David Reutimann earned his second career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) victory in Saturday night's race at Chicagoland Speedway. Reutimann led the field three times for 52 (of 267) laps at the 1.5-mile Illinois oval. Saturday night's victory...
David Reutimann earned his second career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) victory in Saturday night's race at Chicagoland Speedway.
Reutimann led the field three times for 52 (of 267) laps at the 1.5-mile Illinois oval.
Saturday night's victory marks the third win for a TRD U.S.A. (Toyota Racing Development) built engine from Costa Mesa, Calif.
Toyota drivers have now won eight races in 2010 and have recorded 29 triumphs since entering the series in 2007.
Camry drivers Denny Hamlin (eighth) and Martin Truex Jr. (11th) also earned top-15 finishes at Chicagoland.
Camry drivers Kyle Busch (17th), Joey Logano (19th), Reed Sorenson (27th), Marcos Ambrose (28th), Scott Speed (30th), Robby Gordon (38th), Mike Bliss (41st), Max Papis (42nd) and Joe Nemechek (43rd) were also in the field.
Hamlin is currently in fourth in the unofficial NSCS point standings following Chicagoland -- 203 points behind leader Kevin Harvick. Busch sits sixth in the points -- 257 points behind Harvick. Reutimann (15th), Logano (19th) and Truex (20th) are also in the top-20 for Toyota.
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 TUMS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Finishing Position: 1st
How much does this win mean? "First of all, I have to thank the fans and everyone else at Michael Waltrip Racing. Everybody did such a great job today. Toyota Racing Development and having Tums on the car this weekend, it's just been a great weekend. I don't even know what to say. It was probably the lamest burnout I've ever seen at this race track, I was tearing up pretty bad. I have to thank all my guys, they did a great job. There was no rain tonight. We earned this one, nobody gave it to us and that feels really good."
What is happening at Michael Waltrip Racing now? "Every one of these guys you see behind me that works on this car and the guys at the fab shop, Toyota and Toyota Racing Development has given us some great horsepower tonight, it's phenomenal horsepower and it's just a total team effort. I heard so much stuff for winning a rain-shortened event (at Charlotte last year) that everybody said we didn't earn it. I don't know what they can say about this one."
What would you tell everyone who said you didn't earn your first win? "I don't know. They were watching the same thing I was. Tonight we earned it and it's a total team effort -- everyone at Michael Waltrip Racing did a phenomenal job. I don't even know what to say. You think about these moments all your life and you think about all the right things to say. I'm about to cry, this is awesome."
What changed for you the last one-third of the race? "We were just better on the long run. That last run, that was the worst we were all night was the last green flag stretch. The car was really, really loose and I knew the 99 (Carl Edwards) was catching us awful fast. It was a good night, a good effort by everybody. It feels really good to get a second (win) under our belt and get it over with."
How much sweeter is this win tonight than your first one? "We took a lot of heat for how we won the first race. Tonight, we just had the car to beat. We were struggling that last half a little bit, the most we struggled all night. We just held on, had a good enough lead where we could just ride a little bit. I knew the 99 (Carl Edwards) was coming, I was hoping he'd run out of time and thankfully he did."
Any worries with lapped traffic near the end of the race? "Everybody is trying to stay on the lead lap -- nobody wants to give any room. With that being said, I think everybody ran me really clean. You can't ask for everybody that is trying to race, you can't ask for anything more. It's a great finish and a great feeling to win our Cup race the way this was."
How important was it for you to get your second career NSCS victory? "It feels great. Glad that part is over with, for sure. We had a really good car from the time we unloaded till now. The worst, we got really free that last run. The 99 (Carl Edwards) started gaining on us. We kept pedaling. Thankfully, he didn't have enough time to get to us. Rodney (Childers, crew chief) made some great calls. Our team engineer, they just gave me a good car all weekend. Thank Tums for coming onboard. More importantly, Toyota, and Toyota Racing Development, we've been beating up on those guys pretty bad this year. They hunkered down and gave us some really, really good horsepower here and good fuel mileage and everything we need to win races. My hat is off to them, they did a tremendous job."
RODNEY CHILDERS, crew chief, No. 00 TUMS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
What was your view of tonight's race? "We had a good car right off the truck. Really we just tried not to do anything during practice that would get us off base. We tried a few things and knew that the track would come to us at night. We kept talking about that. It kind of did the same thing at Charlotte. We stuck with what our gut thought there. We never touched the track bar or the jack bolts. That tells us how good it was from the get-go. You just got to have track position. Kept fighting our way up there. You know, we struggled a little bit on pit road, but those guys did a good job. Our jackman (Tony Cardamone) had a little tumble on his bike this week, had a concussion, had to have some guy fill in. Anytime you have one person change, it kind of gets everything off kilter. It was just a fun night and David (Reutimann) did a really good job. Probably had the worst interview ever after the race. He doesn't know that yet."
TY NORRIS, general manager, No. 00 TUMS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing How special is this victory at Chicagoland Speedway? "One of the biggest things, I've been around for not as many years as most, but I've probably not seen anyone have to walk around for a year-and-a-half and apologize about winning a race. Winning that Coca-Cola 600 because of rain, everyone sort of like had the asterisk next to that win. Tonight was a huge statement. It was largely, I feel, some of the Toyota Racing Development, the work that they put in, we came here with a little bit better package than we've seen over the last few months. We had a few issues at the beginning of the year running fifth a couple times and second at Bristol. When they were able to step up the package and come here, the car was right, the driver was right, the engine was right. It takes all three of those things to beat Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson, that crowd. I think, more than anything else, it's redemption for David (Reutimann). I'm probably most proud of that."
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 8th
How was your race tonight? "We are allowed to try some stuff every now and then. I think we really learned a lot at this particular race even though the results show we ran mediocre. It was a good learning experience. We definitely found some stuff that will help us in the future."
Was tonight's race a struggle? "Our goal first was to win. We didn't feel like we had a race-winning car at the end of practice yesterday. Our general objective is, if we're not going to win, we needed to learn something. Obviously, we tried to put a setup in that we thought was going to be faster than everyone else. There were certain parts of it that were better than what we've been at other tracks like this. At one particular part of the corner it was worse. It's a building process." What were you looking at under your race car after the race? "I was just looking to see how much the front end was rubbing the race track. I felt like we were hitting the track too much and obviously it cost us to not be able to go on restarts."
MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Finishing Position: 11th
How was your race car tonight? "I am so happy for David (Reutimann). We should have been up there with him. At night our car just got really loose off. We could have been better than that so maybe we missed it a little on air pressure. Regardless, we got a decent finish and our teammate got the win. I hope he enjoys the celebration tonight. He deserves it."
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Snickers Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 17th
JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 19th
MARCOS AMBROSE, No. 47 Clorox-Kleenex Toyota Camry, JTG-Daugherty Racing
Finishing Position: 28th
ROBBY GORDON, No. 7 MAPEI/Menards Toyota Camry, Robby Gordon Motorsports
Finishing Position: 38th
What happened on the race track? "I guess Bill (Elliott) popped his tire and I started to go around on the bottom side and I thought I was going to clear him and he slid down at the last second. We don't have many cars so that's going to hurt us bad. We weren't running good anyways. We thought we could at least bring the car home but didn't get to do that either."
MIKE BLISS, No. 32 Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 41st
MAX PAPIS, No. 13 GEICO Toyota Camry, Germain Racing
Finishing Position: 42nd
JOE NEMECHEK, No. 87 Toyota Camry, NEMCO Motorsports
Finishing Position: 43rd
-source: toyota motorsports