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TOYOTA NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) Test Day 1 PM Daytona International Speedway January 11, 2008 KYLE BUSCH, No. 51 Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports Is the truck similar to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car here at Daytona? ...

TOYOTA NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) Test
Day 1 PM
Daytona International Speedway
January 11, 2008

KYLE BUSCH, No. 51 Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports

Is the truck similar to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car here at Daytona? "They're quite a bit different, yet they have some similarities, too. The grip level with the race track between here and Talladega is a lot different, and the Cup Series car and the truck both slide around here. You don't want to be too loose, because you can get sucked around and spun out. You also want to have a good-handling truck, though."

What happened in the incident between the No. 6 and No. 09 trucks? "There were about five or six of us, and we were pretty spread out. There were three of them that went by me, and I pulled in line, with two of them coming up behind me in turns one and two. We made it all the way around to the tri-oval. The No. 6 (Colin Braun) was leading it, and the No. 09 (Joey Clanton) was trying to pass him on the outside. He was doing a side-draft on him. He got within the air that comes off the front of the nose and it looked like it pulled him into the No. 6. When they touched, they both steered up towards the wall." Can you explain how the side-draft works here? "When somebody gets on the right-rear quarter panel like that -- and you see that a lot --we all spin out. The inside truck spins out when somebody faster is coming from the outside. The No. 09 got the No. 6 a little loose, which made him feel like he got lifted up from behind. It was just him getting loose."

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DAVID STARR, No. 11 Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing

What happened to cause you to turn into the wall coming off turn two? "We had been 'free' the whole test. Jamie Jones (crew chief) kept working on it and making it better. Finally, we got it where we wanted it and I went out there and came from the back to the front. I was running with the No. 10 (Brendan Gaughan) truck for a while, and finally got around him with a push from someone. A lap or so later, Brendan got a good run and I'm not sure what happened. Maybe he didn't realize how fast he was closing. I came off turn two and was just driving down the back straightaway -- and all of a sudden, the back of the truck came off the ground. I didn't have a chance to do anything. I just hate it for my team. It's just a shame. We're not even one day into a three-day test, and we have a torn up truck."

Can you 'bump draft' at Daytona in these trucks? "You can't bump draft with these trucks because the front and rear bumpers don't line up. You can't even think about touching somebody out there. Even when somebody hits me soft, I almost lose control. When somebody bumps you harder than soft, it's going to create a wreck. I'm just disappointed because it happened on the straightaway testing. It would've been different if it were the last two laps of the race."

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TODD BODINE, No. 30 Lumber Liquidators Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing

Did you see either of the incidents late in the afternoon practice session? "I was actually right behind both of them. The first one was the case of a veteran making a 'bonehead' move and spinning a rookie out. It's a shame it happened. It's the first day of testing and the first drafting practice and it was a rookie kid (No. 6, Colin Braun) -- you don't do those kinds of things. It's a shame it wrecked both Roush trucks -- and wrecked them good. That was a crying shame. The second one was just a case of bump drafting at the wrong time in the wrong place. That's something I tell all the rookies -- bump drafting in a truck gets you nowhere. What I was told is that Kyle (Busch) run into the back of him in the first one -- that he bump-drafted him all the way down the straight-away and hit him in the tri-oval. In the other one, Brendan Gaughan just got into the back of the No. 11 (David Starr.)"

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers David Starr , Colin Braun , Brendan Gaughan , Joey Clanton
Teams Germain Racing , Red Horse Racing