Camry drivers Jason Leffler (sixth) and Michael Annett (eighth) recorded top-10 finishes in Friday night's NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway won by David Ragan. David Reutimann (11th) also posted a top-15...
Camry drivers Jason Leffler (sixth) and Michael Annett (eighth) recorded top-10 finishes in Friday night's NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway won by David Ragan.
David Reutimann (11th) also posted a top-15 finish for Toyota on Friday night.
Toyota drivers Trevor Bayne (24th), Kyle Busch (28th), Brad Coleman (29th), Brian Scott (30th), Kasey Kahne (37th) and Coleman Pressley (39th) were also in the field.
Busch remains atop the unofficial NNS point standings following Bristol, now 248 points ahead of second-place Carl Edwards.
JASON LEFFLER, No. 38 Great Clips Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 6th
How was your race tonight? "It was a long day and I didn't think we would run that good. We really did run well -- attrition helped us get up there, but we ran really well in the long run. That last restart was kind of a bummer because the 33 (Kevin Harvick) got loose and I thought I was going to go by the 33 (Harvick) and the 16 (Matt Kenseth) and the caution came out. But overall it's a good day. I appreciate all the guys working hard and Great Clips and everybody that supports us."
MICHAEL ANNETT, No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Toyota Camry, Germain Racing
Finishing Position: 8th
Can you talk about your race tonight? "This is what these cars are supposed to look like. We had to change motors before qualifying, so we had to go to the back. That's just what the car should look like. This track is fun. They keep saying the track is changed and that kind of racing doesn't happen anymore, but we were bumping the crap out of each other. It was a blast."
Where did your car work the best? "I just had to keep going up higher and higher. The best I was running was probably when I was a foot off the wall. What I really didn't expect was to see everybody else hold that arc up the top. When I could get the car pointed back down off the corner -- that seemed to work the best for us."
How did the crew chief change help your race team? "I don't think it was necessarily just changing one person. We got a bunch of people that got their hands around it, and we just kind of sat down and knew something needed changing and we made a change. You can just tell watching my guys around the garage area -- their heads are up and they're excited and they're excited to make the car better. That's been the coolest part. We used to go to the track on the weekend and when we unloaded, that's what we had. Now when we unload, we keep making the car better through practice and even through the race. That's been the biggest change I've seen."
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 32 Dollar General Stores Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 11th
TREVOR BAYNE, No. 99 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Finishing Position: 24th
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 28th
What happened that took you out of the race? "I saw a slow car up high and he came right across the nose, right in front of me. I didn't know where to go except where I was going. I had (Kevin) Harvick on my outside and he was able to miss it. Pretty unfortunate there that we got caught up in that mess. The NOS Energy Drink Camry was awesome -- it was good, it was coming right to the front. Got all the way up there and was taking the lead, but mistakes happen sometimes -- I've made plenty. We'll go on and get them next week."
Can you talk about what has put you behind the wall? "I don't know what exactly happened. The 07 (Chase Austin) had a problem there and came across traffic right in front of the leaders -- right in front of where I was going. I couldn't pinch it any lower -- I was cranked all the way left. Just unfortunate for the whole NOS Energy Drink team -- these guys did a great job today. We had a fast car, we quit practice early and we felt good about it. We were coming right to the front, was passing for the lead and just got wadded up there. Hate it for the fans."
How disappointing is it to be in the garage after just taking the lead of the race? "It's pretty bad and unfortunate for these guys. We quit practice early thinking we had a great race car and we were showing it there. We came from 15th to first. Real unfortunate that it happened. I've made mistakes too. I guess the spotter just didn't see the spotter coming or whatever happened. It stinks for these guys because they've done a great job today and they deserve to win this thing about four or five times now -- we just haven't had the luck to do it. We'll have to piece it back together and get out there and collect points -- it won't be very much fun anymore."
How can Chase Austin learn from this mistake for the next race? "Sometimes you take for granted spotters and I've got the best one in the world -- he's great at what he does and really pays big attention to what's going on. He always gives me as much information as I can take. Chase (Austin) I guess didn't have the spotter tell him that the leaders were bearing down, stay high. If he had a flat tire or whatever, it's a rookie thing. You live and you learn -- it's his first time here, it's whatever. It took out a great race car today and it hurt the One's (Reed Sorenson) car's chances at winning this thing -- Reed (Sorenson) was good too. It stinks that it's this early in the race and that we're sitting here talking."
BRAD COLEMAN, No. 20 BigSpot.com Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 29th
BRIAN SCOTT, No. 11 Ridemakerz.com Toyota Camry, CJM Racing
Finishing Position: 30th
KASEY KAHNE, No. 10 McDonald's Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 37th
What happened that took you out of the race? "We had a good McDonald's car here. We were moving up quick -- that was cool. I was happy, the 18 (Kyle Busch) was still in my mirror, which is a good sign when you're racing in this series. These guys did a great job all day and worked hard. We made a lot of gains from where we started this morning. We got together with the 66 (Steve Wallace) and there was no room for him. We got together. It's too bad -- Stanley Tools and Ace Hardware were going to put up a lot of money for the Children's Miracle Network if we could win tonight and I think we had a decent shot."
COLEMAN PRESSLEY, No. 47 www.constructionjobs.com Toyota Camry, JTG-Daugherty Racing
Finishing Position: 39th
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