Jason Leffler finished second in tonight's race at Phoenix International Raceway. It was Leffler's best finish of the season and his second top-five result of the year. Joey Logano, who won last Saturday's NNS race at Nashville Superspeedway,...
Jason Leffler finished second in tonight's race at Phoenix International Raceway.
It was Leffler's best finish of the season and his second top-five result of the year.
Joey Logano, who won last Saturday's NNS race at Nashville Superspeedway, recorded a fourth-place finish tonight.
Kyle Busch battled back from two laps down to register a 10th-place result -- his sixth top-10 of the year.
Glendale, Ariz.-native Michael McDowell finished 11th at Phoenix, his second top-10 result of this season.
Other Camry drivers in the NNS race included Burney Lamar (13th), Brian Scott (15th), Michael Annett (16th), David Green (18th), Scott Lagasse, Jr. (32nd) and Michael Waltrip (40th).
Busch now leads the NASCAR Nationwide Series point standings with 1,075 points, 47 points more than second-place Carl Edwards.
Three Camry drivers are in the top-10 in the unofficial NNS driver point standings -- Busch (first), Leffler (fourth) and Logano (sixth).
JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 Sport Clips Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 4th
How was tonight's race? "It was adventurous for sure. The Sport Clips Toyota was good at the beginning of the race and then we kind of lost the handle towards the middle and had to drop back. Dave Rogers (crew chief) and the gang kept working on it and we got decent that last long green flag run -- we were up to third. We were decent, but we were not as good as the 33 (Kevin Harvick) and the 16 (Greg Biffle) -- they were in a class of their own. The last time I was here I didn't come down pit road at the end of the race and got bit, so I said we better come down this time so I don't get bit, and I got bit again. This place doesn 't like me or something -- I don't know what it is. I wanted it and we were lucky to come out fourth. That last green-white-checker was pretty exciting. It got a few cars on the restart and we're lucky to get what we got."
How was the end of the race? "It's not what we came here for. After we took those tires and I saw where I was, the top-five looked out of aim to me. I don't want to say it, but we were lucky on the restart. No one checked up and I stayed in my lane to hope for the best, while everyone went the other way. I just kept on digging. It worked out good for me. We tried hard and sometimes the beneficiary will get you -- it's a good race."
Are you happy with good, consistent finishes? "It's good for the 20 car -- the car owner is going for the championship again. Whatever it takes to help those guys out. You always want to get that win, whatever the cost. But, a top-five is okay."
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Z-Line Designs Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 10th
How was your race tonight? "It was an eventful night, that's for sure. We had the tire issue and got two laps down, but the guys never gave up and kept on digging. Something just wasn't quite right with the car tonight. I think maybe we had a broken shim, but we just aren't quite sure until Jason (Ratcliff) and the guys take a look at it. The 60 (Carl Edwards) had some trouble tonight, so we were fortunate to be able to gain all those spots back and get the points lead. All the guys on the Z-Line Designs team made the most of what could have been a really bad night."
MICHAEL MCDOWELL, No. 47 Pacific Packaging Toyota Camry, JTG-Daugherty Racing
Finishing Position: 11th
"What a great finish for the JTG Pacific Packaging Group Toyota. Qualifying 27th, we were up to 18th before we were sent to the back and got trapped a lap down. What a great effort to rally back and finish 11th in my hometown."
BURNEY LAMAR, No. 32 Dollar General Stores Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 13th
BRIAN SCOTT, No. 10 Great Clips Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 15th
MICHAEL ANNETT, No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Toyota Camry, Germain Racing
Finishing Position: 16th
DAVID GREEN, No. 07 Toyota Camry, SK Motorsports
Finishing Position: 18th
SCOTT LAGASSE JR., No. 11 America's Incredible Pizza Company Toyota Camry, CJM Racing
Finishing Position: 32nd
MICHAEL WALTRIP, No. 99 Best Western Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Finishing Position: 40th
-credit: toyota motorsports