Michigan: Toyota teams race notes, quotes

Kyle Busch (third) was the highest finishing Camry driver in today's NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Michigan International Speedway. Joey Logano (sixth) and Reed Sorenson (eighth) also earned top-10 finishes for Toyota. Ryan Truex...

Kyle Busch (third) was the highest finishing Camry driver in today's NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Michigan International Speedway.

Joey Logano (sixth) and Reed Sorenson (eighth) also earned top-10 finishes for Toyota.

Ryan Truex (12th) made his second career NNS start in today's race and started on the outside of the front row.

Trevor Bayne (11th), Tayler Malsam (14th), Brian Scott (15th), Michael Annett (16th), Steve Wallace (18th), Brendan Gaughan (32nd), Jason Leffler (34th) and Kevin Lepage (42nd) were also in the field.

Toyota drivers Busch (third), Wallace (seventh), Bayne (eighth), Gaughan (ninth), Leffler (10th), Annett (11th), Logano (12th), Scott (13th) and Sorenson (14th) are in the top-15 in the unofficial NNS point standings after 23 of 35 races.


KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Z-Line Designs Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 3rd

What happened on your last pit stop? "Four tires. Was pretty good there at the end. Can't thank Jason (Ratcliff, crew chief) and the guys enough. They did work their butts off all weekend. We missed it pretty bad. We didn't have a third-place car at all. We just fought all day and tried to do the best we could with this Z-Line Designs Camry, and gave it a run for the money there at the end. It was real unfortunate that we're so far behind on the COT program."

How did the new Nationwide Series car handle? "The Z-Line Designs Camry was good. The guys worked real hard all weekend trying to make it better. We didn't have a third-place car, but that's what we got for a finish today. We're proud of the effort and everything, but we're so far behind on the COT program -- JGR as a whole -- it's ridiculous."

What happened between you and Carl Edwards at the end of the race? "Nothing but side-drafting at Michigan -- same old stuff."

What problems did you have with the splitter? "When you drag it you wear it out and you don't have any more front down force."

What were the benefits of swapping cars with Denny Hamlin in practice today? "It was just an information balance for JGR (Joe Gibbs Racing). I've got a new car here this weekend and Denny (Hamlin) has the same car he won with last time. The setups were really similar, we were just trying to figure out why they drive so much different and so we swapped cars to see what Denny's thoughts were and to see what little minor differences in setup there were or maybe I could feel in the 11. Basically, it was just an exercise mostly for the crew chiefs really to see if we both say the same thing or if we both say completely different things. At least we said the same things when we jumped into each other's car. Whether or not it will help us, it seemed like it helped my stuff a little bit for the second practice. We got it rolling a little better through the corners, but we still have some work to do it feels like."


JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 GameStop Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 6th

How did your car handle in today's race? "We were tight in practice and we were terrible. The team really loosened up the car and then we were loose and terrible. We ended up so-so. If we would have taken tires we might have finished third, but we would have definitely been up in the mix with those guys rather than back where we were. We had a top-five car. We should have come down for tires. We really messed ourselves up there. I'm not really sure it mattered because we didn't have a car that could win today."


REED SORENSON, No. 32 Dollar General Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 8th

What did you think of the new Nationwide car in today's race? "It was pretty good at the start of the race. I thought we had a good car with real good balance. We got loose the next half of the race and then we got really loose. We really didn't change much and the car just got a lot looser. That last run we got it back closer to where we were. Just an overall good day for the Dollar General team. This new car, we still have a lot to learn. This is the first time we've run it other than Daytona, ever as a team. It will be good to take what we learned and go from there."


TREVOR BAYNE, No. 99 Out! Pet Care Toyota Camry, Diamond-Waltrip Racing
Finishing Position: 11th

How was your race car today? "We had a really good Out! Pet Care Products Camry today and were able to run up front all afternoon. It was a really tough call by Jerry (Baxter, crew chief) there at the end. We really thought that four tires would give us what we needed to get up front, but other guys only took two tires and that was the difference. We ran well all weekend and I think we had a car that could have finished in the top-five."


RYAN TRUEX, No. 00 NAPA Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Finishing Position: 12th

What did you think of your second Nationwide Series race? "It was a lot of fun. We had a good car. We were running with the 22 (Brad Keselowski) there at the beginning. We made a pit stop and with this car being new and us never running it before we weren't sure about adjustments. We made an adjustment and it just didn't agree with the car. We learned for next time. At the end there we got it better and we were running up there. I had a lot of fun and have to thank NAPA and Tow Truck in a Box for helping me out this weekend and this team for giving me a good car. I think me and Trevor (Bayne) finished right in front of each other. It was a fun day and a lot of fun racing. I learned a lot for next time."

How much did your brother help you this weekend? "He taught me pretty much everything I used in the race. He's been a lot of help and he was talking to me during the race and telling me what to do. He's definitely been a big help. It's been a fun weekend and I'm just happy we got out of here in one piece."

Did you have any nervous moments in the race? "That last restart when that car blew up in front of me, I thought that race was over. I was dead sideways and I thought I was plowing into the wall. Somehow got through it, but that cost us a couple spots. It is what it is and I had a lot of fun. Happy to have the car in one piece and have a decent run."


TAYLER MALSAM, No. 10 Iron Horse Jeans Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 14th

BRIAN SCOTT, No. 11 AccuDoc Solutions Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 15th

MICHAEL ANNETT, No. 15 Germain.com Toyota Camry, Germain Racing
Finishing Position: 16th

STEVE WALLACE, No. 66 5-hour Energy Toyota Camry, Rusty Wallace Racing
Finishing Position: 18th

BRENDAN GAUGHAN, No. 62 South Point Casino & Hotel Toyota Camry, Rusty Wallace Racing
Finishing Position: 32nd

JASON LEFFLER, No. 38 Great Clips Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 34th

KEVIN LEPAGE, No. 56 RaceDaySponsor.com Toyota Camry, Mac Hill Motorsports
Finishing Position: 42nd

-source: toyota motorsports

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Drivers Rusty Wallace , Michael Waltrip , Kevin Lepage , Trevor Bayne , Brendan Gaughan , Carl Edwards , Denny Hamlin , Reed Sorenson , Joey Logano , Brian Scott , Tayler Malsam , Steve Wallace , Ryan Truex , Kyle Busch
Teams Germain Racing , Michael Waltrip Racing , Joe Gibbs Racing