Jason Leffler finished first to claim Toyota's first Camry win in NASCAR competition. He started the race fifth. Leffler's No. 38 Great Clips Camry led the final three laps of the 200 lap event. David Reutimann finished third. His No. 99 Aaron's...
Jason Leffler finished first to claim Toyota's first Camry win in NASCAR competition. He started the race fifth. Leffler's No. 38 Great Clips Camry led the final three laps of the 200 lap event. David Reutimann finished third. His No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Camry was qualified in the sixth position by Mark Green, but a driver change placed Reutimann at the rear of the field to start the race.
Mike Bliss finished ninth after starting 22nd in the No. 10 Fan1st.com Camry. This was his first race in a Camry for Braun Racing. Camrys have led a total of 154 laps in NBS competition. This is the ninth race a Camry has led in NASCAR Busch Series (NBS) competition. Leffler has led a total of 60 laps, Reutimann has a led a total of 60 laps, Blaney has led a total of 19 laps and Todd Bodine has led 15 laps.
The Camry now has 10 top-five and 23 top-10 finishes in NBS competition. Toyota has scored two poles in Busch Series competition including Leffler at Daytona (July) and Blaney at California (February).
JIM AUST, Vice President of Toyota Motor Sales and President / CEO of Toyota Racing Development (TRD) U.S.A.
What do you think of tonight's win? "This is obviously one of the biggest days of our Busch/Cup program so far. It's something we've been waiting for since we started the season -- we knew we had a great Busch program. Thanks to the whole organization at TRD as well as the Braun group to put together the effort they have over the course of the year. We knew it was going to happen, it was just a matter of when and we hope it is the first of many to come. This feels great to be in winner's circle. Especially with the car side of it, and not just the trucks. Maybe this is the moment of things to come."
What's next for the Camry in the Busch Series? "We hope for a number of wins. It's always great to get the first one and now we'd like to spread them around. We have a number of other great racers in the program and they have the same opportunities to win some races."
RICK LANTZ, NBS Program Manager for Toyota Racing Development
What does this mean for the Toyota Busch Series program? "This is an awesome -- awesome day for Braun Racing, Toyota and the Triad group who built these engines. We've seen it the last few races with the Busch Series Camrys running up front -- it was just a matter of time before we got this first victory. It was an awesome race watching Reutimann and Leffler go back and forth and Jason was just a little bit better today. We are really looking forward to the rest of the schedule. I know now that we got this first win, we are going to get more." How has Toyota's NBS program been this year? "It's been a little frustrating because I know this is where we need to be. Our teams are excellent and I know we do a good job. We are finally gelling and getting the program together. We can look forward to more victories in the future. Our teams work together to share information and the crew chiefs work together. We see how it works in the Truck Series and how successful the teams have been there and we knew it was going to be successful in the Busch Series. You can't take winning for granted because you never know when your next win will come. Hopefully the next one will be real soon."
MIKE BLISS, No. 10 Fan1st.com Toyota Camry, Braun Racing Finished: 9th
How was your race tonight? "We were hauling at the start and it was fun. We had one set of tires that were real loose and we just adjusted from there. We were just tight the last two runs, we started out with the right first two real loose. I don't know if we over adjusted or what. All in all it is fun. I thought we were going to have a chance to be where Jason (Leffler) was but we weren't as good. Jason was on fire tonight and I'm real proud for these guys."
How did the opportunity to race in the No. 10 come? "I found out Tuesday that I wasn't going to be running the No. 22 car tonight. Braun called and asked if I'd come over and practice and maybe qualify today. When the weather ended up being shady, I ended up being getting to race. I'm proud, I hate it for Dave (Blaney), but it was a great experience."
What do you think of your first race in a Camry? "It hauls! The motor is awesome. The Camry accelerates better than anything I'm used to. They just run good and it was an eye opening knowing what you run against out here."
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