Three Toyota Camrys will compete in Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series (NBS) O'Reilly 300 at Texas. Dave Blaney, No. 10 ABF U-Pack Toyota Camry for Braun Racing, spun and hit the wall in Turn 1. He'll start 42nd in a back up car on Saturday. Jason ...
Three Toyota Camrys will compete in Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series (NBS) O'Reilly 300 at Texas. Dave Blaney, No. 10 ABF U-Pack Toyota Camry for Braun Racing, spun and hit the wall in Turn 1. He'll start 42nd in a back up car on Saturday. Jason Leffler, No. 38 Great Clips Toyota Camry for Braun Racing, changed an engine after the first practice session and will start Saturday's race from the rear of the field. David Reutimann will be behind the wheel of the No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry for Michael Waltrip Racing and start seventh in Saturday's 300-mile event.
In the most recent race on the Busch Series schedule at Nashville (April 7), three Toyotas finished among the top-five. Reutimann was runner-up to race-winner Carl Edwards, Blaney finished third and Leffler ended up fourth. Blaney comes into the weekend second in the Busch Series point standings. His best finish of the year was when he was runner-up in the season-opener at Daytona (Feb. 17). Reutimann currently sits fifth in the Busch Series point standings. His best result of the season was a second-place finish at Nashville.
All three Toyota drivers have led laps this year -- Leffler has been in front of the field for 40 laps, Reutimann has been the race leader for 35 laps and Blaney has led 17 laps.
JASON LEFFLER, No. 38 Great Clips Toyota Camry, Braun Racing Qualified: 24th. He will start from the rear of the field due to an engine change. 185.363 mph, 29.132 sec. H
ow was your qualifying lap considering you changed a motor and will have to start from the back of the field? "It was pretty uneventful. We didn't put any effort into qualifying because we had a little motor problem there and we are going to have to start last no matter what. So, we worked the whole second practice session on our race stuff and just put tape on it."
How do you like racing here at Texas Motor Speedway? "I love it! It's a fun race and I think you are going to see a good race on Saturday. We have to come from the back, but I'm looking forward to it. It's a lot of fun."
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Qualified: 7th. 187.461 mph, 28.806 sec.
How was your qualifying lap? "It was good. It was basically good all the way up to Turns 3 and 4. It was really, really good in 1 and 2. We ran wide open through there just like we do in the truck. It's a little frustrating because I figured if I could make it through there wide open, I knew I could down there. I made it through the middle and it got loose on exit over here and I had to pedal it across the track. It was a pretty good lap though. The sun is going to keep going down and it's going to keep getting faster so I don't know where it will hold up. It's a pretty solid effort."
DAVE BLANEY, No. 10 ABF U-Pack Toyota Camry, Braun Racing Qualified: 42nd. Did not complete a lap due to a spin and contact in Turn 1.
What happened during your qualifying run? "I wasn't really expecting it. Usually you can tell down on your corner coming down to the green how the corner is going to be. It wasn't really tight or loose, so I didn't expect it. Going into Turn 1 it just took off and lost it before I even lifted out of the gas. Lost it early for some reason. I don't know."
Texas Motor Speedway reduced the dip betweens Turn 1 and 2 since you last competed here. What did you think about the track changes? "I don't think they did anything. I read somewhere they were looking at, it's when you go over the tunnel the pavement is kind of sunk down where the tunnel is and it gives it a big dip there. I don't think they added anything. I don't think they put pavement in there. I haven't walk and really looked at it. I've whizzed by at 180 mph (laughing). It seems like they ground the front edge and the back edge to smooth out where you go in and out of it, but it's still there."
Can you feel the difference? "A little bit. I didn't run a Busch car here last year so I know my Cup car will feel different going over it just with the different way we run the Cup cars. It's still there, not a huge deal. It upsets the cars a little bit, but that's part of it. It is there for everybody."
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