TOYOTA NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Post-Qualifying Notes & Quotes Daytona International Speedway & ...
TOYOTA NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Post-Qualifying Notes & Quotes Daytona International Speedway February 12, 2009
TODD BODINE, No. 30 Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing @Starting Position: 3rd
What do you think of the rule changes that NASCAR has put into place in the truck series? "I think the biggest thing is NASCAR is trying to do the right thing and trying to do something to help bring the cost down, helping the teams out to figure a way to keep them racing. The pit crew deal is definitely going to save money; there is no doubt about it. That was probably a good thing to do and I actually think that it's going to lend itself to a whole different kind of a race. It's going to be exciting to see the different strategies and what these crew chiefs come up with and it's going to make a different dimension to it. I think that's a good thing. The motor deal -- we're pretty much all running the motors three races anyway so that's really not going to save any money. It's just a way to police it and make sure that the bigger teams don't run a fresh motor every race. The big thing is to try to do something to help out."
Will your strategy change with the NASCAR rules change? "I tell you what, you come here and we get a green flag stop and you have to take fuel because you are out of fuel and you go out and run with four old tires and a full tank of fuel and somebody is going to wreck. It's that simple. They will be an absolute handful to hang onto. That's the bad scenario that can happen. As a driver, you always want tires and you want it to handle the best it can. When we put just fuel and no tires it's going to be a handful."
Do you think your truck is capable of being the first repeat winner at Daytona? "I don't know. We've got a good truck. Today we just tried a couple of different things. We were real happy with it yesterday and real happy with it today so hopefully it will be good."
MIKE SKINNER, No. 5 Exide Toyota Tundra, Randy Moss Motorsports
Starting Position: 5th
Were you happy with your qualifying effort? "I'll tell you, that's excellent for our Exide Toyota because the race track lost a little bit of time. I think the air got a little heavier. That Tundra has just been awesome ever since we've been here, and it drafts really good. That's about a tenth (of a second) better than what we expected."
TERRY COOK, No. 25 Cajun Industries Toyota Tundra, HT Motorsports
Starting Position: 7th
How do you think your truck will handle in Friday's race? "This thing sucks up really good. This is a brand new truck for HT Motorsports. I'm obviously extremely to have cajunusa.com on the side of the truck. In the draft today, it was suck up extremely well, side draft extremely well and do everything I needed it to do like that. We were sliding front tires a little too heavy today and we made some adjustments. Obviously, it ran a pretty good lap by itself. Hopefully it will run well in the race, and right now, I'm pretty confident it will."
STACY COMPTON, No. 60 Wyler.com Toyota Tundra, Wyler Racing @Starting Position: 10th
What kind of truck do you think you have here at Daytona? "We knew we weren't going to be anything as far as the pole, but I'll tell you what, this truck is awesome. We've got a good truck. I'm very excited. We got a little hot for some reason on that one lap. We were hoping to run another lap, but got a little too warm. We've got a really good race truck. It doesn't make any difference where you start here. If you can stay out of the wrecks we've got something to contend tomorrow night."
What is it like with all of the driver and team changes this year? "You know who you can race with. Obviously, we ran a lot of laps yesterday and a lot of laps today. You work good with the guys that work good with you and obviously Toyota's work really well together. My truck works really good with Ron (Hornaday Jr.). Our truck worked really good with Kyle (Busch) and a couple other Toyota's out there. We just get nose to tail and try to push these Toyota's to the front. I think it's going to be a chess game tomorrow night because I think a lot of guys if you aren't in the top five then they are probably going to go to the back and try to stay out of the wrecks, but with 20 to go watch out. It's going to get a little crazy."
TAYLER MALSAM, No. 81 One Eighty Toyota Tundra, Randy Moss Motorsports
Starting Position: 11th
How was your truck during your qualifying run? "It was about what we did in practice earlier today. We have a really good race car. This One Eighty Toyota Tundra is good. It's fast in the draft and it's got a lot of potential to be a good car at the end. We weren't happy with the qualifying lap but these guys did an awesome job getting this car ready on the time they had and I'm really happy for them. We'll go out there and get them tomorrow night for sure."
Are you excited about your first truck race? "Oh yeah, this is definitely a place to start out a good season. It's hairy out there, but it's a lot of fun."
Is this racing different than ARCA racing? "It's completely different. The ARCA car doesn't have nearly aero stuff you do like in these. These things put such a hole in the air that you go in there and you're tight, loose, tight and loose all the way around. It's like driving a Sprint Car at Knoxville (Tenn.). It's just a whole different ballgame."
