Charlotte: Robert Huffman preview

HUFFMAN ENTERS LOWE'S WITH WINNING ATTITUDE CONCORD, N.C. (May 18, 2005) -- Four of Robert Huffman's 42 NASCAR Goody's Dash Series victories occurred at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Huffman's looking to add to his collection of wins as he drives...

HUFFMAN ENTERS LOWE'S WITH WINNING ATTITUDE

CONCORD, N.C. (May 18, 2005) -- Four of Robert Huffman's 42 NASCAR Goody's Dash Series victories occurred at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Huffman's looking to add to his collection of wins as he drives the No. 12 Toyota Tundra in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Quaker Steak and Lube 200 Friday night.

"I've had a lot of success at Lowe's and I have always enjoyed racing there because of my accomplishments there in the past," said Huffman. "I won four Dash races there in 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2003. I've also won four Sportsman races there too. It's a special track to me. I also ran decent there last season in the No. 12 Toyota Tundra."

Huffman finished 16th in the inaugural event. The North Carolina native strives to top his best finish of ninth (California Speedway) this season and his career best finish of sixth (Richmond International Raceway) at the 1.5-mile quad-oval.

"We qualified good and had a good run at Lowe's," said Huffman, who qualified seventh for the event. "We wound up finishing 16th, which was okay. The track will be totally different this year with the grinding that they've done to the surface. I have heard that the track has a lot more grip. It's a lot smoother, which I think we'll be a lot like Texas or Atlanta. It should be an exciting race. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series puts on a good race anyway. I feel sure with the grinding of the track, it will make it even much better."

Putting last week's 33rd-place finish at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway behind him, Huffman's focused on gaining points after sliding to 22nd in the standings.

"I'm glad we're going to a 1.5-mile track," said Huffman. "We can gain some ground because the 1.5-mile tracks are the type of tracks where Darrell Waltrip Motorsports excelled last year. David and I both will run well there."

Before arriving at Lowe's, Huffman makes a few stops along the way.

"David and I and a few other NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series drivers are stopping by Quaker Steak and Lube tonight for a couple of hours to meet the fans," said Huffman. "Then I'll have an opportunity to visit with the Southeast Toyota Distributors Friday afternoon before the race. It's fun to compete at Lowe's because there's so much hype around it. After the race, I'll attend the Harris Teeter race festival on Monday in Fort Mill (S.C.) with White House. There's also the Food Lion Speed Street next week. The city of Charlotte and surrounding towns really do a good job of supporting the race event."

Live coverage of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Friday, May 20th begins at 8:45 p.m. EDT on SPEED Channel. MRN Radio will broadcast the 134-lap event.

ABOUT TOYOTA IN AMERICA:
Toyota has eight manufacturing plants in the United States, with two more currently under construction in Texas and Tennessee. With a strong manufacturing presence in the country, it's no surprise that more than half the Toyota vehicles sold in the United States are built here -- using many American-sourced parts. Toyota's overall commitment translates into manufacturing plants, sales and marketing operations, and research and design facilities throughout the United States, where Toyota directly employs more than 31,000. Since 1986, the company has built more than 11 million cars and trucks in the U.S. As one of the world's leading automakers, Toyota offers a full range of models from mini-vehicles to sedans to large trucks. For more information on Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., please visit www.toyota.com.

ABOUT TRD, U.S.A., Inc.:
Powering all of Toyota's American racing programs is TRD in Costa Mesa, Calif., and High Point, N.C. A subsidiary of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., TRD serves as the North American racing arm for design, development and assembly of Toyota's factory racing engines. In addition, the organization is also the source of high-performance aftermarket products for both street performance and grassroots racing Toyotas. From the racetrack to the aftermarket product segment, TRD plays a key role in providing Toyota with an enhanced performance image.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Darrell Waltrip , Robert Huffman