Four Toyota Camry drivers recorded top-15 finishes in Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Daytona International Speedway -- Kyle Busch (fourth), Brian Vickers (sixth), David Reutimann (12th) and Michael McDowell (14th). Camry...
Four Toyota Camry drivers recorded top-15 finishes in Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Daytona International Speedway -- Kyle Busch (fourth), Brian Vickers (sixth), David Reutimann (12th) and Michael McDowell (14th).
Camry drivers Joey Logano (20th), Michael Waltrip (24th), David Green (30th) Jason Leffler (33rd), Michael Annett (35th) and Scott Lagasse Jr. (43rd) were also in the field.
JOEL WEIDMAN, Crew Chief, No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 4th
What are your thoughts on the race? "It was just typical Daytona. We had a good car all day, we just didn't get the breaks at the end. Kyle (Busch) did an awesome job to put the car in position to win. It just didn't shake out the way that we wanted it to. He did everything he could but wreck Tony (Stewart) in the final corner and it just didn't pan out the way we wanted it. A good effort by all of the boys and Interstate Batteries. It's an honor to have them down here in Daytona, just wish we could've been a couple spots better."
BRIAN VICKERS, No. 32 Dollar General Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 6th
How was your race car today? "It was okay. We led for a while, we got to the front. I didn't want to go to the outside there at the end. The 18 (Kyle Busch) hit me so hard in the tri-oval and it just knocked me up the race track. I really had no other option -- I was just trying to save the car at that point. The Dollar General guys did a great job -- good pit stops all day, good car. NASCAR really hurt us a lot adding that extra restrictor plate. We were definitely down on motor, but if we have a smaller plate than everyone then we're going to be."
Did the draft seem tamer today than you expect in tomorrow's Daytona 500? "I think the cars were just sliding around so much -- handling was such an issue that guys really couldn't keep up. I think that's what made the difference and that's why it strung out so much."
How different do these cars drive compared to tomorrow's Sprint Cup cars? "These things drive like a Cadillac compared to the Sprint Cup cars."
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 10 Camping World Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 12th
How was your first race with Braun Racing? "It was good. The car drove good. We just didn't really have the speed that we needed. We kept plugging away at it and made it better. The guys did a real good job. Those other guys took tires and we were a bit of a sitting duck at that point. Overall, the guys did great and I really can't complain."
How was the communication between you and new crew chief Todd Lohse? "It's a little bit different here, but it's not Todd's (Lohse, No. 10 crew chief) first rodeo. He knows what he's doing. You just tell him what you feel and what the car is doing and he'll fix it. He did a really good job."
MICHAEL MCDOWELL, No. 47 Tom's Toyota Camry, JTG-Daugherty Racing
Finishing Position: 14th
What kind of car did you have for today's race? "The common thing here in Daytona is that everyone says, 'Well, we didn't qualify good, but we have a good race car.' We really did. We knew we had a high-downforce. We hoped it was going to be hot and slick and it was. It's just good. It's good for Tom's and this Toyota Camry. Not a bad debut with JTG-Daugherty Racing."
Did you need the long green flag runs for your car to show its strength? "It did. It needed some help obviously being heavy on drag. Once we got in the middle of the pack, it was good. It ran really well. I'm just happy for everybody at JTG and excited to have Tom's on board. I can't wait to get to Fontana and get this things wound up a little bit."
JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 GameStop Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 20th
Were you disappointed in your finish in the race? "It was going to be okay. We were just sitting there on the high side with a few to go -- 25 or 30 to go or so and the 6 (David Ragan) he gets loose and he started coming up so I straightened up for a second and tried to get back the wheel and just never grabbed a hold in time and just got the fence and that knocked in the fender. It is what it is. I learned a lot if nothing else. It's just kind of a shame. We had a better car than that."
JASON LEFFLER, No. 38 Great Clips Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 33rd
Have you ever seen a penalty like this during a race? "I've never seen a call -- I've heard of a call like that before. I wrecked a lot of cars and definitely made a mistake and feel bad for it. I don't know what to say about a five-lap penalty like that. That was a rookie mistake by a veteran driver that took out a lot of rookies."
Were you trying to let Steven Wallace back in when you made contact? "I was, but usually when you do that or when you change your mindset a little bit is when you get yourself in trouble of get someone else in trouble. I should have just dove in there. I was just trying to get back in line and misjudged. I feel bad for Steven (Wallace) -- he's a good kid, but if they penalized him for every time he wrecked a car then he would still be on pit road."
SCOTT LAGASSE JR., No. 11 Incredible Pizza Toyota Camry, CJM Racing
Finishing Position: 43rd
What happened to take you out of the race? "Not at all the day we were expecting. Paul (Wolfe, No. 11 crew chief) and the guys at CJM Racing built this car from the ground up and it was really a good race car. We really spent the day biding our time trying to gain some respect and a couple of guys got together in front of us and I tried to get it low and down to the bottom and Justin (Allgaier) couldn't see anything. There was nothing he could've done. He was just kind of caught up in somebody else's mess. You hate it for America's Incredible Pizza Company and the guys because we really did have a good race car. It was really good in practice and really just biding our time trying to gain some respect. We'll go to California and see what happens."
Is it frustrating to get caught up in someone else's accident? "I'm just frustrated. A couple of guys got a little over anxious in front of us -- I don't know. I couldn't really tell. All I know there were some beating and banging going on and probably a little early in the race for that. I hate it for all of our guys at CJM. They built a killed race car. The plan for this weekend was to get in and out of here in one piece and just gain the respect of the guys around us, and I hope we did some of that. You hate it for America's Incredible Pizza Company. We had a good car in practice and qualified exactly like we thought we would and were just kind of biding our time. I don't know what you do in that situation."
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 4th
MICHAEL WALTRIP, No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Finishing Position: 24th
DAVID GREEN, No. 07 SK Motorsports Toyota Camry, SK Motorsports
Finishing Position: 30th
MICHAEL ANNETT, No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Toyota Camry, Germain Racing
Finishing Position: 35th
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