Kyle Busch registered his sixth victory of the season Saturday night in Daytona. Busch started ninth and led the race three times for a total of 31 laps. In addition to tonight's win, Busch has also crossed the finish line first at Atlanta, ...
Kyle Busch registered his sixth victory of the season Saturday night in Daytona.
Busch started ninth and led the race three times for a total of 31 laps.
In addition to tonight's win, Busch has also crossed the finish line first at Atlanta, Talladega, Darlington, Dover and Sonoma, Calif.
Camry drivers have now recorded seven NSCS wins this season.
Tony Stewart, who had flu-like symptoms that forced him from the race, and substitute driver J.J. Yeley finished 20th in the No. 20 Home Depot Camry.
Other Toyota drivers in the field included Brian Vickers (11th), Dave Blaney (19th), David Reutimann (21st), Michael McDowell (25th), Denny Hamlin (26th), Michael Waltrip (27th) and AJ Allmendinger (42nd).
Camry drivers have earned 26 top-five finishes and 38 top-10 finishes in 2008.
With his victory, Busch extended his lead in the unofficial NSCS championship point standings and holds a 182-point advantage over second-place Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Other Camry drivers among the top-20 in the unofficial NSCS point standings include Hamlin (seventh), Stewart (12th) and Vickers (16th).
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 1st
Can you talk about winning tonight? "Man, I can't believe that we're here right now. We didn't have the best car tonight but these guys never gave up and we never gave up out there on the race track. We just had to get up to the front and luckily we were leading there when it mattered the most when the caution came out. There was just a ton of wrecks behind us. I hate it for all of those guys in torn up equipment. I'm glad to have this Interstate Batteries Toyota upfront."
Can you go through the final laps after the restart? "I've really got to thank the 17 (Matt Kenseth). He was with the 99 (Carl Edwards) there. The 99 (Carl Edwards) got tore out sliding down the back straightaway and the 17 (Matt Kenseth) ducked in behind us and the 2 (Kurt Edwards) got with the 99 (Carl Edwards). (Matt) Kenseth gave me a great push and we were able to be ahead when it mattered. Sometimes it doesn't quite workout with teammates. I know that from here in the past. The Hendrick boys really worked together real well tonight and I've got to thank Denny (Hamlin). He was trying to help me there when we got squirrely there in the back and luckily I saved it and man, I don't know what I did to do that but that was close."
STEVE ADDINGTON, crew chief, No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
How did it look atop the pit box tonight for you? "It was nerve-wracking. You have to leave it to the spotter and to Kyle (Busch) to get through the traffic and all that stuff. You really can't see a whole lot of what's going on accept watching the monitor and just going off by what he's saying and try to make the right adjustments for him, and it all worked out. I thought we were in big trouble there with Denny (Hamlin) bumping him and then shoved him out of line there, but we recovered from it and he drove it back to the front."
J.D. GIBBS, team owner, Joe Gibbs Racing
How much does it mean to Joe Gibbs Racing to win at Daytona with the No. 18 car? "This ones means a lot, for Interstate Batteries; and Norm Miller and the guys out of Dallas, they have been with us from day one, this is special for them. That's a big deal and a testament to Steve (Addington) and Kyle (Busch) and the team we have there and the fact that they are able to capitalize on opportunities. We had three good cars here, but Steve (Addington) and those guys did a good job of just capitalizing and getting that victory, so that's a blessing."
Is there any consolation with a top-10 finish and an undamaged car after the race? "That is definitely a consolation. It was a good points day -- a top-10, and the car's in one piece. It's better than a lot of people can say. It was definitely a wreckfest. It was a different race. It was completely different than what we are used to here. We are always so used to the draft and two and three-wide -- there was a little bit of that there at the end. It is so hard to keep the cars in control that's what kept causing the wrecks. The only way to pass is to get two or three-wide and you can't keep the car under control. To be honest, they were fun to drive. I actually enjoyed driving these cars tonight more so than in the Nationwide cars last (Friday) night, but what made them fun also made them wreck a lot."
