• Mar 10th 2008 at 10:28AM
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When the clocks ticked over to 2008, Toyota Motorsports VP Jim Aust declared that the Camry would not go winless this season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup like it did during its inaugural season last year. Things got off to a good start during qualifying for the Daytona 500 when Toyota went 1-2 in the second Gatorade Duel qualifying race. This past weekend, history repeated itself when Joe Gibbs Racing had a pair of Camry cars go 1-2 again, but this time on race day at the Kobalt Tools 500. Kyle Busch in the No. 18 Camry won last weekend's race at Atlanta Motor Speedway with teammate Tony Stewart taking silver, both driving Cup cars festooned with Camry stickers. Not only did Kyle Busch win the race, but he remains atop the points standing after previous points leader Carl Edwards got penalized for something to do with his oil tank lid at last week's race in Las Vegas. Many of the drivers also complained after the race about their tires that were supplied by Goodyear, with Tony Stewart, always ready to give a good quote, saying, "If I were Goodyear, I'd be really embarrassed about this weekend and what they brought us here." Nevertheless, he and teammate Busch pulled out the win for Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota. Looks like it's gonna be a good year for the imports in NASCAR.


[Source: MSN.foxsports.com, Photos by John Harrelson, Chris McGrath, Chris Gaythen, Chris Trotman/Getty]]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      I took interest in NASCAR when it was only with the domestics. Now the Japanese will take credit for American ingenuity. I wouldn't mind it if the teams were Japanese. Now the way it stands, Japan again will take credit where credit is not due. They really want to suck up all what we have and stand for. If only they could do it on their own without the expense of we Americans. Let them be and they'll rule the world.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Racer you are an idiot. Toyota and any import freakin company should not be in American motorsports. Thats what he is saying. As it is, every motorsport that Toyota has entered ends up being screwed up by them and then they leave.
        • 7 Years Ago
        NASCAR and the word ingenuity should not be used in the same sentence.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Your post made no sense. You are obviously ignorant on the world market - or just stupid. Get with the times - it is 2008 you racist pig.
      • 7 Years Ago
      At the same guy who makes your chevorlets.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Much like a lot of people on Autoblog, I used to be an F1/WRC/DTM bigot and really looked down on NASCAR. While the racing is really not all that entertaining, there are a lot of team tactics at work that you don't see in F1.

      As far as the technology goes, let's just say that small-block OHV engines are miracles of packaging (they are at least 1/2 the size of the equivalent DOHC engine) and getting them to run at 9k-12k rpm for a whole race is no mean feat. And the rest of the car is nothing to sneeze at, with just as much innovation as every other motorsport.

      As far as any kind of car racing being a non-athletic sport, that's only claimed by people who have never been out on a track. Car racing of any kind is among the most physically demanding sports, with drivers loosing 10-20lbs a race....

      Personally, I prefer to be on the track than in the stands.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have been watching NASCAR for over 40 years, and I have watched my last Nascar event. The COT is a joke! For a Foreign mfgr to win is even a bigger joke. Maybe they should change their name to NACOTR.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ahhhh, who cares, they will never gain the respect of the fans. Sure they will be competitive, and win some races, but their wins will never be celebrated like when JR. or others who have some true respect for the sports heritage take the checker.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Toyota is actually not the first foreign marque to win a cup race. Jaguar did it in 1954.
      • 7 Years Ago
      A little late on this one aren't we? I was hoping this would go up right after the race.

      I would have preffered Michael Waltrip to have the first Toyota win, but, of coarse. The kid that can't drive a straight line wins. Dang you Carl Edwards!
      • 7 Years Ago
      This car was developed as a "Chevrolet" then bought by Toyota.

      Kudos to Toyota on buying a good team.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Dude, you forgot WRC. Fail.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I really like how you are grabbing at straws there, had to go out a country mile for that Toyota dig. All the NASCAR cars are the same so if you are going to dig Toyota you have to do the same for everyone.

        Toyota has been dominating trucks so expect much of the same until the americans kick them out or force them out with stupid fines/accusations like that did at their first race.

        I can see why you are angry, NASCAR was the last american strong hold and now it is gone. Just be happy the american car companies still have money left to sponsor race teams, might not be that way for long.
        • 7 Years Ago
        ummm.. Nascar is not the last American stronghold.
        Toyota has just been recently dominating trucks.
        • 7 Years Ago
        A 'clone' developed by a 'clone' at a race shop with no real world factory connection still makes...wait...a clone!

        Bring back racing with real factory built chassis and a currently available production powerplant, and then we'll talk.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Dude it's NECK-CAR don't really give a crap.

        ALMS
        Trans-Am
        F1
        Score Desert Racing
        NHRA
        Austrailian SuperCars.

        All better forms of racing.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Although each template is the same, I'm suprised Chevy hasn't switched to the new Malibu scheme, and tried to shove Pontiac back into the mix. But then again, I just wanna see the pony cars run.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yeh, like it really makes a difference which make wins.........:(

      All the engines are built to identical specs, the body profiles of all the makes are identical.

      So, really it's a driver's and pit crew's competition..........

      The old Nascar, where the manufacturer built a stock body, got it homologated, and then a team ran it is over.

      This racing is souless when it comes to competing auto manufacturers.

      They should follow the format of the old SCCA Trans-American Sedan races of the late 60's and early to mid 70's where Mustangs, Camaros, Javelins, Challengers, Barracudas, Firebirds, all competed with their stock, acid-dipped steel bodies. The SCCA rules required that any parts on those cars had to be produced in at least 500 parts, and they had to be available to the public. That was homolagation of racing parts.

      Sadly the later Trans-Am was nothing compared to the old one, where folks trully could identify with their make of car, and route for Ford, Chevy, Pontiac, Dodge, Plymount or AMC. The drivers were still great personalities in those races too. You had Mark Donahue, Peter Revson, Swede Savage, Sam Posey, Dan Gurney, Parnelli Jones, George Folmer, Ed Leslie, Jerry Titus, and so may more. It was trully a manufacturer's and driver's contest!

      Who cares if a cloned nascar bodied racing car with with a tubular racing frame wins. Just because it has painted-on headlights, and says, Toyota, Dodge, Ford, Chevy, doesn't mean a thing anymore.

      It's no different than the defunct IROC-Z challenge.........bunch of Camaros running aroung the track with identical internals, and it's just a driver's expertise, race.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is a sad day. But I began to lose interest a while back. It got really bad with the COT I thought this was the National Assocation of Stock Car Racing. Besides a painted on name and some visual cues whats stock? Bring back the rule they had years ago where you could only run a car that you could buy at a car lot!
      • 7 Years Ago
      They got lucky Carl Edwards had a transmission problem with less than 50 laps to go while he was dominating in first place. Toyota just got lucky, they didn't have the car to beat.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Transmission problem... Was it a Ford?
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