Kyle Busch's victory in Saturday's San Bernardino 200 at the Auto Club Speedway of Southern California is the 40th win for Toyota in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) since the start of the 2004 season (102 races). Busch led three times for...
Kyle Busch's victory in Saturday's San Bernardino 200 at the Auto Club Speedway of Southern California is the 40th win for Toyota in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) since the start of the 2004 season (102 races). Busch led three times for a race-high 51 laps for his seventh-career NCTS win in 38 starts. Todd Bodine (second), Johnny Benson (third) and Terry Cook (fourth) also scored top-five finishes for Toyota. Other Tundra drivers in the field included Ted Musgrave (sixth), Mike Skinner (eighth), Phillip McGilton (10th), David Starr (13th) and Justin Marks (33rd).
TERRY COOK, No. 60 Wyler Racing oyota Tundra, Wyler Racing Finished: 4th
How happy are you coming home with a fourth-place finish? "It was a lot of fun. I think this was a career best for me here at Fontana. I think my best before today was sixth and that's pretty sad because I've been in every one of them. When you finally get in this great equipment that the team put underneath me today - we knew we were pretty good since we unloaded. We were just a little bit off in the short run when the field got away from us and it was hard to pass. Once the field got spread out again, I could pick and choose and work the outside line like I needed to. Then, we could march our way back through the field and we were turning some of the fastest lap times of the race. I'm proud of our guys - great pit stops and a well prepared truck."
Did yesterday's rain affect the track conditions of today's race? "The track was about the same as it was Thursday (during practice). I truly enjoy racing here during the daytime because it's very predictable. When we practice during the day and race during the day it's typical. When we practice during the day and race at night it's a crap shoot with what the track's going to do. It was very predictable today. The track had a fair amount of grip for California Speedway. When you're trying to run these things wide-open with this restrictor plate program that we're running in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and you figure you can run wide-open - you start looking around for spots to pick up. It's fun."
MIKE SKINNER, No. 5 Toyota Tundra, Bill Davis Racing Finished: 8th
What happened at the beginning of the race? "We got a heck of a start and the truck was really good -- we could run wide open in turns one and two. When I dove off into turn three, the truck lost a cylinder. It just went downhill from there. Then, apparently a piece of debris hit the nose and the piece was flopping up on the straight-away and killing the thing so the motor never ran right the rest of the day. The team was able to fix the plug wire so there wasn't anything wrong with the motor, it was an aero thing, but we didn't see that to be able to know that. But the motor was fine and then whatever we hit just killed it."
How was the truck after you got the problem corrected? "We got back up in the top-five, but we started out with the right-front tire too low. Jeff (Hensley, crew chief) and I learned a lot about this tire today. The last time we took four tires, he was only going to take two, but I flat-spotted the tires coming in so I screamed for them to get four tires. The team was heads-up and did a great job, we had a good pit stop. It cost us because if I hadn't of slid the tires coming in then I probably could have finished a little higher. I bought him a little time getting in, but I got in hot and slid the tires. But I knew if we went back out with the tires like that then we would end up having to come back in and then we would have ended up 25th. The team did a heads-up job and Jeff did a heads-up job. We took a (crappy) day and turned it into a top-10 and that's what we have to do every week."
How was the new truck package today? "We have to work on the package some, but I really praise NASCAR for making the changes to the trucks and trying to make it better. At the end of the day, they'll make whatever adjustments they need to and they'll make sure that this Craftsman Truck Series continues to be the most exciting racing and it really, truly is. If they get a little bored, then I'm sure they'll fix it and they won't be bored for long. My hat's off to them."
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