• Martin Truex Jr., No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry - Finished 12th - now 20th in points.
• David Reutimann, No. 00 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota Camry - Finished 38th - now 24th in points.
Martin Truex Jr. Race Summary: Martin Truex Jr. and the No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota raced hard and smart to a 12th-place finish in Sunday’s Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Truex Jr. started 19th and worked his way into the top-10 within the first 60 laps, while reporting the NAPA Toyota was just a touch free in the corners. Truex continued to race in the top-15 for the majority of the race while making minor adjustments to adjust to track conditions. The No. 56 car exited the final pit stop after minor adjustments on lap 484 in 15th position and quickly gained an additional three positions over the final 16 laps to finish 12th.
Martin Truex Jr., No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota
• Truex Jr. started 19th and finished 12th
• Truex Jr. moved up to 16th by the first caution on lap 42 and reported the car was a “touch free”
• The No. 56 worked its way up to ninth by lap 60
• Truex Jr. was running laps as fast as the leaders by lap 106
• The No. 56 suffered minor damage on lap 341, but was able to say out in the eighth position
• The N. 56 made a final pit stop for minor adjustments on lap 484 in 15th position
• Truex Jr. gained three positions to finish 12th over the final 16 laps.
TRUEX QUOTE: “We had a decent car all day. We just struggled with being tight in the center. We could never really get it fixed. We were hanging around eighth and 12th pretty much all day. Then the second to the last run, we made an adjustment to go for it and it was the wrong way. It killed us. We fell back deep into the teens. So to come back to 12th with that last stop, I was really happy. We just needed more time. My car was actually really good in the end. I am a little frustrated about it, but if 12th is a bad day, we'll take it.”
David Reutimann Race Summary: Tough luck spoiled outstanding day for David Reutimann and the No. 00 Aaron’s Dream Machine. Reutimann started the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway in 10th and quickly moved into the top-five and made a pass of pole winner Joey Logano by lap 75. By lap 108, Reutimann made a pass on eventual race winner Jimmie Johnson for second place and had his sights set on the leader Kurt Busch. Then on lap 114, while gaining on leader Busch, Reutimann radioed to say something under the hood broke. Reutimann brought the No. 00 to pit road where the No. 00 determined the damage was too great to continue. The No. 00 Aaron’s Dream Machine retired behind the wall for the remainder of the race and a 38th place finish. Crew Chief Rodney Childers told Reutimann “you would have won this race today.”
David Reutimann, No. 00 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota
• Reutimann started 10th and finished 38th
• Reutimann immediately began to moving to the front of the field, cracking the top-five by lap 70
• The No. 00 pit crew only made minor adjustments on pit road as Reutimann's car was gaining on the leaders
• Reutimann pass eventual race winner Jimmie Johnson for second position on lap 108
• The No. 00 experienced a mechanical issue on lap 114 and retired from the race
• Crew Chief Rodney Childers told Reutimann “you would have won this race today.”
REUTIMANN QUOTE: What happened that took you out of the race?
“Something broke and we’re done. Really disappointing, but I have to thank Aaron’s and everybody at Michael Waltrip Racing – everybody at Toyota and Toyota Racing Development. They have been building me great motors all year and stuff happens sometimes -- just happened to be our turn today. Disappointing, but what are you going to do? I felt like we had a really good car and this was not the way we wanted to finish. My team did an outstanding job. This was the best thing I ever drove here, by far. I think my mouth hurts from smiling so much – it was just that much fun. We’ll have to do it again next time we come back.”
• Jimmie Johnson won the Food City 500 over Tony Stewart by 0.894 seconds.
• Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle and Matt Kenseth rounded out the top-five
• The win is Johnson’s third of the year and 50th of his career.
• Kevin Harvick leads the point standings by one point over Matt Kenseth
• The race featured 10 cautions for 103 laps and lasted three hours and 21 minutes
• NASCAR estimated the race attendance at 138,000.
• The Sprint Cup Series will return at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va. on Sunday.