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Toyota Takes Eight Top-10s at Dover

Peters Earns Tundra Win in Las Vegas


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Camry drivers earned eight top-10 results at Delaware’s Dover International Speedway in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) and NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) action this weekend, while Tundra driver Timothy Peters was victorious in Saturday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES (NSCS)
In Sunday afternoon’s NSCS race at Dover, Kyle Busch was the top-finishing Toyota driver with a fifth-place result at the at the one-mile concrete oval.

Busch started 14th in his Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) No. 18 Camry and led 30 laps (of 400) en route to his third-straight top-five finish in the Chase.

“We were about a fifth to seventh place car much of the day and we ended up fifth,” said Busch, following the race. “The Interstate Batteries Camry got what it could out of it. Certainly, I wish we definitely could’ve gotten more. We probably could’ve if I got the outside lane on the final restart — I probably could’ve finished third, but we didn’t get that. We had to fight through it and pass a couple cars the hard way and we ended up fifth. It’s certainly the finish that our car was today. It’s frustrating to be fifth, but yet you look at the grand scheme of things and it’s three straight top-fives to start the Chase so not bad.”

Busch fought a very loose race car around the mid-way point of the event, but his team was able to make adjustments during pit stops to make his Camry better for the end of the race.

“There was a few times probably should’ve wrecked, but I’m glad I didn’t and we hung onto it and we made it to the next pit stop,” added Busch. “We were definitely wrecking loose during the middle stages of the race — middle third probably — and just was happy that we were able to work hard and continue to get good changes to the car. There at the end, we got good changes to it. The balance was really, really close.”

Fellow JGR driver Matt Kenseth also earned a top-10 finish with a seventh-place result in the 400-mile event at the ‘Monster Mile.’ Kenseth started second in the No. 20 Camry and led twice for 36 circuits. He looked to be in contention for his third-consecutive Chase victory when leading the field early on, however the series points leader also had a loose handling race car.

“We kind of missed it today, but there’s times we ran a lot better than that,” said Kenseth. “We got caught with being the last on two tires and restarting on the inside, which was really bad. Still salvaged a respectable finish, but certainly I wanted to do better than that.”

Kenseth’s seventh-place result was his fourth consecutive top-10 finish, including back-to-back wins at Chicagoland Speedway (Sept. 15) and New Hampshire Motor Speedway (Sept. 22) to open up the 10-race championship playoff.

Camry driver Clint Bowyer, who is also competing in the Chase, scored a 10th-place result and led one lap in the Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR) No. 15 Camry.

Kenseth continues to hold onto the top spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship playoff standings and is eight points ahead of Dover race-winner Jimmie Johnson, who is second in the standings. Busch fell to third and is 12 points behind Kenseth while Bowyer is in eighth-place (51 points behind Kenseth).

Other Camry drivers in the field at Dover included Brian Vickers (12th), Martin Truex Jr. (15th), Denny Hamlin (20th), AJ Allmendinger (26th), Cole Whitt (27th), David Reutimann (28th), Travis Kvapil (31st) and Joe Nemechek (39th).

The Sprint Cup Series is back in action next Sunday (Oct. 6) at Kansas Speedway.

NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES (NNS)
In Saturday’s NNS race, JGR teammates Vickers (fourth) and Elliott Sadler (fifth) were the top-finishing Camry drivers at Dover International Speedway.

Vickers started 11th in the JGR No. 20 Dollar General Camry and came back to earn a top-five finish after fighting a tight-handling race car throughout the first half of the race.

“The Dollar General Toyota today was great,” said Vickers, following the race. “Our first adjustment we missed it a little bit. We took two (tires) and the 22 (Joey Logano) took four (tires) and they just made up a lot of ground on us right there. We also tightened the car up too much. Once we got it back on the next stop and got four tires we had a really good race car. The last 30 or 40 laps we were in front of the leader and probably actually a little faster. The only time he (Joey Logano) would catch us was when we were kind of racing lapped cars, but other than that we would kind of pull away from the 22. I just wish we would’ve been on the same lap as him. We were about nine-tenths of a lap away from where we needed to be, but it was still a top-five for us and that’s what we need to chip away at the championship.”

Sadler started 12th in the No. 11 Camry and credited his pit crew for his 17th top-10 finish this season.

