BUSCH: Mexico City: Toyota teams race quotes, notes

All three Toyota Camrys finished in the top-13 positions in the NASCAR Busch Series Telcel-Motorola 200 at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City. Jason Leffler had the best finish among the Toyota drivers, finishing sixth in the No. 38 Great...

All three Toyota Camrys finished in the top-13 positions in the NASCAR Busch Series Telcel-Motorola 200 at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City. Jason Leffler had the best finish among the Toyota drivers, finishing sixth in the No. 38 Great Clips Toyota Camry after starting 24th.

David Reutimann finished 12th in the No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry in his first-career road course start. Dave Blaney scored a 13th-place finish in the No. 10 Fan1st.com Toyota Camry for Braun Racing. With the finish, Blaney stays in third place in the unofficial NBS point standings.

The Mexico City race marked the third-consecutive NBS race to open the season with a top-10 finish by a Toyota Camry. Blaney finished second in the opener at Daytona International Speedway and 10th at California Speedway. The race was won by Juan Pablo Montoya, who was victorious in this year's 24 Hours of Daytona with a TRD-built, Lexus-powered engine.

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JASON LEFFLER, No. 38 Great Clips Toyota Camry, Braun Racing

On the sixth-place finish: "It was a little war of attrition. We wanted to stay on the track and knew if we did that, we'd come away with a good finish. Our car was good enough to run up with the leaders late in the race. It took us a while to tighten it up, but in the last couple runs we got it going pretty good."

On the race's impact on the standings: "This race was good for us no matter what. We'll just keep digging and hopefully put a few more good finishes together. The team has been working hard the whole season, and it's good to get a finish indicative of how are car has been running."

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DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing

On his first road course start: "I definitely learned a lot out there. We probably had a better car than the driver that was sitting in it. The guys did a good job plugging away, keeping me motivated and giving me good advice. We had to run off the track one time to avoid that, but other than that we stayed on course, and they told me if I kept clean, I would come home with a top-15."

On building momentum: "It feels good to get a decent finish down here. You don't come here to run 15th, but I think it was a good effort by the whole team. I felt pretty good in the car and I think I'm back to 100 percent. We'll go to Las Vegas and hope we can do a little bit better."

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DAVE BLANEY, No. 10 Fan1st.com Toyota Camry, Braun Racing

On his race: "We just couldn't run good at all. We couldn't turn that well, but we salvaged a pretty good finish and we were pretty lucky to get out of here 13th. We never could get the car right, but late in the race, everybody seemed to be running into each other. I had some pretty good guys behind me that didn't run into me and I was able to avoid the cars in front of me. I just tried to stay on the track and bring the car home in one piece."

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RICK LENTZ, NASCAR Busch Series Program Manager, Toyota

On the impressive finishes: "The finishes were awesome. Considering the experience our guys had coming in, we're very pleased. We all knew that if the drivers could stay out of trouble and stay on the track, they could get good finishes. The teams and the drivers really earned this one."

On pit strategy: "These road course races always have a lot of pit strategy to them. The teams had good strategy and were able to avoid all of the trouble on the track. You saw a lot of teams with different plans and coming down on different laps. For our first road course race, it was pretty good."

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TODD BRAUN, Owner, Braun Racing

On his team's success in Mexico City: "I talked to Jason (Leffler) last night at dinner and told him it's the same old thing. Just hang out during the race and let these guys wreck each other and do your best to stay out of it. We knew if he stayed out of it, we'd come out of here with a good top-10. I'm not always sure about coming here, but once the race starts, and I see these enthusiastic fans come out here, I remember why I come. This is a great atmosphere for a race and we had a pretty good one today."

-credit: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya