AJ Allmendinger earned his career-best NCTS finish tonight of second, driving the No. 00 Aaron's Lucky Dog Tundra for Darrell Waltrip Racing. Three Toyota Tundras finished in the top-five in tonight's race with Allmendinger (second), Todd Bodine (third), and Ted Musgrave (fifth). Allmendinger led his first laps of NASCAR competition tonight -- leading a total of seven laps.
Tundras led a total of 29 laps tonight with lap leaders including Skinner (21), Bodine (one), and Allmendinger (seven). Skinner retained the NCTS points lead with his eighth place finish tonight. Skinner leads fellow Tundra driver, Bodine by 81 points. Six Tundras are in the top-10 in NCTS points following tonight's race including Skinner (first), Bodine (second), Musgrave (fifth), Jack Sprague (seventh), Aaron Fike (ninth), and Johnny Benson (10th)
Tundras earned two of the top-three starting positions for tonight's race with Skinner (first) and Jack Sprague (third). Skinner earned his 36th career NCTS pole tonight at Lowe's Motor Speedway and fourth of the 2007 season. This was Skinner's third pole at the speedway.
TED MUSGRAVE, No. 9 Team ASE Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing: Finished:
5th How was your race tonight? "The truck came around there toward the end, but the track position meant so much because when you're back in the pack with these hard tires it's really hard to pass. We tried to make the best of it and it kind of got down to desperate times there at the end. We got a top-five for Team ASE and we'll move on from here and learn from this one."
MIKE SKINNER, No. 5 Toyota Tundra, Bill Davis Racing: Finished: 8th
How was your race tonight? "Under the circumstances, it was a pretty good finish for our team. We hurt ourselves a little bit in the pits, but we were able to salvage a top-10 run. With about 40 laps to go, we came out of the pits with a bad vibration, and were lucky to catch another caution because those tires weren't going to make it the rest of the way."
Is it hard to point's race when you know you have a truck that could win the race? "It's hard to points-race knowing we had a truck that could've competed for the win, but that's the breaks sometimes. We were on a roll early in the season and have showed a lot of speed throughout the year, so this finish isn't too bad. But, as a team, we're better than this. We know we have a chance to win every week."
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