Joey Logano (ninth) was the top-finishing Toyota driver in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Toyota driver Kyle Busch finished 11th after leading 46 of 301 laps at the one-mile oval. Camry drivers...
Joey Logano (ninth) was the top-finishing Toyota driver in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Toyota driver Kyle Busch finished 11th after leading 46 of 301 laps at the one-mile oval.
Camry drivers Marcos Ambrose (13th), Denny Hamlin (14th), David Reutimann (15th), Martin Truex Jr. (22nd), Reed Sorenson (24th), Scott Speed (27th), Bobby Labonte (30th), Joe Nemechek (39th), Todd Bodine (40th), Michael McDowell (41st), Dave Blaney (42nd) and Max Papis (43rd) were also in the field.
Busch is third in the unofficial NSCS point standings following the race at New Hampshire -- 161 points behind leader Kevin Harvick. Hamlin remains fourth in points -- 185 points behind Harvick. Logano (17th), Truex (18th) and Reutimann (19th) are also in the top-20 for Toyota.
JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 9th
How do you feel about finishing in the top-10? "It wasn't bad. For this place, it's great to get a top-10 and at other places it's frustrating. That's definitely good for us here, especially after practice and where I thought we were going to end up today when we started out. It was a good points day and we have to keep doing that so that's good. I found some things out, a little bit about the place and we're getting closer."
Was it difficult to make adjustments with the long green flag runs? "I have a good enough pit crew that they can make adjustments. A lot of it is air pressure adjustments and wedge adjustments that we make - it's not like we're going up underneath the car to change spring rubbers or anything. Spring rubbers would take more time. We did good today and I'm excited about how we stayed on the lead lap on the longer run, I thought that was really good. I can't be mad about it, I thought it was good."
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 11th
What happened between you and Jeff Burton? "We all saw it - I got wrecked. A product of good, hard racing there at the end of the race. A guy on no tires trying to make it all with what he's got and we screwed up. We didn't have the right front underneath the car there at the end and I washed up the track. In the previous corner Kurt (Busch) got by me. Went down into turn three and (Jeff) Burton got loose underneath me and we wrecked. That's all there is to it."
MARCOS AMBROSE, No. 47 Lance/Tom's Snacks Toyota Camry, JTG-Daugherty
Finishing Position: 13th
How do you feel about your race today? "We practiced 12th, qualified 12th and finished 12th so not too bad. Just a good day for us. We're trying to build our team back and days like this help. We are just trying to get our team back on track and I feel good about how we performed today."
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 14th
How was your race car today? "We just ran terrible. None of the words are going to be able to describe our weekend. We tried some different stuff to try to get better for September because we finished second here last fall and probably had a top-five car, not a race winning car. We experimented with some stuff, but it just didn't work here."
Do you feel more pressure being tied with Jimmie Johnson with five wins this season? "They're (48 race team) performing well at all the race tracks and that's important. For us, it's winning on the bigger tracks. Our strong suit used to be winning on the shorter tracks and with all the effort we've put forth with our cars in making them better on the mile-and-a-half tracks because that's the majority of the Chase races, we just haven't had a whole lot of time to work on these type of race tracks. Obviously it's something we need to work on."
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael
Finishing Position: 15th
How do you feel about your race today? "That's a pretty frustrating day for the No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine team. We were decent all day, just never very good. We went back and forth trying to find the right balance, but just never seemed to get on the other side of it. We had good stops all day and my guys worked their butts off all weekend to give us everything we had. We tried to short pit late in the race and got caught on pit road when the 9 (Kasey Kahne) lost it's engine - that didn't help matters any. Then we finally got up to about 10th with a couple laps to go and got tangled up with the 11 (Denny Hamlin). That dropped both cars back about five spots - which is where we finished - 15th."
MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip
Finishing Position: 22nd
How was your car in today's race? "We definitely need to be better when we come back here. Qualifying definitely hurt us because it was so hard to pass. It seemed as if nothing really worked out in our favor. I think that last caution really hurt us. If it would have stayed green, we would have been okay. I'm looking forward to returning to all the tracks now. Pat (Tryson, crew chief) and I have notes now to work off of so I am hoping everything will work out."
BOBBY LABONTE, No. 7 SpeedFactory.TV Toyota Camry, Robby Gordon
Finishing Position: 30th
JOE NEMECHEK, No. 87 Toyota Camry, NEMCO Motorsports
Finishing Position: 39th
TODD BODINE, No. 64 Little Joe's Autos Toyota Camry, Gunselman
Finishing Position: 40th
MICHAEL MCDOWELL, No. 55 Toyota Camry, PRISM Motorsports
Finishing Position: 41st
DAVE BLANEY, No. 66 Toyota Camry, PRISM Motorsports
Finishing Position: 42nd
MAX PAPIS, No. 13 GEICO Toyota Camry, Germain Racing
Finishing Position: 43rd
-source: toyota motorsports