Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Bristol Motor Speedway was shortened due to rain after 171 of 300 laps. David Reutimann (third) was the highest-finishing Toyota driver in the No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Camry. Jason Leffler ...
Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Bristol Motor Speedway was shortened due to rain after 171 of 300 laps. David Reutimann (third) was the highest-finishing Toyota driver in the No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Camry. Jason Leffler (sixth) and Mike Wallace (10th) also scored top-10 finishes for Toyota. Toyota drivers Denny Hamlin (26th) and Kyle Busch (42nd) were also in the field.
With his finish, Reutimann moved up to fifth in the unofficial NNS point standings, 80 points behind leader Kevin Harvick (751-671). Wallace is now seventh in points (603 points), while Leffler (ninth, 579 points) and Busch (10th, 568 points) are also in the top-10 in points after five of 35 races.
Camry drivers have won two NNS races this season, as Tony Stewart won back-to-back races at Daytona and California in February to open the season. In five NNS races in 2008, Toyota has posted 13 top-10 finishes in 29 starts.
JASON LEFFLER, No. 38 Great Clips Toyota Camry, Braun Racing Finished: 6th
Did you have a car that could contend for the win before the rain came? "The car was just tight -- the later it got, the tighter it got. We just had to do a better job keeping up with the track. The Great Clips Camry was decent. We were one adjustment away from being really good. My car was good, but it just wasn't quite where we needed it to be. We're capable of running better here than what we showed. We were good on the long run and I think we could have gotten better if we would have had a chance to work on it again. The car just kept getting tight and we were behind the race track all day. The track kept getting cooler and we weren't making big enough adjustments. If we could get better with that, I think we will be good."
MIKE WALLCE, No. 7 GEICO Toyota Camry, Germain Racing Finished: 10th
Are you happy with a 10th-place finish due to rain? "I will take this 10th right now and go home. The reason I say that is because of all the variables here. The GEICO Toyota was pretty good, but we were just a little tight. If it went back to green, we would've had to come to the pits with the leaders, and the rain made the track real green and slick. I can take this top-10 and be happy right now. It keeps us decent in the points and when you can continue to race and not tear up cars so you can go home and work on them -- that's the goal. Mission accomplished.
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 20 Z-Line Designs Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Finished: 26th
How disappointed are you considering you had a car that could run up front? "It was a tough day for sure for the Z-Line Designs team. d We must have run over something that caused the punctured tire. It seems like we can't catch a break on the Cup side or here on the Nationwide Series side. We had a car that was pretty good and we could keep up with those guys even when we had older tires, but never got a chance to prove it because of the green flag stop."
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