Daytona Shootout: Toyota teams race quotes

DAVE BLANEY, No. 22 Caterpillar Toyota Camry, Bill Davis Racing Finished: 7th How was your race tonight? "We had a great car tonight. There was one mistake that I made late, letting the No. 2 car (Kurt Busch) squeeze me into the middle which...

DAVE BLANEY, No. 22 Caterpillar Toyota Camry, Bill Davis Racing Finished: 7th

How was your race tonight? "We had a great car tonight. There was one mistake that I made late, letting the No. 2 car (Kurt Busch) squeeze me into the middle which cost me a chance at the race. What a car though. If that's how our car is going to run, we have a lot to look forward to this week."

Was it hard to run with Tony (Stewart) at the bottom with so many cars in the high line? "I know we had as good a car as anybody. Those Hendrick cars went together, and Tony (Stewart) and I couldn't get enough help at the bottom to put us over the top. That's the way it went. We probably had the best car out there, but ran seventh with it -- that's not very good. We actually had a great car tonight -- great car and great engine."

How did this new car handle at Daytona? "Our car handled pretty good early, and the guys got it running better in the second segment. We made some gains on it. We're ready to go. We just have to be smarter, that's all."

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DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Finished: 9th

How was your race tonight? "Our car seemed to be really good. We were able to come back there after the damage I got from the No. 26 car and my car didn't drive so well. Once I could get to the front, the speeds picked up and my car was really, really loose -- I just couldn't hang on to it. Then, there at the end I thought I had an opportunity to push Tony (Stewart) on the last lap but by choosing to push him it caused me a lot of spots. His victory would have been worth way more than my third- place finish. We were trying to do what we could to get him the win and just came up short."

How was it racing in the Toyota? "It was good. It's the kind of start we want. It's a good base and just a matter of time before we break into victory lane. Everything was smooth and there were really no issues. So far it seems like the power is good. I know we have something to work on for the Daytona 500."

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MICHAEL WALTRIP, No. 55 NAPA Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Finished: 11th

DALE JARRETT, No. 44 UPS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Finished: 13th

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J.J. YELEY, No. 96 DLP HDTV Toyota Camry, Hall of Fame Racing Finished: 16th

How was your first race with Hall of Fame Racing? "We started out being real conservative and making sure we didn't have any tire issues. In practice, we made 23 laps and wore out the right front, so we just took it easy in the first part. The car drove really good, maybe we just had it too secure. We struggled with the car being really loose yesterday, so we freed it up a little bit and probably didn't go quite far enough. We still had a little bit of a tire issue, the right-front blistered a little bit as did the right-rear. We were just kind of riding around out there, taking it easy. At that point, we knew we didn't have a car that was capable of winning. I learned that the cars just move around a lot more than the old ones. It takes a little while to get acclaimed to it. We just didn't have enough off the corner and I don't know why we were struggling there. I'll sit down with the Brandon (Thomas, crew chief) and look at it"

-credit: toyota motorsports

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Michael Waltrip , Kurt Busch
Teams Michael Waltrip Racing , Joe Gibbs Racing , Bill Davis Racing , Hall of Fame Racing