Chicagoland: Toyota Motorsports preview

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Tundra drivers have combined for nine wins, 39 top-five results, 81 top-10 finishes and seven poles after 16 of 25 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) races ......

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS)

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Tundra drivers have combined for nine wins, 39 top-five results, 81 top-10 finishes and seven poles after 16 of 25 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) races ... Todd Bodine continues to lead the NCWTS point standings with a 211-point lead over second-place Aric Almirola ... Timothy Peters (third), Mike Skinner (eighth) and David Starr (ninth) are also in the top-10 in the point standings for Toyota ... Tundra drivers have been victorious at three straight races -- Bodine won at Nashville (Aug. 7) and Darlington (Aug. 14), and Kyle Busch won last week at Bristol (Aug. 18) ... Almirola has recorded four consecutive top-10 finishes, including three top-fives ... Busch earned the 75th series pole for a Tundra last Wednesday at Bristol.

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

Are you looking forward to racing at Chicagoland Speedway? "I'm excited to get to Chicago. We ran great there last year and finished second, and this team has always been awesome on mile- and-a-half tracks. I think we have a pretty good shot at winning at every track that we go to, but I always look forward to the intermediate tracks and Chicago is no different. We think we have a chance to win."

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

Are you confident heading into the race at Chicagoland Speedway? "Our mile-and-a-half program and two-mile program has been outstanding this year. We've run really well. I think we've been in the top-10 at just about all of those tracks. We've had really fast trucks and we're feeling good going into Chicagoland. I'm looking forward to Chicago. We're taking the same truck that Richie (Wauters, crew chief) and Kyle (Busch) won with there last year. I feel like we'll have a really good showing for Graceway Pharmaceuticals there and hopefully have our Toyota Tundra up front. Hopefully our team will duplicate the results that they had last season."

KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Traxxas Toyota Tundra, Kyle Busch Motorsports

Are you looking forward to defending your race win at Chicagoland Speedway? "Chicago is always fun because my parents are from that area and so are my fiancee's parents. It has a lot of history and family ties. I like going to Chicago. I have won the Cup race there, a Nationwide race and a last year's truck race. I am looking forward to going there and defending in my own truck. I think we have a good shot and with a new sponsor on board we have a good chance at winning."

What is the key to running well at Chicagoland? "Being able to run that place wide open -- you can leave the throttle peddle down all the way around the track. If you have a fast truck and a good handling truck -- it is whoever can do that the longest. Typically, you can run three or four laps wide open. If you can do it longer than that then you will be the truck to beat."

-source: toyota motorsports

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