Kyle Busch (second) was the highest-finishing Toyota driver in Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at O'Reilly Raceway Park near Indianapolis. Busch led 32 of 200 laps. Busch has had eight consecutive top-two finishes, which is one...
Kyle Busch (second) was the highest-finishing Toyota driver in Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at O'Reilly Raceway Park near Indianapolis. Busch led 32 of 200 laps.
Busch has had eight consecutive top-two finishes, which is one short of the series record set by Jack Ingram in 1983.
Camry drivers Trevor Bayne (seventh) and Jason Leffler (eighth) also recorded top-10 finishes for Toyota.
Eighteen-year-old Bayne earned his first career NNS pole position in just his fifth series start and led 34 laps.
Toyota drivers David Reutimann (11th), Brad Coleman (16th), Kevin Conway (20th), Michael Annett (35th), Scott Lagasse, Jr. (37th), Chad Blount (38th) and Kelly Bires (39th) were also in the field.
Busch maintains a 192 point lead in the unofficial NNS point standings over second-place Carl Edwards. Leffler (fourth), Joey Logano (fifth), Lagasse, Jr. (12th) and Annett (15th) are also in the top-15 for Toyota.
TREVOR BAYNE, No. 99 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Finishing Position: 7th
Are you happy with your first Nationwide Series top-10 finish tonight? "Yes and no. It's our first top-10 so you've got to be really happy about that but it's disappointing in the fact that I think we had a car that could win. It's just so hard to pass here. We got spun out under caution. What do you do? We already took the caution leading the thing and clean air is so big here. It's so hard to pass. I think if we could've got back to the lead we could've maintained it but we never had the opportunity to get back there. Seventh or eighth -- those cars were so even the leader could get going and then after that everybody was fending for themselves. If anybody made a mistake you could get by them but other than that it was pretty even."
What happened to cause you to spin out under caution when you were leading the race? "I have no idea. It was under caution coming to the yellow, picking up the pace car and all of a sudden I'm spinning out and they're telling me I'm going mid-pack and I'm like,'Come on, it was already caution.' I don't understand that and I don't know the reasoning. I'll check into it and see what's going on. I'm not happy about it but you can't do anything about it. I really thought they were going to overturn it once we said something. I thought they were just doing a spur of the moment,'Hey, go behind the 18 (Kyle Busch),' and they were going to put us back. Honestly, with all of my heart until the last lap I was thinking they were going to go back and put me in the lead. It stinks to have that happen but nothing you can do about it."
JASON LEFFLER, No. 38 Great Clips Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 8th
What happened early in the race that caused damage to your car? "I think (Brad) Keselowski and (Ron) Hornaday and we got three-wide there and just tore my fender up and we had to play catch up from there. It was a lot of beating and banging for that early in the race. At times, I was right in the middle of it, so I can't complain."
How hard is it to pass at ORP? "You just need grip and we didn't have that. Our car rotated well, but I didn't have grip like some of those guys did. It's just not going to run good like that."
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 32 Dollar General Stores Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 11th
How hard is it to pass at ORP? "This place is not the easiest place to pass on. Every opportunity you have to get by somebody you do it. That's why you end up seeing guys take chances and do things like that you normally wouldn't just because passing is at a premium. Any opportunity you have, you may not have again. That's what you see here at ORP."
How was your car in tonight's race? "At the beginning of the race, the car was awesome. I thought we were going to be in really, really good shape. We came in and pitted and put tires on and really didn't adjust much. From that point on, we weren't really good anymore. It's disappointing. These guys worked hard and they are used to a lot better cars than this all year. It's just a situation where we didn't get all we could out of it tonight."
BRAD COLEMAN, No. 20 Joe Gibbs Game Plan for Life Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 16th
What happened on the first lap in turn one with Trevor Bayne? "I know we touched, but I didn't drive it that hard in there. I don't know if he didn't give me enough room or if I slid up into him. It's just a racing incident. That's the definition of a racing incident. I was wheeling it so hard after that. I got totally sideways, full opposite-lock, and I caught it-- then somebody jacked me in the rear after that and caused me to hit the wall."
What does it say about this team to overcome the damage to finish in the top-20? "The crew did a great job on this Game Plan for Life Toyota. They worked really hard to fix this as much as they could. There was no side-force on this thing whatsoever. It was just really loose. They did a great job fixing it, but I just wish we could've done better."
KEVIN CONWAY, No. 87 Extenze Toyota Camry, NEMCO Motorsports
Finishing Position: 20th
MICHAEL ANNETT, No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Toyota Camry, Germain Racing
Finishing Position: 35th
What happened to take you out of the race? "I'm not sure who it was -- I think it was the 40 (Aric Almirola) who got into us coming off of (turn) two and took out our left rear tire and by the time I realized it there was nothing I could do about it. (The hit) was not bad. This track we're not really going that fast here so when you hit it's not that hard."
SCOTT LAGASSE, JR., No. 11 America's Incredible Pizza Company Toyota Camry, CJM Racing
Finishing Position: 37th
What happened to take you out of the race? "I don't know. It's a little frustrating for that early in the race. The only thing I can say is thank you to America's Incredible Pizza Company for being so supportive. The guys at CJM (Racing) here have known for a couple of weeks that I just hate it for these guys. They've known for a couple of weeks that Denny (Hamlin) was coming in the car and they've kept their heads down digging. Paul (Wolfe, crew chief) has come up with some stuff lately and we found our speed back. I hate it. We had a good race car and after watching the truck race last night and seeing tire management we were just kind of biding our time there figuring for the long run to save a set of tires for late in the race and have some fun. It is what it is now."
CHAD BLOUNT, No. 10 Braun Racing Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 38th
KELLY BIRES, No. 47 www.constructionjobs.com Toyota Camry, JTG-Daugherty Racing
Finishing Position: 39th
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