Kyle Busch (third) was the top-finishing Toyota in Sunday afternoon's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Auto Club Speedway. Camry drivers Denny Hamlin (sixth) and Brian Vickers (10th) also had top-10 finishes. Other Toyota drivers in the...
Kyle Busch (third) was the top-finishing Toyota in Sunday afternoon's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Auto Club Speedway.
Camry drivers Denny Hamlin (sixth) and Brian Vickers (10th) also had top-10 finishes.
Other Toyota drivers in the field included David Reutimann (14th), Michael Waltrip (15th), Marcos Ambrose (22nd), Joey Logano (26th), Robby Gordon (30th), Jeremy Mayfield (34th), Scott Riggs (36th), Scott Speed (41st), Dave Blaney (42nd) and Joe Nemechek (43rd).
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 3rd
Was this a great weekend overall? "It was a great weekend. We had a great run there. We wish we could have been a little bit better, but a third -place finish isn't too bad. We'll take that. It's a great run for us. All the guys on the team did a great job working all weekend trying to get it there for me. They were trying -- you know we wanted to win that thing and get the 'triple,' but we just ended up tick short."
How do you feel about not being able to pull off the 'triple'? "We wish we could have won the race, that's for sure, and pull off the 'triple,' but we'll take that. I was awfully proud of the team. The guys worked hard all weekend. The Interstate Batteries Camry was decent there in the beginning then we just kept working on it making it better and we got up there. That's all that matters. A couple of guys made their stuff worse. It was really good to end up that way and end up third - we'll take that. It was a good rebound from last week."
What does this finish do for your team after your Daytona result? "We wanted to come to these places and run well. This is one of the 'Chase' races, so we have to set it in stone right now that we're going to be contenders in the final 10 like we weren't last year. We've got a good, strong start here and hopefully we can go to Vegas, roll in there and finish well there, and go on into the next ones."
How would you describe your night after the weekend you've had? "It was less than stellar, that's for sure. Tonight was a good run for us. I'm really proud of our team. They did a flawless job just trying to prepare the car and get me there and get me a shot for it. Man, that 17 (Matt Kenseth) and 24 (Jeff Gordon) were just so strong. It looked like the 18 (Busch's Nationwide car) and 51 (Busch's truck) yesterday. As far ahead as they were from us and we were finishing third, it's just a tough break. We'll go to Vegas and hopefully have a strong run there."
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 6th
How was your race? "We were loose the entire race -- we fought it and fought it. The longer the run, the harder it was on the right rear tires and we 'd just roll away. We made adjustments to the FedEx Freight Toyota all night -- we made as many changes as we could and got to where we could drive the car near the end. It was too bad -- we were fourth and ended up sixth -- we were way, way loose and just couldn't hang on. The FedEx pit crew put together some fantastic stops and moved us up a few places on pit road -- they did really well tonight. Even without testing we are really starting to put ourselves into a good position this season. We have been running near the front with the other guys who run up there -- we haven't lost any ground. Mike Ford (crew chief) and FedEx guys worked hard all weekend and it paid off at the very end for us."
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Finishing Position: 14th
What type of problems did you have tonight with your brakes? "There was an issue with the master cylinder where it had no brakes at all. You had to pump them like mad and then periodically you could get it to slow down a little bit. Then it would go back the other way -- unpredictable. You couldn't be smooth and you couldn't do what you needed to do to be consistent. At that point, our car was so down because we had to tighten it up so I could drive it in and drive it straight off because I couldn't slow it down. This is not a track you use a lot of brake on, but you use some -- I use some. It hurt us."
Is it any consolation finishing in the top-15 with those problems? "For the kind of problems that we had, it ended up being a pretty good night -- all in all. It's just really disappointing that that even happened -- that kind of stuff shouldn't happen. We have the best components on our car and there should be no failures like that. That's the second time that happened. That happened at Lowe's (Motor Speedway) and cost us a really good finish, and happened tonight, too. I don't know what to do."
Where would you have finished if you didn't have those problems? "I think we could have run in the top-10. We ran 14th just hanging on. I don't feel a top-10 was out of the realm of things."
MICHAEL WALTRIP, No. 55 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Finishing Position: 15th
How was your race this evening? "We had a really solid car all night. These things are real sensitive and we made a couple of adjustments that really made it go. Then we made a couple (of adjustments) at the end that really made it loose, and we couldn't get going again. We ran about there most of the night -- drove up from last and finished 15th. Considering by lap 10 I had passed more cars than I did in 2007 or 2008 here at California - I'm pretty proud of that."
MARCOS AMBROSE, No. 47 Little Debbie/Kingsford/Clorox Toyota Camry, JTG-Daugherty Racing
Finishing Position: 22nd
JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 26th
ROBBY GORDON, No. 7 Jim Beam Toyota Camry, Robby Gordon Motorsports
Finishing Position: 30th
JEREMY MAYFIELD, No. 41 All Sport Toyota Camry, Jeremy Mayfield Motorsports
Finishing Position: 34th
SCOTT RIGGS, No. 36 Red Bank Outfitters Toyota Camry, Tommy Baldwin Racing
Finishing Position: 36th
DAVE BLANEY, No. 66 Prism Motorsports Toyota Camry, Prism Motorsports
Finishing Position: 42nd
JOE NEMECHEK, No. 87 Toyota Camry, NEMCO Motorsports
Finishing Position: 43rd
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