Brendan Gaughan (third) was the highest-finishing Toyota driver in Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Road America for his best finish of the season. Brad Coleman (sixth), Jason Leffler (eighth), Steve Wallace (ninth) and Trevor...
Brendan Gaughan (third) was the highest-finishing Toyota driver in Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Road America for his best finish of the season.
Brad Coleman (sixth), Jason Leffler (eighth), Steve Wallace (ninth) and Trevor Bayne (10th) also finished among the top- 10 for Toyota at the four-mile road course in Elkhart Lake, Wis.
Camry drivers Brian Scott (13th), Patrick Long (14th), Tayler Malsam (15th), Michael Annett (24th), Jacques Villeneuve (25th) and Matt DiBenedetto (29th) were also in the field.
Four Toyota drivers led laps in the 50-lap, 200-mile event -- Coleman (seven), Leffler (three), Villeneuve (three and Long (two).
Gaughan climbed two spots to the seventh in the unofficial NNS point standings following Road America, highest among the Toyota drivers running the full schedule. Kyle Busch (fourth), Wallace (eighth), Leffler (ninth), Joey Logano (10th), Bayne (11th) Scott (12th) and Annett (14th) are also in the top-15 in points after 15 of 35 races.
BRENDAN GAUGHAN, No. 62 South Point Casino & Hotel Toyota Camry,
Rusty Wallace Racing
Finishing Position: 3rd
How was your race today? "It was a great race. I love this race track. I remember coming here when I was about 16, 17 years old, trying to learn at the Skip Barber school and doing that stuff. Everything I remember about this place, man, 'Canada Corner' is just fast and let it roll it up the hill. We race against such good race car drivers. I got to race against Ron Fellows and Jacques Villeneuve at the end, and remember I'm older than the 19-year-olds that we're racing against, so to me, racing against Jacques Villeneuve and Ron Fellows on a road course, I was having the time of my life. Wished I could've got him -- had to restart on the outside that last time. I held on about as long as I could and then he had the preferred line going into (turn) three and I was able to hold on for third. I'll take that right now. It's a great points day. RWR (Rusty Wallace Racing) had two Toyotas in the top-10. Steven (Wallace) I heard finished ninth. (RWR) is starting to turn it on."
How were your brakes today? "This is a heavy-brake track, but we have great equipment. We have great guys at the shop that put our pieces together and we have good quality equipment. They lived all day for me, I never had a problem. Maybe every once in a while, you hit them rumble strips so hard that it knocks the pucks back, and you gotta give a tip to get the brakes back there. Other than that, my brakes were perfect."
Do you think Road America is a proper track for NASCAR? "This is a professional road course right here, guys. There's no making a different course out of it, short-cutting it, making it shorter. This is a man's man road course. The 'Kink' takes some (guts) getting through there. This is a fun race track, man. I would love to see the Cup guys here. There is no way NASCAR says no. There had to be 90,000 people here. If that doesn't tell you -- a Nationwide race just drew 90,000 people -- that's a great show."
BRAD COLEMAN, No. 18 SafeWay Driving Centers Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs
Finishing Position: 6th
JASON LEFFLER, No. 38 Great Clips Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 8th
STEVE WALLACE, No. 66 5-hour Energy Toyota Camry, Rusty Wallace Racing
Finishing Position: 9th
How was your race today? "We had a pretty decent 5-Hour Energy Camry today. We kept adjusting on it throughout the day and got it pretty good by the end. We were trying to play out a little bit different fuel strategy and unfortunately, there were just too many caution laps at the end of the race. We kept digging though and managed to get another top-10 out of it."
TREVOR BAYNE, No. 99 OUT! Pet Care Toyota Camry, Diamond-Waltrip Racing
Finishing Position: 10th
BRIAN SCOTT, No. 11 BigSpot.com Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 13th
PATRICK LONG, No. 90 System High Corporation Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 14th
TAYLER MALSAM, No. 10 Braun Racing Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 15th
MICHAEL ANNETT, No. 15 Germain.com Toyota Camry, Germain Racing
Finishing Position: 24th
JACQUES VILLENEUVE, No. 32 Dollar General Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 25th
How was your race today? "It was actually a lot more fun than expected. The cars drove really well around the course and it was a fun race. It was obviously a lot different than the last time I was here, but it was fun out there today."
Did brakes play an issue late in the race? "The brakes were actually better at the end of the race. I don't know if the temperature cooled down a bit, but I could drive a lot harder at the end of the race. The car felt really good there. It's too bad. It's really annoying to work so hard all weekend and not have the result. The crew worked hard and my Dollar General car was amazing all weekend. It's just tough when you do two races and a year. You have to make the most of them."
How did you complete the three-wide pass for the lead? "That was fun. That's one place I knew I was braking later than the 60 (Carl Edwards). I had seen it all race and I was close enough. It was three-wide and I knew it was going to be tight, but you have to take your chances when they're available. He was quicker than us all through the race so I had to take my chance when I could. I was battling the front brakes all race. Then at the end, after the last restart, the car was really, really quick, but then we had electrical problems."
MATT DiBENEDETTO, No. 20 Pizza Ranch Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 29th
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