Red Bull Racing Team drivers Reed Sorenson (eighth) and Scott Speed (10th) were the highest finishing Toyota drivers in Saturday night's rain-delayed NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Daytona International Speedway. Camry drivers David ...
Red Bull Racing Team drivers Reed Sorenson (eighth) and Scott Speed (10th) were the highest finishing Toyota drivers in Saturday night's rain-delayed NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Daytona International Speedway.
Camry drivers David Reutimann (11th) and Robby Gordon (12th) also earned top-15 results at the 2.5-mile superspeedway.
Kyle Busch led three times for 23 (of 166) laps, but was involved in an accident on lap 67 and he finished 40th.
Camry drivers Denny Hamlin (24th), Joey Logano (29th), Marcos Ambrose (32nd), Martin Truex Jr. (35th), Joe Nemechek (41st), Max Papis (42nd) and Dave Blaney (43rd) were also in the field.
Hamlin is currently in fifth in the unofficial NSCS point standings following the race at Daytona -- 284 points behind leader and Daytona race-winner Kevin Harvick. Busch fell to sixth in the points -- 308 points behind Harvick. Reutimann (17th), Logano (18th) and Truex (20th) are also in the top-20 for Toyota.
How was the handling of your race car tonight? "It was good. Obviously, it was a backup car -- a brand new car. It was pretty good from the beginning of the race. We made our way up to about 15th under the green flag runs. And then we had one run where we started up to the front and we fell back - - we just weren't good that run. Then, as soon as we pitted again and made a few more changes, we went back to a great car and ran in the top-10 there. So, real happy with the way the car handled all night. I've had really bad luck this weekend. Finally at the end, some doors opened in front of us right there on the last lap."
Does this finish give you some confidence? "Daytona is different than a lot of places you go. Just the fact that we pulled out a backup car and it was that good -- it's pretty amazing. It's definitely the best backup car I've ever had."
How did you stay out of all of the wrecks on the race track? "Yeah, we were kind of a victim of our own luck I guess. After the first pit stop something happened to the thing and it really wouldn't run very well down the straightaway and we were just doing everything we can to hold onto the back of the pack honestly. The thing handled great. It kept us to where we could keep up with everyone and basically it just kept us where we were out of all of the big ones. Somehow we got through the last one -- I don't know how. It was all smoke and I just kind of went the right place at the right time I guess. It was great for both of the Red Bull cars because Reed (Sorenson) was running good all day and he got wrecked there at the end. So, for both of us to come back and get top-10's it's good for Red Bull."
Does this finish give you some confidence? "If I would've done something amazing out there it would've been one thing, but honestly I was just lucky having what we had out there. Staying out of everything because we weren't good enough to be in the front."
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael
Finishing Position: 11th
Are you disappointed with your finish tonight? "I'm more than disappointed -- I'm heartbroken. I had a pretty good car and everything was going pretty well. We just kind of gambled at the end and decided to take tires and nobody else came and we lost a lot of track position. Then with just the green- white-checkered ended up biting us at the end."
ROBBY GORDON, No. 7 Toyota Camry, Robby Gordon Motorsports
Finishing Position: 12th
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 24th
JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 29th
What happened that took you out of the race? "If I knew what happened I'd be lying to you if I told you. I don't know. I saw a little bit of smoke and started to check up -- it's just one of those deals. No avoiding it. It's just straight ahead of me and you're just along for the ride. It stinks, man, we need valuable points right now and we could've had a really good day. A lot of guys around us got into that wreck to that were around us in points, but it just stinks for the Home Depot team. They work hard and deserve better than that and were hoping we got a top-10 or top-15 finish out of today and would've gained a lot of points, but instead we lost so that stinks."
How did your car handle tonight? "I've been hanging on every lap out there. You see guys that about wrecked every lap. I said at one point during the race, Man, I'm glad they're repaving this joint,' because I was about shot from hanging onto the thing. There were so many close calls you had about every time. The car just drives so different from the bottom line to the top line and it's hard to get the balance good. This thing is a lot, you really have to make some big adjustments to keep up with it. I just wish I had a good run tonight."
MARCOS AMBROSE, No. 47 Kingsford-Bush Baked Beans Toyota Camry,
Finishing Position: 32nd
Are you okay following the big accident on the race track? "Yeah, I'm fine. I'm just sick of crashing man. It's just been a terrible year. I've had more hard licks this year than I've had in my whole career combined. Just feel bad for the team -- it just wasn't our night. I've got no idea what happened out there. Just checked up into the fence. Just a shame for the Kingsford Toyota. We're had the fastest car at the end of the night that we had all night. We were going great -- looking for a good top-10 and then I don't know -- just the big one."
MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip
Finishing Position: 35th
What happened to take you out of the race? "I'm not real sure. It all happened in front of me. When I got there all I saw was the 6 (David Ragan) up there sideways and coming down the track and all checked up going down into (turn) three committed wide open. You just can't slow down. We had a good car. My NAPA Toyota was running good. When Kyle got wrecked there on the backstretch we hit a piece of debris and had to pit and got us in the rear and if it wasn't for that we probably would've never even been in the wreck, we would've been ahead of it. It's just the way it's been going for us lately. We've had fast cars and just can't seem to get to the end and can't seem to catch any breaks. Just a shame for all of these guys working so hard. This car was really, really good and we were really just biding our time all night and running around in the top-10 just cruising. We were going to the front right there when it all happened, but it's all for not now."
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing WFinishing Position: 40th
What happened to take you out of the race? "I don't know -- the replay shows I turned right across the nose of the 42 (Juan Pablo Montoya) so apparently I wanted to wreck myself -- I don't know. Some people they don't understand what happens in these cars. With the old tires like that I've got no grip, I'm barely hanging on sliding around as it is out there. When his air was on my quarter-panel like that it just started turning my car down the straightaway and I was going across the front of his nose and it was all air without him hitting me. I'm sure somehow it's my fault."
Did you think you were clear and you ran out of room? "No, actually what happens is that nobody really understands in these things is the draft when you're beside somebody like that they can move you -- they have control on your car. And he (Juan Pablo Montoya) was too close to my side and it started turning me sideways down the straightaway without even touching me just like I did to Denny (Hamlin) and he started turning before I even got him or the 6 (David Ragan) in practice."
Did your car turn because you had no grip or did Juan Pablo Montoya make contact with you? "I was out there on old tires two laps away from pitting and I was lapping the 42 (Juan Pablo Montoya) and trying to stay away from the 11 (Denny Hamlin). He was going low, I was trying to stay away from him and the 42 was on my quarter panel and his car -- the air on both of our cars just started steering me right, right across the nose of his car. I mean, I didn't turn right to wreck myself. Why would I do that? That's dumb. We had the fastest car out there. The Interstate Batteries Camry was flying just real unfortunate to be wrecked another week. Another year here in Daytona being the fastest car."
JOE NEMECHEK, No. 87 Toyota Camry, NEMCO Motorsports
Finishing Position: 41st
MAX PAPIS, No. 13 GEICO Toyota Camry, Germain Racing
Finishing Position: 42nd
DAVE BLANEY, No. 66 Toyota Camry, PRISM Motorsports
Finishing Position: 43rd
-source: toyota motorsports