Michael Waltrip earned Toyota's top finish with his 10th-place result in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Dover International Speedway. Camry drivers Tony Stewart (11th), Dave Blaney (12th), AJ Allmendinger (16th) and David ...
Michael Waltrip earned Toyota's top finish with his 10th-place result in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Dover International Speedway.
Camry drivers Tony Stewart (11th), Dave Blaney (12th), AJ Allmendinger (16th) and David Reutimann (17th) finished in the top-20 in Sunday's 400-lap, 400-mile race.
Other Camry drivers in the field included Michael McDowell (29th), Brian Vickers (31st), Ken Schrader (33rd), Denny Hamlin (38th) and Kyle Busch (43rd).
In the NSCS 'Chase for the Sprint Cup,' Stewart remains seventh as Hamlin (11th) and Busch (12th) fell in the unofficial point standings.
MICHAEL WALTRIP, No. 55 NAPA Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Finishing Position: 10th
Were you happy with your top-10 finish today? "I'm just real proud of my team. We qualified bad. I told them after qualifying -- I said, 'That's me. I screwed up qualifying and you all gave me a good car here. I can race them on Sunday.' To battle all day long and run good -- that's what it's all about. We spent enough Sundays just trying to stay out of the way and it's fun to race. That's why I signed up for this job 25 years ago."
Was there anything in particular that helped you through the field today after starting 40th? "We stayed out on that first caution like a lot of them did, but it's because we had a good car. Just a basic day. Bobby Kennedy (crew chief) called a great race, but we didn't pull no tricks we just out ran a bunch of them."
TONY STEWART, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 11th
How was your race today? "Honestly, once you got past the part about your car sliding around, it was kind of fun the way the track moved around as much as it did. I mean, I felt like that's the most I've ever moved around here at Dover. We never could hit the balance spot-on, and when we did, we needed more grip it seemed like. We could get it in the zone, but we couldn't get the grip level that we needed to go with it. It was one of those days where we were a little bit off, but I thought the guys had good pit stops all day, I felt like I got in and out of the pits good all day, but I felt like I was the weak link today in the equation. I lost about six or seven spots on restarts picking the wrong lane to go to, but we got all those back, just where we ended up was about where we deserved to be. That was about as good as we were all day."
What will you tell your teammates Kyle (Busch) and Denny (Hamlin) after having such a tough beginning to the 'Chase'? "I don't know where Denny (Hamlin) is. I'm sure Kyle's (Busch) in the back. If I were the 18 team, I'd go out there and just worry about winning races again. It's been a remarkable, record-setting year for that kid, and the best way to finish it off now is to go out there and win three or four races during the 'Chase'. It's hard to tell him to keep his head up. I mean, there's nobody who's going to make him feel better right now, and rightfully so. The kid has worked hard all year. The team has worked hard all year. They've just had two bad races in a row, and that's what you hope doesn't happen, obviously. You feel for those guys."
GREG ZIPADELLI, crew chief, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Did any adjustments make the car better today? "I don't know that we made it much better at all, really. We put rubber in the right rear, we were tight. We did a little bit of wedge. We just did a lot of things, but nothing really was a big improvement. We were close, but we never got it to be where it needed to be. It's a little frustrating. Everybody did a good job, and everybody kept a positive attitude and it could've been a lot worse than 11th. We'll go to Charlotte and try to learn some things this week at the test, and just move onto Kansas."
How important was track position in today's race? "Track position was everything. We just never could get there. We could run decent lap times to be up further than that, but we just couldn't get there. We never got it good enough to get up there. We needed everybody to get all spread out and run some laps and we were pretty good. I don't know -- we're missing something. We'll just keep working."
DAVE BLANEY, No. 22 Caterpillar Toyota Camry, Bill Davis Racing
Finishing Position: 12th
How did your car handle during today's race? "It was pretty good. We had a pretty good car all day. We just kept creeping forward and that's about all we had, actually. We got track position once and got up to about sixth and just got kind of sent back to 12th, but that's about what we had. We could change the car, the characteristics, but we couldn't really change the speed. We're happy to get a decent finish, though. There's a lot of times we could run like that and something happens so we'll take it -- that's what we could get."
What adjustments did your team make during the race to try to make your car better? "We actually found out after the race that the track bar mount broke at some point during the race. I think it broke right before our pit strategy put us in the top-five because the last two runs, we were just way too tight. It wasn't a top-five car, but I thought we could maybe get right there around 12th or 13th and see what happened, and that's kind of where we were running. After that, it was just tighter than it had been all day. We didn't adjust anything on the car."
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 38th
What caused you to go to the garage during the race? "We started out well, moving up to second place right away at the green flag then after that it seemed to all go away. The FedEx Ground crew did a great job on pits stops and fixing our problems (a fitting cracked on the right rear cooler of the car caused the ring and pinion to lose oil, with ultimately the drive shaft breaking). The entire time we were in the garage changing the gear and drive shaft there wasn't one yellow we lost 38 laps - the FedEx guys sure worked quick though."
What is your strategy for the rest of the 'Chase' after falling in points today? "We fought hard all day on the track and we lost lots of Chase points. Every race in the Chase is so pivotal. We need to go back and run hard next week and put this behind us. We just had a long season at Dover in both races - it is time for us to move to Kansas and work our way back up in the points. When we were running on the track with no problems the FedEx Toyota felt pretty good - we'll be up there next week to get out of the bottom of the Chase."
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 43rd
What happened to take you out of the race? "Something broke inside the engine. I'm not sure what it is. I guess they're trying to see what they can do to look at it to fix it, but oh well."
Do you think you still have a chance to win the championship? "At this point it doesn't matter. Same thing happened two years ago -- exact same thing. Wrecked at Loudon, blew up here. So, were did we end up -- dead last."
Do you think there's any chance you could get back out there and race? "There's no point really because you get back out there and you're only going to make laps and be in everybody's way and possibly still finish 43rd. It's pretty disappointing."
What is your outlook for the rest of the 'Chase' after two disappointing starts? "We're out of the title hunt. That's for sure. So we'll just manage what we can."
STEVE ADDINGTON, crew chief, No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
What happened to take Kyle's car out of the race? "Right now it could be a lifter or a valve spring. We don't know. Ran long enough and just pushed the thrust out of the camshaft and it's leaking oil so we're done."
How disappointed is Kyle? "I don't know. He's frustrated right now. We wanted to go out and win a race for Norm Miller (Interstate Batteries) and finish their sponsorship for this year for Interstate Batteries and everybody is a little bit frustrated but now we're just going to go and win races and not worry about it."
What is your outlook for the rest of the 'Chase'? "We've got to do it as a team -- just step up, go out and we can take chances now and win races and show them that it was just bad parts that got us."
How do you explain the misfortune you've had the last two weeks? "It was human error on the first one at Loudon. This right here -- Mark Cronquist (engine builder, Joe Gibbs Racing) and his guys have been bullet proof all year long. If anybody says anything about our engine department tell them to come and see me."
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 44 UPS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Finishing Position: 17th
MICHAEL MCDOWELL, No. 00 Champion Mortgage Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Finishing Position: 29th
KEN SCHRADER, No. 96 DLP HDTV Toyota Camry, Hall of Fame Racing
Finishing Position: 33rd
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