Tony Stewart earned his first career victory at Talladega Superspeedway after leading 81 of 117 laps in today's race. Today's win marked the fourth consecutive win by a Camry in the NNS -- Kyle Busch has visited victory lane for the past three ...
Tony Stewart earned his first career victory at Talladega Superspeedway after leading 81 of 117 laps in today's race. Today's win marked the fourth consecutive win by a Camry in the NNS -- Kyle Busch has visited victory lane for the past three weekends -- Texas, Phoenix and Mexico City.
JASON LEFFLER, No. 38 Great Clips Toyota Camry, Braun Racing Finished: 4th
How much fun did you have out there today? "That was a whole lot of fun. The Great Clips Toyota Camry was really fast today and we got to run up front a whole bunch. Just had to come in and put some water in it because it got hot about halfway through."
Did you have anything for the leaders at the end? "If I had someone with me, I might have had something. Mike Wallace gave me a good shove, but I think it stalled him out. If he would have been right there with me, we might have been able to drive around a couple more. We were just biding our time through the entire race. The car runs really good and its been a fast car for us. I'm glad we're leaving with it in one piece and go on to Daytona with it."
Can you talk about trying to work with the other Nationwide drivers at the end to try to pass the Sprint Cup drivers? "We didn't do a very good job of it because Mike Bliss ran right into me. That's just the way it is -- you have to go with whoever you can go with at that minute. Mike Wallace gave me a really good shove on the last lap, which helped. All in all it was a good day and it was a lot of fun."
MIKE WALLACE, No. 7 GEICO Toyota Camry, Germain Racing Finished: 10th
How strong was your car at the end of the race? "I felt I was a car to beat. (Greg) Biffle helped me dramatically -- he got us to where I almost had (Tony) Stewart cleared and I was just half a car length from clearing him. I didn't want to force the issue. Then on the final restart the 38 (Jason Leffler) said they would work with us and we had a run and we went. I should have been smarter than that, I've been through this rodeo before and he blew us out to dry. We were fortunate to hang onto a top-10. We had a good car, it drove really good -- we had no problems all day long. I'm not real sure what happened on the incident on the front straight-away. I got into or helped get into (David) Reutimann and I apologize for that. I still don't understand how it all took place other than the 61 (Kevin LePage) came out in front of us all. I'm disappointed for our team -- I should be happy with a top-10, but I'm not because I thought I had a shot to win the thing."
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Z-Line Designs Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Finished: 16th
Are you disappointed to not go four in a row at a place where things are really out of your hands? "It is and we knew that coming in and we weren't real worried about that. You'll have that stuff here. The 20 (Tony Stewart) had a great car just like they did in Daytona and they won the thing. I'm real proud of Joe Gibbs Racing."
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