Aric Almirola earned his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) victory in Friday's 204-lap race at Delaware's Dover International Speedway. It marks the third straight year a Tundra driver has earned their first career NCWTS ...
Aric Almirola earned his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) victory in Friday's 204-lap race at Delaware's Dover International Speedway.
It marks the third straight year a Tundra driver has earned their first career NCWTS victory at the one-mile oval (Scott Speed in 2008 and Brian Scott in 2009)
Rookie Justin Lofton (third), Todd Bodine (fifth), David Starr (sixth), Mike Skinner (eighth) and Johnny Benson (10th) also earned top-10 finishes for Toyota.
Kyle Busch led a race-high 172 laps, but retired following 202 laps after running out of fuel, and finished 16th.
Tundra drivers Tayler Malsam (20th), Timothy Peters (25th) and Max Papis (29th) were also in the field.
The win enabled Almirola to take the lead in the unofficial NCWTS point standings, 27 points ahead of second-place Bodine. Peters (third), Starr (eighth) and Skinner (ninth) are also in the top-10 in points after six of 25 races.
JUSTIN LOFTON, No. 7 VisitPit.com Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing
Finishing Position: 3rd
How was your truck in today's race? "It was awesome. I really knew when we unloaded the truck that it was good. I was a little worried. I figured we would end up about fifth to seventh somewhere, but when these guys started running out of gas we did a great job getting the gas in the truck. The guys did an excellent job on pit road. They picked me up spots every stop. I just want to really thank Visitpit.com, Tom DeLoach (Red Horse Racing, owner), Red Horse Racing, Toyota Tundra -- go check out your local Toyota dealership and go get you one because they are pretty bad (ass)."
How important is this finish for momentum going forward? "This is huge. This is big for us especially going into Charlotte. Going into this stretch we really needed it, man. All of us were kind of getting down on ourselves. I've got the hardest working group of guys out there. To reward them with this was pretty cool. Two spots up would've been even better though."
How excited are you to get this finish with it being your first time at Dover? "It was an exciting one for sure for never being here -- never even raced on a track like this. I've never been to Winchester, you know, the short tracks I would simulate this. It was really cool. We unloaded off the truck really good. First practice I think we were fifth, sixth or seventh. I was real happy with the truck. The second practice we thought we would make some positive changes and they were really bad. We just kind pounded our head against the wall in the second practice but we went back and put the setup we had in the race truck and did very minimal adjustments all the way through the race. It was really cool to run good. I was a little worried starting in the back and getting caught up but once we got going the truck just -- once it found the bottom line it was probably one of the best trucks I've driven so far this year. It was exciting at the end. The second-to-last restart I think I was running eighth and they all started running out of gas and I was like, 'Hey, I can win this deal.' We went into the last restart sitting right up there where we needed to be and someone runs out of gas and it just got going good through the center of the corner it started sputtering and I was like, 'Oh no, I hope we have enough for two more.' I just drove it for all I could this race."
TODD BODINE, No. 30 Germain.com Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing
Finishing Position: 5th
How was your race? "Well, we were terrible. We really missed it. We were terrible in practice. (Mike Hillman) Jr. (crew chief) gave it a college try and changed a bunch of stuff and it was a little better during the race, but still not good. We just fought it all day -- kept making adjustments and making it easier to drive but not making it any faster. Right there at the end coming for the green- white-checkered I vapor locked and lost three spots. For as bad as the truck was, we'll take fifth."
DAVID STARR, No. 81 PC Miler Navigator Toyota Tundra, Randy Moss Motorsports
Finishing Position: 6th
Are you happy with your race today? "I am. Our Randy Moss PC Miler and Zachary Toyota Tundra was pretty awesome today. We just can't buy a break with this thing. We had bad luck all day. The team did a great job. We just kept having little problems here and there and had to go to the back but we kept battling back. Had a little mishap on the restart -- I guess the 15 (Johnny Benson) truck -- I don't know what happened to him but he didn't take off and got jammed up and lost three or four spots. To come home sixth with all of that motor mess right there at the end -- I got underneath Todd (Bodine) and the motor just wouldn't run. So to get sixth I can't complain about that. Obviously we want a little bit better than that and we're happy with it but we're aiming for a lot higher. It feels good to get back up near the top-five again and just keep digging."
MIKE SKINNER, No. 5 International Trucks/Monaco RV Toyota Tundra, Randy Moss Motorsports
Finishing Position: 8th
JOHNNY BENSON, No. 15 Red Top Collector Car Auction Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports
Finishing Position: 10th
Did you run out of fuel during the restart? "I'm guessing about the same thing. It's a little odd because myself and Kyle (Busch) should've never ran out. It didn't figure out that way. It was one of those racing deals. I think all of the calculations and everything were right on. It wasn't even hardly blipping the fuel gage or anything but that's the only thing we can think of. I've got to thank Billy Ballew for letting me drive this Red Top Auction Tundra and like I said it's been a pleasure the last couple of races and hopefully some more down the road. (Nelson) Piquet (Jr.) is going to drive it at Charlotte and a couple others so good opportunity for them because they've got a pretty good hot rod. We put ourselves in a good position we just weren't real good at the beginning. We were just a little too loose. Worked on it, went to far and came back and really got it decent. We weren't going to touch Kyle (Busch) but I believe we could've stayed right there in second, but it wasn't meant to be today."
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Toyota Tundra, Kyle Busch Motorsports
Finishing Position: 16th
ERIC PHILLIPS, crew chief, No. 18 Toyota Tundra, Kyle Busch Motorsports
What happened to Kyle's truck at the end of the race? "We ran out of gas. We don't know why for sure yet. When we get back we'll take the shell apart and try to figure out what happened. Either they didn't get a full one on the last stop or there's something wrong with the pickup and the fuel cell. Brand new truck so my guys could've missed something but I doubt it. The truck has been awesome since we got here. Just kind of cruised all day just waiting to get to the end. Kyle (Busch) did a great job. Kyle's awesome at this place. It's a pleasure to work with him. I think we dropped the ball for him tonight."
TAYLER MALSAM, No. 56 Employees Community Fund Toyota Tundra, Kyle Busch Motorsports
Finishing Position: 20th
TIMOTHY PETERS, No. 17 Red Horse Racing/Crescent Tools Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing
Finishing Position: 25th
What happened to take you out of the race? "I got into the wall about three laps earlier than that. I was a little impatient. We still had a long ways to go. We really wasn't good when the green flag dropped. Jeff Hensley (crew chief) and all of the boys were doing a great job on adjustments but we still needed to go a little bit more to make it better. I can't thank Tom DeLoach (owner), Jeff Hensley and all of these guys on this No. 17 Toyota Tundra. They work hard for me week in and week out. There's no sense in myself making mistakes like that when we run as well as we do. It builds character but it's hard to build character when I make rookie mistakes. So we'll pack up and go to Charlotte next week and rebound."
Were the track conditions tough to battle today? "The track changed very much from practice yesterday to the Nationwide practice. Our biggest concern was to try to survive and keep up with what the race track did throughout the race but you can't improve on what you've got when you stand back behind the wall. Mistake on my part. We'll rebound and take it to Charlotte next weekend."
MAX PAPIS, No. 9 GEICO Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing
Finishing Position: 29th
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