Sunday, July 25, 2010
MWR Brickyard 400 Report
David Reutimann, No. 00 AARON’S Dream Machine Toyota Camry - finished 28th - 18th in points.
Martin Truex Jr. Race Summary: No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota driver Martin Truex Jr. saw a sure top-10 finish spoiled in the final quarter of Sunday’s Brickyard 400 in Indianapolis. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver suffered front end damage on a restart that took him out of contention for the victory. A late race pit stop for a loose wheel dropped him off the lead lap. Until then, the No. 56 looked to be the strongest Toyota and one of the strongest of all cars in the race never venturing outside the top 10 except during pit stop cycles. The 26th-place finish keeps Truex 20th in points. The Sprint Cup series returns to action Sunday at Pocono International Raceway.
Martin Truex Jr., No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota
Truex Jr. started 12th and finished 26th.
Truex raced in the top 10 throughout the race as the highest running Toyota.
Raced in seventh when caution fell with 42 laps remaining.
Restarted the race in 13th after a problem with the jack during the pit stop.
Truex fell back to 22nd after making contact with another car on the restart causing extensive front end damage.
After repairs, a loose wheel forced Truex to pit in the final five laps dropping him off the lead lap.
TRUEX QUOTE: “It's a shame. We had a top-five Toyota and got back in traffic after a jack problem on our pit stop with about 40 to go. The restart bit us again when the cars started getting bunched up. We got damage to the nose and right side. The NAPA Know How crew did all they could. It just didn't handle competitively after that and then we had to pit late in the race for a vibration (loose right front wheel). I just hate it that our good runs are being taken away like this. I'm so disappointed.”
David Reutimann Race Summary: No. 00 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota driver David Reutimann’s 2010 Brickyard 400 went bad less than half a lap from the starting line in Indianapolis on Sunday. Kyle Busch triggered a multicar crash in turn two of the opening lap that saw several cars spin. Reutimann hit another car causing severe right front damage to Michael Waltrip Racing’s No. 00. Reutimann made several pit stops and spent much of the race making repairs. He ended the race in 28th down three laps to the leaders and fell from 15th to 18th in points. The Sprint Cup series returns to action Sunday at Pocono International Raceway.
David Reutimann, No. 00 AARON’S DREAM MACHINE Toyota Camry
The Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota started 29th and finished 28th
The No. 00 suffered severe damage in a first lap, multicar accident triggered by cars ahead of Reutimann.
Team made several stops to repair the damage and return Reutimann to the track.
Reutimann finished 28th—down three laps to the leaders.
Reutimann’s 11-race streak of finishing on the lead lap was the longest in Sprint Cup competition.
REUTIMANN QUOTE: "That's about as frustrating as it gets. We didn't even get a chance to race today. Something happened up in front and I had nowhere to go and hit pretty hard. They crew did a great job working on it so we could run the rest of the race and get a respectable finish. We'll get going again in Pocono."
Jamie McMurray won the Brickyard 400 (17th Running), his fifth victory in 278 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
Kevin Harvick, Greg Biffle, Clint Bowyer and Tony Stewart rounded out the top five.
There were 14 lead changes among 10 leaders and six cautions for 25 laps. Twenty five cars finished on lead lap.
Kevin Harvick leads the point standings by 184 points over Jeff Gordon.
Chip Ganassi became the first owner to win the Daytona 500, Brickyard 400 and the Indy 500 in the same year.