Kyle Busch earned his second win of the weekend in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Delaware's Dover International Speedway. Busch, who also won Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race, led six times today for 131 (of 400)...
Kyle Busch earned his second win of the weekend in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Delaware's Dover International Speedway.
Busch, who also won Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race, led six times today for 131 (of 400) laps in his Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) No. 18 M&M's Camry.
It is the second win of the season for Busch, 18th of his career and 14th victory in a Toyota Camry.
It is the fifth win in the last seven races for a Camry driver, and the 26th NSCS victory for Toyota since the start of 2007.
Toyota drivers swept all three NASCAR Series races for the second time at Dover (also in May 2008) -- marking only the eighth time in NASCAR history that one manufacturer has earned wins in all three NASCAR series at one track during the same race weekend. Aric Almirola won Friday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at the one-mile oval.
Camry drivers Denny Hamlin (fourth), David Reutimann (fifth) and Joey Logano (10th) also earned top-10 finishes.
Martin Truex Jr. earned his first pole in a Camry at Dover, and finished in 12th -place.
Camry drivers Casey Mears (22nd), Scott Speed (23rd), Robby Gordon (31st), Marcos Ambrose (36th), Joe Nemechek (38th), Dave Blaney (41st) and Michael McDowell (42nd) were also in the field.
Busch moves into second-place in the unofficial NSCS point standings following his win at Dover -- 69 points behind leader Kevin Harvick. Busch, Hamlin (fifth) and Truex (12th) are currently in the top-12 in points, with Logano (18th) and Reutimann (20th) also in the top-20 for Toyota.
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 M&M's Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 1st
How excited are you to win at Dover today? "It's phenomenal. It feels really, really good. I can't thank the guys enough. The whole M&M's Camry team did such a phenomenal job. Of course, thank Sprint, the fans, Interstate Batteries, Marquis Jets, Gillette, again Toyota and M&M's. We just can't say enough about all of the people behind us. It's fortunate for us to be in this position and Dave Rogers (crew chief) working as hard as he does. Man, I don't think you'll outwork the guy, but you might beat him sometimes here or there. Today we prevailed. That's what it takes to win one of these deals. We came out right there at the right point and I think we were going to beat him (Jimmie Johnson), but I don't know. The 48 (Jimmie Johnson) was really, really fast today."
Did you work on the car throughout the race? "We did, we struggled a lot. We were just so loose. I guess it's a good thing I can hang onto it that long. I'm like, 'Come on man, tighten it up. Let's go.' No, Dave (Rogers, crew chief) did a phenomenal job. He kept me going and kept my head in the game and just being able to work on the car, trying to make it better. We weren't the best in the beginning, but we were definitely a top-four car today. We worked on it there at the end and about lap 250 or 260 we really started coming on. It's just a testament to these guys and what all they do. Awesome stops on pit road. I think they won the race for us today and it was just a great effort by everybody."
Why was your car so loose today? "It was just the way the tire rubber got laid down today. Man, it was so different than what it's ever been here in the past, at least that I've ever raced here. It threw us all for a curveball, I think , but for us on this No. 18 M&M's Camry we just kept plugging along, kept working all day making adjustments. Every single pit stop we came down and it took us about 200 laps before it even made a dent in the car and then about lap 260 this thing came alive and we got going. I can't thank M&M's enough, Toyota, NOS Energy Drink, Combos, Doublemint and everybody that works so hard on this deal -- Interstate Batteries, Marquis Jets and of course the fans for coming out and enjoying a great race today hopefully."
How difficult is it to stay patient in such a long race here knowing your car isn't where you want it to be? "This is a long race and it's very hard to stay patient, especially if you're a car battling for 10th, 12th, 15th because you know the leader is coming. You know they're coming up behind you. But, today we just -- we ran fourth so I wasn't too worried about it. We had a good race car. We had a top-four race car. It was fast, it was just a little bit unbalanced. So as soon as we got the balance right the thing really came to life and took off. I can't thank Dave (Rogers, crew chief) enough. He does such a phenomenal job with this team and he's doing such a great job for all of us. The M&M's people are here today, Combos was here yesterday -- I wish it was a triple, but I'd rather miss out Friday to get one Su nday."
DAVE ROGERS, crew chief, No. 18 M&M's Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
How was the race today? "What a race. Just proud of this entire M&M's 18 Toyota Camry race team. Yesterday in practice we had a car that could win the race, and I just watched the track take rubber, and I thought it was going to be more like it used to be five, six years ago. I didn't tighten the car up as much as Kyle (Busch) and I talked about after happy hour,' and we paid the price for it today. We worked our tails off tightening the car up, getting it where Kyle could drive it. I'm just real proud of this race team, real proud of Kyle for never giving up and putting ourselves in position to win it at the end."
JOE GIBBS, team owner, Joe Gibbs Racing
What does the success you've had over the few months say about your organization? "I think first of all, quite a bit has been made of that over the last week or so. You can kind of get on a run in pro sports, but the thing that I'm always conscious of, the knuckle sandwich is waiting right around the corner in pro sports. We're just getting started really here. I'm thrilled that the last seven, eight weeks have gone so well for us, but the reality is that can all turn in a week. That's one of the things about pro sports, the two that I've been in, and particularly this sport, we've got great teams out there we've talked about, the 48 (Jimmie Johnson), and to say that we're there would be ridiculous. They pretty much dominated things. They had a great car again today. I think we're just getting started, but it's exciting for us to know that we have over the last eight or nine weeks started to get on a roll. It was good today that our other two cars were in the top-10. I was thrilled with that. Joey (Logano) kind of got hit on pit road, and Denny (Hamlin) started off with a very tough situation and overcame that. I think you always -- to me in pro sports in particular -- you always just stay humble and get after it. That's about it."
