Brian Vickers ended up 14th -- and on the lead lap -- at Texas after starting 36th in the No. 83 Red Bull Toyota Camry. Vickers led two laps (100-101) at Texas. Dave Blaney, driver of the No. 22 Caterpillar Toyota Camry, finished in the 21st ...
Brian Vickers ended up 14th -- and on the lead lap -- at Texas after starting 36th in the No. 83 Red Bull Toyota Camry. Vickers led two laps (100-101) at Texas. Dave Blaney, driver of the No. 22 Caterpillar Toyota Camry, finished in the 21st position after starting 40th. Dale Jarrett finished in the 30th position in the No. 44 UPS Toyota Camry after starting from the 37th position. Toyota drivers AJ Allmendinger, Jeremy Mayfield, David Reutimann and Michael Waltrip did not qualify for the race.
The best NASCAR Nextel Cup Series (NNCS) result for a Toyota Camry was when Brian Vickers was 10th at California (Feb. 25). Dave Blaney recorded the best qualifying effort for a Toyota Camry in NNCS competition when he started seventh at Bristol (March 23).
Five Toyota Camrys started the recent races at Martinsville Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway -- the most Camrys to start a Nextel Cup event in 2007. Toyota Camrys have led the field in three Nextel Cup races this season -- Atlanta, Bristol and Texas. Toyota Camrys have led a total of 10 laps in NNCS competition this season. Dave Blaney led one lap at Atlanta and Jeremy Mayfield led one lap at Bristol. Brian Vickers led two laps at Texas, five laps at Atlanta and a single circuit at Bristol.
Both Jarrett and Blaney have started all seven 2007 NNCS races. They are the only Toyota drivers to start every Nextel Cup event this season.
How did your car handle throughout the race? "I know we had a good car. We could have done better than we did, but we had some problems with the clutch going out and that cost us a lot on the last pit stop. The car wasn't that good on new tires, but it was really good on old tires."
What are your thoughts about leading two laps today? "It feels good, but we still have a ways to go. I think we missed our top-35 spot (in the point standings). I thought we were going to have a chance to get that today and we missed it. We definitely needed this. Every time we get in a race we get a good run. The guys did a good job in the pits all day. It's always good to be running good for Toyota, we are proud to be a partner to them."
MARTY GAUNT, General Manager, Team Red Bull
What do you think about your results in today's race? "Overall, it was a good day. Obviously we would have liked to have a top-10, but we'll take a top-15. The car ran good all day. Doug Richert (crew chief) made some great calls and Brian drove his behind off. It has been an up and down season, so top-10s and top-15s -- if we keep doing that we'll be alright."
How do you assess your team's performance so far this season? "The cars are pretty good. Obviously, with the car of today and the Car of Tomorrow, we're putting a lot of emphasis on working on the Car of Tomorrow. The intermediate program is usually pretty good and we have some work to do on our speedways. We haven't had the road course yet. We probably won't be satisfied until we are consistent week in and week out and that starts on Friday for qualifying. Definitely this is a good day and we can build on it. Tomorrow morning we will put this behind us and we look forward to Phoenix."
DAVE BLANEY, No. 22 Caterpillar Toyota Camry, Bill Davis Racing Finished: 21st
How was your race? "We just never handled very good. We couldn't make it any good. When you don't handle good and you have long green flag runs -- you're going to get laps down. That's what happened -- we lost two (laps). We couldn't do much from there except to beat all those guys that are two (laps) down. We did get the car handling a lot better the last couple of runs -- the last 80 laps or so we weren't bad at all. If you miss it when you start the race you're pretty limited on what you can do to make the car better. We couldn't make a big enough change to really fix it. You're kind of stuck with what you got once the race starts."
DALE JARRETT, No. 44 UPS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Finished: 30th
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