Nashville: Toyota Motorsports preview

BACK IN ACTION: After a weekend off, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) will return to action this weekend at Nashville Superspeedway for the Toyota Tundra 200. This season marks the eighth NCTS race at the facility near Nashville in...

BACK IN ACTION: After a weekend off, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) will return to action this weekend at Nashville Superspeedway for the Toyota Tundra 200. This season marks the eighth NCTS race at the facility near Nashville in Lebanon, Tenn. Toyota has served as the primary sponsor of the event since joining the series in 2004, and is also the 'Official Vehicle' of the track.

WINNING WAYS: Toyota Tundras have two wins in four races at Nashville. Reutimann scored his first-career NASCAR victory at the 'Music City' track in 2004, leading 41 laps on the 1.333-mile circuit for the victory. One year later, Johnny Benson led just one lap -- but the most important one -- in edging then-Toyota driver Jack Sprague to the checkered flag by 0.492 seconds.

BENSON THE BEST: Benson is heading to Nashville as the NCTS points-leader, holding a 15-point advantage over second- place Ron Hornaday, Jr. The 45-year-old Grand Rapids, Mich.-native also has momentum, having won three of the last four races -- at Milwaukee (June 20), Kentucky (July 19) and O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis (July 25). In 14 races this season, Benson has three poles, eight top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. Other Tundra drivers in the top-10 include Mike Skinner (fifth), Todd Bodine (sixth), Terry Cook (eighth) and David Starr (10th), with 11 races remaining on the schedule.

TICKETS FROM TOYOTA: Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., has donated 2,000 tickets to this weekend's race at Nashville Superspeedway to Middle Tennessee non-profit organizations, with special emphasis on children's charities and military personnel. Tundra drivers Benson and Starr will deliver the tickets on Thursday, Aug. 7, to the following charities: United Way of Nashville, CASA of Wilson County, Big Brother/Big Sister, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Boys and Girls Club of Middle Tennessee, Second Harvest Food Bank and the American Support Program/Military. In addition, more than 5,000 Toyota team members from manufacturing facilities in Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee and West Virginia will be at the event.

TODD WANTS THE TROPHY: Todd Bodine, driver of Germain Racing's No. 30 Lumber Liquidators Toyota, has 13 victories in a Tundra -- the most of any driver -- and looks to add another this weekend. "Any time Toyota sponsors a race, there is added incentive to win," says Bodine, a Tundra racer since 2004. "In Nashville, with so many Toyota team members and associates in attendance, it almost becomes a sense of pride among the Toyota drivers to be the one to win the race. We know we have so many fans there cheering us on, and it's important for us to win for them. We'd love for the Lumber Liquidators Tundra to be the winner in front of that big Toyota crowd."

ARCA ACTION: Following a second-place finish last weekend at Pocono Raceway, Toyota driver Scott Speed is now leading the ARCA Series point standings. With three wins (Kansas, Kentucky and Berlin, Mich.) and eight top-five finishes in 13 races, Speed has a 95-point edge over Matt Carter with eight races remaining. Speed will look to build his lead at Nashville this weekend, when the series competes in the Toyota 150 on Friday, August 8.

-credit: toyota motorsports

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Series ARCA , NASCAR Truck
Drivers Todd Bodine , Johnny Benson , Jack Sprague , Terry Cook , Scott Speed
Teams Germain Racing