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 4th
Are you happy with your finish today? "This is not a great race track for us, so fourth is a good day for our FedEx team. We just battled back and forth loose, tight and just could never really get the balance. I just don't work traffic that well around this race track, but we're going to keep working on it and it's a step forward."
Are you happy with where your team is right now? "Our team is just clicking right now. We're getting good finishes on our worst race track and that's what we need to do. It was a step in the right direction for sure. Our FedEx guys just did a great job on pit road -- we had a great last stop that really helped us and we just kept fighting. We hung around the teens at the beginning, we got to the top-10 halfway and just eased our way into the top-five right there at the end. Kept working on our car and getting it better and I'm proud of this whole FedEx team."
What was the difference between you and Kyle Busch today? "Talent -- a little bit. But, I just haven't figured out the right way to work traffic at this track. I lose a lot of time there trying to get around lapped cars. I've just got to keep working on that. Obviously, we need to get our car a little bit better, but I think the driver needs to work on his things as well."
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael
Finishing Position: 5th
Are you excited with your top-five finish today? "It's been great. We haven't had a whole lot to smile about all year. It's been pretty dismal. We've been running really well, it's just that we haven't been able to close the deal. I had a great Aaron's Dream Machine all day, the guys had great pit stops. And there at the end we were just a little bit too tight and that was the tightest we've been all day at the end. Having a fifth-place finish the way our season has been going, man, it feels really good."
How did your car handle during the race? "We started off not very good, but in the long runs we would get better. I'm proud of my guys. I think they did a great job. This will help us in the points a little bit. We had to stop the bleeding at some point and hopefully we've done it this time."
JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 10th
Are you happy with your finish today? "We'll take it, I guess, after the last couple weeks we've had with the Home Depot Toyota. We had a really good car. We drove all the way up to third there in the beginning of the race. I thought we were going to be pretty good here. I just felt like I don't think we adjust to the race track enough. It seemed like every other run we were good. We'd get it close and then I'd say we didn't need that big of a change and we did. I feel like we probably could've had a top-five finish. We had a fender knocked in on pit road -- that didn't help -- and they had to pull it back out and went back to 17th. We had to fight back for a 10th-place finish, but we'll take it after the last couple of weeks."
MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 56 NAPA Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Finishing Position: 12th
How was your race today? "We should have had a top-10. That one run where we made up a lot of spots was like we had a really good set of tires or something. Our last two runs we were generally loose. The front end locked up, bounced in center and then took off going straight. It's something we can work with. I think the biggest thing that hurt us was the loss in track position that one time where most teams took two. We couldn't do that because the trend was tight on two tires and we were already tight. We couldn't do it. At the end the rubber build up was like driving on oil. I did everything I could."
How was your race today? "It was a long day. I thought we'd be a little bit better, but we were kind of mediocre. From where we started, there were so many guys -- those top-two or three guys were running so much faster. We just ended up several laps down, unfortunately. But, a lot of guys did. We hung in there all day. I think, considering the way things were, the way the car handled -- we've come out with a pretty good finish. I mean, Ryan (Pemberton, crew chief) made a good decision there at the end to go ahead and stay out and get the wave around and then kind of hang on until the end of the race. All things considered -- finding out about this on Thursday. Getting here, get fitted -- my back definitely is a little sore -- and trying to work through some of that stuff. I think everybody did a good job tackling what we needed to tackle this weekend."
What kind of pressure was there stepping into this situation? "Man, I always think there's pressure on me. No matter if you're Jimmie (Johnson) winning championships or a guy in my position -- there's always pressure to do well. If he's running second -- he's running badly. We got different goals of our own. You just got to do the best job you can week-in and week-out. This is a very unique scenario, obviously. Hope Brian (Vickers) gets better soon. In the meantime, we're working real hard to try to maintain the best we can so when he comes he'll have something good to get into."
ROBBY GORDON, No. 7 BAMvip.com/James Otto/Whitney Duncan Toyota Camry,
Robby Gordon Motorsports
Finishing Position: 31st
MARCOS AMBROSE, No. 47 A&P/MDA Toyota Camry, JTG-Daugherty Racing
Finishing Position: 36th
What happened to take you out of the race? "We've been cutting tires down. Something is rubbing up. Right there we had a scratch mark on the inside of the tire. And the second set went flat, hit the wall and didn't do it too bad, but that time there killed it. I'm not sure what was rubbing , but it was cutting the right-side tire down."
JOE NEMECHEK, No. 87 Toyota Camry, NEMCO Motorsports
Finishing Position: 38th
DAVE BLANEY, No. 66 Toyota Camry, PRISM Motorsports
Finishing Position: 41st
MICHAEL McDOWELL, No. 55 Toyota Camry, PRISM Motorsports
Finishing Position: 42nd
-source: toyota motorsports