David Reutimann, driver of the No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, started 16th and ended up ninth. Dave Blaney started 10th and finished 16th in the No. 10 Hass Avocados from Mexico Toyota Camry. Rookie Bobby Santos qualified seventh and...
David Reutimann, driver of the No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, started 16th and ended up ninth. Dave Blaney started 10th and finished 16th in the No. 10 Hass Avocados from Mexico Toyota Camry. Rookie Bobby Santos qualified seventh and finished 30th in his first-ever Busch Series start. Jason Leffler driver of the No. 38 Great Clips Toyota Camry, started 24th and finished 37th.
The best finish by a Camry in Busch Series competition is second. Blaney finished second in the season- opener at Daytona (Feb. 17) and Reutimann ended up second at Nashville (April 7). Leffler's best finish in a Camry in the Busch Series is a fourth-place result at Nashville (April 7). Blaney, Leffler and Reutimann have started all 11 Busch Series events this year. Blaney registered the first-ever pole position for the Camry in NASCAR competition when he captured the pole at California Speedway. Leffler's best starting position was when he qualified on the outside of row one at Daytona and Reutimann's best qualifying performance was when he was the fifth fastest at Nashville.
Camrys have led a total of 94 laps in Busch Series competition. Reutimann has led a total of 37 laps, Blaney's led a total of 17 laps, a nd Leffler has been in front of the field a total of 40 laps.
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Finished: 9th
How was your race? "We started off and the car was way too tight and we had to make a pretty major adjustment on our first stop -- which lost us a lot of track position because we had to make adjustments on the left rear shock and track bar and some other things. So, we lost a lot of track position, but we made the car a lot better. We came from 22nd to 14th and pitted again -- and we gained a little track position with the pit stop. That was really the best that it had been. It would be good for 10 or 12 laps, and on new tires it would be awesome. The problem was by the time you got sorted out and past lapped traffic cars -- we probably ran about that many laps and we couldn't gain any ground. We just kept running and pounding them one at a time. Track position is so important here and we lost a lot of it -- and fought the rest of the time to get it back."
DAVE BLANEY, No. 10 Hass Avocados from Mexico Camry, Braun Racing Finished: 16th
How was your race? "It just didn't handle good all night -- it was a bad night. We tried to fix it and make it better on one stop, but we just made it worse and lost a lot of ground."
JASON LEFFLER, No. 38 Great Clips Camry, Braun Racing Finished: 37th What happened to put you out of the race? "The 72 (D.J. Kennington) car was caught in the middle there and I don't know -- I guess he didn't know when to lift. He's in the way obviously -- he's not up to speed. And he ran down into the corner like he was on the lead lap and just wiped us out. I'm sure someone was under him. It's disappointing. We've been pretty fast, we just can't seem to get to the end of these races. As I say every week, that's racing."
BOBBY SANTOS, No. 91 Riley Technologies Camry, Riley-D'Hondt Motorsports and Bill Davis Racing Finished: 30th
What do you think about your first NASCAR Busch Series race? "I did alright. I'm a little disappointed and wish we could have done a little better. I have to thank all these guys, they did a good job and with a little more experience we could have done better. We were just tight and I needed a change that would get us a little bit freer. It was our first race so I'm happy. It's different and there is a lot to get used to. The more I do I guess the better I'll get."
Did anything surprise you about this experience? "No. I know the competition is tough but we have to get better at it. Compared to an ARCA car, the Busch car is the same. But, I d on't have much experience in these cars either. It's similar to an ARCA race. It's fun, but definitely a lot different than what I'm used to. There are a lot of people involved and everyone has to do there job to run good. It's just a big team effort. The more laps, the better it's going to be."
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