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Camry drivers Brian Vickers (fourth) and Tony Stewart (fifth) recorded top-five finishes. Other Toyota drivers in the field included Kyle Busch (13th), Denny Hamlin (14th), AJ Allmendinger (19th), Michael Waltrip (23rd), David Reutimann (35th),...

Camry drivers Brian Vickers (fourth) and Tony Stewart (fifth) recorded top-five finishes.

Other Toyota drivers in the field included Kyle Busch (13th), Denny Hamlin (14th), AJ Allmendinger (19th), Michael Waltrip (23rd), David Reutimann (35th), Michael McDowell (37th), Dave Blaney (39th) and J.J. Yeley (41st).

Camry drivers who led laps in today's race included Vickers (44 laps), Busch (five), Hamlin (one), Stewart (one), Allmendinger (one) and Waltrip (one).

Camry drivers have earned 22 top-five finishes and 32 top-10 finishes in 2008.

Busch maintained his lead in the unofficial NSCS point standings and is 32 points ahead of second-place Jeff Burton.

Other Camry drivers among the top-20 in the unofficial NSCS point standings include Hamlin (sixth), Stewart (11th) and Vickers (16th).


BRIAN VICKERS, No. 83 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Red Bull Racing Team Finishing Position: 4th

Can you talk about earning another top-five finish today? "I'm real proud of Red Bull and Toyota. We had a great car all day. I felt like we had the car to win there at the end. We kind of got it taken away from us. We passed the 8 (Mark Martin) car about two laps before the caution came out and for some reason NASCAR wanted to put them back in front of us. I'd love an explanation. I'm not sure exactly how that works. It wasn't even like we were side-by-side. We passed them like two laps before the caution and that pretty much cost us the race right there in my mind. The 8 (Mark Martin) car is the only thing saving us from the 17 (Matt Kenseth). He had tires, too, and was a little bit better on restarts. We were better on long runs. It's still a solid day for Red Bull."


TONY STEWART, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Finishing Position: 5th

Can you talk about getting a top-five finish today? "I'm happy we got a top-five for everyone in Columbus, Indiana and that we can do something to help our community out. It's been on my mind all weekend. That's what this top-five is for. It feels like a win. As bad as we've been the last couple of weeks, this feels like a win. We've just been frustrated all year. But, we got a good top-five and raised a lot of money for the people in Columbus, Indiana, and that's the main thing. Those people have been on my mind all week and when it's your own community and your own neighbors, it's good to generate a good amount of winnings for our community."


GREG ZIPADELI, Crew Chief, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

What did you do to get the car better during the course of the race? "Our car wasn't good enough in the beginning to get up there. We made a lot of adjustments on it. Rubbers in, rubbers out, air pressure – just a ton of stuff. It worked out today to get at least a top-five out of it. We elected to put four tires on and hoped what happened, happened and benefit from it and it seemed to work out for us."


DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Finishing Position: 14th

How was the handling on your car today? "The FedEx Express Toyota was loose all afternoon, all day. Throughout the race we continued to make changes - the car got better but we never really got where we wanted to be. The FedEx crew gave me great pit stops all afternoon - they kept me in the race for a long time. We tried to play the fuel mileage game at the end (pitting on lap 155), but with the green -white- checkered we just couldn't make it the entire distance so we had to pit on lap 199. It was the only thing we could do to try to improve our position. We would have picked up positions if the yellow hadn't come out at the end. Everyone on the FedEx Express team and Joe Gibbs racing worked hard today - we just didn't get the results we wanted. We had great Toyota power but unfortunately couldn't use it like we would have liked to."


AJ ALLMENDINGER, No. 84 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Red Bull Racing Team Finishing Position: 19th

How strong was your car today and what happened on pit road that put you behind? "Everybody at the shop, everybody at Red Bull Racing is doing an awesome job. We sucked [butt] yesterday pretty much as bad as we could in happy hour. I really wasn't looking forward to the race. We started off and the thing was great. We just kept making adjustments and the car was great. We just kept picking them off one by one. I made a mistake getting into pit lane. They keep telling me to come in harder and I made sure that I came in way hard. The guys did a great job recovering -- I think we only lost four or five spots and I think we picked three of them back up before the yellow came out. The car was great -- pit strategy sucks. We need to learn how to do pit strategy."


J.J. YELEY, No. 96 DLP HDTV Toyota Camry, Hall of Fame Racing Finishing Position: 41st

What happened to your car to take you out of the race? "The car was actually pretty good most of the race and then coming off turn two I picked up a little bit of vibration more so than I had the whole time and I could smell kind of the stink of burnt oil. Just trying to save the engine or maybe just see if we could catch something we brought it to pit lane and we couldn't get the thing to fire. At that point the engine was just mad and everything was tied up. They got the thing cooled down, fired it up and couldn't find anything wrong. They changed all of the electrical and went back out and it blew up. It looks like it broke rod three or five and put a hole in the bottom, unfortunately."

Are you disappointed after having a good run to start the race? "It definitely wasn't the day we wanted but starting 40th we got up to as high as 25th or 26th and were kind of maintaining. Some pretty decent cars looked like they might have been having an off day like we were having. I think we could've kept working on the car and got it to at least a top-20 finish but not the case today."


STEVE ADDINGTON, Crew Chief, No. 18 M&M's Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

Can you talk about the call to put on four tires at the end of the race? "We had a good car all day long. We stayed right there in the top-five all day and just got behind there with the two tires and never could make it up. We just had to take a chance -- we put on four (tires) and if the caution hadn't of come out then we would have been in the top-10. The caution came out and killed it."

-credit: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Matt Kenseth , Tony Stewart , Michael McDowell , J.J. Yeley , David Reutimann , Brian Vickers , Denny Hamlin , Dave Blaney , Kyle Busch , Mark Martin
Teams Red Bull Racing , Joe Gibbs Racing , Hall of Fame Racing