DAVE BLANEY, No. 22 Caterpillar Toyota Camry, Bill Davis Racing
Finishing Position: 19th
What did you see at the end of the race? "We were all running into each other. The guys in front of me just got slammed into the wall and I just went with it. It was everybody just beating on each other. Somebody just got too far sideways. It happened all night. These cars are just hard to hang onto. My car was just so loose after about 15 laps -- it was hard just to run by myself without spinning the thing out. Once you got in a crowd there, it was really touchy. At the end of the race -- the last few laps -- everyone is just beating and gouging for all they can get, so you are going to wreck."
TONY STEWART, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 20th
How were you feeling before and during the race? "Today I had a real severe headache and some other flu-like symptoms. I haven't really felt great for about two weeks, but it really didn't bother me. It was just more of a nuisance. It didn't bother me at Loudon (last week) because it wasn't as physical of a race, but it got to where somewhere between last night and when we started today, it got to where I started feeling worse and worse. I felt nauseated and I was dehydrated. They ended up putting five bags of I.V. fluids in me, just to get me comfortable. I'll go home and go to the doctor and see if we can figure out what the cause of this was."
Did you think you could go the distance? What went into your decision to get out of the car tonight? "I thought we were going to be able to (make it) for the first two runs, but once the car got a little bit loose and we had to start really sawing on the wheel, it's like it zapped the energy out of me and I started making mistakes. It was a situation where I was trying to look out for everybody involved on the race team. I wasn't doing us any favors by not being 100 percent. It was better to get out as early as we could versus sticking it out with 20 to go and expecting J.J. (Yeley) to get the thing back in the top-five. It's one of those decisions you have to make early enough, and I knew I wasn't feeling good and I wasn't feeling any better and it was getting worse as we were going. Before the race, the nurse said she was going to buy us a couple of hours and we got three hours out of it. We still had to go out there and try."
J.J. YELEY, substitute driver, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
How was your race as a substitute driver for Tony Stewart? "For me it's a big disappointment. This Home Depot team had a really, really good race car. The Toyota power was great. We ran in the top-10 two or three times pretty easy -- passing cars. We were going to have a good finish. At the end, I chose to got to the bottom and the 55 (Michael Waltrip) got up right behind me and got me loose.
How did end up serving as a relief driver? "I was playing in the playground with my daughter and some of the guys from the Home Depot team were looking for me. Tony (Stewart) just was feeling really, really poorly. I figured after I was sitting up on the pit box after the race started that I'd never would get in the race car because he (Tony) was so fast. He drove up in the top-five and was just maintaining there. Then he (Tony) got on the radio and said it was way, way too hot and he wasn't going to make it. I only ran half the race and it was extremely hot in that race car. There's a lot of problems with the heat in these race cars."
GREG ZIPADELLI, crew chief, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
How did J.J. Yeley perform as a substitute driver for Tony Stewart? "J.J. (Yeley) did a good job there. We just got shuffled at the end -- it's kind of been like our year. We got in a wreck twice there. I don't know what to say. I know we had a lot better race car than what we finished tonight. We just don't seem to do anything right to turn it around. We'll go to Chicago -- a place we've won a couple of times -- and with Tony feeling better we'll be able to just turn something around there. Seems like we gain some points and then we go back and give it back. J.J. (Yeley) did a good job. The guys on the crew did a great job -- getting Tony out and J.J. in -- and making adjustments and pit stops. I'm proud of everybody's effort, I'm just not very happy with our finish."
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 26th
How was your race? "It was a long night. We started out loose and worked on the FedEx Office Toyota and gradually made it better and better and we finally made it to the lead. I've got to add, the pit crew did a great job on the stops tonight. We went from loose to tight and then finally got it right. We had good power and had a good car when we got to the lead. Daytona is always a tough place to race - tonight shows that, but my hat is off to the whole FedEx team - we worked hard all night and got better and better but in the end it was out of our hands."
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 44 UPS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Finishing Position: 21st
MICHAEL McDOWELL, No. 00 Champion Mortgage Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Finishing Position: 25th
MICHAEL WALTRIP, No. 55 NAPA Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Finishing Position: 27th
-credit: toyota motorsports