Originally written on Start 'N' Park Blog  |  Last updated 10/8/14
Through the four races of 2013, Clint Bowyer is fourth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) point standings, trailing leader Brad Keselowski by 38 points Denny Hamlin (sixth) and Kyle Busch (10th) also rank in the top-10 Toyota drivers have led 41 percent (531 of 1,283) of race laps this season, more than any other manufacturer Last year, Toyota drivers swept the top-three starting positions at Fontana with Hamlin (first), Busch (second) and Mark Martin (third) … Camry drivers have three pole positions at Auto Club Speedway — Hamlin (Oct. 2009 and March 2012) and Brian Vickers (Feb. 2009) Auto Club Speedway is one of only two tracks where Toyota has yet to visit victory lane in the NSCS. The other is Indianapolis Motor Speedway Matt Kenseth has three California NSCS trophies (Feb. 2006, Feb. 2007 and Feb. 2009). DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Is Auto Club Speedway aging gracefully like Michigan? “Yes, it’s taking shape just like Michigan. Michigan is one of the most fun race tracks we go to as a race driver. Auto Club Speedway has matured great even though it’s got battle scars in the corners and things like that and different seams around the line that people fight — that’s what makes it fun. That’s what makes guys search around and try to find different lines. Even in qualifying, this is one of the very few race tracks where you see guys qualify from all the way at the top, to all the way at the bottom. That’s fun when a driver can make a difference and he can here at California.” KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Do you enjoy visiting Toyota headquarters each year for Motorsports Day? “Looking forward to Motorsports Day. Earlier this year we went to Georgetown, Kentucky, where Toyota builds the Camry. Now, I’m looking forward to visiting Toyota’s headquarters and meeting all the associates.” MATT KENSETH, No. 20 Dollar General Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing How has racing changed at Auto Club Speedway over the last few seasons? ”California has changed a lot over the last three or four years. Historically until about three or four years ago, it used to be one of our best tracks and it’s really changed a lot. It seems like the groove has moved around. The seams — everybody always talks about them when we go there as well. It’s five or six lanes wide and there are seams between every lane and it gets really tricky to navigate that — you can’t really run across them, you have to pick a lane and go in between them. It’s really interesting to pick different lines. I think that’s something that creates the biggest challenge there, is to keep trying different lanes constantly to find the most grip throughout the race and throughout the run.” Are you looking forward to your first trip to Toyota headquarters and TRD Costa Mesa? “I’m looking forward to going to Toyota headquarters and checking it out. I’m really looking forward to going to the TRD (Toyota Racing Development) facility and see where the engines are built and all the things that go on out there. That’s always been something I’ve wanted to see and I’m looking forward to it.”
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