Camry driver Kyle Busch earned his 14th top-five finish in 23 starts this season with a second-place in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Michigan International Speedway. Brian Vickers also earned a top-10 finish for Toyota with a...
Camry driver Kyle Busch earned his 14th top-five finish in 23 starts this season with a second-place in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Michigan International Speedway.
Brian Vickers also earned a top-10 finish for Toyota with a seventh-place result.
Toyota drivers led a total of 55 laps in Sunday's 200-lap race. Busch led twice for 34 laps and Vickers led twice for 21 laps.
Other Camry drivers in the field included Tony Stewart (12th), David Reutimann (14th), Michael Waltrip (19th), AJ Allmendinger (28th), Mike Skinner (35th), Brad Coleman (38th), Denny Hamlin (39th) and Dave Blaney (41st).
Camry drivers have now earned 33 top-five finishes and 49 top-10 finishes in 2008.
Busch maintains the top spot in the unofficial NSCS point standings with a 222-point lead over Michigan race-winner Carl Edwards.
Other Camry drivers among the top-20 in the unofficial NSCS point standings include Stewart (sixth), Hamlin (12th), and Vickers (15th).
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 2nd
How was your race today? "It was a decent run for us. I felt like it was way better and far better than what it was here in the spring. You know, we just were running up front today, so that was nice to see. We made a gain, and we got a lot better there. But just, you know, didn't have enough for the 99 (Carl Edwards) there at the end. We had a special set of tires for some reason that were just great on that thing and made the car really, really hook up, and then we took those off and the car wasn't as good until the end of the race, and we weren't able to get through the corners as fast as Carl (Edwards) was. He really had something for us that was able to get through the center of the corner and then still get good bite up off of where we kind of struggled all day."
When did you know Carl Edwards was going to win the race? "It just came down to when he beat us off pit road. That was it for us. We just didn't quite have the car capable enough of being able to beat those guys today. We were good there on that one run on that one set of tires and then that was pretty much all we had. Great calls by Steve Addington (crew chief) all day long and a great car to be able to come home second to where we were here in the spring. We weren't that competitive like that so to come out of here with that we're happy with that at least we've got something to build on."
Did you feel like you could beat Carl Edwards today? "Yeah, the 99 (Carl Edwards) always is strong. I'm not sure if he sandbags halfway through or what. We fought all we could as hard as we could there. (Steve) Addington made some great race calls and got us a lot better there throughout the race and got us in position and got us a chance. We just didn't have quite enough for the 99 (Carl Edwards). We ran way better than we ran here in the spring so at least we had something to build on."
Are you pleased with your finish today? "I guess. Not really. We felt like we had a car capable of winning. We chased the track a little bit. I think everybody did. We didn't chase it quite fast enough. The track continued to get looser and looser and we didn't keep up with it quite as fast as we needed to. The last two stops we decided to go with two tires and go for it. We over-adjusted for the two tires and it was just too tight at the end to really do anything. Now we're disappointed -- or at least I am."
How do you feel about gaining points in the standings? "It was a good points day. That's one thing that we can walk away being happy about. It's frustrating -- you want to win one of these races so bad and you think you have an opportunity to, and you don't capitalize on it. I'm really proud of the Red Bull Toyota team. We did a good job all day. It was a great points day. We just have to go get them next week."
Does it show how far the Red Bull team has come that you're disappointed with a seventh-place finish? "I think so. Obviously, last year we would have been ecstatic to have this finish. Now, we are disappointed -- or at least I am. It's a double-edged sword -- we're happy about having a good points day and a solid run in the top-five all day, but we're disappointed we didn't have a shot at the win at the end."
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 44 UPS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Finishing Position: 14th
Are you happy with a top-15 finish today? "It wasn't bad. It was alright. We had kind of a pretty good car at times and fought being really, really loose for probably a pretty major portion of the race. In there at the end, we just had adjusted on it where we needed some longer runs because that's where we were better. In the shorter runs we were too tight really to move up like we needed to. It was an ok day, though. We fought back and forth and had it really good and just a little bit too tight to run fast there at the end."
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 39th
How did your car handle today? "Loose then tight, loose then tight -- we were struggling all afternoon. We had some really good pit stops and had the FedEx Office Toyota running in the top-10 before it all came apart. Everyone on the FedEx team is working really hard, we just need consistency. We are falling behind getting into the Chase and need to be more consistent...we just can't seem to get there -- every week it's something. We almost won at Bristol in the spring, the FedEx team needs to be in the top spot next week."
DAVE BLANEY, No. 22 Caterpillar Toyota Camry, Bill Davis Racing
Finishing Position: 41st
What happened to take you out of the race? "We're all tore up. I'm not sure. I was up inside the 12 (Ryan Newman) and I don't know if he got loose and got into my right rear or if he got loose, or what happened . But, he got in my right rear off of (turn) two and slung me around the other way and wiped us out. The Caterpillar car was really fast in the first half of a run and then we'd kind of back up. We had a pretty good car if we'd have just kept our track position."
What happened on pit road earlier in the race? "I messed up on pit road and got caught on that green flag stop and the 41 (Reed Sorenson) was coming into his box. I didn't let him go and he got a piece of me in there and we got a lap down. The Caterpillar car was quick enough to run up front the first half of a run, especially, it was really fast and then we'd fade a little bit."
TONY STEWART, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 12th
MICHAEL WALTRIP, No. 55 NAPA Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Finishing Position: 19th
MIKE SKINNER, No. 00 Champion Mortgage Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip R acing
Finishing Position: 35th
BRAD COLEMAN, No. 96 DLP HDTV Toyota Camry, Hall of Fame Racing
Finishing Position: 38th
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