Tony Stewart gave Toyota its fourth NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) victory Monday at Auto Club Speedway of Southern California in the No. 20 Z-Line Designs Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing. Stewart won the season-opening race at Daytona International...
Tony Stewart gave Toyota its fourth NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) victory Monday at Auto Club Speedway of Southern California in the No. 20 Z-Line Designs Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing.
Stewart won the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway last weekend and becomes the first multiple NASCAR race winner from behind the wheel a Camry. Stewart remains the point leader in NNS following today's race with a 30-point advantage over second place.
Toyota drivers hold the point lead in all three NASCAR series following this weekend's races at Auto Club Speedway. Busch leads in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.
Kyle Busch (second) and David Reutimann (fourth) also scored top-10 finishes in Camrys. Other Toyota drivers in the field included Jason Leffler (11th) and Mike Wallace (16th). Toyota earned two NNS wins in its first season in 2007 (Leffler at O'Reilly Raceway Park and Reutimann at Memphis).
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Finished: 4th
Did the handling go away on your car toward the end of the race? "We got real tight there at the end and we were real free at the beginning of the run. We were too free to really stay close and then would get too tight there toward the end and couldn't maintain. We kind of teeter-tottered on that deal all day. It ended up being all right -- the car drove good, the pit stops were good. With the new motor rules and the gear package, if the car gets tight you're definitely in trouble with it."
Did you think you had a chance to get around Tony Stewart at any point in the race? "The 20 car was very good and I got to him once there and thought we might be able to make a move, but then the yellow came out. When we went back to green, his car just got better or our car got worse. It was a good day, I enjoyed the racing and it was fun. I didn't tear the car up, so it's a good day."
How big of a challenge was it for you to run both the NSCS and NNS races today? "It wasn't that big of a deal. I'll sleep really good tonight. All in all, it really wasn't much of an issue. I would have much rather raced last night and been home by now, but I'm sure I'm not the only one."
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