Joe Gibbs Racing secured the NNS Owner's Championship with the No. 20 Toyota Camry. Four drivers combined for nine wins, five poles, 16 top-five finishes and 25 top-10 finishes during the 2008 season. Kyle Busch (second) and Jason Leffler ...
Joe Gibbs Racing secured the NNS Owner's Championship with the No. 20 Toyota Camry. Four drivers combined for nine wins, five poles, 16 top-five finishes and 25 top-10 finishes during the 2008 season.
Kyle Busch (second) and Jason Leffler (fourth) earned top-five finishes for Toyota in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) event Saturday evening at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Toyota drivers Denny Hamlin (seventh) and Joey Logano (10th) also recorded a top-10 finishes at Homestead.
Since the start of the 2008 season, the Camry has earned 58 top-five and 101 top-10 finishes in NNS competition.
Camry drivers Josh Wise (12th), David Reutimann (13th), Mike Wallace (18th) and Michael Annett (36th) also participated in the 300-mile race.
Four Camry drivers finished the 2008 NNS season in the top-10 unofficially including Busch (sixth), Reutimann (seventh), Wallace (eighth) and Leffler (ninth).
Joey Logano earned the 14th pole of the season for Toyota when he turned the fastest qualifying lap at Homestead in the NNS.
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Z-Line Designs Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
What has your success this season meant in your career? "It's been great. The guys have done a phenomenal job all year long. This is the first place that we unloaded a little behind, but we came back after them a little bit at the end. We had so many crutches built into this car to make it go fast -- it was fast, but I don't know if the damage there on the front end was a culprit there at the end of the race because the car got tighter than it had been all night."
Do you feel like you came up short of the win tonight? "This sounds a lot like our year tonight -- coming up short. We had a great race car there and the guys did an awesome job. We unloaded behind and we fought behind all weekend. The 60 (Carl Edwards) was real fast and real strong and we just came up a little short. There's a piece of damage on the front end of the car and I don't know if that was the culprit or not, but I got so tight at the end that I couldn't even steer through the corners."
What are your thoughts on Joe Gibbs Racing winning the NNS owner's championship? "I wasn't a significant part of it. I only won one race in the thing. But, you know, they had a great car all year long, as well. You know, for it to come down to the final race like that, it was pretty cool to see, and for Joey (Logano) to run the amount of races that he ran in the car and to win the races that he won, I believe, at Kentucky, he did his part of the deal. You know, everybody that was in that car, myself, Joey (Logano), Denny (Hamlin) and Tony (Stewart) all won, and we're all a part of that deal. But the big pat on the back and the big support needs to go back to the guys at the shop, Dave Rogers and Jason Ratcliff who weren't here the rest of the year and for the rest of the guys that stepped up for the rest of the year to make that thing go fast and stay up front."
JASON LEFFLER, No. 38 Great Clips Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
How was your run out there tonight? "Thanks a lot, the boys here on the Great Clips Toyota really did a good job, and if we can do this every week were gonna work towards this on the off season. It's a good way to end the season this way, and it gives a lot of momentum. The boys Todd Lohse (crew chief) and all the guys gave us some track position and car came alive you know, and I said it was pretty good out there just give me some track position, and they did that. Great pit stops and everyone did a great job. To run in the top -five with these boys is something to be proud of and something we can work through the winter on."
How was it racing Bowyer knowing he was a contender for the championship? "Well, I don't want to be the jerk that wipes him out you know, costs him the championship. So same token yea I don't think he could have raced me as hard as he wanted so he gave me plenty of room out there when I got on the outside of him there. It was over, we ran fourth , and it was a good run and a good way to end the season we'll go onto next season with high hopes and have more of these top-fives and if you do that you'll have more wins."
JD GIBBS, President, Joe Gibbs Racing
What does it mean to win the owner's championship? "For JGR (Joe Gibbs Racing) just a great finish for the year. To have all those guys -- Tony (Stewart) win, Denny (Hamlin) win, Kyle (Busch) win and then for Joey (Logano) finish it off I think this means a lot to all the guys. This is also a testament to all the guys at Toyota and the partnership that we've put together in a short time."
What did it mean to have Joey Logano clinch the owner's championship tonight? "We didn't have our car running the full year, if we did I think we would have had a pretty good shot at the driver's championship. We didn't so we ran for the owner's championship as hard as we could. No pressure on Joey (Logano) -- we told him that if he wanted to do this then let's do it because if not then we're fine. He said, put it on me, let's go run for this thing.' It was exciting to have all the guys and all the drivers be a part of it and to have all the guys back at the shop. The Nationwide guys work hard -- they are not as specialized as the Cup guys are so they are on call a lot. We'll have a big party next week with all the guys -- I know that much."
JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 DLP HDTV Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
How was your race tonight and how excited were you to win the owner's championship for Joe Gibbs Racing? "It was an interesting one -- we didn't have the car to beat for sure. In the beginning we took off and ran really good. The car just tightened up a lot and I couldn't get a good read on the car. We started off really loose and got really tight. It would just change so much through the run and it was hard to adjust it. It's good for everyone here to win the championship because they worked really hard this year. It's awesome because all these guys work really hard all year to get to this point. To win it is so cool for them. They just work really hard."
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 32 Hass Avocados from Mexico Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
JOSH WISE, No. 00 NAPA Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 99 Best Western Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
MIKE WALLACE, No. 7 GEICO Toyota Camry, Germain Racing
MICHAEL ANNETT, No. 03 HYPE Toyota Camry, Germain Racing
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