Texas II: Toyota teams race notes, quotes

Kyle Busch won Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Texas Motor Speedway. It was Busch's fourth consecutive NNS victory at Texas. Busch led the field six times for 179 laps (of 200) at the one-and-a-half-mile oval en route to ...

Kyle Busch won Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Texas Motor Speedway.

It was Busch's fourth consecutive NNS victory at Texas.

Busch led the field six times for 179 laps (of 200) at the one-and-a-half-mile oval en route to victory lane.

In the last four NNS races at Texas, Busch has led 657 of 800 laps.

Jason Leffler (third), Brian Vickers (seventh) and Mike Bliss (10th) also earned top-10 finishes for Toyota.

Camry drivers Trevor Bayne (13th), Michael Annett (22nd), Joey Logano (24th), Kasey Kahne (24th) and Chase Miller (39th) were also in the field.

This season, Camry drivers have recorded 14 victories, 64 top-fives, 119 top-10 finishes, and have led 3,628 laps.

Busch extended his lead in the unofficial NNS point standings to 272 points over second-place Carl Edwards with two races remaining this season.


KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Z-Line Design Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 1st

How does this win feel? "I wanted to win this, not just get it, you know. They gave it to me, but I wanted to win it. We outwrestled all these guys with this 'Smackdown vs. Raw' Camry. I want to thank Z-Line Designs, NOS Energy Drink, Gillette, Direct TV, the fans of course and all the guys on this team. This track is fun. It's fun when you have good cars, of course. These guys do a phenomenal job for me. Dave (Rogers, crew chief) on the Cup side for tomorrow, they do a great job too working their butts off this weekend. I feel like we have a decent car right now. Maybe not a winning car now, but a decent car where we can contend and if things fall our way we can do it."


JASON LEFFLER, No. 38 Great Clips Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 3rd

How was your race? "The first two runs we were really tight. Scott Zipadelli (crew chief), I can't thank him enough and my boys enough on the Great Clips Camry. Everybody at Braun did a great job for me today to run third at Texas. It's pretty awesome for us. I just got loose with two (laps) to go. I was just driving and I don't know why I was driving so hard. I was pulling away from the 29 (Casey Mears), but I wasn't catching the 18 (Kyle Busch). I was trying to run consistent laps and I think I ran on the apron a little bit and it about took me out of the race. The guys did a great job on pit road. They got me up there. It was a great weekend for us, we qualified well and once we got the car adjusted up it moved well."

What happened when you got down near the apron? "We ran really well. At the end I got loose and in that one spot I think I ran over the apron a little bit. The guys did a great job. My car was fast all weekend and once Scott (Zipadelli, crew chief) got it adjusted up for me at the second stop we were hauling butt. I came in on that last pit stop and we gained a bunch of spots. These guys have done a great job on pit road for us all year long. I have to thank everybody from Great Clips for coming out and supporting us. It was a great day for us and to run third here was pretty awesome. It was a lot of fun."

Can you reflect on racing against Kyle Busch every weekend? "We run our own race, we run for our own championship. Realistically three or four races in you could tell that the Gibbs team was going to be pretty dominant and from that point on we just focus on our own program. They're hard to beat and it showed again today. If we ran second to them every week then we could worry about beating them. Right now we're worrying about running top-five. My team has done a great job at doing that. Over the off season we'll prepare better and we'll keep working on trying to beat those guys. That's our goal, obviously is to win races and to do that you're going to have to beat them. You could tell this year they're pretty dominant."


BRIAN VICKERS, No. 32 Dollar General Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 7th

MIKE BLISS, No. 11 Ridemakerz Toyota Camry, CJM Racing
Finishing Position: 10th


TREVOR BAYNE, No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Finishing Position: 13th

How was your race? "We ended up pretty decent considering what was going on in the middle of the race. We fell back to like 20th at one point. The car just couldn't get any rear grip all week. We fought it in practice, fought it in qualifying and then in the race. We made some big changes, so it's something weird. It's not like a mechanical deal. We were running a new style body here. The numbers were really good on it but sometimes the wind tunnel is different than the race track, so we're going to go back and figure out if it's the body or what it was. I think it's something weird about it because no changes made a difference on the rear end grip. We'll get it figured out. It's not a bad finish considering how we had to work all day to get to 13th."


MICHAEL ANNETT, No. 15 Germain Racing Toyota Camry, Germain Racing
Finishing Position: 22nd

JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 GameStop Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 24th

KASEY KAHNE, No. 10 Great Clips Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 30th

CHASE MILLER, No. 47 Toyota Camry, JTG Daugherty Racing
Finishing Position: 39th

-credit: toyota motorsports

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Drivers Jason Leffler , Casey Mears , Trevor Bayne , Kasey Kahne , Mike Bliss , Brian Vickers , Carl Edwards , Chase Miller , Joey Logano , Michael Annett , Kyle Busch
Teams Germain Racing , JTG Daugherty Racing , Joe Gibbs Racing