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THIS RACE: The New Hampshire 200 will be the 11th NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) race at New Hampshire International Speedway. There will be 11 Toyota Tundras in the field at the New England track -- the 18th NCTS race of the 2006 ...

THIS RACE: The New Hampshire 200 will be the 11th NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) race at New Hampshire International Speedway. There will be 11 Toyota Tundras in the field at the New England track -- the 18th NCTS race of the 2006 season.

TODD TOUGH IN TENNESSEE: Todd Bodine, driver of the No.30 Lumber Liquidators Tundra, came up short in his efforts to catch race-winner Mark Martin at Bristol following a late race caution. "We didn't have anything for Mark (Martin)," said Bodine, after the race. "Mark was just playing with us and anytime we even got close to him -- he was able to easily pull away. However, it was another good run for us and another good points night."

TED TOUGH TOO: Ted Musgrave, Todd Bodine's Germain Racing teammate, also had a good evening at Bristol in the No.9 Team ASE Tundra. It was Musgrave's first race with new crew chief Rick Gay. "Tonight, we ran like we ran at the beginning of the year," said Musgrave, after the race. "It was a good feeling to see Todd (Bodine) and me running up front, along with Mark (Martin) -- just like we did in the races at the beginning of the season."

TODD STILL TOPS POINTS: The second-place finish at Bristol enabled Todd Bodine to maintain his lead in the Craftsman Truck Series championship point standings. "Overall, Bristol was a good night as far as the points race," said Bodine. "I know we picked up some points on Johnny (Benson). From that standpoint, it was a pretty good night -- we came out of Bristol second and that's really what we had to do for the points."

ENGINE CHASE: Toyota holds onto the top spot in the NCTS manufacturer's championship through the first 17 races of the 2006 season. Toyota has 117 points in the standings, five more points than second-place Ford and 35 points ahead of third-place Chevrolet.

A.J. DEBUT: Open-wheel ace A.J. Allmendinger will be making his NASCAR debut at New Hampshire driving the No.24 Bill Davis Racing Tundra. "I had the opportunity a few months ago to explore my career options and I really wanted to try my hand at something in the stock car arena," said Allmendinger. "We began making phone calls and this opportunity with Bill Davis Racing really came about from that. I'm grateful to Bill Davis and the entire BDR team for giving me the chance to take on a new challenge." Allmendinger, 24, will also drive the No.24 Tundra at Talladega Superspeedway (Oct.7).

RETURN OF CHAD: Chad Chaffin, who drove 20 races in a Tundra last season, will again drive a Toyota at New Hampshire. Chaffin will pilot a Toyota for the No.59 HT Motorsports team for the remainder of the 2006 Craftsman Truck Series season. "The people at TRD have allowed me the opportunity to get this joint venture started and have been extremely receptive," said Chaffin. "I'm excited about reuniting with Toyota and bringing them on board with HT Motorsports. I can't speak highly enough about Toyota's equipment and organization."

-credit: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Todd Bodine , Ted Musgrave , A.J. Allmendinger , Chad Chaffin , Mark Martin
Teams Germain Racing , Bill Davis Racing