This year marks the first season for the Toyota Camry in NASCAR Busch Series (NBS) competition. All four Toyotas in today's Busch Series race finished among the top-20. Brian Vickers crossed the finish line sixth. He was followed to the checkered...
This year marks the first season for the Toyota Camry in NASCAR Busch Series (NBS) competition. All four Toyotas in today's Busch Series race finished among the top-20. Brian Vickers crossed the finish line sixth. He was followed to the checkered flag by Todd Bodine (eighth), Jason Leffler (12th) and David Reutimann (16th).
Jason Leffler scored the first win for a Camry in NBS competition when he visited victory lane at O'Reilly Raceway Park outside Indianapolis in July. Toyota has earned two poles this season in Busch Series competition. Jason Leffler captured the top starting spot at California Speedway in February and Dave Blaney was the fastest qualifier at Daytona in July.
Brian Vickers started the race from the outside pole -- the fourth time a Camry has started from the second spot this season. Leffler started second at Daytona (February) and Milwaukee (June) and Dave Blaney sat on the outside pole at Talladega (April). Brian Vickers led the field three times for a total of 19 laps in this afternoon's race.
Five Camry drivers had led a total of 173 laps across 10 races in NBS competition. Jason Leffler has led a total of 60 laps (Daytona, Nashville, Darlington and Indianapolis) and David Reutimann has led a total of 60 laps (Nashville, Talladega and St. Louis). Dave Blaney has led a total of 19 laps (California, Atlanta and Nashville) and Todd Bodine has led 15 laps (Gateway) and Brian Vickers led 19 laps today at Michigan.
BRIAN VICKERS, No. 10 Fan1st.com Camry, raun Racing Finished: 6th
How was your race? "We had a great car. We messed up and gave the race away in the pits. We had a slow pit stop -- we came in first and came out 35th the first stop, and we didn't get all the gas in the car. The caution came out and we worked our way back up to second -- we had to pit and went to the back again. That pretty much did us in. The race was green from that point forward. We charged as hard as we could and we were the fastest car on the race track for most of the race -- we just lost too much ground starting at the back and we couldn't make it up. I'm proud of my crew -- they gave me a fast car. I appreciate the opportunity to drive this car. We had a car to win -- we should have won this race -- we just beat ourselves. We had a good stable car. We were really, really good compared to most guys on the long runs. I really believe we could have won this race."
TODD BODINE, No. 03 Germain Toyota Camry, Germain Racing Finished: 8th
How was your race? "Our race was good. We started out a little tight and made some adjustments and got a little loose -- adjusted it back and got a little tight. For our second race, first time on a big track -- we're learning what the car needs. It's different than what Mike (Hillman Jr., crew chief) and I are used to -- it's been a while since we ran a car, so we are gaining on it. To come back with two top-10s, that's pleasing. It shows a lot of promise in the team and I know we have a great team to do it with. There's no difference in how the Tundras or Camrys run - we have great motors."
JASON LEFFLER, No. 38 Great Clips Camry, Braun Racing Finished: 12th
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 99 Dominos.com Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Finished: 16th
How was your race? "It sucked. The 25 (David Gilliland) ran over us about four laps into it like we weren't even there. I was on the outside of him and just killed the front of the car. From that point on we lost all our track position. It was tight on exit and from that point on -- our race was over before it even began."
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