David Reutimann, finished 12th, made contact with the wall resulting in a damaged front valence and a flat right side on his No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Camry. Despite the challenges throughout the evening, Reutimann remained second in the NBS point standings.
"I got loose and got into the fence," said Reutimann, following the race. "There's just no excuse for that -- I need to apologize to everyone on the team and everyone back in the body shop. They gave me a great car and I managed to run into the wall, although we still managed to finish 12th. I'm proud of my guys and they really fought back -- I just blew the chance at a real good finish and maybe even a win."
The defending race winner Dave Blaney started fourth in his No. 10 Hass Avocados Camry. Blaney ran among the top-five early in the race before a valve train problem ended his evening.
"A little problem in the engine ended our night," said Blaney, following the race. "It's a shame because this thing really took off at the beginning of the race. Then, it was like it flipped a switch and the car got really, really tight on us. We were struggling with the car at that point and then a piece of valence fell off. We were soldiering on and trying to get it fixed up. It was pretty encouraging to be that strong early on -- I just hate that it ended early."
Blaney did not endure the same damage as the Camry driven by Bobby Santos suffered. Santos, who was making his first career NBS start at Lowe's Motor Speedway, made significant contact with the wall and his No. 92 Bill Davis Racing Camry sustained extensive damage to the rear of the car. He finished 39th.
Jason Leffler finished 19th in his No. 38 Great Clips Camry and maintains fourth-place in the NBS point standings.
The next race on the schedule for the NASCAR Busch Series will be at Memphis Motorsports Park on Saturday, October 27.
Three Toyota drivers -- Dave Blaney (sixth), Michael Waltrip (10th) and AJ Allmendinger (15th) -- recorded top-15 finishes in Saturday night's 500-mile NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series (NNCS) race at the 1.5-mile Lowe's Motor Speedway.
Dave Blaney followed last weekend's third-place finish at Talladega Superspeedway with his fourth top-10 of the year in the No. 22 Caterpillar Camry.
"We got fortunate at the end of the race because we didn't necessarily have a sixth-place car," said Blaney, after the race. "But, we hung in there all day. My pit crew did a good job -- they didn't make any mistakes -- and we were able to get another solid run. Coming off the run we had last week at Talladega, and then getting a top-10 here tonight, is real good for our team. This is what we need to do to finish out the year -- just keep improving."
Waltrip, driver of the No. 55 NAPA Camry, had his second top-10 of the year Saturday night.
"It's a good thing they're not drawing a picture of our race tonight because it wouldn't have been pretty," said Waltrip, following the race. "We didn't have a good set-up and we couldn't get the car to do anything right. Then, toward the end of the night I got to run the top groove. I wasn't going to come to pit road at the end (during the caution period) because I could run solid lap times up top and get a better finish. The team really deserved a top-10 tonight, and it's a great way to top off what has probably been the biggest week in the short history of this race team."
Allmendinger's 15th-place finish in the No. 84 Red Bull Camry was the best of his career in 14 NEXTEL Cup starts.
"It's one of those things where I love the top-15 finish, but right now it's tough because I know we could have easily had a top-10," said Allmendinger. "At one point toward the end of the race I was able to pass Tony Stewart for position and that felt pretty good -- I'm not going to lie."
David Reutimann (29th) and Jeremy Mayfield (36th) were the other Camry drivers in the field at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
Jeff Gordon led the race four times for 72 laps, including the final five, and then held off all late-race challengers en route to the winner's circle during a green-white-checker finish. Gordon picked up his sixth win of the season, his fifth victory at Lowe's Motor Speedway and the 81st of his NEXTEL Cup career. Clint Bowyer (second), Kyle Busch (third), Jeff Burton (fourth) and Carl Edwards (fifth) followed Gordon to the checkered flag.
The next NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series on the schedule is at Virginia's Martinsville Speedway on Sunday, October 21.
The next race on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule is Saturday, October 20, at Martinsville Speedway.
Toyota NBS Finishing Positions at Lowe's Motor Speedway 12th, DAVID REUTIMANN 19th, JASON LEFFLER 36th, DAVE BLANEY 39th, BOBBY SANTOS Toyota Drivers in the NBS Point Standings following Lowe's Motor Speedway ** 2nd, DAVID REUTIMANN 3,638 Points 4th, JASON LEFFLER 3,451 Points 21st, DAVE BLANEY 2,401 Points **Unofficial Point Standings Toyota NNCS Finishing Positions at Lowe's Motor Speedway 6th, DAVE BLANEY 10th, MICHAEL WALTRIP 15th, AJ ALLMENDINGER 29th, DAVID REUTIMANN 39th, JEREMY MAYFIELD DNQ, DALE JARRETT DNQ, BRIAN VICKERS Toyota Drivers in the NNCS Point Standings following Lowe's Motor Speedway ** 33rd, DAVE BLANEY 2,375 Points 38th, BRIAN VICKERS 1,700 Points 39th, DAVID REUTIMANN 1,644 Points 41st, DALE JARRETT 1,244 Points 44th, AJ ALLMENDINGER 941 Points 46th, MICHAEL WALTRIP 910 Points 48th, JEREMY MAYFIELD 855 Points **Unofficial Point Standings
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