Jeremy Mayfield in the No. 36 360 OTC Camry and Brian Vickers in the No. 83 Red Bull Camry each led one lap during today's race. On the season, Toyota Camrys have led a total of eight laps. In addition to the laps led at Bristol, Vickers (five)...
Jeremy Mayfield in the No. 36 360 OTC Camry and Brian Vickers in the No. 83 Red Bull Camry each led one lap during today's race. On the season, Toyota Camrys have led a total of eight laps. In addition to the laps led at Bristol, Vickers (five) and Dave Blaney (one) each led at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Vickers had the best finish among the five Camry drivers in the field, finishing 15th after starting 25th. Dave Blaney finished 23rd in the No. 22 Caterpillar Camry for Bill Davis Racing. Blaney started the race seventh, the best starting position for a Camry in NNCS competition. Mayfield finished 34th in his first start of the season starting from the 23rd position. Mayfield cut a right-front tire on lap 227, causing damage to the right side of his car after contact with the outside wall.
AJ Allmendinger finished 40th in the No. 84 Red Bull Camry in his first career NNCS start. Allmendinger was involved in a lap 150 incident, forcing the team behind the wall to repair right-side damage. Dale Jarrett, driver of the No. 44 UPS Toyota Camry for Michael Waltrip Racing, was involved in a multi- car incident on lap 45, causing substantial damage to the car and relegating the team to a 42nd place finish.
What happened in the race car today? "We think that a piece of the tail pipe came off halfway through the race, so heat was blowing directly onto the floor board. The guys tried to put some lining in the car to protect my feet, but it didn't really help that much. I basically had to run the whole race with my feet burning and that was just painful. I'm really impressed at how the guys kept cool heads today considering the issues we were facing. We also had great pit stops all day. Without these two things combined, we could not have pulled off such a great 15th place finish."
DAVE BLANEY, No. 22 Caterpillar Toyota Camry, Bill Davis Racing: Finished: 22nd
What happened that took you out of the top-10? "I just don't know what happened to the car. We had two runs there that were just terrible. I didn't know what happened to it and we thought it was the tires, but then we put on another set that was really bad. Then we made some more adjustments and the car was good again. We lost a couple laps there on one of those bad runs. It's a shame because we had a pretty good car for most of the race. It's just losing the laps hurt us and we couldn't get it back."
JEREMY MAYFIELD, No. 36 360 OTC Toyota Camry, Bill Davis Racing: Finished: 34th
How would you rate your first race of the season? "We cut a front-right tire pretty early in the race, so that set us back a little bit. As a team, it was our first race of the season, so we will definitely build from here. The guys have been working hard throughout the season and it was definitely good to race today for 360 OTC and everybody that supports us."
How was the car for you during the race? "We just couldn't get the car working right all day. The guys worked hard on it throughout the race, but we couldn't get it to feel good enough. I just want to thank all the guys on the team. They worked their tails off. We got into the wall in the race which messed the splitter up and the back of it up, and had to go in for repairs. When we came back out, we just wanted to get some laps under our belts and learn as much as we could."
DALE JARRETT, No. 44 UPS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing: Finished: 42nd
What happened in the accident? "I was trying to pass Kyle Petty and get in under him and then Matt Kenseth just turned me going into the corner. The car was good; I was having a good time. It's fun racing, but it's not fun when somebody does something like that. It's not the first time, but it will be the last. The car is fine, it does its job and I think the racing was pretty good. But you have to show some patience and here we are only 60 laps into the race and somebody does something like that. But the car is very good and obviously does its job."
Are you surprised that someone like Matt Kenseth would have done this so early in the race? "No, I'm not surprised. This is not the first time that he's done something like this. Everybody has this great vision that Matt Kenseth is this nice guy on the race track, he is a nice guy away from the track, but he's a rough driver on the race track when he doesn't have to be. We'll have a discussion."
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