David Reutimann began the race 20th in the No. 00 Burger King Camry and ended up 26th. AJ Allmendinger, driver of the No. 84 Red Bull Camry, finished 33rd after starting 39th. Dave Blaney started 10th and finished 35th in the No. 22 Caterpillar ...
David Reutimann began the race 20th in the No. 00 Burger King Camry and ended up 26th. AJ Allmendinger, driver of the No. 84 Red Bull Camry, finished 33rd after starting 39th. Dave Blaney started 10th and finished 35th in the No. 22 Caterpillar Camry. Brian Vickers, driver of the No. 83 Red Bull Camry, finished 43rd after starting 42nd.
Blaney earned the first-ever NNCS pole for a Toyota Camry at New Hampshire in June. Camry drivers have registered seven top-10 finishes this season. Vickers had a fifth-place finish in Charlotte -- the best result for a Camry this year -- and also finished 10th at California (February), and eighth at both Michigan (August) and California (September). Other top-10s have been registered by Michael Waltrip, who was 10th at Michigan in June, and Blaney, who finished ninth at Indianapolis (July) and sixth at Michigan (August).
Camry drivers have led a total of 141 laps across 11 races in Nextel Cup events this season. Vickers has led the most laps among the Camry contingent with 98 laps led over six races (Atlanta, Bristol, Texas, Charlotte, Michigan and California). Blaney has led 35 laps in four different races (Atlanta, Richmond, Darlington and New Hampshire) and Mayfield has led six laps over three races (Bristol, Charlotte and Watkins Glen). Waltrip led one lap at Michigan (June) and Reutimann led a single lap at California (September).
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Burger King Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Finished: 26th
How was your race? "The car actually drove good and we had competitive times, but we just couldn't get anything to go our way -- we just couldn't get a break. I hate to use that as an excuse. You get the thing where it's driving good, and you can run with the 24 (Jeff Gordon) and the 48 (Jimmie Johnson), and the guys that are running really, reall y well, but you just can't seem to get back on the lead lap. The car was good after we had a chance to work on it. All we did was qualifying runs in practice, so we knew we'd have to just take a stab at it. After a pit stop or two, we got it pretty good. I'm just disappointed. I thought we had a much better car than how we finished."
How was your race? "We just have to get better. The only thing I can take away from the day is that we finished the race. My guys -- my pit crew, my road crew and the guys that build these cars -- everybody here at Team Red Bull work their behinds off and deserve to finish better than that. We have a lot of work to do. Sometimes, I don't give th ese guys on my team enough credit. I hope they understand I appreciate how hard they work and I wish we can do better than we did today."