David Reutimann recorded a season-best finish with a second-place result in Saturday afternoon's NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Memphis Motorsports Park. Joey Logano also recorded a top-five finish for Toyota with a fifth-place ...
David Reutimann recorded a season-best finish with a second-place result in Saturday afternoon's NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Memphis Motorsports Park.
Joey Logano also recorded a top-five finish for Toyota with a fifth-place result.
Eighteen-year-old James Buescher earned his first career Nationwide Series pole in just his sixth career start.
Buescher led the field once for 24 laps and finished 19th.
Camry drivers Jason Leffler (12th), Mike Wallace (14th), and Marc Davis (23rd) also participated in the 253-lap race.
Four Camry drivers are in the top-10 in the unofficial NNS point standings, including Reutimann (sixth), Kyle Busch (seventh), Wallace (eighth) and Leffler (ninth).
JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 GameStop Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
What was your strategy on that final pit stop? "It was a last minute decision. Personally, I thought it was a no brainer to come in and see if we could get some. We weren't going to beat Carl (Edwards) and I was pretty sure the 99 (David Reutimann) was going to pass us. So our best case scenario was we were going to finish third or worst case was sixth. I thought 'hey, what the heck, go for it.' We only had a set of stickers in the pits here so I didn't get enough heat in them. They take a while at this track. They take five or six laps to come in and I didn't have six laps. So by the time they came in it was over. The whole GameStop crew did great. Casey Atwood did a great job getting this car ready for me to drive it today. They worked hard in the pits all day adjusting it and had a good pit strategy in the beginning. Overall it's a good plus. We gained a lot of (owner) points over the 2 (Clint Bowyer) car, which is a plus."
What was the biggest challenge for you never having been to this track before? "I came here earlier and went around a few laps with Mike McLaughlin and Casey Atwood just trying to get to know the race track a little bit to see what I needed to do. In qualifying I was blindfolded and then got to get going in the race and figure out what we needed to do to get the car running good. I think we did good for never being here before. I'll take another top-five to get back in the spirit again. I'm pretty excited we have a fast car again so we'll head to Texas and it will all be great."
MARC DAVIS, No. 18 DLP HDTV Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
How was your first Nationwide Series start? "We practiced really well, and I thought we had a really good race car. We qualified up at the front, and it looked like we were going to have a really good day. Then, all of a sudden, something felt wrong with the car, and it kept getting worse and worse. I kept adding rear brake to it but it didn't make any difference. I guess we ended up having a right-front tire go down on us during that long, green-flag run. There wasn't much we could do about it there. After the tire change, we were good. We just lost too many laps in the process. I kind of thought it was the tire, but it wasn't going down very quickly, so I didn't want to say something and have it not be a tire problem. I still feel bad for these guys, but for me, it was a learning experience."
What did you learn today? "I learned a lot racing out there with these guys. This race has been pretty crazy in the past, but today was not nearly as bad as it has been in previous years. I think we earned a lot of respect. I ran up front at the start, but then we fell back and I realized we didn't have a winning car, so I let guys go when our car wasn't doing well. Then, at the end, when our car was running pretty well, the same guys were letting me by. I guess that's what it's all about give-and-take. I definitely learned a lot. We'll just pack it up and take it on with us for the next time."
JASON LEFFLER, No. 38 Great Clips Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
MIKE WALLACE, No. 7 GEICO Toyota Camry, Germain Racing
JAMES BUESCHER, No. 32 Camping World Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
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