MWR Moving Forward

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Toyota sure picked the right spot to put on their best performance of the 2007 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season so far.

With Michigan International Speedway the closest track to "Motor City," five Toyota Camrys started Sunday's Citizens Bank 400.

And the Toyota driver that has had the worst luck among the camp led the charge on Sunday with Michael Waltrip taking home his first top 10 of the season.

"It's really great for our team to have run that well all day today and my guys did a great job on pit road," said Waltrip, who finished 10th. "I messed up there at the end; otherwise I think we could have picked up a few more spots. I just got real tight there at the end and I was trying to pass (Kevin) Harvick and got up into the wall."

Sunday's 400-mile race marked only the third race of the season that Waltrip has qualified for, but the No. 55 NAPA Team never lost a beat on a hot day in Michigan.

"My guys are a little rusty, but you would have never known it," Waltrip said. "I haven't gotten to race this much in awhile, but I felt just as good at the end as I did in the beginning. But once the checkers fell -- then I started feeling bad -- hot, tired and glad it was over."

Although Waltrip's teammate Dale Jarrett failed to qualify for his fourth race of the season, the team marked a first for Toyota as they put two Camrys in the top 15 after David Reutimann finished 15th for MWR.

"I'm so proud of David," Waltrip said. "To get tenth and 15th with our Toyotas is just great. Dale missed the race by only one-hundredth of a second and we're sad that he didn't make the race, but we're smiling with the finishes that we got here today."

Waltrip will now have to wait to carry his momentum to New Hampshire International Speedway on July 1. This weekend at Infineon Raceway, Waltrip will hand the controls of the No. 55 over to Terry Labonte, who finished third in the race last year when he subbed for Tony Raines.

"I think we can build on a lot that has gone on lately and I'm really looking forward to watching Terry run at Sonoma," Waltrip said.

Reutimann will also sit out the road course event to concentrate his efforts on his MWR Busch car at Milwaukee, while PJ Jones will attempt to qualify and race his No. 00 NEXTEL Cup Toyota.

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