Camry driver Tony Stewart earned the second-place result in Sunday's NSCS race at Pocono Raceway. Other Toyota drivers in the field included AJ Allmendinger (19th), Denny Hamlin (23rd), Michael McDowell (24th), Brian Vickers (28th), David ...
Camry driver Tony Stewart earned the second-place result in Sunday's NSCS race at Pocono Raceway.
Other Toyota drivers in the field included AJ Allmendinger (19th), Denny Hamlin (23rd), Michael McDowell (24th), Brian Vickers (28th), David Reutimann (30th), Dave Blaney (31st), Kyle Busch (36th), J.J. Yeley (39th) and Michael Waltrip (43rd).
Camry drivers have earned 30 top-five finishes and 44 top-10 finishes in 2008.
Busch maintains the unofficial NSCS point lead with a 176-point lead over second place, Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Other Camry drivers among the top-20 in the unofficial NSCS point standings include Stewart (ninth), Hamlin (10th), and Vickers (16th).
TONY STEWART, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 2nd
How was your car throughout the race today? "My car was really loose there all day, but there at the end we had got the car pretty decent. I can't complain, it came to us finally and we got it to run -- it stayed with us all day. We were on the same strategy as a lot of other guys. We didn't get second today because of some trick. We were on the same plan as the 99 (Carl Edwards), the 48 (Jimmie Johnson) and the 88 (Dale Earnhardt Jr.) and all those guys up front. I'm just really proud of all these guys -- they did a great job. They stayed with it all day and all these Home Depot guys did a great job."
What does it mean for you to have a second-place finish today? "We haven't had very many days like this one this year. I ran out of fuel before we got to turn three there at the end there -- it was nice to make it to the end there. The hard part was to run fast enough to stay in front of Jimmie (Johnson) and slow enough to save fuel. It was a challenge, but congratulations to Carl (Edwards) -- everyone at Roush Racing did a great job and I am just really proud of my team. Considering what our luck has been this year, this is as good as a win. At least I can leave a race feeling good for once."
How do you conserve fuel in a race like this one? "You just have to lift early. Lift 100 or 200 yards earlier in each corner than you're used to. Every bit that you're not on that throttle -- that's all the more fuel that you are saving. It's hard to discipline yourself to do it and it's a lot easier when you've got Zippy (Greg Zipadelli, crew chief) on the pit box screaming at you every lap to save fuel. He knows what the situation is and he got us where we needed to be today."
How did you handle such a long race at Pocono? "That's probably the most confused I have been in a race car on what to ask for out of it. We were so loose the whole time. Thank you to all of my guys just for fighting because I was [complaining] a lot, but I didn't really know what to tell them. It was really confusing and the car was way loose. I think everybody was pretty loose, but obviously we were even more loose. The end result turned out decent because we ended up 19th out of it -- it's not great, but where we were running and what all the guys we were racing with for what they had at the end -- that was at least a decent points day. I was hoping for a lot more when we came in here after last week's race. I think I learned what it's like to have the first Pocono race and then the second Pocono race."
Would you have been better off if the race had ended on the red flag? "I don't think so because we were 15th when the rain delay stopped, but all the guys that we need to beat were ahead of us for points. It's kind of one of those things where it would be cool because it looks better on the stats sheet that you finished higher, but in the long run it actually hurts you more. I wanted to keep racing at least to see if we could get back up there. It was just really weird -- we would have one run where we would be decent and we would barely touch the car. I don't know if it was the tires or just the cloud cover, but when we would put the next set of tires on, I would be way loose and not touch anything. That was probably the biggest frustration and the biggest confusion to me. I didn't know what to ask for. The end result -- it was good. We were 35th all day and once again, that's what Jimmy (Elledge, crew chief) and the boys are so good at now is the strategy and he played it right knowing that most of those guys couldn't make it on fuel and we would pick up some cheap spots with that and we did."
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 23rd
How was your car throughout the race today? "We had a second-place car at times today, but we just adjusted ourselves right out of it. With this strategy stuff -- it can go either way. We really didn't run that well the second half of the race. We just have to re-evaluate where we're at."
How disappointed are you with this finish at this point in the season? "It's disappointing. Hopefully we will make up for it at a couple of these good race tracks that are coming up for us. It's not from a lack of effort -- everyone's trying as hard as they can on this team."
MICHAEL McDOWELL, No. 00 Champion Mortgage Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Finishing Position: 24th
How was your race today? "We had a decent finish, but we were a few points shy of getting back in the top-35. That's pretty disappointing. We had a good strategy. Peter Sospenzo (crew chief) and the guys made a good call there at the end and got us in position to capitalize on the rain and all the cautions and what not. But we really struggled with the handling of the car. We're going go to a road course next week and we should be able to make up some points there."
MICHAEL WALTRIP, No. 55 NAPA Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Finishing Position: 43rd
What happened that took you out of the race? "Something wasn't right with the motor right from the get go. I'm really disappointed and I hate it for our Napa Toyota because we had the wreck at Indianapolis and now we are out early this week. We were on a good roll there for a good while and now we have had some bad races and it's frustrating. We are going to keep working and try to turn thing around next week."
STEVE ADDINGTON, Crew Chief, No. 18 M&M's Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
What happened with the fuel mileage at the end of the race? "We went off the numbers that we had been getting all day long and I don't understand why we didn't get to the end. We should have made it to the stripe and just don't totally understand why we got worse fuel mileage at the last run of the day. That's the chance you take with it. We knocked the right side in on the car and we did what we thought was the right thing. We can't blame anybody or point any fingers."
What were you fighting with the car today? "We had a change because there was a time where the car was good and then we made just a little air pressure adjustment and lost the car. We talked about it during the rain delay and talked about what we were going to do and what we needed to do. We got the car a lot better. Of course, he hit the fence right there and that changes the balance and everything. I think we made gains on the car -- we came in and tried a little different deal on our front-end stuff. We'll keep working on it -- I think it's moving in the right direction."
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 44 UPS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Finishing Position: 30th
DAVE BLANEY, No. 22 Caterpillar Toyota Camry, Bill Davis Racing
Finishing Position: 31st
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 M&M's Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 36th
J.J. YELEY, No. 96 DLP HDTV Toyota Camry, Hall of Fame Racing
Finishing Position: 39th
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