• Feb 15, 2008
Remember when Joe Gibbs Racing dropped Chevy for Toyota last September? Not only did Tony Stewart, Kyle Busch, and Denny Hamlin trade in their bow tie stickers for an adhesive Camry grille, but Toyota gained some serious driving talent. The move has paid off quickly for Toyota, which just scored its first NASCAR win thanks to Denny Hamlin, who won the second Gatorade Duel qualifying race in Daytona yesterday thanks to his teammate Tony Stewart, who finished in Second Place. Stewart was able to both give Hamlin push and hold off a charging Jeff Gordon to give Hamlin the win. It's not a points race, but with Hamlin taking the checkered flag and Stewart the No. 2 spot, it means there'll be three Toyotas in the first three rows of the Daytona 500 this weekend.

In other NASCAR news, Dale Earnhardt Jr. continued his comeback by winning the first Gatorade Duel qualifying race yesterday. Add that to his victory in the Bud Shootout earlier this week, and it's clear that Junior has regained an edge he lost during his many year driving for DEI. Jaqcues Villeneuve, meanwhile, who made his NASCAR debut in trucks late last year, crashed his Toyota during the second Gatorade Duel yesterday and took out three other cars. You know what they say, rubbin's racing!

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      • 6 Years Ago
      There is a promotion running for any folks that would like to place a wager on the Daytona 500.

      http://www.pregame.com/forums/blogs/matty-oshea/archive/2008/02/15/daytona-500-betting-amp-rev-em-up-add-em-up-promotion.aspx
      • 6 Years Ago
      http://www.toyota.com/motorsports/nextel/specs.html

      I think this is what you were looking for drivetrain specs
        • 6 Years Ago
        Type: Camry Racing V8
        Displacement: 358 cu. In.
        Power: 800 hp
        Induction: Normally aspirated with 830-cfm carburetor
        Engine development: TRD, U.S.A., (Toyota Racing Development)
        Drive TrainTransmission: 4-speed manual
        Clutch: Tilton 3-disc
        Chassis/BodyChassis: Steel tube frame with safety roll cage
        Body: NASCAR Camry
        Designer: TRD, U.S.A.
        Spoiler: 4.5 in., 65 degree angle
        SuspensionFront: Unequal length A-arm
        Rear: Trailing arms with panhard rod
        Shock absorbers: Hydraulic, single adjustable
        Wheels and TiresWheels: NASCAR Steel 15" x 10"
        Tires: Goodyear Eagle
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        Juan: Above you will find a copy of the contents of that link you posted. I did find and correct on error in the specs.

        Body: Toyota Camry was changed to NASCAR Camry
      • 6 Years Ago
      ALL auto-racing is just a sham. In order to keep it fair, the cars are limited to the same specs and the only thing that is a difference between one car and the other is the act that the drivers are different.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sort of agree with you on this.

        In ALMS, the Corvettes intake is restricted to ports the size of a fifty cent coin. Plus saddled with extra weight. To make a race of it with the Astons.

        In SpeedVision Challenge, the CTS also saddled with, get this: "Success Ballast" this keeps the RX-8 and Porsches in the fight.

        Remember in Grand-Am the Vipers were shod with narrower tires because they destroyed the Porsches and Jaguars.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hooray!! The farce that is NASCAR. This car was a Chevy last season. When Joe Gibbs Racing switched camps to Toyota, they literally cut the Impala nose off and grafted the Camry nose on.

      Sure they are going to win races, after all,Toyota went out and bought one of the leading Chevy teams.
      • 6 Years Ago
      the phrase "shake and bake" comes to mind.
      • 6 Years Ago
      NASCAR is pointless, yet all of you make a point to come here and tell us all that. If you have something to say about Chevy, toyota or Denny Hamlin please be here. If not we don't need you to come here and tell us it's pointless.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Mr. Oak

      anyone who follows it, they know its not based on anything in production. if you dont know that, ythey probably are not a race fan in general, and in the end could care less. i dont think they are trying to decieve anyone, its marketing for GM, Ford, Dodge and Toyota, so they can put whatever name they want on there. but thats just my .02
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ford, Dodge, Chevy, Toyota... its just a sticker either way. Talk about badge engineering!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder where the get the engine from, Toyota doesn't even make a pushrod engine. Dodge & Chevy still do.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is NASCAR a division of the WWF? It has become fake racing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      1) Lets see 5 Bugattis crash into each other at almost 200 MPH, hit hard into a concrete wall, then flip over 50 feet in the air and see them all come out alive.

      2) NASCAR is real 100% some of the best PURE competition out there. Its why its so popular, why open wheel drivers are coming over.

      3) If I was a huge manufacturer, why wouldn't i call my Ford Engined car the fusion when thats my "Bread and Butter" car? If it sells a few more because of it great. Its not the only reason they are there.

      4) What NASCAR is trying to do its let setups, engines, and drivers decide who wins these races. Not multibillion dollar aero packages. Some of the rules are dumb, but so are a lot of things in this world.
        • 6 Years Ago
        1. With a roll cage, the Bugattis should be as safe for the driver as any other. Of course, I don't watch races for the spectacular crashes. I like to see good driving.

        2. The multi-million dollar paychecks may also have some motivating influence.

        3. Call the car whatever you want. Plenty of legendary racing cars have unique names, and their manufacturers still manage to sell "product".

        4. I can't argue about the intelligence of NASCAR's rulebook. But time and again, when people discuss the glory days of the past, they're not concerned with the drivers who used the rules to limit competition, rather, those who had the creativity and ability to "tweak" things just a little better than everyone else...

        Smokey's Best Damn Garage in Town...

      • 6 Years Ago
      Please bring me up to date. I'm from the A.J. Foyt, Allison, Pearson, R. Petty, Yarborough, etc. generation of NASCAR racing. I seem to remember homologation rules that were used to 'even up' the competition. As I recall, the Dodge and Plymouth hemis were to be challenged by the Ford 427 SOHC. NASCAR arbitrarily changed the rules such that the requirement went from at least 500 engines sold to the general public to 500 cars with the engine installed. Ford couldn't make a business case to the suits so, adios 'Cammer'. I mention this only because Toyota has been running a purpose-built OHV engine in the truck series and now in the Cup series. They do not sell this engine to the public in any of their vehicles. Does this mean that Ford, GM and Dodge can build their custom bespoke V-8 engines, too? Also, the latest hemi is still a pushrod design; can it run in the Cup? Just asking.
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