Homestead: Toyota Motorsports preview

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Tundra drivers have combined for 14 wins, 56 top-five results, 116 top-10 finishes and 10 poles after 24 of 25 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) races ... Todd Bodine clinched the 2010 NCWTS driver's ...

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Tundra drivers have combined for 14 wins, 56 top-five results, 116 top-10 finishes and 10 poles after 24 of 25 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) races ... Todd Bodine clinched the 2010 NCWTS driver's championship at Phoenix ... Tundra drivers Aric Almirola (second), Timothy Peters (sixth), Mike Skinner (eighth), David Starr (ninth) and Jason White (10th) are in the NCWTS top-10 with one races remaining ... The Toyota Tundra will make its 175th NCWTS start Friday night at Homestead ... Tundra drivers have won three of the six NCWTS races at Homestead, including wins by Bodine (2005 and 2008) and Johnny Benson (2007).

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

What does it take to be successful at Homestead-Miami Speedway? "You have to keep the trucks wound up and keep them running free without being loose -- that's the hard thing. Those corners are really long and sweep and to carry your momentum through the center is important and get off the corner. I actually liked the old track just as much as I like the new one. It's neat to go to south Florida and have a different audience. It's pretty much always going to be sunny and warm. It's enjoyable."

What did it mean to clinch the Truck Series driver's championship at Phoenix last week? "It means a lot, because it's nice to go to Homestead without that pressure and be able to enjoy it for a whole week. The last championship we raced for, we went to Homestead and had to race before we knew what was going to happen at the end. It was pretty nerve wracking. Germain Racing has done such a great job -- all the guys at the shop, the motor shop and the guys on the road crew. (Mike Hillman) Jr. (crew chief) has led this team to another championship. It shows his leadership skills and how good a person he is. We don't give up and I'm proud to be the guy that drives this Toyota Tundra for a great race team."

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

What would it mean to you to win the owner's title in the Truck Series? "It means a lot. Where we started this year and actually not having anything a year ago at this point and coming as far as we've come -- it means quite a bit to myself, to Eric Phillips (crew chief), Rick Ren (general manager) and all the families that we have that work for us -- all the dedication that they give and the time that they've put in this year. We came from nothing. We came from redoing trucks from Xpress (Motorsports) that we could just get to the race track. We bought some assets from Roush Racing to get to the race track for Daytona. We knew that they had good restrictor-plate trucks and we built a lot of our own new stuff. It's come a long way and it's been a lot of hard work, but there's still a lot more work to do in order to get fully funded for next year."

-source: toyota motorsports

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