BUSCH: Phoenix II: Toyota team race quotes, notes

Jason Leffler finished eighth in the No. 38 Great Clips Camry after starting 30th. David Reutimann started 15th in the No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Camry and finished 12th. Phoenix native Michael McDowell finished 14th after starting from the 27th...

Jason Leffler finished eighth in the No. 38 Great Clips Camry after starting 30th. David Reutimann started 15th in the No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Camry and finished 12th. Phoenix native Michael McDowell finished 14th after starting from the 27th position in his second career NBS race. Brian Vickers started 21st and finished 27th in the No. 10 Fort McDowell Resort Camry.

Five Camry drivers have led a total of 549 laps across 14 races. Reutimann (Nashville, Talladega, St. Louis, Bristol and Memphis) has led 287 laps. Leffler (Daytona, Nashville, Darlington, Indianapolis and Bristol) has led a total of 141 laps and Vickers has led 87 laps (Michigan, California and Kansas), while Dave Blaney (California, Atlanta and Nashville ) has led 19 laps and Todd Bodine (St. Louis) has led 15 laps. Camry drivers have 15 top-five and 36 top-10 finishes in NBS competition. Camry drivers have recorded two victories and four poles during Toyota's inaugural season in NASCAR Busch Series competition. Leffler visited victory lane at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis (July) and Reutimann won at Memphis Motorsports Park (Oct.). Poles have been won by Blaney at California (Feb.), Leffler at Daytona (July) and Bristol (Aug.), and Reutimann at Texas (Nov.).

***

JASON LEFFLER, No. 38 Great Clips Toyota Camry, Braun Racing Finishing position: 8th

What happened at the end of the race when you lost a few positions? "The thing vapor-locked at the end of the race and cost us a spot -- at least one spot, for sure. It's kind of disappointing. The race was fine and the guys did a good job."

***

DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Finishing position: 12th

How was your race? "We hung around the top-10 all day. The car was pretty decent -- it was really good at times. We just couldn't keep it like that. Towards the end we stayed out -- like a lot of the other guys. A lot of guys took tires and we just got beat by them at the end there. The car started falling off a lot more than we anticipated it would. We fell back into the guys with tires and that's how we ended up."

Are you looking forward to the season-finale? "I'm looking forward to Homestead. But, I'll be glad to get the season over with and it will be good to get some time off."

***

MICHAEL MCDOWELL, No. 00 Aaron's/Best Western Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Finishing position: 14th

How was it racing in your hometown of Phoenix? "It was great. Anytime you can make a hometown track appearance, it's awesome. It's fun to be able to come back and race and see a lot of friends and family. Hopefully, we'll come back here in April for the Cup race."

How was your race? "We started off the race a little off and it was just a matter of me getting up to speed and getting comfortable in the car. We made some really good adjustments and got the car where it needed to be at the end of the race. That last green flag run we were running pretty good and moving through the field. Then, that last wreck happened and we lost some momentum. It was a good run. I feel happy with what we did."

How important is every race you run to getting more familiar with your surroundings? "It's getting everybody to work together -- the crew and myself -- and getting what I need out of the car. It takes a little bit of time, but we are getting there." Have you raced at Homestead-Miami before? "I have on the road course. I've driven in two prototype races there. I ran fourth there and had some good shows there. I've only run half-of-the-oval, but I do have some experience there."

-credit: toyota motorsports

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Todd Bodine , Jason Leffler , Michael McDowell , David Reutimann , Brian Vickers , Dave Blaney