BRIAN SCOTT, No. 16 Albertsons Toyota Tundra, Xpress
Starting Position: 12th
Are you concerned that your truck was bottoming out during your qualifying run? "Not really. We went out on the same tire pressures that we started practice with. It was the same thing in the draft. We'd go out in the first couple laps, bottom out a little bit and the pressures and everything built up. The speed built up a little bit it seemed like and we were able to not bottom out as much. It wasn't any concern. I figured we were going to. We didn't spend any time on mock qualifying runs or anything like that for this Albertsons Toyota Tundra. We just really focused on drafting and getting comfortable. I'm happy with it. I think it will be good. Maybe we'll hold on to a top-10 or top-15 probably. I think everybody will be in for a really great race come Friday night in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. When the green flag falls everybody knows this race is exciting and I'm excited for it."
SHANE SIEG, No. 15 Phoenix Construction Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew
Starting Position: 16th
How is your truck handling? "The truck is good and I knew we weren't really going to be good in qualifying. We never made qualifying runs during practice. We mainly worked on drafting and where the truck drove during practice so I think we'll come back through the field."
How do you think your truck will do in tomorrow night's race? "The 15 is going to be in the front towards the end of the race. It's really fast in the draft. We were a top the charts all day today and yesterday we were pretty quick so we'll be alright."
T.J. BELL JR., No. 11 Home4theholidays.org Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing
Starting Position: 17th
How do you think your truck will be for tomorrow night's race? "It's going to do really well in race pace which is a little bit better by itself. Right there by itself we got what we got. We'll just go racing. We really worked hard on setting the thing up for the long runs. I'm really looking forward to getting in the race tomorrow night in this Tundra."
What is it like on the track this year with all of the driver changes? "This year has been crazy. The silly season has been really silly. Instead of the spotter telling me numbers I had him tell me names just so I knew who it was."
How is the truck handling since you unloaded? "We were really, really loose in drafting. So we went from super loose to hitting the race track pretty hard to being tight. We've been all over the board. The last run there in drafting practice I think we got the thing where we need it. We ran a full cycle of fuel on old tires. I'm pretty happy because we can drive where we wanted to with old tires."
KYLE BUSCH, No. 51
Miccosukee Resorts Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports
Starting Position: 19th
Do you think you will have a truck that can compete for the win Friday night? "Yeah, I think so. Our truck is decent in race trim. It's pretty fast there. It handles pretty good, too. We knew we were going to get beat up tonight. The way the restrictor plate is, it's sort of tough for any of the Toyotas. I'm surprised by (Todd) Bodine's run -- that's pretty nice to see. He's always fast at these places. The Germain guys got it figured out. We have a little more work to do, but it's only one race."
JOHNNY BENSON, No. 1 K&N Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing
Starting Position: 21st
What kind of truck do you think you have for Friday's race? "Based off qualifying, I don't know. We expected to be a little better than that -- especially after our practice times. Our qualifying runs in practice were good. We just run about a half-second slower than we expected."
Have you found trucks that you work well with in the draft? "I don't know. We never got out in a really good group. Everyone was on their own agenda. I think once or twice out of this whole week have I been with the guys that I'd like to race with, and we felt pretty good about that. We'll just have to spend half the race getting up there. But, we'll be all right."
DAVID STARR, No. 24 Zachry Toyota Tundra, HT Motorsports
Starting Position: 26th
What kind of truck will you have for tomorrow night's race? "I've got a great truck. I'll tell you, my truck was really good in practice. It drove well and I could go to the front from the back. I was a little free yesterday when practice started and we made some changes and man, it feels good and it drives good. I knew we were in trouble qualifying. Earlier today we made a mock qualifying run and it was pretty ugly and continued to be ugly tonight. The main thing is we brought a truck that has a little bit more down force. It's a place to start the race, not what we wanted but we're looking forward to the race."
Will your truck be a handful if you aren't able to take tires toward the end of the race? "Yeah and that's what we worked on. We worked on the handling of it and we got the handling pretty good. Like I said, we brought a truck that has a little bit more down force. You don't get to the air real good because you have down force and you've got to drag. We think that we've got a pretty good handling truck and I think that's what it's going to take to win this race tomorrow night."
TIM PETERS, No. 17 Strutmasters.com Toyota Tundra, Premier Racing
Starting Position: 18th
JOHNNY CHAPMAN, No. 06 Toyota Tundra, Wyler Racing
Starting Position: 23rd
JC STOUT, No. 77 Strutmasters.com Toyota Tundra, Premier Racing
Starting Position: 36th
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