Darlington: Toyota teams race notes, quotes

Joey Logano tied his career-best finish of ninth in his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) start at Darlington Raceway and led 19 of 367 laps in Saturday night's race. Other Toyota drivers in the field included Denny Hamlin (13th), Scott...

Joey Logano tied his career-best finish of ninth in his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) start at Darlington Raceway and led 19 of 367 laps in Saturday night's race.

Other Toyota drivers in the field included Denny Hamlin (13th), Scott Speed (26th), Robby Gordon (28th), David Reutimann (29th), Brian Vickers (31st), Marcos Ambrose (33rd), Kyle Busch (34th), Max Papis (35th), Scott Riggs (39th), Michael Waltrip (40th) and Dave Blaney (41st).

Five Camry drivers are in the top-20 in the unofficial NNS driver points -- Hamlin (fifth), Busch (seventh), Reutimann (15th), Vickers (17th) and Ambrose (20th).

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JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 9th

What does it mean to have a top-10 finish at Darlington? "Ups and downs tonight. We started off the race too loose and going backwards. We made little changes, but we were good. Everything we did was good and we just kept working on it throughout the race. I was 'shoeing' it up as much as I can and I was trying to save the right side as much as I can. Learned a lot of things that will help me set up my car that I found in my race car that I didn't like. I learned a lot, I was happy with that. We led a lot of laps -- I thought that was cool -- leading Darlington. Coming into this place, I thought this was the one place that I was going to suck horribly. I thought I was going to be worse than we were in Texas this year. I was happy, we qualified good. We ran top-10 all day, top-five for a while. Just too tight and it is so aero-dependent and it showed when I was out front because I was like, 'See-ya.' It is what it is and I will take a top-10 and realistically the way I look at it that is our first top-10. Talladega doesn't mean nothing to me -- that's a top-10, but its Talladega. This is a hard-earned top-10, no luck played into it. It's great for these guys -- its huge."

How challenging is this race track? "This place will kill you -- trust me. You're running right up by the fence and all day you are about in the fence. It's close, but it's fun, its grueling and I'm glad its over."

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DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 Farm Bureau Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 13th

How was your race tonight? "It was just an up-and-down night. We had something break in the front of the car and just couldn't recover. I don't know what it was. It was just a struggle trying to get it right."

How did the track change from day to night for you? "It changed quite a bit for us. Our car just wasn't as good at night as it was during the day. It's just something we have to work on."

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SCOTT SPEED, No. 87 Toyota Camry, NEMCO Motorsports
Finishing Position: 26th

ROBBY GORDON, No. 7 RGM Toyota Camry, Robby Gordon Motorsports
Finishing Position: 28th

DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Finishing Position: 29th

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BRIAN VICKERS, No. 83 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Red Bull Racing Team
Finishing Position: 31st

What happened that took you out of the race? "What a long night -- we had a lot of hills to climb. We went two laps down because of a flat left-rear tire and came back from that. We made up one lap by ourselves and one lap with the 'Lucky Dog.' I was running pretty good there and the 26 (Jamie McMurray), I don't know where he was going, but he got inside of me and just ran me up into the marbles going into (turn) three. There was nothing I could do -- once you're in the marbles here, you're done. We tried to fix it, but something was broke. We just got lucky that whatever broke did it when he was going by and took him out."

How do you feel about how strong your car was tonight? "I feel good about it, but we should have won the race. We had the fastest car here tonight. We out-raced the leaders, made two laps up and we just never could catch a break. Every time we would get on top something else would happen."

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MARCOS AMBROSE, No. 47 Bush's/Kingsford/Clorox Toyota Camry, JTG-Daugherty Racing
Finishing Position: 33rd

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KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 M&M's Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 34th

What happened that took you out of the race? "Drove into the wall, then had a flat and it put me in the wall."

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MAX PAPIS, No. 13 GEICO Toyota Camry, Germain Racing
Finishing Position: 35th

SCOTT RIGGS, No. 36 Toyota Camry, Tommy Baldwin Racing
Finishing Position: 39th

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MICHAEL WALTRIP, No. 55 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Finishing Position: 40th

What happened that took you out of the race? "The engine just blew up. I had a spin earlier in the race and in order for that to cause damage, you have to kill the engine and turn it backwards. I kept the motor running the whole time and went on. It didn't have anything to do with that. When the car caught fire, I got on those brakes -- no noise, no vibration -- brought it right to a stop safe and sound."

Can you describe the environment in your car? "It's tense at first. You don't know what's going to happen. You don't know if the flames are going to engulf the car or if they are going to blow out. When you are going straight, they are streaming behind you. If you turn backwards, they come toward you. I was working it and trying to keep going in the right direction knowing it could get bad. Luckily, it was just a flash fire. It went out and no damage to me."

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DAVE BLANEY, No. 66 Prism Motorsports Toyota Camry, Prism Motorsports
Finishing Position: 41st

-credit: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Michael Waltrip , Robby Gordon , Max Papis , Jamie McMurray , Scott Riggs , Marcos Ambrose , Scott Speed , Brian Vickers , Denny Hamlin , Dave Blaney , Joey Logano , Tommy Baldwin , Kyle Busch
Teams Red Bull Racing , Germain Racing , Tommy Baldwin Racing , Michael Waltrip Racing , Joe Gibbs Racing , Robby Gordon Motorsports , Prism Motorsports , NEMCO Motorsports