Joey Logano (second) was the highest finishing Toyota driver in Friday night's NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Daytona International Speedway -- the debut of the new Nationwide Series car. Camry driver Kyle Busch also earned a top-10...
Joey Logano (second) was the highest finishing Toyota driver in Friday night's NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Daytona International Speedway -- the debut of the new Nationwide Series car.
Camry driver Kyle Busch also earned a top-10 finish with a seventh-place result at the 2.5-mile superspeedway.
Michael Annett (12th), Jason Leffler (14th), Steve Wallace (15th), Tayler Malsam (18th), Reed Sorenson (22nd), Trevor Bayne (27th), Brendan Gaughan (29th), Brian Scott (30th) and Kevin Lepage (39th) were also in the field for Toyota.
Camry drivers Busch (fourth), Logano (seventh), Wallace (eighth), Gaughan (ninth), Leffler (10th), Bayne (11th), Annett (12th) and Scott (14th) are in the top-15 in the unofficial NNS point standings after 17 of 35 races.
JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 SportClips Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 2nd
What happened on the final restart? "I just wanted to win real bad. It seems like every time I come to restrictor-plate race tracks like this I push someone to a win. I just can't get anyone to push me yet. I'm sure the fans are pretty pumped up about getting (Dale Earnhardt) Jr. back up in victory lane like that. Man, I wanted to be in victory lane. It was a good run, but it's not a win."
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 NOS Loaded Cherry Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 7th
What are your impressions of the new Nationwide Series car? "It was alright. It was a fine race. It was fun. They're a bit of a handful. We learned a lot about it anyway right now."
Did you notice any problem in turn two where they patched the track? "No. We're still dragging through there which is going to tear it up again anyway."
Did you have to stop at the end of the race for tires? "We didn't have to -- we just did because we thought the best way to beat the 3 (Dale Earnhardt Jr.). But, if I would have restarted behind him I probably could have had him. We thought tires were going to work, but everybody that's back there in the back of the pack like that are in way."
JASON RATCLIFF, crew chief, No. 20 NOS Loaded Cherry Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
What are your impressions of the new Nationwide Series car and why did you stop for tires late in the race? "I felt like we learned a lot. I'm really proud of the guys back at the shop. They did a great job building these race cars and all the work that our engineers and road guys -- they put a lot of effort into this thing at the test and I felt like we came back really strong. We had cars that ran up front all night. There at the end -- it was just everybody was just lined up. You couldn't get any track position and there wasn't enough cars to bunch up and start passing again. We felt like we needed to come down and get tires and give it a shot. A lot of cars came with us. We needed more cars to come with us. It got all bunched up there at the end. It was just a road block and we couldn't get back to the front. All in all, I was really happy with our performance. Really excited the way the car performed and nothing crazy happened. We're looking forward to going to Michigan with it."
MICHAEL ANNETT, No. 15 Germain.com Toyota Camry, Germain Racing
Finishing Position: 12th
JASON LEFFLER, No. 38 Great Clips Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 14th
STEVE WALLACE, No. 66 5-hour Energy Toyota Camry, Rusty Wallace Racing
Finishing Position: 15th
TAYLER MALSAM, No. 10 Iron Horse Jeans Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 18th
REED SORENSON, No. 32 Dollar General Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 22nd
How was your race tonight? "Well, we definitely had our share of bad luck this weekend at Daytona. Having to go to a back-up Dollar General Toyota cost us a lot of practice time yesterday. Fortunately, Nationwide qualifying didn't rain out and we were able to run two laps today. We were bottoming out really bad, so bad that we made repairs to the car and started from the back of the field. Trent (Owens, crew chief) and the guys did a great job adjusting on the car and with our pit stops. We were really good in the final runs. We were running 13th when the right front tire just exploded. We almost had a good finish despite everything, but the tire pretty much ended that. Still, we learned a lot here this week and will be a lot further along when we race these new cars at Michigan." Toyota NNS Daytona Post-Race Notes & Quotes -- July 2, 2010 -- Page 3
TREVOR BAYNE, No. 99 OUT! Pet Care Toyota Camry, Diamond-Waltrip Racing
Finishing Position: 27th
BRENDAN GAUGHAN, No. 62 South Point Casino & Hotel Toyota Camry, Rusty Wallace Racing
Finishing Position: 29th
BRIAN SCOTT, No. 11 Great Clips Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 30th
KEVIN LEPAGE, No. 56 Race Day Sponsor Toyota Camry, Mac Hill Motorsports
Finishing Position: 39th
-source: toyota motorsports