Brian Vickers (fifth) was the highest-finishing Toyota driver in Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Daytona International Speedway. Camry drivers Joey Logano (seventh), Kasey Kahne (ninth) and Steve Wallace (10th) also earned...
Brian Vickers (fifth) was the highest-finishing Toyota driver in Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Daytona International Speedway.
Camry drivers Joey Logano (seventh), Kasey Kahne (ninth) and Steve Wallace (10th) also earned top-10 finishes.
Michael Annett (12th), Kyle Busch (18th), Brian Scott (19th), Brendan Gaughan (30th), Jason Leffler (33rd) and Trevor Bayne (41st) were also in the 300-mile race around the 2.5-mile superspeedway.
BRIAN VICKERS, No. 32 Dollar General Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
How was your race? "It was a wild race. It's a shame we couldn't get up there at the end. I thought the Dollar General Toyota was good, but it just wasn't as strong as it's been here in the past. We're lacking a little bit on the power but we'll get there. We switched to a new engine builder and I know he's built some great stuff in the past and I know he'll get this engine great as well. We were just missing a little bit today. The car was handling really, really good. I'm really proud of the guys -- great pit stops all day. To bring it home for top-five is not too bad."
Did you think that was a wild race? "That was the first time I've seen a drive shaft at 195 miles an hour. I'm just glad that (Dale Earnhardt) Junior is okay. I hate to see anybody get hurt. That was a hard hit. It was a wild race."
JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 GameStop Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
What are your thoughts on today's race? "That was a lot of fun, I promise you that. Just pushing hard -- you can almost see the front and you really want to get after it. I had a good car. I got pinned on the bottom and got real loose then I chased the 98 (Paul Menard) up the track, chased myself up the race track and got pushed out with two (laps) to go. I got all the way back to probably 12th or 13th. That was a good way to screw it up. That was disappointing, but we came back and finished seventh. It's okay, we were definitely better than a seventh-place car. After spinning through the grass and not having a mark on this thing and going through all that -- we'll take it and go on to the next track. We had a good, solid finish. You come to these Nationwide races and you want to win real bad. I wish we could have had a better run for the GameStop Toyota, but me and my new crew chief, Kevin (Kidd) worked out good. I feel like we worked good together at making adjustments and which way we needed to go with our race car. That's just a lot of fun. I would be a lot happier if I was sitting in victory lane, but I still had fun."
Are you able to take anything from today's race for use in tomorrow's race? "It's really hard to take from these cars, especially here. I learned some things to help me get off of (turn) two a little bit. A little lower and was able to help that out a little bit. For the most part, there's not a whole lot that you can take. Just learning more about the draft and being more comfortable drafting around cars and learning that stuff is probably the biggest thing."
KASEY KAHNE, No. 38 Great Clips Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
How was your race today? "We avoided a couple of wrecks and we ran top-10 throughout much of the race. I'm just kind of disappointed. It wasn't nowhere near as fast as it was in July. We came down here with high expectations and got let down. The car didn't do anything. It drove good and that was it."
STEVE WALLACE, No. 66 5 Hour Energy Toyota Camry, Rusty Wallace Racing
How was your race? "The race was really good. We started the race and we just fought the car being real loose all day and we had to run the top side because our car was loose. We felt like we gave up a little bit there, but we worked on our chassis a lot and we got it tightened up there towards the end but it was still a little too loose to really do anything with it. I thought I could've probably had a little bit better run until (Brad) Keselowski wrecked Kyle Busch there getting into (turn) three. We ended up 10th but should've finished about sixth or seventh. We had a couple instances today where we tore up our nose a little bit and I feel like that kind of hurt the cars as far as the way it sucked up in the draft. It hurts a little bit but we'll take 10th. We've been coming down here for four years now and that's the first time we ever finished this race. We're usually crashing or in a fiery deal or something so we'll take 10th to start the season."
MICHAEL ANNETT, No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Toyota Camry, Germain Racing
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Finished: 18th
JASON RATCLIFF, crew chief, No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
How did the damage from the accident affect the outcome of your race? "I thought we were going to make it through that deal and we almost did. We tore the right-front up enough that we had to pit and work on it. We lost a lap, but the guys did a good job getting it fixed, got our lap back and I thought we were going to have a shot at a top-five there, but the aero was so messed up on it that it was just ill-balanced. He (Kyle Busch) was driving the wheels off of it. You could tell because he would be coming off the corner and the thing would just jump up a half-a-groove, it did that to him about three times and thankfully nobody was there. He never quit and I think we could have got at least seventh out of it maybe if we would have made it back to the stripe. The 22 (Brad Keselowski) got up on him (Busch) there and he shoved him off in the corner, which was good. Then he lost the back, lost the front and the second time the 22 (Keselowski) tucked up on him, he just couldn't hold it. Almost -- we put forth the effort just like we do every week and we'll just have to go to California and try to win that one."
BRIAN SCOTT, No. 11 StopRepairBills.com Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
BRENDAN GAUGHAN, No. 62 South Point Casino & Hotel Toyota Camry, Rusty Wallace Racing
What was your view of the accident that took you out of the race? "I was sitting in the top-10, our Toyota was running great and everything was looking good for us. We were right where we wanted to be and that's the nature of Daytona -- even when you're up front dangerous things happen. I saw (Dale Earnhardt) Junior get turned in the middle like I just saw him come in the middle of the two lines and when I saw him turn sideways I started to see the under-carriage. Knowing where I was sitting I thought, 'I'm screwed, my Toyota is coming back in a heap.' I feel bad, this is our first race with the Camry and it was everything I expected and more."
JASON LEFFLER, No. 10 ABF U-Pack Moving Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
TREVOR BAYNE, No. 99 Toyota Camry, Diamond Waltrip Racing
What happened that took you out of the race? "I really don't know. I hate that happened so early in the race. We were just riding. It was lap five or something and I got a big shove through the middle of turn three and four here, I got under the 7 (Danica Patrick), came down the frontstretch and I was still getting a huge push. I started waving off, checking up -- I got shoved into the 15 (Michael Annett), still getting the push and then I get into the center of the corner and the push never stopped. I don't know what happened with the 40 (Mike Bliss) car or what in the world was going on to be that early in the race. I guess he was trying to push us to the lead in lap one. It's disheartening for this team to see something like this happen. Sometimes we pray right before the race to keep us safe and that happened, but our prayer to win, sometimes that doesn't happen. It was with all the right intentions. We have to stay strong here and fight back. We've got a long season ahead of us here. It's unfortunate to see something like this happen this early in the season, this early in the first race. We'll see what we can do with it."
-source: toyota motorsports