Kyle Busch earned his fifth NSCS win of the season by taking the checkered flag first at Infineon Raceway. His other victories were at Atlanta, Darlington, Talladega and Dover. Toyota has six NSCS victories in 2008. In addition to Busch's ...
Kyle Busch earned his fifth NSCS win of the season by taking the checkered flag first at Infineon Raceway. His other victories were at Atlanta, Darlington, Talladega and Dover.
Toyota has six NSCS victories in 2008. In addition to Busch's five wins, Denny Hamlin took home the first-place trophy at Martinsville.
Camry driver Tony Stewart recorded a 10th-place finish.
Other Toyota drivers in the field included Brian Vickers (14th), Dave Blaney (20th), Michael McDowell (21st), Michael Waltrip (25th), Denny Hamlin (27th), AJ Allmendinger (37th) and David Reutimann (40th).
Busch led a race high 78 laps in today's 112 lap event.
Camry drivers have earned 23 top-five finishes and 34 top-10 finishes in 2008.
Busch extended his NSCS championship point lead with today's win. He's now 103 points ahead of second-place Jeff Burton in the unofficial NSCS point standings.
Other Camry drivers among the top-20 in the unofficial NSCS point standings include Hamlin (eighth), Stewart (11th) and Vickers (15th).
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 M&M's Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Finishing Position: 1st
How was your car today? "We unloaded here this weekend and we were absolutely horrible. We were so bad we didn't know what was going on. These guys worked their tails off and never gave up. We worked on it and worked on it -- made changes to everything -- and finally figured it out. I have to thank AP Brakes, MAC Tools, M&M's, Snickers, Interstate Batteries, NOS Energy Drink and everybody that's helped us here. For Toyota to win here at their home race, that's pretty special, too."
What's different this season and why are you running so well? "It's a new year -- I guess it's a new me. It's a new team here being with the 18 team here. To put it in victory lane five times this year, that's something that is pretty special. Thanks to Steve Addington (crew chief) and all these guys. Thank you to my fans and of course all the other fans that are out there, too. This has been a phenomenal year here. It's been special."
If Joe Gibbs would have told you before the season started that you'd have five wins before going back to Daytona, what would you have said? "Yeah right! Thanks Coach, I appreciate it! You know what, this means a lot. I know J.D. (Gibbs) is here somewhere. This is something that is pretty cool. It's going a long ways and their talking about renegotiating, but I don't know. We've had a good enough year so far where we can just keep going with what we've got."
TONY STEWART, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Finishing Position: 10th
How good was your race car today? "We weren't as good as Kyle (Busch) and we weren't as good as Jamie (McMurray). You know, we got ourselves in a position to run second there, and then it just didn't work out."
What happened late in the race? "I don't know. You can see it better than I could -- I'm inside the car."
Did you help Kyle with racing here at Infineon Raceway? "We have a team meeting after every Happy Hour.' It's always been a productive meeting. It's good for us to all compare notes. It's good for all of us."
Can you recap your day for us? "We got a slow start. The car just did not take off with restarts. It was way, way too loose. That hurt us. Then on long runs we were really good. Once we burned some fuel, we had a good, strong car. Unfortunately, we were mired in traffic all day. Then we missed our pit window and a lot of the guys pitted right when the caution came out -- the lap of or the lap before. That put us back in even further traffic. Staying out of trouble there at the end of the race and surviving those cautions was able to have us leave here with a solid day."
ELTON SAWYER, Director of Competition, Red Bull Racing Team
What happened with AJ Allmendinger's car in the pits? "We're still not 100% sure. We had some type of electrical issue. The first pit stop it stalled and we couldn't get it fired, and we're still trying to diagnose exactly what happened there. We had a similar situation on the second stop where it stalled coming into the pits. So, we're still not 100% sure what happened. It's unfortunate. AJ (Allmendinger) had a decent car, but never had an opportunity to show it."
How was the weekend for Red Bull Racing? "If we look back at it, 12 months ago it was a really bad weekend for Red Bull. To come out here -- I was proud of everyone. Obviously, we got both cars qualified, the No. 83 (Brian Vickers) had an exceptionally good weekend and the No. 84 (AJ Allmendinger) struggled. We have to figure out what happened, get it fixed and move on to Loudon."
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 44 UPS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Finishing Position: 40th
What ended your day today? "I had slid the front tires pretty hard the lap before and I must have flat spotted it. When we turned it in there it blew out the car just went straight.
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