October 28, 2007 -In Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series (NBS) race, David Reutimann gave the Toyota Camry its second victory of the year and scored his first-career NBS victory with a dominating performance at Memphis Motorsports Park. Reutimann started on the outside pole and led a race-high 194 of 250 laps in the No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Camry for Michael Waltrip Racing.
"We've been really close and I'm proud that we finally got a win," said Reutimann in victory lane. "What a great night. The guys gave me a great car. We were solid and I'm glad we got this win. To get our first win -- that's pretty exciting."
Reutimann survived the caution-filled race on the three-quarter-mile speedway, with 25 yellows slowing the race 117 laps.
"I don't know if there have ever been that many yellows in a race -- there were a lot of them," said Reutimann. "Memphis is a pretty challenging race track and sometimes it's challenging to pass. It doesn't take much to turn a guy around -- all you have to do is get into the back of a guy. There were a lot of yellows, but everybody I raced with raced me clean. They could have gone in there and jacked me up, but they didn't and I appreciate that."
Jason Leffler – who finished fifth Saturday in the No. 38 Great Clips Camry – gave Toyota its first NBS win at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis in July.
Brent Sherman finished 21st in the No. 10 Fan1st.com Camry.
Reutimann's win solidifies his second-place position (-531 points) in the NBS point standings. Leffler moved up one spot to third (-758 points) in the championship hunt.
The next race on the NASCAR Busch Series schedule is November 3 at Texas Motor Speedway.
In Saturday's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, Tundra drivers Johnny Benson (third) and Mike Skinner (fifth) scored top-five finishes in the Easy Care 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Benson had an up-and-down day in the No. 23 TCUV Tundra. Starting eighth, Benson quickly moved through the running order before a pit-road speeding violation sent him to the back of the field during the race's midpoint. Benson again charged through the field to run with the lead pack late in the race.
Benson led twice for nine laps around the 1.5-mile Georgia track, but the No. 23 machine was best on long runs, and suffered from a pair of late-race cautions.
"I think if we could have stayed out front, we would have been in good shape if the race went green," said Benson, following the race. "I think the top-four were all pretty good trucks. Our team really worked hard to give us good pit stops. The race probably didn't go the way we would have liked to have gotten the win."
Skinner finished fifth in the No. 5 Toyota Tundra, in what could be deemed a win for the championship contender. Battling a loose condition throughout the race, outside polesitter Skinner ran as low as 17th before charging through the field.
"We never really did get the truck fixed," said Skinner. "We went from by far the best in practice to a 10th-place truck in the race. We had a set of stickers late in the race that got us a decent finish. We just haven't done well adjusting it when it's loose or tight. We're going to have to get better at that to win a championship."
Ron Hornaday finished second, and regained the points lead from Skinner. With three races left on the schedule, only four points separate the two drivers in the standings.
"We just keep trading this thing back and forth each week," said Skinner. "They just don't seem to be faltering any. They have some good luck on their side and they're doing a good job. My guys are doing a good job, but we just had a pretty bad truck in the race."
Ted Musgrave (ninth) and Terry Cook (10th) also scored top-10 finishes in Tundras.
Tundra drivers Jacques Villeneuve (14th), Justin Marks (22nd), Brandon Whitt (23rd), Todd Bodine (24th), Jack Sprague (25th) and Josh Wise (35th) were also in the field.
The next race on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule is November 2 at Texas Motor Speedway.
In Sunday's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series (NNCS) race, four Toyota Camrys earned top-20 finishes with Brian Vickers taking the checkered flag 10th in the No. 83 Red Bull Camry.
"We made a lot of adjustments today, but we just could never really hit on it," said Vickers, following the race. "We tried all day long -- we were just teetering back and forth. The car was pretty good. We definitely had a lot of battles to fight today."
Vickers ran within the top-20 throughout the day despite contact with the wall early in the race and contact with another car on pit road. It was his fifth top-10 finish of the season.
Michael Waltrip earned his third-straight top-20 finish -- taking the checkers in 11th in the No. 55 NAPA Camry. He battled a loose condition for much of the race, but avoided a handful of late-race incidents to secure the strong run.
"It's three in a row in the top-20 and three in a row on the lead lap," said Waltrip, following the race. "If you do that once, you got lucky. When you do that three times, you're doing something right."
AJ Allmendinger finished 16th in the No. 84 Red Bull Camry, leading one lap – the first of his NNCS career. Dale Jarrett, who started third, finished a season-high 19th. Dave Blaney finished 38th after suffering fuel system problems early in the race, forcing him to the garage for repairs.
The next race on the schedule for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series is November 4 at Texas Motor Speedway
Toyota NBS Finishing Position @ Memphis Motorsports Park
Toyota NBS Finishing Position @ Memphis Motorsports Park 1st, DAVID REUTIMANN 5th, JASON LEFFLER 21st, BRENT SHERMAN Toyota Drivers in NBS Point Standings – following Memphis Motorsports Park 2nd, DAVID REUTIMANN 3,833 points 3rd, JASON LEFFLER 3,606 points 22nd, DAVE BLANEY 2,401 points Toyota NCTS Finishing Positions @ Atlanta Motor Speedway 3rd, JOHNNY BENSON 5th, MIKE SKINNER 9th, TED MUSGRAVE 10th, TERRY COOK 14th, JACQUES VILLENEUVE 22nd, JUSTIN MARKS 23rd, BRANDON WHITT 24th, TODD BODINE 25th, JACK SPRAGUE 35th, JOSH WISE Toyota Drivers in NCTS Point Standings – following Atlanta Motor Speedway** 2nd, MIKE SKINNER 3,543 points 4th, JOHNNY BENSON 3,139 points 5th, TODD BODINE 3,139 points 7th, TED MUSGRAVE 2,754 points 10th, JACK SPRAGUE 2, 602 points 14th, TERRY COOK 1,341 points **unofficial point standings Toyota NNCS Finishing Positions @ Atlanta Motor Speedway 10th, BRIAN VICKERS 11th, MICHAEL WALTRIP 16th, AJ ALLMENDINGER 19th, DALE JARRETT 38th, DAVE BLANEY Toyota Drivers in NNCS Point Standings – following Atlanta Motor Speedway** 32nd, DAVE BLANEY 2,479 points 38th, BRIAN VICKERS 1,834 points 39th, DAVID REUTIMANN 1,756 points 41st, DALE JARRETT 1,423 points 43rd, MICHAEL WALTRIP 1,149 points 44th, AJ ALLMENDINGER 1,119 points **unofficial point standings
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