PJ Jones (25th) was the highest finishing Camry driver in the Centurion Boats at The Glen in the No. 00 Burger King Carmy for Michael Waltrip Racing. Jeremy Mayfield finished 27th in the No. 36 360 OTC Camry, while Dale Jarrett finished 29th in...
PJ Jones (25th) was the highest finishing Camry driver in the Centurion Boats at The Glen in the No. 00 Burger King Carmy for Michael Waltrip Racing. Jeremy Mayfield finished 27th in the No. 36 360 OTC Camry, while Dale Jarrett finished 29th in the No. 44 UPS Camry. Other Camrys in field included: Terry Labonte (30th), Dave Blaney (35th) and Brian Vickers (41st). Mayfield led two laps Sunday, and has now led six laps this season. In total, Camrys have led 126 laps in NNCS competition.
Vickers (84), Blaney (35) and Waltrip (one) have all spent time leading the field, in addition to Mayfield. The six Camrys to start at The Glen matched the most to start a NNCS race this season, joining Infineon Raceway (June 24) and Pocono Raceway last weekend (Aug. 5). The best finish by a Camry in NNCS competition this season was a fifth-place run by Vickers at Lowe's Motor Speedway (May 27).
Camrys have posted four top-10 finishes this season. In addition to Vickers' fifth in Charlotte, he finished 10th at California Speedway (Feb. 25). Waltrip finished 10th at Michigan (June 17) and Blaney finished ninth at Indianapolis (July 29).
PJ JONES, No. 00 Burger King Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Finished: 25th
How was your race today? "The race was going along pretty good. We were on a pretty different strategy than a lot of the teams, which put us near the front for a few of the restarts. It was good to get up there and battle for the lead. The guys did just an awesome job and gave me such a good car. I'm just disappointed with how we ended up. We had a top-15 car today, and I was hoping that we could've finished up there, but that's how racing is. Those things sometimes happen."
What happened that put you off-track late in the race? "I just got ran into from behind. We were running along in the top-20 or so, and we were trying to make some moves on the guys in front of us, but we got tagged from behind and sent off the track. That's definitely not how I wanted to end the race, but I am just thankful for the opportunity to run here. I can't thank Michael (Waltrip, team owner) enough for the chance to drive this car."
JEREMY MAYFIELD, No. 36 360 OTC Camry, Bill Davis Racing Finished: 27th
Can you talk about your race today? "The race was going to be pretty good. Our car got better and better as the race went on, and we really didn't make that big of changes. I think if we had a longer green flag run at the end of the race, we would've ended up with a top-15. The track was pretty slick out there with all of the cars off the track, but that's what you deal with at a road course."
How did it feel to get out there and lead some laps? "It was awesome to get out there and lead a couple laps. It's been a while since we were out front, so it was nice to get out there and mix it up. These road course races always turn into strategy games, and today, we just got unlucky. I was just hoping we could've gotten a little bit better finish for the guys. We had a pretty good car here, and that's encouraging."
DALE JARRETT, No. 44 UPS Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Finished: 29th
What was the race like with the Car of Tomorrow? "It was a typical road course race. There was an adjustment period early in the weekend getting around the track with the new car, but once the race started, everyone seemed to get used to it. You have to change your driving style a little bit to adjust to the new car, since it doesn't turn as well as the old car, but it's the same for everyone."
Do you think the car played a part in so many incidents? "I'm not sure it's as much of the car as it is the drivers. All the guys out here are doing what they need to do to fight for every spot, and with that, things are bound to happen. These road course races always have a lot of beating and banging in them, and today was no different."
TERRY LABONTE, No. 55 NAPA Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Finished: 30th
DAVE BLANEY, No. 22 Caterpillar Camry, Bill Davis Racing Finished: 35th
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