“I’ll tell you what, we came here in the first race and really struggled and my guys really worked hard to come back this time with the OneMain Financial Toyota,” said Sadler, following the race. “We were really loose the first run. We came in and pitted early and made big, big adjustments to it and then the car was pretty good. Then it got loose again at the end, but great adjustments by my guys. Really proud of Chris (Gale, crew chief) and the guys — worked on it through the pit stops. They had great pit stops. Those guys were really on it on pit road and that helped us with track position.”

Parker Kligerman (seventh), Busch (eighth) and Mike Bliss (10th) also earned top-10 finishes for Toyota.

Busch started fifth in the JGR No. 54 Camry and led the field twice for 89 laps (of 200), however his team was on a different pit strategy and Busch was forced to make a green flag pit stop late in the race due to the lack of caution flags.

Other Camry drivers in the field at Dover include Cole Whitt (16th), Alex Bowman (18th), Nemechek (23rd), Eric McClure (26th), Blake Koch (30th), Ryan Ellis (32nd), Brad Teague (33rd) and Jeff Green (35th).

In the unofficial Nationwide Series points, three Camry drivers are among the top-10 in the point standings. Sadler moved up to third in the standings — 42 points behind leader Sam Hornish Jr. Vickers (fifth) and Kligerman (10th) trail Sadler in the standings.

The next Nationwide Series race is at Kansas Speedway, Oct. 5.

NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES (NCWTS)
In Saturday evening’s NCWTS race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Peters kept a close eye on the front of the field throughout the 146-lap race as he ran within the top-five much of the event. Peters took the lead from veteran Ron Hornaday Jr. on the final restart of the race with only three laps remaining in the event. Those would be the only three circuits he would lead en route to the first victory for his Red Horse Racing team on an intermediate race track.

Peters started 12th en route to his seventh career NCWTS victory and first at the 1.5-mile Las Vegas speedway. It was also his second win of the 2013 season in the series (Las Vegas and Iowa).

“This is so awesome,” said Peters, following the race. “These guys give me great Parts Plus Tundras every week and we were really good when we unloaded off the hauler — I can’t thank them enough. It was a little sketchy because I didn’t know how it was going to go down — Ron (Hornaday) was better with the clean air and we could run him down. We had a good shot right there and then there was a lapped truck on the bottom and that restart was everything. I spun my tires a little bit, but it counted when it mattered.

“Track position was so critical — it was three and four wide and you had to gain all you could get on the restart because once you spread out that dirty air, it was bad to pass,” continued Peters. “Fans got their money’s worth and we appreciate them coming out and supporting us.”

The win was the ninth of the year for Toyota and the 108th win for a Tundra since the start of the 2007 NCWTS season.

Tundra drivers Johnny Sauter (second), Darrell Wallace Jr. (fifth) and John Wes Townley (seventh) also registered top-10 finishes.

Crafton continues to lead the unofficial NCWTS standings by 41 points over second-place James Buescher. Peters (sixth), Sauter (eighth) and Wallace (ninth) also are among the top-10 in the standings.

The NCWTS returns to action at Talladega Superspeedway, Oct. 19.

NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES EAST (NKNPSE)
Camry driver Justin Boston claimed a runner-up result in Friday night’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) race at Delaware’s Dover International Speedway.

Boston, who was making his second-career start in the NKNPSE, started from the 12th position en route to his first top-five finishes in the series.

In addition to Boston’s result, Camry drivers Daniel Suarez (sixth) and Dylan Presnell (10th) finished in top-10 overall, while Brett Moffitt finished 11th. Moffitt, who ranks second in the series point standings, was able to close the points lead to just five points after the leader, Dylan Kwasniewski, was hampered by electrical issues and finished 29th.

Camry driver Cale Conley started from the pole and led seven laps (of 150), but finished 17th in the event.

Other Camry drivers in the field included Eddie MacDonald (15th), Sam Hunt (18th), Mackena Bell (19th), Brandon Godovic (22nd), Michael McGuire (25th), Bryan Ortiz (27th) and Ryan Gifford (28th).

The NKNPSE will next compete at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga., on Friday, Oct. 18 for the season finale.

NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES WEST (NKNPSW)
Three Toyota drivers recorded top-10 results in Saturday’s NASCAR K&M Pro Series West (NKNPSW) race at New Mexico’s NAPA Speedway.

