Kyle Busch (second) was the highest finishing Camry driver in Saturday night's NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Daytona International Speedway. Toyota drivers Joey Logano (fourth), Kasey Kahne (fifth) and Brian Vickers (seventh) also...
Kyle Busch (second) was the highest finishing Camry driver in Saturday night's NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Daytona International Speedway.
Toyota drivers Joey Logano (fourth), Kasey Kahne (fifth) and Brian Vickers (seventh) also posted top-10 finishes.
Busch led three times for 14 (of 102) laps in the race and Michael Waltrip led once for four laps.
Camry drivers Michael Waltrip (11th), Michael McDowell (13th), Scott Lagasse, Jr. (18th), Jason Leffler (19th), and Michael Annett (35th) were also in the field.
Busch maintained his lead in the unofficial NNS points by 172 points over second-place, Carl Edwards. Other Camry drivers who rank in the top-25 include Leffler (fourth), Logano (fifth), McDowell (11th), Lagasse, Jr. (12th), Annett (15th) and Vickers (21st).
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 NOS Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 2nd
How was your run tonight? "It was good. We had a great race car really. It was a lot of fun out there tonight. We got cars that were starting to slide around like lap 9 and we made some adjustments there throughout the pit stops and just little minor things trying to get a little more grip in it. It didn't really seem to change it much but overall the car was really good on long runs. It seemed to be able to get up through there pretty well. The 29 (Clint Bowyer) was really good on the long runs as well too. He was about the best car and had the most motor. Unfortunately we had to settle for second tonight but it was a hard fought and well battled second so we'll take it."
JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 Great Clips Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 4th
Did you think your car was able to make a pass for the win at the end of the race? "I don't know. We were sitting there third behind Kyle (Busch). I'm not sure we could've got by the 29 (Clint Bowyer) there at the end. We were in a good position for what we had there. Maybe me and Kyle (Busch) could've ganged up and done something there. Overall, the SportsClips Toyota was good. It didn't take off good there at the beginning of the race and we kept adjusting on it and got it good at the end and we got track position back. Front to the back, front to the back and that's kind of how it cycled through on this track."
Did your car seem to work well drafting with other cars on the race track? "Quite a bit. Pretty much the first half of the race I was out there to make friends really and see what cars you work good with and all of that. Me and Carl (Edwards) just had a close call out there. He got loose there in the center and then I could've stuck my nose in there and caused a big wreck."
Did you feel more comfortable drafting during this race? "I was having a good time there the last 20 laps. I was like, 'This is pretty fun.' If you've got a big run you can try to get to the lead but it's hard to get to the lead and it's hard to pass the leaders. It's just kind of how a lot of these things are. I haven't figured out the whole draft thing as far as getting myself into the lead. I can get myself into second, third but getting myself into the lead takes a lot. You don't see many cars able to do that. You can have a massive run and guys lining up with you to get up there. It takes the whole package to get up to the lead but I could push people pretty good with this car."
KASEY KAHNE, No. 10 McDonald's McCafe Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 5th
How did your car handle during tonight's race? "Our car was great. I'm real happy with the team and everything. It was fun to be in the Nationwide Series and work with Braun. We just had no help. I felt like my car was really fast and nobody wanted to push me. Every time I looked in my mirror there was nobody there. We need somebody to help. We still were fast without anybody but we needed somebody to get us to the front."
BRIAN VICKERS, No. 32 Dollar General Stores Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 7th
MICHAEL WALTRIP, No. 99 Aaron's Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Finishing Position: 11th
MICHAEL McDOWELL, No. 47 Tom's Toyota Camry, JTG-Daugherty Racing
Finishing Position: 13th
SCOTT LAGASSE, JR., No. 11 E-Pack Manufacturing Toyota Camry, CJM Racing
Finishing Position: 18th
JASON LEFFLER, No. 38 Great Clips Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 19th
MICHAEL ANNETT, No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers/Ventrilo Toyota Camry, Germain Racing
Finishing Position: 35th
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