Friday, September 10, 2010
Diamond Waltrip/Michael Waltrip Richmond Nationwide Race Report
Diamond Waltrip Racing’s Trevor Bayne, driving the No. 99 OUT! Pet Care Toyota finished third— now seventh in points.
Michael Waltrip Racing’s Ryan Truex, driver of the No. 00 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry - finished 26th.
Trevor Bayne Race Summary: No. 99 OUT! Pet Care Toyota driver Trevor Bayne posted a third-place finish Friday night at Richmond International Raceway. The finish equals the best of the 19-year-old’s 42-race career and moved him to seventh in the 2010 driver standings. The Diamond-Waltrip driver started eighth and ran in the top five before briefly fading to mid-pack. A late-race charge saw him climb as high as second place in the closing laps before claiming the third-place finish. Bayne now owns five top-five finishes in his brief career. Bayne and the Nationwide Series returns to action at Dover on Sept. 25.
Bayne started eighth and battled a loose race car in the early going running about seventh.
Moved into the top five on lap 66 but fell to 16th by lap 90 struggling with handling
Issues corrected by lap 130 and charged to the front of the field.
Bayne restarted fifth on lap 205 and immediately moved to second.
Highest finishing Toyota, highest finishing non-Sprint Cup driver.
Marks Bayne’s fifth career top-five finish. Bayne also finished third at Gateway on July 17.
Winner Kevin Harvick and second-place Brad Keselowski nearly collided on the final two laps almost handing the victory to Bayne.
BAYNE QUOTES: “Really excited about this run we had today. That was awesome to get a top-three here with these new cars. Everybody at our shop has worked their butts off to get these new cars right and they were that way when we unloaded. Just a great run for this Out! Pet Care Toyota. That was a pretty cool restart there. We went down into that turn one and everybody just scattered and it was like the seas parted and the hole opened up and we got to second all of the sudden. That was pretty cool, it put us in position to finish up third here I think. Everyone at Diamond-Waltrip Racing just is working their butts off to get these cars right. We didn’t have to make many changes. Also, Out! Pet Care, we’ve had a lot of fun with them so far this year with all their competitions. We had a dog on our deck-lid again this week so that’s an every week thing and it’s pretty cool. I really like these new cars. I actually like the way they drive a little bit better than the current style cars.”
Ryan Truex Race Summary: No. 00 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota driver Ryan Truex finished 26th Friday night at Richmond International Raceway. Making his third Nationwide Series appearance, the 18-year-old driver battled a loose handling race car in the early going that saw him fall down a lap to the leaders by the half way mark as the race slowed for just one caution. Truex and his Michael Waltrip Racing team corrected the handling issues and he began working his way through the field. Truex’s next race is at Kansas Speedway on Oct. 2.
Truex qualified 15th
Battled loose race car and brake vibration in early going of race.
Lost lap to leader Kevin Harvick at lap 70 and another during pit sequence.
Truex ran his three fastest laps of the race 150 laps in to the event.
NAPA crew corrected handling issues and Truex got faster and faster throughout race.
On final run, Truex’s lap times were as fast as leaders.
RYAN TRUEX: “That wasn’t what we were hoping for. We were pretty loose at the beginning and we struggled. But the second half of the race we were good. That last run we were as quick as the best cars. It was too little too late. That stinks. I wish we could run this race again right now because I think we’d have a really good finish. That’s just part of the learning curve and we start better at Kansas.”
Kevin Harvick won his third race of the 2010 Nationwide season and 37th of career.
Brad Keselowski, Bayne, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Reed Sorenson rounded out top five.
Race took 2 hours and 55 minutes with nine lead changes among six leaders.
Six cautions slowed the race for 30 laps slowing the average speed to 98 mph.
42 of the field’s 43 starters were racing at the end of the race.