Denny Hamlin earned the top-finish (sixth) by a Toyota Camry in Saturday evening's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Phoenix International Raceway. David Reutimann (eighth) earned his second top-10 result of the 2009 season. A pit road...
Denny Hamlin earned the top-finish (sixth) by a Toyota Camry in Saturday evening's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Phoenix International Raceway.
David Reutimann (eighth) earned his second top-10 result of the 2009 season.
A pit road penalty with six laps to go relegated Kyle Busch to a 17th-place finish.
Other Toyota drivers in the field included Marcos Ambrose (14th), Brian Vickers (19th), Joey Logano (21st), Scott Speed (34th), Scott Riggs (36th), Michael Waltrip (37th), Robby Gordon (39th), Joe Nemechek (41st) and Dave Blaney (42nd).
Four Camry drivers are in the top-20 in the unofficial NSCS point standings - Hamlin (fifth), Busch (seventh), Reutimann (ninth) and Vickers (18th).
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Office/March for Babies Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 6th
How was your car handling during the race? "It was up and down. We were good at the beginning, not so good in the middle and decent at the end. It just felt tight all day -- just couldn't get it out of it. It was just a fight for our team -- that's about it. We just struggled a little bit."
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Finishing Position: 8th
How was your race this evening? "We had a great car. We just had that little mishap on pit road that cost us some spots there. You know, it's unfortunate because the guys did a tremendous job all night on pit road. A little bit there at the end hurt us. All in all, I'm proud of my guys. By far the best car I've ever had here at Phoenix by a long shot. That's the first time I've ever had fun here at Phoenix. So, we're heading in the right direction."
What does it mean now to be disappointed with a top-10 finish? "Sometimes you have to look back and just realize how good a top-10 would have felt a couple years back. We're at a point now where top-10s are great -- that's what you need to do. But, in the end, it's just that top-fives are better and I think we had a top-five car tonight. Either way, we had an extremely fast 'Aaron's Dream Machine' from the time we unloaded it. The guys have been working extremely hard on this flat track stuff, everybody at MWR and we had a good night."
MARCOS AMBROSE, No. 47 Clorox/Kingsford Toyota Camry, JTG-Daugherty Racing
Finishing Position: 14th
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 M&M's Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 17th
What happened with the pit road penalty? "We came here with a new set-up and we weren't the best car, but made a huge improvement from last year. We didn't want to see that caution come out at the end. The guys had a great stop and they said we were too fast exiting in the last pit stall and it killed our day."
STEVE ADDINGTON, crew chief, No. 18 M&M's Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
What happened at the end of the race? "At the last box they said we were .005 too fast leaving pit road, what are you going to do? You have to go to the back and get what you can out of it. We didn't have the best race car but we had a lot better race car than we've had here in the past couple of races. This is the first time we ran this set-up so we'll look forward to coming back here in November."
JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 21st
SCOTT RIGGS, No. 36 Toyota Camry, Tommy Baldwin Racing
Finishing Position: 36th
MICHAEL WALTRIP, No. 55 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Finishing Position: 37th
ROBBY GORDON, No. 7 Toyota Camry, Robby Gordon Motorsports
Finishing Position: 39th
What happened on the race track? "It's a huge bummer. I don't know, probably should have came for tires there. We were running 18th and I don't know what Michael (Waltrip) was doing, but he just ran us over. Getting back in the race is one thing , but it's giving up this many points again another week in a row -- it's a devastation. Our speedway cars are not that fast so I'm really concerned about that. Looking forward to having a new driver in the 55 next year."
JOE NEMECHEK, No. 87 Toyota Camry, NEMCO Motorsports
Finishing Position: 41st
DAVE BLANEY, No. 66 Toyota Camry, Prism Motorsports
Finishing Position: 42nd
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