Kyle Busch (second) was the highest-finishing Toyota driver in Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Memphis Motorsports Park. Jason Leffler (third), Mike Bliss (fourth) and David Reutimann (eighth) also earned top-10 finishes for ...
Kyle Busch (second) was the highest-finishing Toyota driver in Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Memphis Motorsports Park.
Jason Leffler (third), Mike Bliss (fourth) and David Reutimann (eighth) also earned top-10 finishes for Toyota.
Camry drivers Matt DiBenedetto (14th), Michael Annett (16th), Justin Marks (24th), Brian Ickler (26th) and Coleman Pressley (38th) were also in the field.
Today's second-place finish allowed Toyota to clinch its second Nationwide Series manufacturer's championship and was the fifth NASCAR manufacturer's title overall (2006, 2007 and 2008 NCWTS manufacturer's championships).
This season, Camry drivers have recorded 13 victories, 62 top-fives, 114 top-10 finishes, and have led 3,448 laps.
Busch now leads the unofficial NNS point standings by 225 points ahead of second-place Carl Edwards after 32 of 35 races.
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 FedEx Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 2nd
How was your race? "I should be ecstatic with a second-place finish seeing as though we didn't have a car that should have finished in the top-10. Real frustrated that we came home second again today. I gave it all I had there in those last few laps. I could have spun him out and wrecked but I couldn't put myself to do it. I set another record for most second-place finishes in a season - that's great, whatever. Lost a lot of money today for the 'Dash4Cash' deal because apparently the 88 (Brad Keselowski) took it all for himself. It sucks, sucks real bad."
Can you talk about your lead in the points? "He (Carl Edwards) drove through everybody to get back up to sixth. It's still any man's race. Him or I could win in the next three races. I'd like to thank FedEx, appreciate their support. Thank all the team members for being out here today with 35,000 strong employees and everybody. Sorry we didn't get one spot better. I couldn't put it to myself to spin him (Brad Keselowski) out."
JASON RATCLIFF, crew chief, No. 18 FedEx Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
How do you feel about helping Toyota clinch the NNS manufacturer's title today? "We did a little better job last year, I believe we clinched it at Kansas. It took us a couple more races this year, but we're thrilled to have Toyota get their second straight manufacturer's championship. That's awesome. They do a lot for us and support us and we're really proud to be running Toyota Camrys. We had another good day today. We had a shot to win it. The car wasn't where it needed to be all day but we took a big swing at it there at the end and we were able to get a top-five finish out of it."
JASON LEFFLER, No. 38 Great Clips Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 3rd
How was your car on the race track today? "It didn't take us that long to get to the front. The tires just went off like a light switch and we got hung out on that last run, or second to last run. We came in and got tires. These guys had a couple good restarts there and I can't thank these guys enough. We've had a rough couple weeks. We had a fast car at California and I crashed it. Last week I crashed it again - two in a row. To come back and run third here, I had to do it for all these guys that work so hard at Braun and everybody at Great Clips. It was a good run for us and it's nice to be back up in the top-three."
Was today a hard race with how you were feeling this weekend? "It was pretty tough. All the cautions is when you get really hot and luckily the temperature wasn't hot today. It still gets uncomfortable in the car. I think I feel a little better now after the race is over and I can go rest."
What do you think of Toyota clinching another manufacturer's title today? "I feel great because we've had quite a few consistent finishes. We haven't been dominant like the Gibbs (Joe Gibbs Racing), but we have played our part in it. Toyota plays a part in our success for our little team, so we're glad to do everything we can for them."
MIKE BLISS, No. 11 Ridemakerz.com Toyota Camry, CJM Racing
Finishing Position: 4th
Was this a physical race for you? "This place always promotes physical racing. It's just a good old race track. It doesn't have a real good outside groove so everybody fights for the bottom. When you've got equal cars, it's hard to pass. You have to get into each other a little bit, I guess. That's what you see here."
Can you talk about your race? "We had a really good car today. I think we had one of the best cars. It's disappointing to sit here fourth. That's good and bad, I guess. It just came down to those restarts. I got screwed, Brad (Keselowski) got into me, put me up in the marbles and we lost six spots and never really got them back. Then Brad went down into (turn) one on a restart and made it three or four wide. He won the race, congratulations but I don't think I would have done that. I should have put him down in the wall - I should have put him down in the grass and then through the wall but I didn't do it."
Can you talk about getting another top-five with CJM Racing? "It's a good team. I enjoy running for those guys. It's good cars. They gave me a car here to win the race and we didn't do it. That's the disappointing part."
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael
Finishing Position: 8th
MATT DIBENEDETTO, No. 20 Pizza Ranch Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 14th
Can you talk about your first Nationwide Series race? "It was probably the most eventful race I've ever had in my entire life. I passed 100 cars in a 40 car field. We were okay at the beginning, drove it to second and then all of a sudden the car started falling off really bad. It was not like it was yesterday. I was really worried. I had doubts and we fell back to fifth. We had a pit stop, pulling out I thought we had a clear spot to get out but Dave Rogers, the crew chief came over the radio and said, 'Stop, stop,' but it was too late. We locked them up and got into a little fender deal with the 99 (David Reutimann). That put us down to the tail of the field. We were stuck back there for a little bit. The car was way off. We pitted and they worked on it, put on tires and made a change and it absolutely came to life. We drove all the way from 20-something, way on back there to sixth and were running faster than the leaders consistently every lap and got turned around on the back straight away when Carl (Edwards) wrecked. Then, we finished 14th -- it was a long day."
Are you satisfied with your results today? "In the way that I learned a lot. Yeah, I would have liked to finish up front, but I don't know if I'd change it because I learned so much information that nobody could tell me. It was a lot of experience that I will definitely keep in mind and store in the memory bank because it was really, really important."
MICHAEL ANNETT, No. 15 Germain Racing Toyota Camry, Germain Racing
Finishing Position: 16th
JUSTIN MARKS, No. 10 Construct Corps Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 24th
BRIAN ICKLER, No. 32 Dollar General Stores Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 26th
COLEMAN PRESSLEY, No. 47 JTG-Daugherty Racing Toyota Camry,
Finishing Position: 38th
-credit: toyota motorsports