Bristol: Toyota Motorsports preview

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Tundra drivers have combined for eight wins, 35 top-five results, 74 top-10 finishes and six poles after 15 of 25 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) races ... Todd Bodine has won the past two NCWTS races,...

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Tundra drivers have combined for eight wins, 35 top-five results, 74 top-10 finishes and six poles after 15 of 25 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) races ... Todd Bodine has won the past two NCWTS races, at Nashville (Aug. 7) and Darlington (Aug. 14) ... At Darlington, Bodine led the final 47 (of 147) laps en route to victory lane for his 20th career series win (all in a Tundra) ... Tundra drivers Bodine (first), Aric Almirola (second), Timothy Peters (third), Mike Skinner (eighth) and David Starr (ninth) are in the top-10 in the NCWTS point standings ... Brazilian driver Miguel Paludo makes his NCWTS debut in the Germain Racing No. 77 Tundra at Bristol ... Kyle Busch is the two-time defending series race winner at Bristol, winning for Billy Ballew Motorsports in 2008 and 2009 ... Skinner won at the half-mile ‘bullring' in 2005.

TIMOTHY PETERS, No. 17 Wiss Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing

Are you looking forward to Bristol? "I love Bristol. I always look forward to going there. We have run well in the past and we've had some really good finishes. We have some momentum on our side and looking forward to getting there. It reminds me of a short track I won a championship on in my Late Model days -- Orange County Speedway -- just on steroids. Who would ever think a race track would be surrounded by stands like that place is? It's really loud. It's always exciting. It seems like every time we go there, it's action-packed. I'm looking forward to being there. With the new track, there's a lot of ability to move around. We practiced in the middle of the track last year and as soon as the green flag dropped, I was up at the top next to the wall. It's definitely improved racing with the multiple grooves that they have now."

TODD BODINE, No. 30 Valvoline Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing

Do you enjoy racing on Bristol's new surface? "I loved the old track and I love the new track. It's like racing in a stadium. You get that same feeling when you go in there. It's like walking into Michigan Stadium with the fans right on top of you. It's definitely a neat place. I've been fortunate to win twice there and run really well in every series I have run there. I helped them redesign the track and re-engineer it, so I'm pretty proud of that."

ARIC ALMIROLA, No. 51 Graceway Pharmaceuticals Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports

What are your chances at Bristol? "I'm excited about going to Bristol. Billy Ballew Motorsports has a pretty good track record there. I'm looking forward to it. We should go there and have a good run. We have a brand new truck going there. I'm really excited. It's a great race track. You pull in there and you have grandstands all the way around you. It's like a stadium. That makes it a lot of fun for a driver to go in there and see all the fans around. It's pretty cool."

-source: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Todd Bodine , Mike Skinner , David Starr , Timothy Peters , Aric Almirola , Miguel Paludo , Kyle Busch
Teams Germain Racing , Red Horse Racing