Charlotte: Toyota Motorsports preview

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Tundra drivers have combined for three wins, 18 top-five results, 31 top-10 finishes and two poles after the first six NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) races ... Aric Almirola earned his first career...

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Tundra drivers have combined for three wins, 18 top-five results, 31 top-10 finishes and two poles after the first six NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) races ... Aric Almirola earned his first career NCWTS victory in Friday's 204-lap race at Dover International Speedway ... The win catapulted Almirola into the lead in NCWTS point standings, 27 points ahead of second-place Todd Bodine ... Timothy Peters (third), David Starr (eighth) and Mike Skinner (ninth) are also in the top-10 in points after six of 25 races ... Skinner is the only multi-time pole sitter in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competition and has recorded back-to-back-to-back poles from 2005 to 2007... Nelson Piquet Jr. will make his second career NCWTS start in Friday night's race and first with Billy Ballew Motorsports in the No. 15 Qualcomm Tundra ... Tundra drivers will sign autographs at the Toyota PitPass display on Friday, May 21 from 1:30 PM to 2:00 PM.

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

What did it mean to get your first career NCWTS victory at Dover International Speedway? "It's a dream come true. To come back from two laps down after blowing a right front tire, and fighting hard and getting one of our laps back and racing and getting back on the lead lap. Track position is so tough at Dover. You have to have a phenomenal truck to do what we did. I'm not going to take any credit for that. It's a lot of fun when you have a really good truck here. I've been fortunate to have really good race cars at Dover. It is one of my favorite race tracks. I just want to thank Billy (Ballew, team owner) for believing in me. Last year was a rough year for me and I was pretty down and out and Billy gave me a call in the summertime to give me a chance to drive in his truck and we've had a lot of fun together."

NELSON PIQUET JR., No. 15 Qualcomm Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports

How do you feel about teaming up with Billy Ballew Motorsports for the NCWTS race cat Charlotte Motor Speedway? "I'm really happy to be racing with Billy Ballew Motorsports. It's a great opportunity with a really good team. I'm really anxious to go to the track already with his trucks and crew. I've seen his team do very well. They're always in the top-10 or top-five, and always fighting up there. It's going to be a good chance to be in a good truck, and hopefully continue their string of good results."

-source: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Todd Bodine , Mike Skinner , David Starr , Nelson Piquet Jr. , Timothy Peters , Aric Almirola