TOYOTA TALK: Mike Making 200th at Martinsville NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: In 20 NCWTS races in 2009, Toyota Tundra drivers have combined for 11 wins (Todd Bodine -- Daytona and Texas; Busch -- California, Atlanta, Bristol, Chicagoland and New ...
Mike Making 200th at Martinsville
NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: In 20 NCWTS races in 2009, Toyota Tundra drivers have combined for 11 wins (Todd Bodine -- Daytona and Texas; Busch -- California, Atlanta, Bristol, Chicagoland and New Hampshire; Mike Skinner -- Kansas, Iowa and Gateway; and Brian Scott -- Dover), 51 top-fives and 108 top-10 finishes ... Skinner will make his 200th NCWTS start at Martinsville ... Skinner has won three times at the half-mile short track (1996, 2007 twice) ... David Starr picked up a win at Martinsville in 2006 (April) in the Red Horse Racing Tundra ... Hamlin will sub for Busch in the No. 51 Billy Ballew Motorsports Tundra ... Tundra driver Timothy Peters is from Danville, Va., and his crew chief Chad Kendrick lives in Greensboro, N.C. ... Jeff Hensley, crew chief for the No. 16 Xpress Motorsports Tundra, is a native of Ridgeway, Va.
MIKE SKINNER, No. 5 PC Miler Navigator Tundra, Randy Moss Motorsports
How does it feel to make your 200th truck series start at Martinsville? "It's a double edged sword. I love the trucks and I do not regret that we left from 1997 to 2004 and went Cup racing. But, I have to think that I could easily be making my 400th start or however many races there have been, and the fact of some of the stats that we could have put up there. We've got 28 wins and 49 poles. I just wonder what those numbers could have been if we would have stayed in the trucks the whole time. It's pretty awesome, it's an honor. I don't know if I'll be around to make 300 or not, but it sure as heck looks like I'm going to make the 200th one this weekend."
TIMOTHY PETERS, No. 17 Strutmasters.com Tundra, Red Horse Racing
Are you excited to race at Martinsville? "Martinsville is my home track and I have been looking forward to this race since we left there this spring. I think the recent test at Motor Mile (Radford, Va.) prepared us for the race. We learned some things that I think will really help us this weekend. I want this win so bad and everyone on this team is determined to get it."
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