Toyota Camrys led the most laps (377) in today's race at Bristol Motor Speedway with Tony Stewart leading a race-high 267 of 506 laps. Other Camrys drivers taking turns up front today included Denny Hamlin (98 laps), Kyle Busch (seven laps) ...
Toyota Camrys led the most laps (377) in today's race at Bristol Motor Speedway with Tony Stewart leading a race-high 267 of 506 laps. Other Camrys drivers taking turns up front today included Denny Hamlin (98 laps), Kyle Busch (seven laps) and Michael Waltrip (five laps). One Toyota Camry finished in the top-10 today at Bristol -- Hamlin (6th)
Other Toyota drivers in the field included Stewart (14th), Busch (17th), David Reutimann (20th), Waltrip (23rd), J.J. Yeley (25th), Dave Blaney (34th) Dale Jarrett (37th), Brian Vickers (39th) and Mike Skinner (40th).
Busch maintained his NSCS point lead in today's race and currently leads Greg Biffle by 30 points, unofficially. Other Camry drivers unofficially in the top-20 in the NSCS standings include Stewart (seventh), Hamlin (15th) and Vickers (17th).
Unofficial NSCS owner points following today's race list eight Camrys in the top-35 heading into the next NSCS race at Martinsville Speedway (March 30). Those Camrys include the 18 (first), 20 (seventh), 11 (15th), 83 (18th), 00 (27th), 55 (30th), 96 (31st) and 44 (34th). Camrys currently outside the top-35 include the 22 (37th) and the 84 (43rd).
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Finished: 6th
What happened at the end of the race? "Another really frustrating day for us -- I know I could have held those guys off there at the end, but we were either out of fuel or it was a fuel pickup problem like we had here last year. By all of calculations were good on fuel to the end, including a green -white-checkered, but we just couldn't seem to pick all of it up. It's been that kind of season for us -- we can't get a break. It's really too bad because we had a great FedEx Express Camry today. We led a bunch of laps, and then had to battle all the way back to have a shot at the end. Once we got it, we just couldn't finish it off."
TONY STEWART, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Finished: 14th
What happened with the contact between you and Kevin Harvick? "I thought I left him plenty of room, but I don't know. I was far enough ahead of him that I didn't see where he hit me or when he hit me. I'm sure some how it was my fault. I'm just sorry I got in his way."
STEVE ADDINGTON, Crew Chief, No. 18 M&Ms Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Finished: 17th
What happened that took you out of contention to win today? "We had a great car -- we had a car that could have won the race and we blew a seal out of a power steering pump. We have to figure out what's going on here. That's two in a row -- the 11 (Denny Hamlin) car had problems last week and then we had problems this week."
Can you talk about how challenging the race was on Kyle Busch with no power steering? "Especially with the way the front end settings are on these things anymore. He stepped up to the plate and I'm really, really proud of the way he dug in and finished the race for us."
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Finished: 20th
What did you battle throughout the race after being so strong in practice? "We just tried to battle track position all day long with the fact that we had to start so far back. We never really could get a break to get it made up. That was kind of the way our day went. We screwed up in the pits -- I was out of the box and little bit and we got a penalty and that put us two laps down or I think things could have been a lot different. All in all it was a good day -- we learned a lot. It was my first race at Bristol in a Cup car because we missed the other two -- it was a decent day in the points because it could have been much worse. It was semi-productive and now we can go to Martinsville."
What will it mean to head to Martinsville locked into the field? "It will be nice to show up at a race track and know that we are locked into the race -- I haven't known that feeling. The deal is that we have to keep moving forward in our points to insulate things. I'm proud of my guys and we left here without destroying a race car so that's okay."
DALE JARRETT, No. 44 UPS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Finished: 37th
"Well, it wasn't the finish I would have liked. I'm able to go out with the best sponsor in the business in UPS and I would have liked to have had a better day for them, but I really can't be too upset when you take into consideration the kind of career I have been fortunate to have."
What happened that caused the fire to come out from under your car? "I didn't think it was a big deal at all. My spotter told me that there was a wreck off turn two, and they were checking up over there. I checked up, but I didn't want to slow down too quick and got hit from behind, and I just bumped into the back of -- I think it was the 78 (Joe Nemechek). I didn't really hit him that hard, but it must have been hard enough to break an oil line or something."
Was the contact you had hard or just a bump? "The bump was barely a hit. It shocked me when I looked up and saw fire behind the car, and I said, 'What the heck is going on here?' I thought the Red Bull Toyota was fine, but apparently it broke an oil fitting or something off and got on the header and it was just blowing fire out from underneath the car. I was just going to drive it back to the pits and have the guys put it out and fix whatever was wrong with it and get back out there."
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