Kyle Busch claimed his third consecutive NNS win of the season after leading twice for 22 laps. Other Camrys in Sunday's race included David Reutimann (11th), Mike Wallace (12th) and Jason Leffler (21st). Mexico City-native Michel Jourdain Jr.
Kyle Busch claimed his third consecutive NNS win of the season after leading twice for 22 laps. Other Camrys in Sunday's race included David Reutimann (11th), Mike Wallace (12th) and Jason Leffler (21st). Mexico City-native Michel Jourdain Jr. finished 36th in his No. 32 Visit Mexico Camry for Braun Racing after being involved in an incident on lap 40.
Camry drivers have led 949 laps (of 1,548 total laps) in the first nine NNS races of 2008. Busch a series high 626 laps. Since the start of this season, Camry drivers have earned 11 top-five and 23 top-10 finishes in NNS competition. Today's win gives Camry drivers have five wins in Nationwide Series competition this season. Stewart (JGR No. 20 Camry) started the 2008 season with wins at Daytona (2-16-08) and at California (2-25-08), while his JGR teammate Busch went to victory lane at Texas (4-5-08), Phoenix (4 -11-08) and Mexico (4-20-08).
Four Camry drivers are in the top-10 positions in the NNS point standings following the ninth race of the season at Mexico with Busch (third) leading the Toyota contingent followed by Reutimann (fourth), Leffler (eighth) and Wallace (ninth).
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Finished: 11th
How was your second race here in Mexico City? "We missed all that practice on Friday when we banged the car up and practically missed the entire second practice. We were okay, just a little too tight and Jerry (Baxter, crew chief) made a couple of cars and they got the car a lot better. We got together with a lapped car and that kind of messed us up. We had to go to the back there and worked our way back to the front again. There at the end we played our pit strategy right and ended up with a decent finish. I'm proud of my crew guys as the pit stops were good. Everything went well and the car drove good. I felt like we could have been a whole lot better if we could have had that last practice because I think we only got 15 laps the whole time we were here before the race started. I'm okay with where we finished. We passed a lot of cars and towards the end we were decent. We'll use that and go to Talladega." Can you talk about the battle between you and the No. 12 car of Sam Hornish Jr.? "Our stuff was fading a little bit and we were getting a little tight. He (Sam Hornish Jr.) could get to us and then fade back then get to us and fade back a little bit more. He finally out braked me and out rode me going into turn one so I tucked in behind him when they dropped the white flag. He kind of got into the corner and we went back by him. We didn't hit each other so that's good."
MIKE WALLACE, No. 7 GEICO Toyota Camry, Germain Racing Finished: 12th
Was today's race a fuel mileage event? "All in all it's a fuel strategy situation that paid off to get us the 12th-place finish that we got. We were running towards the back and we came in. We were going to be three laps short on fuel supposedly and we utilized those cautions when a lot of other guys pitted and conserved so much fuel -- just an incredible amount. We got into position and gained some spots when caution came out and cars spun in front of us which got me behind the cars that finished up front which they would have gotten by me any way. It turned out to be a good day and the crew won the race as far as pit strategy and conserving on fuel. We're going to try to get a little bit better on this road racing, but coming out of here 12th, I'm really happy about that." What was your view of the cars beating and banging out on the race track? "I was racing the 5 (Adrian Fernandez) and the 64 (Max Papis) really hard and I ended up out running them then got by (Sam) Hornish there. I'm sure they were beating on each other. My car is pretty straight, but it looked like those guys were working on each other pretty hard."
JASON LEFFLER, No. 38 Great Clips Toyota Camry, Braun Racing Finished: 21st
MICHEL JOURDAIN JR, No. 32 Visit Mexico Toyota Camry, Braun Racing Finished: 36th
What happened to your race car? "On the restart, everybody slowed down and I was trying to get the guy on the outside. Suddenly the guy slowed down to give me some space. Then I went for it and that's when everybody stopped and I just hit him. It's a shame -- I feel terrible for all the Braun Racing guys and Mexico, the state of Durango and Toyota Mexico because we had a good car. Not to win, but I think we gambled on the strategy and we were looking good for a top-10. We had good pace so it's a shame."
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