Johnny Benson earned his fifth NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) victory of 2008 Saturday afternoon at Virginia's Martinsville Speedway and his fifth win in the past 11 NCTS races. Benson led once for 46 laps in today's 200-lap...
Johnny Benson earned his fifth NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) victory of 2008 Saturday afternoon at Virginia's Martinsville Speedway and his fifth win in the past 11 NCTS races.
Benson led once for 46 laps in today's 200-lap race.
Today's win marks the 50th win for the Toyota Tundra since entering the NCTS in 2004.
This is the 12th win for the Toyota Tundra this season.
Kyle Busch (fourth), Todd Bodine (fifth) and Scott Speed (seventh) also earned top-10 finishes at Martinsville.
Other Tundras in the field included Jack Sprague (11th), Mike Skinner (12th), Brian Scott (14th), Terry Cook (16th), Jason White (17th), David Starr (33rd), Dustin Skinner (34th) and Sean Caisse (36th).
Benson regained the unofficial NCTS point lead with today's win and is now 65 points ahead of second-place, Ron Hornaday. Other Tundra drivers in the top-10 in points include Bodine (fourth), Skinner (fifth) and Cook (10th).
KYLE BUSCH, No. 51 Miccosukee Resorts Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports
How crazy was the end of the race? "It wasn't a part of us so that was fine. For some reason, we're missing something here and I don't know what it is. We were just really not that great. We struggled from the time we were unloading off the truck, then in practice and here in the race. We just couldn't ever find it -- I don't know what we've got."
Are you able to learn anything from today's race to use in tomorrow's Sprint Cup Series race? "A little bit. By not changing tires you don't have the air pressure strategy or anything. The Cup guys are smart enough -- we know what's going on there. Hopefully we can get another solid top-five tomorrow. Besides the rhythm of the race track and just kind of biding your time and building patience into yourself for tomorrow and knowing where the groove moves -- that's about it."
TODD BODINE, No. 30 Lumber Liquidators Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing
How happy are you with a top-five finish? "We're ecstatic about it -- we should have never been in the top-10. We missed the set-up pretty bad on the truck and struggled - - it was just way too tight off. We persevered and got a fifth. Unfortunately, Ron (Hornaday Jr.) and Kevin (Harvick) ran out of gas, but it gave us two more spots. Then again Matt (Crafton) was right behind us so we didn't gain any points on him. It was a good day. To come back to fifth -- it was a good day."
Was today's race typical of Martinsville? "It's just typical Martinsville -- it's one groove and it's so hard to pass. You have to be half-a-second faster than the guy in front of you to be able to do anything. It was typical Martinsville, but this Lumber Liquidators Tundra was all right."
SCOTT SPEED, No. 22 Red Bull Toyota Tundra, Bill Davis Racing
How strong was your race car today? "Certainly when you start last it's not easy to finish well here at Martinsville, especially in such a short race because inevitably we were going to go a lap down. Luckily, we made a good call and stayed out and had a quick caution afterward -- we were able to stay ahead of the 33 (Ron Hornaday) so we got our lap back. Honestly, it was a bit lucky. I think after that it was just trying to stay clean for most of the race. We definitely had a lot left in our truck as opposed to the other guys in front of us. I think we had a little better tires. I think I especially drove a pretty easy race up to the last 20 laps and it paid off."
How different is your Cup car compared to your truck? "It's definitely different, especially getting into the corners. You have to start braking a lot earlier. Up to the race, our Cup car was a lot more competitive than our truck. Luckily, we fixed our brake issues in the truck and were able to have a strong finish. As of now, our Cup car is a lot better than we expected when we came here. The guys did a great job and our short track program has taken a huge step forward and it's definitely going to show tomorrow."
TERRY COOK, No. 59 Team ASE/Harris Trucking Toyota Tundra, HT Motorsports
How was your race today? "It was your typical Martinsville up and down day. We ran in the top-10 for the first half of the race and unfortunately there at the lap-120 mark we just started fading and made the executive decision around lap-150 to come in and put tires on it. We tried to make it different to come back through. We weren't going to hold our own on those older tires -- the left sides were down to the cords and we were fading. We put tires on and then we were just deep inside the upper 20s trying to come through the field. We passed a bunch of trucks and then when we lost the edge of the tires it was really tough to go forward. When you get down inside 20 laps to go here at Martinsville it's just lots of cautions and lots of people running into each other. It ends up just being a crash fest. Unfortunately, we avoided all the big stuff and were able to get to the end, but I think we lost three or four spots right there at the end with the mess on the front stretch -- that kind of hurt a little bit too. All in all it was a very productive first weekend back with HT Motorsports. We were seventh fastest in practice, qualified 10th and ran in the top-10 for a majority of the race and we'll get out of here with a 16th place finish. All in all it was not a bad day. We have four more to go and if the first one went this well then I can't wait to get to Atlanta."
DUSTIN SKINNER, No. 03 Germain Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing
What happened that took you out of the race? "The Germain Toyota Tundra was really good. After our pit stop we were really good. We got hit so hard by the 21 (Jon Wood) I thought my throttle stuck. We tried to fix the right front but it kept rubbing the tire. Instead of tearing the truck up anymore, we just decided to call it quits for the day. I really appreciate the opportunity to work with these guys at Germain Racing and to drive a Toyota Tundra."
JACK SPRAGUE, No. 60 Wyler.com Toyota Tundra, Wyler Racing
MIKE SKINNER, No. 5 Toyota Tundra, Bill Davis Racing
BRIAN SCOTT, No. 16 Albertsons Toyota Tundra, Xpress Motorsports
JASON WHITE, No. 15 Gunbroker.com Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports
DAVID STARR, No. 11 K&N Filters Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing
SEAN CAISSE, No. 9 Germain.com Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing
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