Busch Best Toyota In Both Charlotte Races
October 11, 2008
October 11, 2008 - Concord, NC - Kyle Busch was the top-finishing Toyota Camry in both races at Charlotte's Lowe's Motor Speedway, scoring a top-five finish in Saturday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race and winning Friday's NASCAR Nationwide Series event.
In Saturday evening's Sprint Cup race, Busch started 11th in his Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) No. 18 M&M's/Susan G. Komen Camry and ran among the leaders throughout the first half of the event. However, during of the second half of the event at the 1.5-mile track Busch was penalized for speeding on pit road and fell one lap behind the leaders.
"I made a mistake and sped on pit road there on the second to last stop and you can't have that at the end of the race," said Busch, following the 334-lap event. "It was unfortunate there -- it was my fault this time. We can't ever get one straight without it being a problem. The car was real fast at the end and we battled back to a great fourth-place finish."
"For what we went through there at the end of the race after speeding on pit road -- from there on out it was just a free for all," added Busch, who led 14 laps. "Cars were going to the top side three-wide trying to get by guys, and getting loose a couple times. It was a hard-fought fourth-place -- it was the best the car was there at the end of the race, the last couple of runs. We were fortunate enough to bring this car home up front with a good finish."
Tony Stewart was the next Toyota driver to cross the finish line with an 11th-place result. He was among the race leaders throughout the first half of the race and led the field four times for 42 laps. However, he was also penalized late in the race for speeding on pit road.
Camry drivers following Busch and Stewart to the finish line were Denny Hamlin (16th), Brian Vickers (18th), Michael Waltrip (24th), Dave Blaney (27th), David Reutimann (32nd), Ken Schrader (38th), Mike Skinner (39th) and AJ Allmendinger (43rd). Skinner was piloting the No. 84 Red Bull Camry and Allmendinger was behind the steering wheel of the No. 00 Champion Mortgage Camry.
Besides Busch and Stewart, several other Camry drivers took turns at the front of the field in Saturday night's race. Vickers led the race once for 64 laps, and Allmendinger, Reutimann and Michael Waltrip each led a single lap.
The next race on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule is at Virginia's Martinsville Speedway, Oct. 19.
In Friday evening's NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Lowe's Motor Speedway, Busch crossed the finish line first earning his ninth series win of the year and a season sweep of the two Nationwide events at the Charlotte track.
It was the 20th NASCAR win of the year for the 23-year-old racer. In addition to his nine Nationwide Series wins in 2008, Busch has also recorded eight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) victories and three triumphs in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS). He has made a total of 71 race starts this year, including 31 in NSCS events, 27 in NNS races and 13 in the NCTS.
Busch started 16th in his JGR No. 18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota Camry and led the field four times for a total of 137 laps (of 200) en route to the checkered flag in a race stopped twice during the evening for rain showers.
"It's definitely pretty awesome to be back in victory lane, especially at Lowe's Motor Speedway -- one of my favorite tracks," said Busch, following the race. "The car was phenomenal. It could go anywhere you wanted it to. I could run the top and I could run the bottom. I managed to stay on the bottom just so I didn't burn up the right front tire."
Camry drivers who joined Busch in the top-10 included Vickers (third) and Mike Wallace (10th). Vickers worked his way through the field after starting 42nd in a back-up car following an accident during qualifying.
Other Camry drivers in the field were Joey Logano (14th), Blaney (17th), Jason Leffler (18th) and Reutimann (24th).
This season, Camry Nationwide Series drivers have now recorded 19 wins -- including 18 by JGR. Along with Busch's victory tonight at Charlotte, the Las Vegas-native has registered wins at Texas, Phoenix, Mexico City, Charlotte, Chicago, Indianapolis, California and Dover. Other Toyota NNS drivers to make it to victory lane in 2008 include Stewart (five wins), Hamlin (four wins) and Logano (one win). One of Busch's Nationwide Series wins was behind the wheel of a Braun Racing entry.
Despite making 27 of 31 NNS starts this year, Busch is tops among Toyota drivers in the unofficial NNS point standings following the Charlotte race -- sitting in sixth-place. Reutimann (seventh), Wallace (eighth) and Leffler (ninth) are also in the top-10 in the standings.
The next race on the NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule is at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Oct. 25.
Toyota NSCS Driver Finishes at Charlotte's Lowe's Motor Speedway
4th, KYLE BUSCH
11th, TONY STEWART
16th, DENNY HAMLIN
18th, BRIAN VICKERS
24th, MICHAEL WALTRIP
27th, DAVE BLANEY
32nd, DAVID REUTIMANN
38th, KEN SCHRADER
39th, MIKE SKINNER
43rd, AJ ALLMENDINGER
Toyota Drivers in NSCS Point Standings – following Charlotte's Lowe's Motor Speedway**
7th, TONY STEWART 5,650 points
9th, KYLE BUSCH 5,552 points
12th, DENNY HAMLIN 5,498 points
16th, BRIAN VICKERS 3,282 points
25th, DAVID REUTIMANN 2,892 points
29th, MICHAEL WALTRIP 2,506 points
31st, DAVE BLANEY 2,438 points
** unofficial point standings
Toyota NNS Driver Finishes at Charlotte's Lowe's Motor Speedway
1st, KYLE BUSCH
3rd, BRIAN VICKERS
10th, MIKE WALLACE
14th, JOEY LOGANO
17th, DAVE BLANEY
18th, JASON LEFFLER
24th, DAVID REUTIMANN
Toyota Drivers in NNS Point Standings – following Charlotte's Lowe's Motor Speedway**
6th, KYLE BUSCH 3,931 points
7th, DAVID REUTIMANN 3,882 points
8th, MIKE WALLACE 3,633 points
9th, JASON LEFFLER 3,599 points
19th, DENNY HAMLIN 2,316 points
24th, JOEY LOGANO 1,962 points
** unofficial point standings