Kyle Busch (third) was the highest-finishing Toyota driver in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Auto Club Speedway.
Busch started eighth and led 151 (of 200) laps at the two-mile race track in southern California.
Camry drivers Brian Vickers (eighth) and Kasey Kahne (10th) also earned top-10 finishes.
Other Camry drivers in the field included David Reutimann (19th), Martin Truex Jr. (21st), Joey Logano (25th), Casey Mears (29th), Bobby Labonte (38th), Denny Hamlin (39th), Todd Bodine (40th), Joe Nemechek (42nd) and Michael McDowell (43rd).
Toyota drivers in the top-20 in the NSCS point standings after five of 36 races include Busch (fourth), Kahne (11th), Truex (13th) and Labonte (18th).
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Finishing Position: 3rd What happened at the end of the race? “It’s just we give it up, you know. We gave the race away today, unfortunately. We seem to be losing the handle a little bit two runs from the end and especially that last set of tires. We just didn’t quite have what it took in order to keep the front end under the car and then the back end under the car on the exits of the corner. I just couldn’t get the right speed that I needed. The guys did a great job this weekend. The Interstate Batteries Camry was good from when we unloaded the second one Friday. I can’t say enough about the guys on pit road and the guys back at the shop. They did a great job for us and got us in position and just unfortunately I couldn’t get the job done today. I didn’t have what it took there at the end.”
What happened during the final few laps of the race? “Today was a really, really good race for us anyways. We had a really good race car. Can’t thank the guys enough — everybody at Joe Gibbs Racing, chassis shop, bodies