Kyle Busch tied the record for most series victories in a single season, winning his 10th NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race of the season Friday night at Bristol Motor Speedway. Busch previously tied Sam Ard (1983) for the record in 2008. The...
Kyle Busch tied the record for most series victories in a single season, winning his 10th NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race of the season Friday night at Bristol Motor Speedway. Busch previously tied Sam Ard (1983) for the record in 2008.
The win marks the 50th NNS victory for Toyota since joining the series in 2007, and the first at the half-mile oval.
Jason Leffler (second), Trevor Bayne (sixth), Reed Sorenson (eighth) and Joey Logano (10th) also earned top-10 finishes for Toyota.
Camry drivers Michael Annett (18th), Brendan Gaughan (21st), Brian Scott (25th), Steve Wallace (30th) and Kasey Kahne (37th) were also in the field.
Toyota drivers Busch (third), Wallace (seventh), Bayne (eighth), Leffler (ninth), Gaughan (10th), Logano (11th), Annett (12th), Scott (13th) and Sorenson (14th) are in the top-15 in the unofficial NNS point standings after 24 of 35 races.
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Z-Line Designs Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 1st
How was your race tonight? "It was a pretty good race for us. We had trouble in practice trying to get the car exactly the way I wanted it. We were close, but Jason (Ratcliff, crew chief) worked really hard with the guys to try and make sure that we had a winning car here tonight. We were swinging things at it all day. We came up with a good combination there for the race. It was a little too loose all night, but I kept trying to move my line around and try to find something that would work for me and I was able to do that a little bit. Had good pit stops and just being able to keep our track position all night really helped us so we didn't have to pass too much. Just getting up there at the end and being able to set sail when it mattered most and get to victory lane.
What happened with Brad Keselowski during the race? "I raced and raced and raced him (Brad Keselowski) and I don't know for 12, 15 laps and my Z-Line Camry was pretty awesome tonight. The guys did a great job. It was loose, but it was good. I thought I had him cleared on the back and I moved up in front of him and instead of him doing an Earnhardt crossover move he decided that he would just run into the back of me and put me in the fence. So, that's Brad Keselowski. So, you know, I went down into the next corner and dumped him. He does it to everybody else. Why can't I do it to him? So, whatever. It don't matter. Jim and Monica (Sexton) are awesome. I can't thank Z-Line Designs enough. Toyota, NOS Energy Drink, Marquis Jets, Gillette and Nationwide Insurance for supporting the series. It's fun to come over here and race and I enjoy it, and of course it's cool to put this 18 car in victory lane."
JASON LEFFLER, No. 10 Fraternal Order of Eagles Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 2nd
How was your run tonight? "It was really strong. My car was really good off the trailer. Eddie Pardue (crew chief) and everybody at Braun Racing did a great job. The FOE (Fraternal Order of Eagles) was good. First lap on the track I knew we were going to have a good day. We just fine- tuned it and qualified top-10 -- sixth there -- and ran pretty good. Pit stops were a little bit slow -- I shouldn't say they were slow -- we lost a few spots there. Track position was really important here at Bristol, but on the long run my car really hauled butt. That was good. And then the last couple of restarts worked out really well for me where I was able to restart on the outside line which helped a lot. It's easy to get pinched down here, but the racing is great here at Bristol."
TREVOR BAYNE, No. 99 Out! Pet Care Toyota Camry, Diamond-Waltrip Racing
Finishing Position: 6th
Are you happy with a sixth-place finish at your home track? "Not bad. We finally got a good finish at Bristol. We got a sixth-place finish. This team has so much momentum. When we finish sixth now we feel like it's a 15th back in the day. We're like, Man, we're so ready to get into the top-three or victory lane.' It was an awesome Out! Pet Care Toyota today. A little bit tight and that's what we fought all day. It seemed like we dropped back quite a bit, but we got through the field at the end and got a sixth-place finish."
REED SORENSON, No. 32 Dollar General Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 8th
How was your race tonight? "We were average all night. We weren't that great and I thought the middle of the race was probably our best and then there at the end we got a couple things of damage that hurt us a little bit so it was okay overall. It was a decent top-10. We just need to figure out how to get a little bit better."
JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 GameStop Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 10th
MICHAEL ANNETT, No. 15 Germain.com Toyota Camry, Germain Racing
Finishing Position: 18th
BRENDAN GAUGHAN, No. 62 Snap-On Toyota Camry, Rusty Wallace Racing
Finishing Position: 21st
BRIAN SCOTT, No. 11 AccuDoc Solutions Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 25th
STEVE WALLACE, No. 66 5-hour Energy Toyota Camry, Rusty Wallace Racing
Finishing Position: 30th
KASEY KAHNE, No. 38 Great Clips Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 37th
What happened to take you out of the race? "I was on the outside and had no more room and I guess the 12 (Justin Allgaier) didn't know I was there or he got pushed up -- I don't know, I haven't seen it. I was just kind of there and once he put me in the wall I was up on the wall and slid down the front straight away until it came to a stop. I just stayed there for a little bit. It's kind of like spinning out, but you're on your side. We were fast. The Great Clips Toyota was really good. It's disappointing because we've always had real fast cars here."
-source: toyota motosports