The top Toyota Camry finisher of Sunday's race was Kyle Busch, who earned a third-place result, leading 50 laps. Combined with Busch, Denny Hamlin (fifth) and Tony Stewart (seventh) gave Toyota three top-10 finishes. Other Toyota drivers in the...
The top Toyota Camry finisher of Sunday's race was Kyle Busch, who earned a third-place result, leading 50 laps. Combined with Busch, Denny Hamlin (fifth) and Tony Stewart (seventh) gave Toyota three top-10 finishes.
Other Toyota drivers in the field included Brian Vickers (16th), Dave Blaney (21st), Mike Skinner (29th), Michael Waltrip (31st), Michael McDowell (33rd), David Reutimann (41st) and J.J. Yeley (42nd).
Camry drivers have earned nine top-five finishes and 14 top-10 finishes in 2008. Through seven races in 2008, Camry drivers have led a total of 907 laps in NSCS competition. Camry drivers unofficially in the top-20 in the NSCS standings include Busch (third), Stewart (fifth), Hamlin (seventh) and Vickers (18th).
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Finishing Position: 3rd
Can you talk about some of the changes you had with your car and the track? "The track changed a little bit just with the temperature change in turn one with the shadows coming down on the racetrack a little bit. The tires change when you put another set on. They're not all the same. There are a little bit of difference between them. You're never going to know exactly what the compound is. A couple of sets were a little bit different than some others. The last set we put on were just horrendously tight. It was just so bad. We were lucky to hang on to a third-place finish."
Did you think you had a shot at the No. 99 (Carl Edwards) at the end of the race? "I knew the No. 99 was holding back and waiting, not showing everything that he had. He probably could've lead however many laps there were today. He didn't show his full hand. We knew he was pretty good. The No. 48 (Jimmie Johnson) was pretty good. I figured that most of the race the No. 99 was just holding back, hanging out and just chilling."
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Finishing Position: 5th
Did you think it was the right decision to stay out during the final caution? "It was a tough decision. In the place where we were at, you don't know whether it's right or wrong. Mike (Ford, crew chief) made the call and I was with it. It felt like we had a third-, fourth-place car there at the end and ended up fifth. I just don't think we had the car to win the race anyway."
What happened at the end of the race with Clint Bowyer and how are you feeling? "Clint just pinched me up there on the final lap. I had to turn left or I'd have gone into the wall. There's really no place to go. I didn't feel well (during the race). It's just the heat, the long runs, so I'll try to get better. I'm feeling much better now. It really hit me when I got out of the car. I was just really dizzy and knew I needed to sit down."
Was today a good day for the point standings? "I'm glad for FedEx and JGR. We continue to move up in the points and Toyota gave us a good car today. I hope we continue to move up next week. That's always good. The FedEx car was hooked up in Phoenix last year and I hope we'll do well again next week."
GREG ZIPADELLI, crew chief, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Finishing Position: 7th
How was the race car this weekend? "I think we did some things ourselves as the No. 20 car that we shouldn't have. Our car was pretty good in the first practice and we couldn't undo them today. I guess a lot of people would like to redo things at times. We talked about it and made the changes. It wasn't big things, just little things we needed to help our center and not worry so much about other parts of the corners. It seemed like the whole race track had a lot less grip than what we had yesterday. The temperature was up. We were a lot tighter in the center and loose in entry and looser on exit. I think track position was important. We started 24th and that just killed us. We were decent, we just could never get any better."
Can you talk about the decision to take pit during the last caution and take two tires? "We saw them getting off pit road and that killed our opportunity to benefit from two tires, but at that point it was too late to put four on. We wanted to make sure we were the first on out on tires. With three laps to go, I think it was a good call. We ended up costing ourselves a position at the end of it. If things worked out we would have been fine. This is just one of those times where you have to take chances."
Was today a good day for the point standings? "It was an okay day. I thought we had a better car than the 16th-place finish shows. Nobody gave up though, and we improved the car by the end of the race. It should end up a decent points day for us."
DAVE BLANEY, No. 22 Caterpillar Toyota Camry, Bill Davis Racing Finishing Position: 21st
MICHAEL WALTRIP, No. 55 NAPA Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Finishing Position: 31st
MICHAEL MCDOWELL, No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Finishing Position: 33rd
How do you feel after today's race? "I feel great after running 500 miles. I wish we would have had a better finish, but I am glad we were able to go the distance today. I'm looking forward to being on 'The Today Show' tomorrow with my wife Jami. It will be great exposure for the sport."
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 44 UPS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Finishing Position: 41st
What caused the smoke that came from your car? "The motor all of a sudden got hot and dropped a cylinder then started blowing water out of the exhaust. We're just digging ourselves a deeper hole. All we have to do is finish and we'll be okay, but we can't even seem to do that. I'm really disappointed and hate it for UPS and everybody at Michael Waltrip Racing. We got let down there. We'll pick up and qualify on time next week."
J.J. YELEY, No. 96 DLP HDTV Toyota Camry, Hall of Fame Racing Finishing Position: 42nd
What happened that caused you to spin and make contact with the wall? "It was tough. We were actually pretty decent to begin with. We made some changes and kept getting the car a little better and better. It was way too tight at the beginning of a run, so we made some adjustments. We just got too free there at the end, and I got too loose off of turn two. I tried to save it. I thought it would be better off to lock it up, but it was a bad move. It's just definitely not what we wanted to happen for our hometown sponsor."
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