The Winn-Dixie 250 was rescheduled for this morning after rain forced the event to be moved from last night. Dave Blaney finished in third-place after starting ninth in the No. 10 Seymour Paints Camry. Jason Leffler started from the pole in his No.
The Winn-Dixie 250 was rescheduled for this morning after rain forced the event to be moved from last night. Dave Blaney finished in third-place after starting ninth in the No. 10 Seymour Paints Camry. Jason Leffler started from the pole in his No. 38 Great Clips Camry and crossed the finish line ninth. Brian Vickers, running a third Braun Racing entry, qualified 12th and finished 13th in his first Busch Series start of the 2007 season. David Reutimann was running among the top-20 in the first half of the race when he made contact with a spinning car after 50 laps. He finished 40th after starting 11th in the No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Camry.
Leffler earned the second Busch Series pole position for a Toyota Camry when he was the fastest qualifier in Friday afternoon's qualifying session. Blaney captured the first pole for a Toyota Camry in NASCAR competition when he started first in the Busch Series race at California Speedway (Feb. 24).
The best finish by a Toyota Camry in Busch Series competition is second-place. Blaney finished second in the season-opener at Daytona (Feb. 17), and Reutimann was second at Nashville (April 7). Leffler has finished among the top-three in two of the last five races, and he has finished 14th or better in his last seven Busch Series starts. Reutimann has recorded top-10 finishes in three of his last five Busch Series races. Vickers, who made his first-ever Busch Series start in a Camry tonight, won the Busch Series title in 2003.
9th, JASON LEFFLER, No. 38 Great Clips Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
How was your race today? "It was eventful. We finished ninth -- that was good. We got through it fairly unscathed. It was pretty rough out there. My car handled really good on the bottom of the track -- and there were only three or four of us that could go down there. It was really killer on the long runs. We had that caution with about 20 laps to go and I knew we were going to have to fight it out. I didn't get the best run on that last caution, but I did get a good run -- but no one went with me. I don't think there were other cars were handling as good as mine was on the bottom of the track. I just got hung out there. I'm still happy with a top-10."
What was eventful about your day? "I got caught up with (Juan Pablo) Montoya down through the tri-oval -- he just bump-drafted me right through there. And then on the back-straight, I got hung out in the middle and squeezed up into the No. 24 (Casey Mears) -- he gave and backed out or we would have just all piled up." Is this the earliest you've raced? "I've raced that early before, but it is pretty early."
13th, BRIAN VICKERS, No. 32 Fort McDowell Resort & Destination Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
40th, DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
With the banking here at Daytona did you see the No. 66 (Steven Wallace) spinning in front of you? "I saw him starting to spin, and I knew that he was going to come to the bottom because of the way this place is with the banking. I had already committed to the bottom and I just couldn't get away from him."
How will the race this morning affect tonight's race? "It's going to be dark tonight, so the track will be a little cooler. Right now it's pretty slick, but we shouldn't have been in the spot we were to begin with. When you run in the middle of the pack, you get caught up in stuff, and that's what happened."
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