Originally written on Start 'N' Park Blog  |  Last updated 9/29/14
Through the first three races of 2013, Denny Hamlin is fourth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) point standings, trailing leader Jimmie Johnson by 27 points … Mark Martin (sixth), Matt Kenseth (seventh) and Clint Bowyer (ninth) also rank in the top-10 Camry drivers have totaled one win, four top-five finishes, seven top-10 results and led 273 laps Camry drivers have earned victories in five of the last eight NSCS races at Bristol — Busch (four) and Hamlin (one) Hamlin earned his first Bristol NSCS win in August 2012 Busch became the first driver in NASCAR history to sweep all three races at one track in a single weekend at Bristol in August 2010 Busch has a total of five NSCS victories at the short track, the most he has at one facility Camry drivers Kenseth and Martin are the only drivers to win 25 races in both NSCS and NNS during their career Busch’s next NSCS win will be his 25th career victory and along with his 52 NNS wins will place him among Kenseth and Martin Brian Vickers will do ‘double duty’ at Bristol in the NSCS and NNS when he drives the Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR) No. 55 Camry for the first time in 2013 in Sunday’s NSCS race and Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race in the Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) No. 20 Camry KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 M&M’s Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing What characteristics make you good at Bristol? “You have to have a really good feel here at Bristol. You have to be on top of your game anywhere, but you’ve really got to have a good feel of the entry, center and exit, and just make sure you can get your car as free as you can to withstand the back of the car sliding around a little bit. But yet you still have to have good forward bite off the corners and you’ve got to be able to drive it hard and make up lap time when you lack.” MATT KENSETH, No. 20 Home Depot Husky Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing How did the win at Las Vegas help you reach an early season goal? “I’m not a huge goal person, but my goal was to win and to win early. Nobody has put any pressure on me except for myself, but I also know that Coach (Joe Gibbs) hired me to come in there and climb in that car and win races, so you certainly want to do that and you don’t want to disappoint people. I feel like this is the beginning and have a lot of confidence. I still do, so it’s great to get the win. It’s always great to get a win early in the season, but you certainly don’t want to act like it stops. You want to go to the next one and start thinking about Bristol and what we’re going to try to do there. That’s the great thing about the sport — it never stops. You only get to enjoy it for a couple days. ” CLINT BOWYER, No. 15 NAPA Filters Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing How is the new car going to behave at Bristol? “You don’t know — it’s been different everywhere we’ve went. Daytona was different than what we had before. Phoenix was certainly different than what we had before. Everybody is learning as fast as they can. We have to learn what it takes to trip this new car’s trigger. Bristol is going to be another prime example of that. That’s why I like the schedule the way it is you get a really good gauge of all the race tracks so you can figure out where you stack up against the competition.” BRIAN VICKERS, No. 55 RK Motors Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Are you looking forward to running both races this weekend in Bristol? “Last year, we had two phenomenal runs at Bristol and it would be great to go back there and have two more — one in the Dollar General car (on Saturday) and one in the Aarons’s car on Sunday. Hopefully, we can do that. I’m looking forward to getting back there, especially the way we are running. Unfortunately, we got two results that don’t show it, but we finally got one at Las Vegas that shows the performance we have.”

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