David Reutimann had the best finish of the four Toyota Camry drivers in the Nicorette 300, finishing 13th in the No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Camry after starting the race 15th. Dave Blaney finished 16th in the No. 10 ABF U-Pack Camry for Braun...
David Reutimann had the best finish of the four Toyota Camry drivers in the Nicorette 300, finishing 13th in the No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Camry after starting the race 15th. Dave Blaney finished 16th in the No. 10 ABF U-Pack Camry for Braun Racing. Jason Leffler finished 41st in the No. 38 Great Clips Camry for Braun Racing. A right-front tire blew sending Leffler into the outside wall. Michael Waltrip finished 43rd in his first NBS start of the season in the No. 32 Camping World Camry for Braun Racing. Waltrip was also a victim of a blown right-front tire. Blaney heads into next weekend's race at Martinsville Speedway in third place in the NBS point standings, the highest among the Toyota drivers. Reutimann (11th) and Leffler (23rd) are also in the top-25 in points. Toyota Camrys have led 18 laps through the first five races of the NBS season. Leffler led the first two laps at Daytona and Blaney led 16 laps at California Speedway Blaney scored the first Toyota Camry NASCAR pole in Busch qualifying at California Speedway.
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Finished: 13th
How would you rate your run today? "We just struggled all day. The car wasn't bad, but in order to be as good as you need to be here, you need to be like a slot car. Top-15 finishes were okay last year, but we just need to be better. We were a little off from the time we unloaded, but everybody did good and we ran alright. We made some gains on it, but I'm just a little disappointed because I know we should be a lot better than that."
Did you learn anything for tomorrow's race? "We definitely have our work cut out for us tomorrow, but the team has done a great job all weekend. We are having an up-and-down weekend on the Cup side, showing speed in some sessions but not in others. Hopefully, we can go out there tomorrow and find the speed we need to get a good finish."
DAVE BLANEY, No. 10 ABF U-Pack Toyota Camry, Braun Racing Finished: 16th
Were you pleased with the finish? "The finish was a little disappointing, only because I think we could've snuck into the top-10. At the end of the race, we just had no tires. The car was pretty solid all day, and all the guys in front of us had strong cars, too."
Does the finish make you happy from a season perspective? "I think with the finish we stayed in third in the points, but that's not really our concern at this stage in the season. A 16th-place finish isn't terrible, but I know we could've run better than that."
RICK LANTZ, Busch Series Program Manager, Toyota
What are your thoughts on the finishes by Toyota today? "I'm a little disappointed only because we know how good we could've finished. Michael had a very good car and was passing people early in the race, but unfortunately had an issue that caused the tire to go down. Jason had a pretty strong car all weekend, but he ran into the same problems with tire wear causing another tire to go down. The No. 10 and No. 99 guys kept plugging away at it. I really thought we were going to do better than the results showed, but that goes to show how competitive this series is."
Are the disappointing results discouraging?
"We're still learning how to do this thing. It's a bit disappointing where it looked like we had some fast cars in practice but didn't appear to be as fast in the race. We just have to find out why that is. I know the teams are working as hard as they can to get these Camrys to the front, and we're starting to get to know each other better, so I think things will continue to improve as the season goes along."
Other Toyotas in the field:
JASON LEFFLER, No. 38 Great Clips Toyota Camry, Braun Racing Finished: 41st
MICHAEL WALTRIP, No. 32 Camping World Toyota Camry, Braun Racing Finished: 43rd
-credit: toyota motorsports