DJ Top Toyota At Phoenix

April 23, 2007

April 21, 2007 - Avondale, Ariz. - Dale Jarrett was the top-finishing Camry among the three Toyotas in the field at the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway. Jeff Gordon passed Tony Stewart 13 laps from the finish to record his 76th career victory and his inaugural NEXTEL Cup win at the Arizona one-mile oval.

Jarrett, driver of the No. 44 UPS Toyota Camry, was the top-finishing Toyota in the field at the Arizona track -- finishing 29th after starting 43rd.

"Obviously we weren't as good as we wanted to be," said Jarrett's crew chief Matt Borland, following the race. "All in all, nothing broke on the car, we had good pit stops and the motor made it all the way through -- those are all good things. We need to keep working on trying to get our speed a little better. There are a couple of things we tried at the end to see what we could learn for Richmond and we're hoping to apply a few of those things to that race."

David Reutimann, Jarrett's teammate at Michael Waltrip Racing, started 25th and finished 32nd in the No. 00 Domino's Camry.
Dave Blaney started 11th and finished 39th in his No. 22 Caterpillar Camry. Blaney was running 25th when he was involved in an accident that sidelined him for the evening.
"I don't know what happened," said Blaney, after the incident. "I was coming to pit road and had my hand out waving down to the front straightaway to let everybody know I was coming to the pits. I guess they didn't see me. They ran into the back of me as I came to pit road. We weren't running that good tonight. We were a 25th place car, but right now I'd take that."

Toyota drivers AJ Allmendinger, Jeremy Mayfield, Brian Vickers and Michael Waltrip did not qualify for the race.

The next race on the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup calendar is at Talladega Superspeedway, April 29.

In Friday night's NASCAR Busch Series race at Phoenix International Raceway, Dave Blaney was the top-finishing Toyota and Clint Bowyer captured the checkered flag. All three Toyota Camry drivers finished among the top-20 in the final results.

Blaney, driver of the No. 32 Beringer Camry, was the first Toyota to the checkered flag when he finished 10th in his Braun Racing entry -- his fourth top-10 of the season.

"We ran around 10th or 12th early in the race and we just weren't handling very good," said Blaney, after the race. "We couldn't really move any further forward than that. Then, we had a really bad pit stop that put us clear back in the 20s, but by the last run the car got a lot better. We could pass people coming forward, but 10th was about as good as it was going to get."

David Reutimann, driver of the No. 99 Best Western Camry, finished 12th in his Michael Waltrip Racing entry. It was his third straight top-15 finish -- following top-10 runs in the two most recent Busch Series races at Texas and Nashville.

"We unloaded good and we practiced good," said Reutimann, following the race. "We just weren't all that good in the race for some reason. We made a couple little changes after practice last night and we felt like it was the right way to go -- but it must have hurt us because it wasn't the same car the whole race. I'm disappointed. I felt like we had a much better car. I definitely felt like we had a top-five car, but we never did get there."
Following Blaney and Reutimann to the finish line was Toyota driver Jason Leffler. Leffler finished 18th in the No. 38 Great Clips Camry.
The next race on the NASCAR Busch Series schedule is at Alabama's Talladega Superspeedway, April 28.

Toyota NNCS Finishing Positions at Phoenix International Raceway

Toyota Drivers in the NNCS Point Standings following Phoenix International Raceway (Unofficial)
36th, DAVE BLANEY 548 Points
38th, DALE JARRETT 523 Points
41st, BRIAN VICKERS 425 Points
43rd, DAVID REUTIMANN 281 Points
49th, JEREMY MAYFIELD 109 Points
50th, AJ ALLMENDINGER 92 Points
54th, MICHAEL WALTRIP 0 Points (-27)

Toyota NBS Finishing Positions at Phoenix International Raceway

Toyota Drivers in the NBS Point Standings following Phoenix International Raceway (Unofficial)
2nd, DAVE BLANEY 1,101 Points
5th, DAVID REUTIMANN 1,034 Points
14th, JASON LEFFLER 852 Points


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