Tundra drivers Johnny Benson (second), Scott Speed (third) and Todd Bodine (fourth) scored top-five finishes in Saturday afternoon's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) race at Michigan International Speedway. Kyle Busch (seventh), Mike Skinner...
Tundra drivers Johnny Benson (second), Scott Speed (third) and Todd Bodine (fourth) scored top-five finishes in Saturday afternoon's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) race at Michigan International Speedway.
Kyle Busch (seventh), Mike Skinner (eighth) and Terry Cook (10th) also finished in the top-10 for Toyota.
Toyota drivers Justin Marks (13th), Marc Mitchell (22nd), Ted Musgrave (24th) and David Starr (26th) were also in the field.
Tundra drivers led 66 of the race's 100 laps. Bodine led five times for a race-high 39 laps, while Speed (17), Benson (eight), Skinner (one) and Cook (one) also spent time in front of the field.
Skinner earned his 30th career NCTS poles in a Tundra and the 53rd for Toyota since joining the series in 2004 (110 races).
Benson gained the lead in the unofficial NCTS point standings with his second-place finish at Michigan and is 15 points ahead of fellow Tundra driver, Bodine (second). Skinner (sixth) and Cook (ninth) are also among the top-10 in the unofficial NCTS point standings following Michigan.
TODD BODINE, No. 30 Lumber Liquidators Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing Finished: 4th
How did your truck handle today? "The Lumber Liquidators Tundra was just awesome. It was so good. It was just really nice and free. It would roll good and right there on that next to last run we just had a bad set of tires. The rear of the truck wouldn't hook up right from the start. I was hanging on for dear life. If we could've had that caution five laps sooner we would've won the race. It was great to come back and get a fourth-place finish after being so far behind with such an ill-handling truck, and to get a break like that is how you win championships -- to come back from a deficit. This Lumber Liquidators team did a great job. Germain Racing has really worked hard on this truck. It's a lot different than what we're used to running and its working. We've just got to keep fine- tuning it and go back every week. Last week at Texas we were way too loose. This week, we were just a little free and we'll come back the next race and be right on. We're looking forward to going there (Milwaukee)."
Are you happy with the points you picked up today? "Points were definitely a plus. It's a shame Ron (Hornaday Jr.) had a problem there at the end. The points are tight again. This is truck racing at its best right here. Two-by-two for the finish for first through fourth is incredible and we're glad to be a part of it."
-credit: toyota motorsports