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THIS RACE: Series (NCTS). Seven Toyota Tundras are entered in the O'Reilly 200 in Memphis. LAST RACE: In the most recent NCTS race at Texas Motor Speedway (June 11), three Toyotas finished in the top-12. Leading the Tundra drivers to the finish...

THIS RACE: Series (NCTS). Seven Toyota Tundras are entered in the O'Reilly 200 in Memphis.

LAST RACE: In the most recent NCTS race at Texas Motor Speedway (June 11), three Toyotas finished in the top-12. Leading the Tundra drivers to the finish line was David Reutimann, who was third in the No.17 NTN Bearings Tundra. Following Reutimann were Mike Skinner (11th) in the No.42 Bang Racing Tundra and Bill Lester (12th) in the No.22 Bill Davis Racing Tundra.

POINTS PACE: After seven races, three Toyota drivers are among the top-11 in the NCTS championship standings. Mike Skinner is fourth in the standings (982 points) and rookie David Reutimann is seventh (908 points). Last year's NCTS champion, Travis Kvapil, sits 11th in the standings (870 points). Reutimann also tops the Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year standings (84 points).

2nd 3rd FOR 17: David Reutimann equaled the best finish of his brief NCTS career with a third-place in Texas. Earlier this season, Reutimann crossed the finish line third in Atlanta. It also marks another top-10 result for Reutimann. After beginning the year with three straight top- 10s, he had been outside the top-10 in the three races before Texas.

Mike Skinner has registered six consecutive top-15 finishes, after opening the year 28th at 42 IN 15: Daytona. During the streak, Skinner has three top-fives, including a runner-up finish in Atlanta, and two fifths (Martinsville and Dover). Skinner also has a pair of 11th-place finishes and he was 15th in Charlotte.

MIKE LEADS 6: At Texas, Mike Skinner led 41 laps (23-63) around the 1.5-mile track. It was the sixth race of the year in which Skinner has led the field in his No.42 Tundra. He has also led the field at Dover (85 laps), Charlotte (2 laps), Martinsville (38 laps), Atlanta (68 laps) and Daytona (6 laps). The Mansfield, OH race is the only event in which Skinner has not been the race leader.

BILL'S BEST: Bill Lester registered his best finish of the season at Texas, crossing the finish line 12th in the No.22 Tundra. He qualified third and completed 166 of 167 laps en route to his best 2004 result. His previous best finish was a 15th in Atlanta. "This is definitely a foundation to build upon for the rest of the year," said Lester, after the race. "There's a lot of fight in these guys at Bill Davis Racing. We work well together, we're all on the same page and optimistic about the future."

ROOKS RULE: Rookie NCTS Tundra drivers have been the top finishing newcomers in six of seven events this year. David Reutimann has been the top finishing rookie at Daytona (9th), Atlanta (3rd), Martinsville (8th) and Texas (3rd). Robert Huffman, driver of the No.12 Innovative Motorsports Tundra, has been the first rookie across the finish line in Charlotte (16th) and Dover (11th). The race in Mansfield, OH is the only one in which a Toyota rookie driver was not the first series newcomer to the checkered flag.

SECOND BEST: The best finish by a Toyota Tundra driver this season has been second-place. Bang Racing teammates Travis Kvapil (Daytona) and Mike Skinner (Atlanta) have both finished second.

TUNDRA TOPS: Toyota drivers have recorded eight top-five finishes, and 11 top-10 finishes, in 49 combined appearances. Along with seconds by Travis Kvapil (Daytona) and Mike Skinner (Atlanta), David Reutimann was third in Atlanta and Texas, and Hank Parker Jr. was third in Dover. In addition, Kvapil has a fourth-place finish (Atlanta), and Skinner has finished fourth (Dover) and fifth (Martinsville).

3 MORE:In addition to Mike Skinner, three other Toyota Tundra drivers have been race leaders this season. Travis Kvapil led 15 laps at Daytona and one lap in Atlanta, and rookie David Reutimann also led laps at Daytona (7) and Atlanta (8 laps). In addition, Bill Lester led 19 laps at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

TK TOPS: Travis Kvapil recorded his second career NCTS victory at Memphis Motorsports Park (6-22-02).

UP & DOWN:"Our season has been a little bit of a roller coaster," said Reutimann, after the Texas race. "We've run really well, and we've also had some bad runs one of those at Mansfield. But, overall, things have been going well. We have a really good truck and a great team that keeps me pumped up."

POLE NO.1: In Atlanta, a Tundra captured the NCTS pole position for the first time. David Reutimann recorded a speed of 179.452 MPH (30.894 seconds) to earn his first NCTS pole, and Toyota's inaugural pole. He set a new NCTS mark by winning the pole in his second start.

TWOS FOR 12: Robert Huffman started on the outside of the front row at Texas. It was the second time this season that he has started second. In Atlanta, Huffman also qualified his No.12 Tundra second on the starting grid.

DW'S TUNDRA: Darrell Waltrip's Toyota Tundra pickup truck, an exclusive VIP trip to the Toyota Tundra 200 NCTS race Aug.14 in Nashville, a "Do-It-Yourself" Dream Garage of more than 500 Craftsman tools and a $1,000 gift certificate to Bass Pro Shops will go to the highest bidder in an online eBay charity auction hosted by Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS). One hundred percent of the proceeds from the winner's bid will go to the Victory Junction Gang Camp, a retreat for children living with chronic or life- threatening illnesses, established by Kyle and Pattie Petty. More information on the charity auction on eBay can be found at www.DarrellsTundra.com, with the online auction running June 14-24.

BUILD IT: The Toyota Racing Development R&D and production facility is located in High Point, NC. It takes seven workers working between eight and nine hours a day five days to build a NCTS Tundra. It takes about 20 hours from start-to-finish to build a production Tundra at Toyota's Princeton, Indiana facility, where 5,004 associates work and where a new Tundra rolls off the assembly line every 74 seconds. Princeton, Indiana is the only place in the world where production Tundras are built.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Darrell Waltrip , Mike Skinner , Hank Parker Jr. , Bill Lester , David Reutimann , Robert Huffman , Travis Kvapil
Teams Bill Davis Racing , Toyota Racing