Martinsville: Robert Huffman preview

HUFFMAN CHASES AFTER CAREER-BEST FINISH AT MARTINSVILLE MARTINSVILLE, Va. (April 4, 2005) -- After collecting two top-10 finishes in three starts this season, Robert Huffman's chasing his first career top-five finish in the NASCAR Craftsman...

HUFFMAN CHASES AFTER CAREER-BEST FINISH AT MARTINSVILLE

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (April 4, 2005) -- After collecting two top-10 finishes in three starts this season, Robert Huffman's chasing his first career top-five finish in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Martinsville Speedway.

"We're running well enough that we can realistically say that our goal should be a top-five finishand we should have a shot at winning the race," said Huffman, whose career-best NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series finish is sixth at Richmond International Raceway last September. "That's pretty exciting to go into the fourth race of the year and be able to have that goal. Especially since the team started as late as it did. Because we had a good test at Martinsville a few weeks ago, I think we'll do well."

"Based on what Robert did last year, I think he ought to be thrilled about this season so far," said Darrell Waltrip. "He's in the top-10 in points and has a couple of top-10 finishes. Robert is exceeding my expectations."

After a top-10 finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the most recent event, Huffman is tenth in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points standings. Granted it's only after three races, but it's significant to Huffman because it's a huge improvement from last season.

"It's great to be in the top-10 in points because that was our goal to start with," said Huffman, who finished 23rd in the 2004 points standings. "The biggest difference from last year to this year is that I'm a lot more confident with what is going on here at Darrell Waltrip Motorsports. I have a better mindset and the team is well prepared. Also, I had sorry racing luck last year. I think we've been real fortunate to come out with two top-10s in the past three events. We have top-10 finishes to build on. Now, we can work on top-five finishes. Then, we can go after winning races."

One of Huffman's eight-career top-10 finishes in the No. 12 Toyota Tundra occurred at Martinsville (10/23/04).

"We ran decent, but I think attrition had a lot to do with the finish," said Huffman. "We ran in the top-15 most of the event. Being able to run the whole race was good experience for myself.Last spring we weren't so lucky. We got into a wreck early on and cut an oil line. We ended up finishing 34th. I think if we stay out of trouble this weekend, we'll do fine."

Live race coverage of the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway is scheduled April 9th beginning at 1:00 p.m. Easternon SPEED Channel. MRN Radio will broadcast the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Darrell Waltrip , Robert Huffman