaw,  Ky., on Thurs., July 7 at 1:00  PM NNS drivers will help provide families in need with food and personal care items.

JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 Sport Clips Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Does your NNS success at Kentucky give you an advantage for the NSCS event? “I have an advantage coming in because I’ve run Nationwide races there lately.  I know what the place is like.  At the same  time, you can’t compare a Cup car to a Nationwide car at all.  A lot of stuff is not going to transfer over.Is Kentucky a unique track? “The race track is fun and different.  You can run the bottom and go over the bumps or you can run the top and have a  smoother racetrack with a longer distance. You might see guys set up their car just to run the high line in turns one and two and maybe some guys that do both.  I’m going to try to make my car do both.  There’s a balance in there somewhere that you  can get your car to go over the bottom and still try to put some grip in your car.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series(NCWTS):  Since the start of the 2011 NCWTS season, Tundra drivers have  registered six wins, 14 top-five results, 27 top-10 finishes and have led 642 laps Timothy Peters (sixth) is the top Toyota  driver in the NCWTS points standings after nine races Brendan Gaughan (10th),  Max Papis (11th) and Todd Bodine  (13th) are also in the top-15 in the point standings The NCWTS has been off for three weeks and will now have five races  in a row Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) has finished no worse than sixth (Kansas) in the first nine races of 2011,  including five victories (Phoenix, Darlington, Nashville, Dover and Charlotte) and one second-place result (Martinsville)Two-time World of Outlaws Late Model champion Josh Richards will make his NCWTS debut for KBM in the No. 15  Toyota Tundra at Kentucky Speedway.

ERIC PHILLIPS, crew chief No. 18 Toyota Tundra, Kyle Busch Motorsports How have you prepared for Josh Richards NCWTS debut in Kentucky? “We were able to get to the wind tunnel a couple times and worked on a few things to try and make our trucks better.  We  also went to The Milwaukee Mile for a two-day test with Josh (Richards).  Josh made some laps in a truck and I think it went  very well.  It should definitely help prepare him for his debut in the No. 15 Tundra at Kentucky, and we ’re looking forward to  his debut in our No. 18 Tundra at Nashville.

TOYOTA 2011 NASCAR STATISTICS Series Races Starts  (Drivers) Wins Top-5s Top-10s Poles Times Led Laps Led NSCS 17 204 (18) 3 19 38 2 139 1,600 NNS 17 134 (20) 7 20 43 3 69 1,161 NCWTS 9 115 (24) 6 14 27 2 31 642

TOYOTA DRIVER ROSTER –Kentucky Speedway NASCAR Sprint Cup Series David Reutimann, No. 00 TUM’s Camry Kasey Kahne, No. 4 Red Bull Camry Denny Hamlin, No. 11 FedEx Ground Camry Casey Mears, No. 13 GEICO Camry Michael Waltrip, No. 15 Aaron’s-Waltrip HOF Camry Kyle Busch, No. 18 M&M’s Camry Joey Logano, No. 20 Home Depot Camry Bobby Labonte, No. 47 Scott Camry T.J. Bell, No. 50 Camry Martin Truex Jr., No. 56 NAPA Good to Go Camry Mike Skinner, No. 60 Big Red Camry Michael McDowell, No. 66 HP Racing LLC Camry Brian Vickers, No. 83 Red Bull Camry Joe Nemechek, No. 87 NEMCO Motorsports Camry NASCAR Nationwide Series Kenny Wallace, No. 09 UNOH Camry Brian Scott, No. 11 Shore Lodge Camry Kyle Busch, No. 18 NOSCamry Joey Logano, No. 20 GameStop Camry Michael Annett, No. 62 Pilot/Flying J Camry David Reutimann, No. 64 Aspen Dental Camry Steve Wallace, No. 66 5-Hour Energy Camry John Jackson, No. 72 crashclaimsR.US Camry Joe Nemechek, No. 87 Camry NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Travis Kvapil, No. 5 Int’l Truck Monaco RV Tundra Miguel Paludo, No. 7 Stemco Duroline Tundra Johnny Chapman, No. 07 Wear/BOBBER.info Tundra Max Papis, No. 9 GEICO Tundra Josh Richards, No. 15 Joy Mining Tundra Timothy Peters, No. 17 Red Horse Racing Tundra Kyle Busch, No. 18 Dollar General Tundra Todd Bodine, No. 30 Georgia Boot Tundra Justin Lofton, No. 46 Lofton Cattle-Shred TV Tundra Brendan Gaughan, No. 62 Big Red Tundra Mike Skinner, No. 60 Big Red Camry David Starr, No. 81 Akzo Nobel/ASI/Zachry Tundra

WEEKEND RACE SCHEDULE Thur., July 7 — NCWTS @ Kentucky Speedway 8:00 PM (ET), SPEED — Race 10 of 25 Fri., July 8 –NNS @ Kentucky Speedway –7:30 PM (ET), ESPN Race 18 of 34 Sat., July 9 –NSCS @ Kentucky Speedway –7:30 PM (ET), TNT — Race 18 of 36

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