Dave Blaney finished 27th after starting in the 35th position. Dale Jarrett finished 36th after starting in the 43rd position. David Reutimann finished 40th after starting in the 24th position. Reutimann was involved in a lap- 231 accident causing...
Dave Blaney finished 27th after starting in the 35th position. Dale Jarrett finished 36th after starting in the 43rd position. David Reutimann finished 40th after starting in the 24th position. Reutimann was involved in a lap- 231 accident causing damage to his car forcing him to pit road several times for repairs. Brian Vickers made his second start of the season and finished 42nd after qualifying in the 31st position. Vickers was involved in a multi-car crash on lap 231 ending his day early. Vickers led the first laps for Toyota in NNCS competition today at Atlanta Motor Speedway, leading twice for a total of five laps. Blaney also led laps in today's race in Atlanta, leading once for a total of one lap.
Toyota Camrys have led 19 laps through the first five races of the NBS season. Jason Leffler led the first two laps at Daytona and Blaney led 16 laps at California Speedway as well as one lap in yesterday's event at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Blaney scored the first Toyota Camry NASCAR pole in Busch qualifying at California Speedway.
DAVE BLANEY, No. 22 Caterpillar Toyota Camry, Bill Davis Racing: Finished: 27th
How did your car work today versus the last two races? "We came out of California and Vegas pretty happy with our intermediate track program, but this weekend, we just struggled. We were up and down all weekend. I don't know really know what is right or wrong, but I'm sure we'll take a look at everything and try to figure it out. There was never really a point in the weekend where we got the car where we wanted it, but that's the nature of the beast. Everybody on the team has been working real hard to move us further along, but now we just need to capitalize with a good finish."
What are you thoughts heading into next weekend at Bristol? "The big thing next week is to finish the race. It's the same as every time you go to Bristol. You just have to try to get your car handling good and stay out of trouble. Even with the Car of Tomorrow, we won't really have to change the way we have to approach the racing at a track like Bristol. There will be a lot of action on the track and you have to hope you don't get caught up in the wrecks."
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Domino's Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing: Finished: 40th
What happened in the accident? "I don't really know. I was behind (Brian) Vickers and I knew (Greg) Biffle was on the lead lap, we got down in the straightaway and I thought Biffle moved up a little to help his entry. It all happened so fast and I guess I got into his right-rear and turned him into Vickers, I don't know if it was my fault or what, it was totally unexpected. I was planning on running in behind Vickers on the top and I don't know what it even looked like because I haven't seen it."
What are your feelings on the race? "I'm just disappointed, I have another torn up race car and I have nothing to show for it. That's kind of the way our season's been and we need to figure out a way to get around that. Qualifying for the race is always a step in the right direction, but riding around out here like we did today is not. It just seems like for every one step forward, we take two steps back. It's just disappointing. My guys did a great job and we changed everything under the sun before the race and to have it anywhere near remotely drivable was an accomplishment. They kept adjusting on it and making it better. We learned a lot today, we are just trying to get through one of these things without getting torn up so we can try to get ahead of the game a little bit and it's just not to be so I'm just pretty disappointed."
How was your equipment? "We have good equipment, there's just a lot of stuff that goes in between the race track and everything else. With the way the set-ups are nowadays with coil-binding springs and things like that, all you have to be is a little bit off and you're not even close. It's a lot to learn in a short amount of time. We're just trying to crunch the numbers here, the guys did a great job and I've got real good equipment. We just need to get it to drive like a lot of those other guys cars are driving."
Did the long green flag runs hurt you today? "Our problem was that we would come in and have to make green flag stops so we would have to make major adjustments and it would eat up a lot of our time and there's no way around that. So when that happens you lose time on pit road and then you get out on the race track and you lose more time and end up getting a lap down or so. Green flags are just part of the deal, sometimes you'll have it and sometimes you won't. That's just part of the deal and it hindered us today because we needed to make some big adjustments and it just cost us more time."
What happened in the wreck? "I was driving down the straightaway and all of a sudden I got hit from behind. I'm not sure what happened but my spotter said it was (David) Reutimann that hit us. I think that's the first time I've been wrecked on a straightaway. Something happened to the motor early in the race and we don't really know what it was, but we had a great handling car all day. I was just trying to get to the end, get a decent finish and get some more points."
What happened in the wreck and throughout the race? "The wreck was a bad break in the race, but unfortunately we also had some type of motor issue. We're not real sure what happened, it started really early on with a surge. I don't know if we broke a valve spring or something happened so we were running on seven cylinders. What was so bad is that we would gain so much in the corners and lose so much on the straight-aways. We were just trying to stay out of the way there and finish as good as we can because we need the points. Then while we're out there trying to stay out of everybody's way, it looked like to me like (David) Reutimann tried to do a little payback to (Greg) Biffle for the California race and we just got collected up with it. Bad day for Team Red Bull and good day on the handling and pit stop side."
Were you able to learn more today to take to Texas with this type of car? "Unfortunately I wanted to take this car to Texas and I don't know that I'll have the opportunity now. We'll have to take a look at it. All indications say that we have a pretty decent package for the intermediate tracks. We're just going to work on building another car like we had today and go on to Texas and forget about this."
Other Toyota in the field:
DALE JARRETT, No. 44 UPS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing: Finished: 35th
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