Martinsville: Winning team interview

MIKE SKINNER, No. 5 Toyota Tundra, Bill Davis Racing: Finished: 1st How does it feel to dominate like that at Martinsville? "That was cool wasn't it? We knew we didn't expect to win this race and we certainly didn't expect to sit on the pole...

MIKE SKINNER, No. 5 Toyota Tundra, Bill Davis Racing: Finished: 1st

How does it feel to dominate like that at Martinsville?

"That was cool wasn't it? We knew we didn't expect to win this race and we certainly didn't expect to sit on the pole today. I guess it wasn't a fluke, the truck hauled butt all day. The truck was so awesome and Jeff Hensley (crew chief) has given me such great stuff. TRD (Toyota Racing Development) has given us incredible engines. I remember a couple years ago these Toyotas wouldn't run on these short race tracks. All the guys at TRD and Toyota have done a great job. Tundra is moving forward; it's the truck that's changing it all!"

Have you ever had a race vehicle that was so dominant in your career?

"You know that old 31 car at Atlanta a few years ago was this dominant, and we broke something with about 16 or 17 laps to go. But this is about as good as it gets right here. My spotter just kept telling me to be easy getting into that first turn. I said, 'That's where they're going to run into me.' If we could get two laps under our belt, then we could slow down and this thing would just go. You could get to the center of the corner and stomp the floor down and it would just stick. We went and tested at a little hideaway of mine and it was definitely a test worth going and doing."

How did you feel about those late-race cautions?

"I wasn't too happy with some of those guys. You're not going to win today so quit trying to take it from me. It worked out good. There are a bunch of other guys that if they would have been behind me, we wouldn't have won. But Todd Bodine was a gentleman and what goes around, comes around. He has shown a lot of professionalism, that's why he was the champion because he was smart."

JEFF HENSLEY , Crew Chief, No. 5 Toyota Tundra, Bill Davis Racing:

What does it mean to win at your home track?

"Our family-owned team won some Busch races here back in the early 90s. This is really special. It's been 14 years since I've won here as a crew chief and that's big. The biggest thing for us as a team is that we've won on a two-mile track, we've won on a mile-and-a-half and now we've won on the half-mile. This winter we worked really hard to make every aspect of our program better and one of the things that we really failed at last year, I felt, was our two-mile program and our short track program. We've got a win at each of them right now and I just hope I don't wake up from this dream until about November."

"Mike is the biggest change in this deal. He's driving smart and not asking more of the truck that what it can do. We have a good truck at the end when it counts. This is probably the only race that we've had the best truck and won. We didn't have the best truck at California and we didn't have the best truck at Atlanta, but we managed to win with it. We were pretty dominating here and that's big. I went to high school about two miles from here, at Drewry Mason High School. I went to college at Patrick Henry Community College, which is about 15 miles north of here. It's just big."

-credit: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Todd Bodine , Patrick Henry
Teams Bill Davis Racing , Toyota Racing