Camry driver Kyle Busch earned his eighth win of the season in Sunday's NSCS race at Watkins Glen International. Busch becomes the first driver to win three road course races in a single season across all three major NASCAR series. Busch won...
Camry driver Kyle Busch earned his eighth win of the season in Sunday's NSCS race at Watkins Glen International.
Busch becomes the first driver to win three road course races in a single season across all three major NASCAR series. Busch won the NSCS race at Infineon in June and the Nationwide Series race at Mexico City in April.
Sunday's win marked the ninth NSCS win of 2008 for Toyota -- Busch (eight) and Denny Hamlin (one).
Camry drivers Tony Stewart (second) and Hamlin (eighth) also earned top-10 finishes in Sunday's race.
Other Toyota drivers in the field included AJ Allmendinger (11th), Brian Vickers (18th), Michael McDowell (25th), David Reutimann (33rd), P.J. Jones (37th), Michael Waltrip (39th) and Dave Blaney (41st).
Camry drivers have now earned 32 top-five finishes and 47 top-10 finishes in 2008.
Busch maintains the top spot in the unofficial NSCS point standings with a 242-point lead over second-place Carl Edwards. Busch's win today also solidifies the first place position when the 'Chase for the Championship' starts in five weeks.
Other Camry drivers among the top-20 in the unofficial NSCS point standings include Stewart (seventh), Hamlin (ninth), and Vickers (17th).
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 M&M's Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 1st
Were you worried about Tony Stewart behind you on the final restart? "I knew he was going to be hard to beat. I was racing against the same stuff with Tony Stewart and Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota so I knew it was going to be hard to beat Tony (Stewart). He's such a great friend and such a great teammate and I'm really going to hate to see him leave at the end of the year. He has been so fun to work with this year. I have to thank him, everyone at JGR (Joe Gibbs Racing), all of M&M's, Pedigree, Combos. I have to thank the fans because they are the ones that make us race. Everybody out there -- I appreciate your support."
TONY STEWART, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 2nd
Were you happy with the race today? "I was pretty happy with it and it was pretty uneventful from our side. We didn't have any big dramas during the race. The red there at the end kind of killed us a little bit. Really happy with the day. Proud of Kyle (Busch) and how he ran. I saw behind us that Denny (Hamlin) was having a good day too. I'm really proud of the whole organization. The thing that hurt us at the end was the red flag. That cooled the tires down and dropped the air pressures. It seemed like we were a little low on the left front tire and it seemed like when the pressures were really low that it made the front end hook to the right. Even if we got that fixed I'm not sure that we were going to be fast enough to get by Kyle (Busch). He never made a mistake -- he had a really good car today and he was fast in all the right spots that he needed to be fast in. I think he ran a perfect race today and I thought we were really close -- we're talking nit-picking stuff to get our car perfect. I was really proud of our guys -- pit stops were good today. I thought Zippy (Greg Zipadelli, crew chief) had good pit strategy. It's days like today that you want every week -- to be uneventful and to be this smooth everyday."
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 8th
How was your car today? "We did what we had to do today. We were just a little off today but this FedEx Ground crew worked hard and we brought home a top-ten finish. I really couldn't push the car more than I was or I would have wrecked it and that would have been a worst-case scenario. We had good strategy today, some good calls by Mike (Ford) and the crew but our car wasn't quite there. Congrats to my teammates, though. Kyle and Tony were really fast today. We know what we have to work on and we're ready to go to work to get back to our best and get into this Chase."
How has the momentum of your team helped you get into the top-35? "Jimmy (Elledge, crew chief) has done a great job just coming over here and all the additions that Jay (Frye, general manager) has added to the team. We have been running well and we just needed some luck on our side and some good strategy. Jimmy (Elledge, crew chief) has brought that along. Even at Pocono we wanted a better run than 19th, but we did a good job to get that out of it. All we have to do is keep continuing now that we're in and no reason to fall out."
What does it mean for you to be in the top-35 in owner points? "We're in the top-35 and that's been our big deal and I know once we get in we're not going to fall back out. The car was good - - Jimmy (Elledge, crew chief) like usual used awesome strategy. I was just so loose getting onto the front straightaway the whole race and never could get it right. I tried to get back to the throttle early so I could beat Carl (Edwards) because I knew he was going to get up off the corner good and it just jumped so sideways on me and I was happy he didn't spin me out because he pretty much had all the right to when I was that sideways. When we get to Michigan I'll be a lot happier when we don't have to qualify on time -- right now I'm just a little disappointed because I wanted that top-10 and I wanted to finish off strong, but 11th I will take it."
MICHAEL McDOWELL, No. 00 Champion Mortgage Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Finishing Position: 25th
What happened between you and David Gilliland causing the accident? "I'm going to have to go back and look at it. I had a run and I went underneath him and he just didn't give me a whole lot of room. Maybe I shouldn't have been in there, but we're racing hard to stay in the top-35 in owner points and try to get back into the top-35 -- that's what we needed to do with our Champion Mortgage Toyota. It's unfortunate and I'm sorry for the fans and all the cars that got wrecked there and then they had to wait through that red flag. I was just racing hard and really it doesn't look much different than how it was with Kyle Busch and Jeff Burton yesterday, but I'm sure they'll make a big deal out of it."
P.J. JONES, No. 96 DLP HDTV Toyota Camry, Hall of Fame Racing
Finishing Position: 37th
How was race today? "It was a tough day. We never really got a break -- we got taken out in turn one by the 10 (Patrick Carpentier). He just got in a little too deep. We got taken out by the 77 (Sam Hornish Jr.) in turn nine and we just didn't have the best handling car right from the get-go too. With everything we just couldn't overcome it. It just was not a great day."
What happened between you and Jeff Gordon? "We were held up in a little traffic and we were racing for position toward the end and he got beside me. I gave him room on the outside, but he didn't give me any room coming back to the left. I was already in the dirt, but I wasn't trying to bounce off of him -- that was the only choice I had. Then he got his feathers all ruffled up and decided he wanted to play. At that point I just let him go. We just didn't have a great car and that's just how it goes."
DAVE BLANEY, No. 22 Caterpillar Toyota Camry, Bill Davis Racing
Finishing Position: 41st
How are you after the accident and what happened? "I'm good. I really couldn't see anything get started -- I couldn't see through the cars in front of me. You kind of couldn't see through them. A couple guys in front of me were checking up and you just keep coming and they were just sitting there and you couldn't see through the cars. That was a big hit for a bunch of guys."
What could you see happening in front of you? "I didn't see it really getting started or anything -- you just couldn't see through the cars and that spot there you can't really see the car in front of you and you can't tell what's going on in front of that. I think that's a bad place for the spotters to see what's going on. That didn't help and everybody just kept coming."
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 44 UPS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Finishing Position: 33rd
MICHAEL WALTRIP, No. 55 NAPA Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Finishing Position: 39th