April 7, 2007 - Lebanon, Tenn. - All three Toyota Camrys posted impressive finishes in Saturday afternoon's NASCAR Busch Series race at Nashville Superspeedway as David Reutimann (second), Dave Blaney (third) and Jason Leffler (fourth) all logged top-five runs.
Reutimann, who started fifth, led twice for 35 laps in the race and overcame a pit road miscue to pass fellow Camry drivers Dave Blaney and Jason Leffler in the closing laps to score a runner-up finish behind race winner Carl Edwards.
"We were pretty good at the beginning of a run, but it seemed to get on the tight side longer in the run," said Reutimann, after the race. "It would've been nice to make (race winner) Carl (Edwards) pass us there at the end, but I'm happy with where we ended up."
Reutimann came to pit road under caution on Lap 51, but left with the fuel "catch can" still attached to the No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Camry. The ensuing penalty dropped Reutimann to 15th in the running order before he made his late-race charge to the front.
The finish moved Reutimann into a fourth-place tie in the unofficial NBS point standings and tied Blaney (Daytona) for the best finish by a Camry in NASCAR competition.
Blaney started 15th in the No. 10 Fan1st.com Camry, but quickly made his way up the order. While running second on Lap 87, Blaney was tapped from behind by a lapped car, sending the No. 10 machine spinning through the grass on Nashville's front straightaway. Blaney fell to 14th with the spin but battled back for the remainder of the race to finish third.
"Today was a good day," said Blaney. "We'll take a third today. Jason ran great all day and David had a strong car all weekend. The Camrys were fast and looked pretty good all day. We got bumped their early in the race and have to overcome that, but the team did a great job to get us back up there."
Blaney's run moved him into second in the NBS standings, and marks his best finish since a runner-up result in the season opener at Daytona.
Leffler led four times for a total of 38 laps in the No. 38 Great Clips Camry, and scored his best NBS finish of the season. Leffler was leading with just under 40 laps to go, but a loose right-front wheel kept him from scoring his second Busch Series win at Nashville. Leffler won his first-career NBS win on the 1.333-mile oval in 2004.
Perhaps the best portion of the race for the trio of Camry came between laps 79 and 87, when Camrys were one, two, three in the running order.
The next race on the Busch Series schedule is at Texas Motor Speedway, April 14.
Nashville Post-Race Release – Page 2
Toyota NBS Finishing Positions at Nashville Superspeedway
2nd, DAVID REUTIMANN
3rd, DAVE BLANEY
4th, JASON LEFFLER
Toyota Drivers in the NNCS Point Standings following Nashville Superspeedway
2nd, DAVE BLANEY 879 Points
4th, DAVID REUTIMANN 757 Points
18th, JASON LEFFLER 619 Points
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