David Reutimann earned his career-best NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series (NNCS) finish tonight in his No. 00 Burger King Camry finishing 13th. AJ Allmendinger, driver of the No. 84 Red Bull Camry, finished 23rd after starting 27th. The No. 83 Red Bull...
David Reutimann earned his career-best NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series (NNCS) finish tonight in his No. 00 Burger King Camry finishing 13th. AJ Allmendinger, driver of the No. 84 Red Bull Camry, finished 23rd after starting 27th. The No. 83 Red Bull Camry of Brian Vickers finished 24th after starting 28th.
The No. 44 UPS Camry of Dale Jarrett received right-front damage to his car in a lap-294 accident and finished 31st. Dave Blaney was also involved in the lap-294 accident and sustained significant front-end damage to the No. 22 Caterpillar Camry. Blaney would finish 34th.
Camry drivers have led a total of 141 laps across 11 races in Nextel Cup events this season. Brian Vickers has led the most of the Camry contingent with 98 laps over six races (Atlanta, Bristol, Texas, Charlotte, Michigan and California). Blaney has led 35 laps over four races (Atlanta, Richmond, Darlington and New Hampshire). Mayfield has led six laps over three races (Bristol, Charlotte and Watkins Glen). Waltrip led one lap at Michigan (June) and Reutimann led one lap at California (September).
Blaney earned the first NNCS pole for Toyota at New Hampshire International Speedway (June). Seven top-10 finishes have been earned by Toyota Camrys this season. In addition to Vickers' fifth-place finish in Charlotte, he finished 10th at California Speedway (February), eighth at Michigan International Speedway (August) and eighth at California Speedway (September). Other top-10s have been registered by Michael Waltrip, who finished 10th at Michigan International Speedway in June, and Dave Blaney, who finished ninth at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July and sixth at Michigan International Speedway (August).
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Burger King Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Finished: 13th
How was your race tonight -- earning your career-best NNCS finish? "The car drove good pretty much all night. We messed around with the track bar and it didn't seem to make much of a difference on the car. I think we were making it worse so we put the track bar back to where we started with tonight. That really made the car come back to life and I really wish we would have done that earlier because I feel like we might have been able to get a better finish. All in all this was a good night for us and everybody did a real good job. Last week we didn't get to finish what we started and this week I really feel like we did. I would have liked to have a top-10 finish tonight and I'm disappointed because I think we had a car capable of doing that tonight. I'm real happy with the effort, but I do feel like we might have left something on the table. It was fun to be able to race with those guys tonight and we haven't had much of a chance to do that this season. It was a good feeling and whenever the car drives pretty good it doesn't seem so hard to do that."
How was your race tonight? "This was a long night, but I don't feel like this was our best car. We definitely improved from where we started the race and I think this was our best race as a team this season. We kept fighting through some frustrations, but overall I think this was the best finish we were going to get tonight. We missed the car somewhere and we could just never get a handle on the race track. We had a good car last week at California and were able to get a good finish -- tonight we didn't have as good of a car, but we were able to finish it."
How was your race tonight? "To start off with we lost another starter and that didn't help us any tonight. We were really horrible all night, but the pit crew did a great job for us and nobody gave up. Our COT (Car of Tomorrow) program needs more work because we really struggled tonight to get the handling we needed under the car. We changed everything we knew how to change on the car throughout the night, but there seems to be something underlying with the balance of the car. I really don't think there was anything that we could change during the race tonight that was going to make the car any better."
DALE JARRETT, No. 44 UPS Centennial Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Finished: 31st
DAVE BLANEY, No. 22 Caterpillar Toyota Camry, Bill Davis Racing Finished: 34th
What happened in the second incident? "A couple guys got turned around right in front of me -- there was a bunch of smoke so I really couldn't see much. I got the brakes locked up and slid into them. I guess on got on the brakes too hard trying to drive around them and then slid right in."
What happened in the first incident with Juan Pablo Montoya? "We got caught up in that front straight-away thing and got into the back of (Juan Pablo) Montoya. Before that we were running good and kept making the car better -- running 10th and 12th. We kept getting better, but whatever we bent up in that wreck really hurt the handling and it just wouldn't go after that. We were just hoping for a couple more cautions to try to fix it."
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