Six Toyota Camrys started today's Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway. This marks the first time six Camrys have started on an oval in 2007 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series competition. Six Camrys also started on the road course at Infineon Raceway in ...
Six Toyota Camrys started today's Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway. This marks the first time six Camrys have started on an oval in 2007 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series competition. Six Camrys also started on the road course at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. Dave Blaney earned his second consecutive top-20 in the No. 22 Caterpillar Camry with his finish of 20th.
A late-race accident on lap-182 caused significant steering damage to the No. 83 Red Bull Camry of Brian Vickers. Vickers finished 29th. The No. 36 360 OTC Camry of Jeremy Mayfield finished 31st in his eighth start of the season. Michael Waltrip's No. 55 NAPA Camry finished 38th after a mechanical failure with less than five laps remaining, ended his day. The No. 00 Burger King Camry of David Reutimann finished 41st after a broken fuel pump forced him to the garage for 22 laps. Dale Jarrett finished 42nd in his No. 44 UPS Camry after spending 25 laps in the garage changing a broken fuel pump.
Today's race marks the first time this season that all three full-time drivers for Michael Waltrip Racing made the 43-car field on the qualifying speeds without utilizing any provisionals. Blaney earned the first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series pole for Toyota at New Hampshire International Speedway (June 29).
The best Nextel Cup finish for a Camry this season is when Vickers finished fifth at Lowe's Motor Speedway (May 27). It marked the first top-five result for Toyota in Nextel Cup competition. In addition to Vickers fifth place finish, he also scored Toyota's first top-10 when he finished 10th at California Speedway (Feb. 25). Waltrip scored an additional tenth place finish in his NAPA Camry at Michigan International Speedway (June 17). Blaney finished ninth last weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (July 29), marking his best career finish at the speedway.
DAVE BLANEY, No. 22 Caterpillar Toyota Camry, Bill Davis Racing Finished: 20th
Can you talk about your race today? "We ran okay today and where we finished is about what we had today. We seemed to run 15th to 20th all day and just couldn't do any better than that. When that's all you've got, you just have to finish with it and that's what we did. It was a smooth day; we just couldn't seem to get fast enough to really get up there in the top-15. The guys had great pit stops all day and they kept me in position all afternoon. We struggled a little on the handling side and a little on the horsepower side and that really adds up here with the straight-aways being so long. If you're off a little in the corners, it's just multiplied on the long straight-aways. It doesn't take much to lose a little ground here. But we had a solid day and we'll get ready for the road course next week."
How was your race today? "We didn't get quite where we needed to be today. When we started the race we were just too tight and then we adjusted to the loose side by the end of the race. I couldn't keep the back of the car under me there at the end. We were also fighting a brake issue. We were heating up the fronts and the rears were working too well and that was locking up the rear tires. Then we ended up getting wrecked there at the end and there was nothing we could do."
What happened in the wreck? "I went into the corner and everyone was slamming on brakes and spinning in front of me. I got on the brakes, but it was too late and a couple cars got into me which sent me into a couple more guys. It knocked the tow out on the car and bent the front up pretty good. We just had to limp through the final laps out there to get to the checkers."
JEREMY MAYFIELD, No. 36 360 OTC Toyota Camry, Bill Davis Racing Finished: 31st
Can you talk about your race today? "It was a long day and we really focused on testing the car all day. I don't know what we tested all day, but we tested something. We just kept running all day and just couldn't get it where it needed to be. This is a car that we hadn't run before and it wouldn't accept the adjustments like we needed it to during the race. But we made the race this week and finished the race, so I know we will take some notes back to the shop and hopefully we gained some information."
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Burger King Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Finished: 41st
Can you talk about your day and what happened that took you out of the race? "This was just another disappointing day. We battled the handling on the car all day and just never could seem to get it where we needed to be. Then we lost fuel pressure and determined that the fuel pump broke -- we had to come to the garage to get that replaced. We just can't keep having these types of mechanical failures -- it's just frustrating. But I know everyone will keep working to get us where we need to be and we have to gain owner points and we can't do that when we are in the garage early."
DALE JARRETT, No. 44 UPS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Finished: 42nd
How good was your car and what happened that sent you to the garage at the halfway point in the race? "We had a good car. I knew if we ever got this race car in a race we would be able to show that it was fast. We obviously had some trouble getting it fast enough to make a couple races, but I knew by the feel of the car and the down force that it seemed to have, that it had the potential to be a real good car. It proved today that it was a good car -- we passed a lot of cars. We had good pit stops and unfortunately just past halfway we had a fuel pump problem. That ruined our day, but we know what caused it and we fixed that. It was somewhat encouraging to go out, run and pass some race cars. We still have work to do, but that was a definite improvement."
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