Toyota Struggling in Nextel Cup Debut

Full story: The Associated Press

Everyone expected Toyota to storm into NASCAR and quickly buy its way to the top of the Nextel Cup series.

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Mar 14, 2007
 
Interesting read!
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Mar 15, 2007
 
I've said it several times before so I'm going to say it one more time. The new Toyota team owners made so very poor driver chooses, especially Michael Waltrip. Michaels worst driver pick was himself, his second an over the hill veteran that has already run his last laps out front of the pack and third a thirty something wannabe that doesn't have what it takes for Cup level racing. Michael' only way to ever get the 55 team on track and racing is to put someone else in the seat and someone else in as permanent Crew Chief. His continuing internal investigation is hampering what is left of the team from moving on and putting a car capable of competing in the hauler. Wake Michael and smell the coffee. Mayfield might as well look for a truck ride. The old saying about everyone getting promoted to his first level of incompetence has caught up with him.
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Mar 15, 2007
 
i luv my new BATAAN DEATH MARCH 4x4 pickup. it shows no pity on the highway.
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Mar 15, 2007
 
I have to agree that Toyota's biggest challenge is their selection of drivers. Outside of Dale Jarrett (which is past his prime), they don't have much going for them. Poor Michael is average at best... I do think Toyota will succeed, but will struggle for a while longer. Too bad they didn't align themselves with stronger teams...

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Mar 15, 2007
 
Boo freaking hoo... leave the American past time to American cars! I understand that Toyota is domestic with Japanese roots... but we want car makers from Detroit, not Aichi.
Renee

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Mar 15, 2007
 
I think Toyota has some good drivers in DJ( a past champion) and Michael ( a two time Daytona 500 champ). Thing is, DJ knows he's retiring in two years. It's not like he's going to race for another 5 or 10 years. Michael said he's going to retire from racing in a "few" years. He'll just have to see how things are going.
As for the other drivers they have, they have Blaney, who hasn't done much at all. The only thing he really has going for him is that he was in on owner points. If he had the situation Michael and the others do, he'd be doing just as bad I'd bet.
Mayfield hasn't made a race all year. Just as I had expected. Bill Davis has crappy equipment or they are ONLY spending money on the Cat cars. Bill is blaming everything on Jeremy already. Same thing he did to Michael last year, and the same thing he did to Wimmer AND Ward.
Vickers hasn't done crap except make ONE race only 4 tenths of a second faster than Waltrip. That's not saying much. He missed the easiest race to get into though.........Daytona. So AJ hasn't made a race yet at all.
Right now, Toyota got their teams started. They know Waltrip & Jarrett aren't going to be racing too much longer, but these veteran's are at leasting getting their cars in shape.

All this negativity after only 3 races is stupid. It's just the begining with brand new teams. The only team that isn't new is Blaneys and he's not doing much either. Give them time to gel and get it together. The ONLY real way to know how the cars are going to behave is by being on the track during a race. They have to accomplish that first to get the program together. They'll get it.

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Mar 15, 2007
 
Toyota and the exporting of american jobs to foreign countries suck! I do not feel bad that a foreign company is sucking it the GREAT AMERICAN SPORT OF NASCAR RACING.
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Mar 16, 2007
 
I see you have a lot of doomsayers here. It will get better for Toyota, and MWR will lead the pack in a few years. The sabotage (yes sabotage) that happened at Daytona is reprehensible. The fact that MWR put all three cars in that race shows his determination.
And all your "boo freaking hoo" comments And good ole boy BS will go by the wayside.
Now, if you can do something about the Rap Crap music that seems to be attaching itself to NASCAR, that would be a big improvement. I'm quite sick of Hollyweirdos with no knowledge of NASCAR being involved.
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Mar 16, 2007
 
aviris wrote:
Boo freaking hoo... leave the American past time to American cars! I understand that Toyota is domestic with Japanese roots... but we want car makers from Detroit, not Aichi.
I could give two pooh's were the cars come from. I just want to see some good racing.
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Mar 16, 2007
 
onefatwop wrote:
Toyota and the exporting of american jobs to foreign countries suck! I do not feel bad that a foreign company is sucking it the GREAT AMERICAN SPORT OF NASCAR RACING.
Toyota creates more jobs in the US than it takes.

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Mar 16, 2007
 
Todd W wrote:
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I could give two pooh's were the cars come from. I just want to see some good racing.
I do too, but now NASCAR is looking more like a soap opera with all the drama. Somebody needs to tell them to just race.
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Mar 16, 2007
 
aviris wrote:
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I do too, but now NASCAR is looking more like a soap opera with all the drama. Somebody needs to tell them to just race.
Exactly... Prop up Benny Parsons in the booth next to Ned Jarret and let the drama unfold on the track.
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Mar 16, 2007
 
Todd W wrote:
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Exactly... Prop up Benny Parsons in the booth next to Ned Jarret and let the drama unfold on the track.
uuuuhhh you DO know that Benny is dead right?
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Mar 16, 2007
 
aviris wrote:
Boo freaking hoo... leave the American past time to American cars! I understand that Toyota is domestic with Japanese roots... but we want car makers from Detroit, not Aichi.
HAHAHAHAH NONE of the cars racing on those tracks were made in Detriot. More like Mexico and Canada buddy. Check out the facts. Only the Camry is made is the USA

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Mar 16, 2007
 
Their qualifying now so we'll see here in a few minutes. I think DJ only has 2 provisional lefts.

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Mar 16, 2007
 
Thisis not good for Waltrip.........again.
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Mar 16, 2007
 
nascar to toyota yes well let you in
but we didnt say you would qualify and win
show us the money well call it gray then
you can race on sunday
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Mar 16, 2007
 
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAH ANOTHER RACE HE FAILED TO QUALIFY IN IT'S NOT THE CAR IT'S MIKEY
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#20
Mar 16, 2007
 
Once again, Toyotas aren't up to par just yet, so you can't say it's Michael. You have no clue do you? You just keep on whining. It's hilarious.
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#21
Mar 17, 2007
 
What!! the sky is falling, the sky is falling!!!!!
Camry's are made in Georgetown Kentucky not Mexico, so all you Harvick fans get a life. When Toyota gets it right they will be fighting just like all the rest for track domination. I like the drivers they have brought on board. Say what you want but its only going to get better for the Toyota team. The money is there and the talent will only get better. Mayfield and the rest of the team will be back, I guess you don't understand the process of building a quality team. Good luck Dale, Mayfield, MW and the rest of the Toyota crew, hang in there!

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