Kyle Busch (sixth) was the top finishing Toyota in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Texas Motor Speedway. Camry driver David Reutimann (10th) ran within the top-five most of the day to earn his fourth top-10 finish of the ...
Kyle Busch (sixth) was the top finishing Toyota in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Texas Motor Speedway.
Camry driver David Reutimann (10th) ran within the top-five most of the day to earn his fourth top-10 finish of the season.
Tony Stewart (16th), Denny Hamlin (17th) and Brian Vickers (18th) round out the top-20 Camry finishers at the 1.5-mile oval.
Other Toyota drivers in the field included Marcos Ambrose (21st), Michael Waltrip (27th), Dave Blaney (29th), Ken Schrader (30th), Scott Speed (33rd) and Joey Logano (40th).
With two races to go, Toyota 'Chase' racers sit ninth (Stewart), 10th (Busch) and 12th (Hamlin).
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 M&M's Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
How did your race car handle? "It was a good race car, it was decent. Clean air was so important here and we had to get upfront. We never really got there. We got there once but then it kind of got demoralized because of the pit stops that came there at the end of the race with the last caution flag pit stop. Those guys took two and just got track position on us. We battled all day to get up there and then we got shuffled back. It was the best we could do with the car we had."
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 44 UPS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
RYAN PEMBERTON, Crew Chief, No. 44 UPS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
How was the race for the UPS Camry? "It goes to show you we have cars that are capable of running strong and leading races and taking the lead of races. I feel it's good to think you have enough power when the motor's good enough, the team's good enough, the car's good enough and the driver's good enough to actually go out there and take the lead of the race. That feels good. We have to just work on the other things. It seems like we lost a little bit of the handling going into the later part of the race. We're maybe just half a change behind doing what we need to do. We lost a little track position and then I got on my heals a little bit. I probably could have tried to stretch it on fuel but this team really needs a top-10 and I knew the way we pitted that was pretty conservative route to save a top-10 finish regardless if you run out. (If) I stayed out, we could have run third or 20th and I wanted to go for a top-10. I think that's what everybody needed."
Did you try something new tonight or is this a testament to the improvement of your team? "It's actually not a lot different than anything we've been doing here as of the last four or five months. It really started earlier this year. We had a really strong car, like at Darlington, the first Charlotte race, the second Charlotte race, you know California - all those are some where we've started to put things together and that continuity there it's carrying over. It's exploiting some of our other issues and those lead us to work harder on some different areas. That'll allow us to not only run a top-10, finish in the top-10 and then be able to pull off some top-fives and maybe a win somewhere."
TONY STEWART, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
What was your race like at Texas today? "We definitely fought a car that was almost impossible to handle all afternoon. We just didn't get it figured out. The FedEx Office guys tried almost everything they could and we just couldn't get it right. Loose on exit, tight, we couldn't put the throttle down, no reaction out of the front end -- you say it, it happened to us. Instead of going up in the points we dropped to 12th in the 'Chase.' Again, we tried everything and nothing could fix the problems. 500 miles -- we started 17th and came home in the same spot. We'll be off to Phoenix where maybe we can rally one for the FedEx team before the season ends."
How strong was your car before the tire issue? "We had a great car and were fast all night. Losing a motor yesterday in practice probably hurt us more than anything. Not only did it set us back from 13th to starting at the back of the field, but this engine for some reason just seemed to be way down compared to the other ones. It was hurting us a lot but we had the fastest car a lot of the night, we just needed track position."
How were you able to get from the back to the front? "We had a fast car and that's important. I'm proud of Randy (Cox, crew chief) and the guys. We had a car that could win the race we just needed some things to go our way."
Were you trying to make it to the end gambling on fuel? "I was running three-quarter throttle, lifting early and getting into the gas late. We just used way too much fuel for that. I didn't know until eight laps to go."
MARCOS AMBROSE, No. 47 Little Debbie Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
MICHAEL WALTRIP, No. 55 NAPA Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
DAVE BLANEY, No. 22 Caterpillar Toyota Camry, Bill Davis Racing
KEN SCHRADER, No. 96 DLP HDTV Toyota Camry, Hall of Fame Racing
How did your car handle on the race track? "Our car was so loose the whole race that I thought I was going to lose it so many times. We just had no grip. No matter how many adjustments we made we just couldn't get the car to tighten up. I had a good car for only five laps of the race. It was so frustrating to run around all day and be so far off."
JOEY LOGANO, No. 02 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
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