Tundra drivers Johnny Benson (second), Kyle Busch (sixth) and David Starr (seventh) scored top-10 finishes Saturday afternoon in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Other Tundra drivers in the field ...
Tundra drivers Johnny Benson (second), Kyle Busch (sixth) and David Starr (seventh) scored top-10 finishes Saturday afternoon in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Other Tundra drivers in the field included David Reutimann (13th), Mike Skinner (15th), Ted Musgrave (17th), Terry Cook (18th), Todd Bodine (19th), Jason White (21st) and Michael Annett (24th).
With the finish, Benson maintained his lead in the unofficial NCTS point standings, now 74 points ahead of Ron Hornaday after 18 of 25 races.
DAVID STARR, No. 11 Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing
Can you explain the incident between you and Todd Bodine from your perspective? "From a veteran driver like Todd (Bodine), I had the inside. Here at Loudon, you can't run into the corner too deep. If you run into the corner too deep, you're going to run up and hit him. I got off the gas early, they had the momentum on the outside and Todd (Bodine) cut down on me. He cut down on me and turned into me, that's why we got together. Reutimann, I think I got in there a little too deep, and I couldn't get it 'whoa'd' down. But still the same deal -- just a racing deal. Racing with Todd (Bodine) at the end, I guess he was just hot because he was moving backwards and wanted to squeeze me real hard. He turned down right in front of me. I was on the brakes hard. I got off the brakes early and thought I was good, then he turned down in front of me. Then someone came to my truck and took my window net down. It wasn't him. This is just great, exciting racing. Truck racing is exciting. Just because we're veterans doesn't mean we don't mess up, but I can guarantee you that Todd (Bodine) cut down on me if you watch the in-car camera or watch the playback of it. We were racing hard, the outside was the momentum, but he did cut down on me."
What about the post-race incident between the crews? "I don't have a problem with a driver coming over and wanting to come over and talk to me, but a crew member coming over and putting a finger in my face? That's a totally different deal. I don't play that way. We race hard on the race track. This is the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. You see this week-in and week-out. But to have a crew member come and put my window net down and put a finger in my face? I don't play that game."
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 9 Construct Corps Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing
How much fun did you have getting back in a truck? "I had a good time, but I hated that I got together with the No. 5 (Mike Skinner) truck because he's running for points. I just got in there and we were racing pretty hard and wheel-hopped and got sideways and got into him. It tore us both up and I hate that because Mike Skinner has never raced me that way and never had a problem. That bums me out, but somebody else paid us back later in the race. All in all we had a good truck and it was just that track position was so critical that we couldn't seem to move forward. Not a very good day, but had a lot of fun."
TERRY COOK, No. 60 Wyler.com Toyota Tundra, Wyler Racing
How was your truck handling in today's race? "We had a decent truck all day. We never had the balance perfect -- we chased it through the whole race. We were extremely loose the first two runs just trying to get to the point where we could make an adjustment and were able to stay out and lead a lap during that long green flag run -- trying to help our point's situation. Made some adjustments and after that -- that was the best the truck was all day. But we had lost so much track position early in the run it was hard to try and rebound. We found ourselves just knocking on the outside of the top-10 and felt like we could get into the top-10. Unfortunately we were racing three-wide off of turn four and I'm not sure what happened -- I was back to the throttle wide open and the truck was turning just fine. Either we got just a little too high in the loose stuff or something on the track or just ran out of talent -- I don't know which, but just drove right in the wall hard off turn four and bent up the suspension. It was just limping around after that just trying to get to the end. It never did run very good after that. I'm disappointed to come away with the sub-par finish, but we were running decent today and we're making gains on it each week trying to get this back to a top-five team."
TODD BODINE, No. 30 Lumber Liquidators Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing
Finished: 19th Can you explain the incident between you and David Starr from your perspective? "First of all, I want everybody to know that David Starr is a good person. He's a great guy and a lot of fun to hang out with. Did he do it on purpose? No, I know he didn't. The problem is that he had a really good truck, and David (Starr), when he has a pretty good truck, has the tendency to drive a little bit beyond the means of the truck. My crew was a little upset, obviously. He didn't take one of our trucks out -- he took both of them out. He took my teammate out exactly the same way. He said I cut him off. You know what? I gave him the bottom groove. At Loudon, you've gotta be smart enough to know that the bottom groove -- you're going to push. You can't drive it in as hard as you did the lap before. I don't think David (Starr) has learned that that's the way it is. He drove into both of us. He drove into the left-rear quarter panel and took us both out. It's a shame. We didn't have a really good truck. We missed the setup. We were going to finish seventh. Here we are with two wrecked race trucks, probably dropped back again in points all because of a really dumb error by a veteran driver. And he didn't do it once in this race, he did it twice to the same team. We're pretty upset. It's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series racing at its best. I still love this series. I still like David (Starr). He's a good guy. There's nothing about David (Starr) that's a bad person, he just doesn't know when to choke down on the reins and slow down a little bit."
KYLE BUSCH, No. 51 Miccosukee Resorts Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports
MIKE SKINNER, No. 5 Toyota Tundra, Bill Davis Racing
TED MUSGRAVE, No. 59 Team ASE/Harris Trucking Toyota Tundra, HT Motorsports
JASON WHITE, No. 15 GunBroker.com Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports
MICHAEL ANNETT, No. 22 Pilot Travel Centers Toyota Tundra, Bill Davis Racing
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