September 30, 2007 - Kansas City, Kansas - In Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series (NBS) race at Kansas Speedway, four Camrys finished among the top-25 in the 200-lap event as Brian Vickers, driver of the No. 10 Fan1st.com Camry, was the first Toyota to cross the finish line with a ninth-place finish.
Kyle Busch won the race -- passing Matt Kenseth and leading the final 17 laps -- but his car failed the post-race inspection. Penalties to Busch and his race team are expected to be announced later this week.
Vickers started 10th in his Braun Racing entry and ran with the leaders for most of the race -- including leading the field for 31 laps (96-126). It was his third top-10 finish in a Camry this season, in just six Busch Series starts.
"We had a great car, but unfortunately we had a bad pit stop," said Vickers, after the race. "We came in with the lead (with about 75 laps remaining) and came out about 20th. All the pit stops were good, except for the one that mattered the most. I'm not sure exactly what happened, but we lost quite a few spots."
Toyota drivers following Vickers across the finish line were Todd Bodine (14th), David Reutimann (17th) and Jason Leffler (21st).
Bodine's 14th-place finish gives him his fifth top-20 finish in as many NBS start this season. This was his fourth race of the year in the No. 03 Camry of Germain Racing, the team that also fields his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series entry.
"We're just learning and we missed it," said Bodine, the 2006 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion. "We're learning how to adjust these Camrys. We did some things in the race that really messed the car up. Then at the end we undid them and went the other way -- and it got better."
In the Busch Series championship point standings, Reutimann sits second behind leader Carl Edwards. Leffler remains fourth in the standings, but is now just 44 points out of third-place.
The next race on the Busch Series schedule is Friday, October 12 at Charlotte's Lowe's Motor Speedway.
In Sunday afternoon's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series (NNCS) event at Kansas Speedway, Greg Biffle captured the checkered flag and Dave Blaney was the top Toyota to cross the finish line. The race was shortened to 210 laps (from 267) after two rain delays of more than three hours at the one-and-a-half-mile oval.
Blaney, driver of the No. 22 Caterpillar Camry, was the top-finishing Toyota with a 15th-place result in the rain-shortened race. Other Camry drivers in the field were Jeremy Mayfield (22nd), Dale Jarrett (26th), Michael Waltrip (30th) and David Reutimann (31st).
Blaney led the field for three laps (14 to 16) early in the race and ran among the top-10 for about half of the laps completed before the second rain delay.
"Our car was really good," said Blaney, following the race. "We kept moving forward and we had a good, solid car. We had to pit there for fuel like a lot of other cars (just before the second rain delay came), and that moved us back a bit. Our car started out pretty good and then during the middle part of the runs it was really strong. We didn't have to change much all day -- it was a good, consistent car."
Biffle was running second on lap 148, when the second rain delay of more than two hours began. When the race resumed, Biffle continued to run among the leaders and moved ahead of the field on lap 174. He led the final 36 laps of the race to register his first victory since the 2006 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Following Biffle to the finish line were Clint Bowyer (second), Jimmie Johnson (third), Casey Mears (fourth) and Jeff Gordon (fifth).
Team Red Bull drivers Brian Vickers and AJ Allmendinger did not qualify for the race.
The next race on the NEXTEL Cup schedule is Sunday, October 7 at Alabama's Talladega Superspeedway.
Toyota NBS Finishing Positions at Kansas Speedway
9th, BRIAN VICKERS
14th, TODD BODINE
17th, DAVID REUTIMANN
21st, JASON LEFFLER
Toyota Drivers in the NBS Point Standings following Kansas Speedway **
2nd, DAVID REUTIMANN 3,511 Points
4th, JASON LEFFLER 3,345 Points
21st, DAVE BLANEY 2,346 Points
**Unofficial Point Standings
Toyota NNCS Finishing Positions at Kansas Speedway
15th, DAVE BLANEY
22nd, JEREMY MAYFIELD
26th, DALE JARRETT
30th, MICHAEL WALTRIP
31st, DAVID REUTIMANN
37th, MICHAEL WALTRIP
DNQ, BRIAN VICKERS
DNQ, AJ ALLMENDINGER
Toyota Drivers in the NNCS Point Standings following Kansas Speedway **
32nd, DAVE BLANEY 2,050 Points
38th, BRIAN VICKERS 1,649 Points
40th, DAVID REUTIMANN 1,466 Points
41st, DALE JARRETT 1,204 Points
46th, AJ ALLMENDINGER 823 Points
47th, JEREMY MAYFIELD 809 Points
49th, MICHAEL WALTRIP 683 Points
**Unofficial Point Standings
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