Camry driver Kyle Busch earned his 15th top-five finish in 24 starts this season with a second-place in Saturday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Busch led the most laps in tonight's race with 415 of the 500 ...
Camry driver Kyle Busch earned his 15th top-five finish in 24 starts this season with a second-place in Saturday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Busch led the most laps in tonight's race with 415 of the 500 laps.
Denny Hamlin (third) and Tony Stewart (eighth) also earned top-10 finishes in their Toyota Camrys.
Other Camry drivers in the field included Brian Vickers (20th), Ken Schrader (21st), David Reutimann (25th), Mike Skinner (28th), Michael Waltrip (30th), AJ Allmendinger (34th) and Dave Blaney (38th).
Camry drivers have now earned 35 top-five finishes and 52 top-10 finishes in 2008.
Busch maintains the top spot in the unofficial NSCS point standings with a 212-point lead over Bristol race-winner Carl Edwards.
Other Camry drivers among the top-20 in the unofficial NSCS point standings include Stewart (sixth), Hamlin (11th), and Vickers (16th).
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 M&M's Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 2nd
How strong was your car tonight? "It was all going fine there till the end -- just a tough break for us and this M&M's Toyota team. Steve Addington (crew chief) and the guys built us a fabulous race car. We could get through traffic way better than anybody, and it was really a cool car to have and be able to work with. Just unfortunate the way things came down at the end, and we'll take it and we'll go on here these next couple of weeks and try to get ourselves a win and in the 'Chase' and throughout the 'Chase.'"
Does the fact that Carl Edwards apologized for the way he passed you make you feel differently? "No, because he does that and he'll always come back and say he's sorry. He did it at Milwaukee and he's done it a few other times. It's just his normal fashion -- that's fine. I've grown to know that now. You know, to pass a guy, to hit him getting into the corners and chatters his tires is what he did. But I tried to get him back, but I thought better of it and tried to pull down and pass him back. But I didn't have a good enough car to stick, and Denny (Hamlin) got to his outside and he got by me, and then I had to battle with him towards the end. We were as clean as could be, of course, but just one other dude we had a problem with."
Do you anticipate any kind of a penalty from NASCAR for running into Carl Edwards after the race? "It's NASCAR's decision and their discretion. He spun me out. So I just, you know, got into him a little bit and let him know that I didn't appreciate the way he passed me and he retaliated and ended up spinning me out. So, couldn't tell you."
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 3rd
How was your car tonight? "We had a good car but we didn't have a car that could run with the 18 (Kyle Busch) or 99 (Carl Edwards) it seemed like. On the long runs, we were as good as the 99 (Carl Edwards), but the 18 (Kyle Busch) seemed to be the class of the field. It was a solid day, and we did what we had to. I didn't have to really race guys too hard and guys really didn't race me too hard. It was a good day for us. This is what we needed."
Has this race track become boring with the new surface? "This is a great racetrack. It's always been a good track. It doesn't matter what the circuit is, you're going to have finishes like this on a common basis. So I mean, it just worked out to where it was exciting, and it was pretty boring from our standpoint because the 18 was walking away from it till the very end."
How much confidence does this finish give your team to make the 'Chase?' "Definitely a boost of confidence for sure. We needed it at this point. A lot of the guys right behind me finished in the top-10 also. We gained a little bit on a couple guys in front of us. But this is what we needed. All we can ask for is a top-three finish and if we do that, it's going to work itself out in three races but we can't help how good or bad they run."
TONY STEWART, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 8th
KEN SCHRADER, No. 96 DLP HDTV Toyota Camry, Hall of Fame Racing
Finishing Position: 21st
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 44 UPS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Finishing Position: 25th
MIKE SKINNER, No. 00 Champion Mortgage Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Finishing Position: 28th
MICHAEL WALTRIP, No. 55 NAPA Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Finishing Position: 30th
DAVE BLANEY, No. 22 Caterpillar Toyota Camry, Bill Davis Racing
Finishing Position: 38th
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