Jason Leffler (second) was the highest-finishing Toyota driver in Friday's NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Darlington Raceway, driving the Braun Racing No. 38 Great Clips Camry. Toyota drivers Brian Vickers (10th), Joey Logano (12th) and...
Jason Leffler (second) was the highest-finishing Toyota driver in Friday's NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Darlington Raceway, driving the Braun Racing No. 38 Great Clips Camry.
Toyota drivers Brian Vickers (10th), Joey Logano (12th) and Scott Speed (13th) also posted top-15 finishes.
Kyle Busch, who led twice for a race-high 143 of 153 laps, had a flat right-rear tire before a green-white-checkered' restart and was forced to make a pit stop. He wound up 16th in the No. 18 Z-Line Designs Camry.
Camry drivers have now led 5,034 laps in NNS competition since entering the series in 2007.
Camry drivers Patrick Carpentier (17th), Brian Scott (20th), Scott Lagasse, Jr. (22nd), Michael Annett (29th) and Michael McDowell (33rd) were also in the field.
Busch maintains the unofficial NNS points lead by 37 points over second place, Carl Edwards.
BRIAN VICKERS, No. 32 Dollar General Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 10th
JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 GameStop Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 12th
Was your car hard to handle? "We haven't figured it out yet. We're going to have to go home and see what's wrong with the Game Stop Toyota. For the amount we loosened the car it didn't make a difference it pushed all night long. I don't know what it is, we worked on it all night and everything we did didn't do a thing. We're kind of baffled right now, we'll look back at it and see what we have.
SCOTT SPEED, No. 99 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Finishing Position: 13th
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Z-Line Designs Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 16th
JASON RATCLIFF, Crew Chief, No. 18 Z-Line Designs Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
What are your feelings following the race? "I hate it for these guys on this Z-Line Designs team and for Kyle (Busch). He drove a great race like you said. That's part of this sport. One day you're on top then it can humble you pretty quick. Very thankful for this race team, very thankful for Z- Line and Toyota. We'll just regroup and get them next week. I do want to say a happy mother's day to my mom, my wife and all mothers, hope you have a blessed mother's day."
How disappointing was tonight's finish? "It's very frustrating. This is a track that is difficult already just to go out there and race the race track much less go out there and race 42 other cars. We had a good car and Kyle (Busch) did a great job. All the guys did a great job on pit road. We were half a lap short of getting to the white flag and then it would have been over - didn't make it. I think we could have held him off there, but you have to have air in the right-rear (tire) to do it."
What did Kyle Busch say about the car tonight? "The car would start off a little free and then it would get tight. When you go out there and lead like that it's tough to adjust on it much, but we made a few minor adjustments that helped the car. I don't know what we could have done better."
PATRICK CARPENTIER, No. 07 PMCLife.com Toyota Camry, SK Motorsports
Finishing Position: 17th
BRIAN SCOTT, No. 10 Dollar General Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 20th
SCOTT LAGASSE JR., No. 11 America's Incredible Pizza Company Toyota Camry, CJM Racing
Finishing Position: 22nd
MICHAEL ANNETT, No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Toyota Camry, Germain Racing
Finishing Position: 29th
MICHAEL MCDOWELL, No. 47 Tom's Snacks Toyota Camry, JTG-Daugherty Racing
Finishing Position: 33rd
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