Camry driver Eric Holmes (fourth) recorded the top Toyota finish, while Chase Briscoe (eighth) and John Wood (10th) also finished in the top-10 overall. Holmes led 28 laps (of 150) early in the race.

Other Camry drivers in the field included Bill Kann (12th), Giles Thornton (15th) and Jay Beasley (17th).

The NKNPSW will return to action at California’s All American Speedway on Saturday, Oct. 12.

Toyota NSCS Driver Finishing Positions — at Dover International Speedway
5th, KYLE BUSCH
7th, MATT KENSETH
10th, CLINT BOWYER
12th, BRIAN VICKERS
15th, MARTIN TRUEX JR.
20th, DENNY HAMLIN
26th, AJ ALLMENDINGER
27th, COLE WHITT
28th, DAVID REUTIMANN
31st, TRAVIS KVAPIL
39th, JOE NEMECHEK

Toyota Drivers in NSCS Point Standings — following Dover International Speedway*
1st, MATT KENSETH##…2,149 points (8 points ahead of second-place Jimmie Johnson)
3rd, KYLE BUSCH##…2,137 points
8th, CLINT BOWYER##…2,098 points
16th, MARTIN TRUEX JR….781 points
25th, DENNY HAMLIN…552 points
*unofficial point standings
##competing in the 2013 Chase for the Sprint Cup championship

Toyota NNS Driver Finishing Positions — at Dover International Speedway
4th, BRIAN VICKERS
5th, ELLIOTT SADLER
7th, PARKER KLIGERMAN
8th, KYLE BUSCH
10th, MIKE BLISS
16th, COLE WHITT
18th, ALEX BOWMAN
23rd, JOE NEMECHEK
26th, ERIC MCCLURE
30th, BLAKE KOCH
32nd, RYAN ELLIS
33rd, BRAD TEAGUE
35th, JEFF GREEN

Toyota Drivers in NNS Point Standings – following Dover International Speedway*
3rd, ELLIOTT SADLER…947 points (42 points behind leader Sam Hornish Jr.)
5th, BRIAN VICKERS…942 points
10th, PARKER KLIGERMAN…820 points
11th, ALEX BOWMAN…765 points
13th, MIKE BLISS…699 points
19th, ERIC McCLURE…437 points
*unofficial point standings

Toyota NCWTS Driver Finishing Positions — at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
1st, TIMOTHY PETERS
2nd, JOHNNY SAUTER
5th, DARRELL WALLACE JR.
7th, JOHN WES TOWNLEY
11th, MATT CRAFTON
13th, JOEY COULTER
17th, CHAD HACKENBRACHT
21st, GERMAN QUIROGA
28th, CALEB ROARK

Toyota Drivers in NCWTS Point Standings — following Las Vegas Motor Speedway*
1st, MATT CRAFTON…644 points (41 points ahead of second-place James Buescher)
6th, TIMOTHY PETERS…559 points
8th, JOHNNY SAUTER…541 points
9th, DARRELL WALLACE JR….538 points
13th, JOEY COULTER…488 points
14th, JOHN WES TOWNLEY…483 points
15th, GERMAN QUIROGA…476 points
*unofficial point standings

Toyota NKNPSE Driver Finishing Positions — at Dover International Speedway
2nd, JUSTIN BOSTON
6th, DANIEL SUAREZ
10th, DYLAN PRESNELL
11th, BRETT MOFFITT
15th, EDDIE MACDONALD
17th, CALE CONLEY
18th, SAM HUNT
19th, MACKENA BELL
21st, GRAY GAULDING
22nd, BRANDON GDOVIC
25th, MICHAEL MCGUIRE
27th, BRYAN ORTIZ
28th, RYAN GIFFORD

Toyota Drivers in NKNPSE Point Standings — following Dover International Speedway*
2nd, BRETT MOFFITT …483 points
3rd, DANIEL SUAREZ…452 points
6th, GRAY GAULDING…427 points
10th, BRANDON GDOVIC…407 points
11th, RYAN GIFFORD…407 points

Toyota NKNPSW Driver Finishing Positions — at NAPA Speedway
4th, ERIC HOLMES
8th, CHASE BRISCOE
10th, JOHN WOOD
12th, BILL KANN
15th, GILES THORNTON
17th, JAY BEASLEY

Toyota Drivers in NKNPSW Point Standings — following NAPA Speedway*
9th, GILES THORNTON…363 points
10th, JOHN WOOD…358 points


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