Bliss in Tundra for HT Motorsports
NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: In 23 NCWTS races in 2009, Toyota Tundra drivers have combined for 14 wins (Bodine -- Daytona and Texas; Busch -- California, Atlanta, Bristol, Chicagoland, New Hampshire, Talladega and Texas-2; Mike Skinner -- Kansas, Iowa and Gateway; Scott -- Dover; and Timothy Peters -- Martinsville-2), 60 top-fives and 124 top-10 finishes ... The 14 victories represent the most by Tundra drivers during a single NCWTS season ... Before this year, the most Toyota NCWTS wins in a single season had been 13 (2007 and 2008) ... Busch has been victorious the last five times he's raced the Billy Ballew Motorsports' No. 51 Miccosukee Resort Tundra (Bristol, Chicagoland, New Hampshire, Talladega and Texas) ... Mike Bliss will race the No. 25 HT Motorsports Tundra this weekend in Phoenix, along with continuing his duties in the NNS for CJM Racing.
BRIAN SCOTT, No. 16 Albertsons Toyota Tundra, Xpress Motorsports
What do you think about racing at Phoenix? "Phoenix was an exciting race in 2008. We ran up front battling for the top spot and we ran second for the longest time. It got interesting right at the start. I think Ron Hornaday, Jr. and Kyle Busch got together coming off of turn four on the first lap and we narrowly missed that. Phoenix proved to be a big shakeup in the championship points standings because both Hornaday and (Johnny) Benson had their problems. We were able to run good and take advantage of other teams' misfortune. We ran up front and stayed out of the wrecks and ended up getting a top-five finish out of it. It was my first top-five in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and it was the first top-five I had with Jeff Hensley (crew chief)."
MIKE BLISS, No. 25 HT Motorsports Toyota Tundra, HT Motorsports
Are you excited to be back racing in the Truck Series again at Phoenix? "Phoenix (International Raceway) always proves to put on a good show in the Truck Series. Even though it is a short track, Phoenix gives you plenty of room to pass and maneuver down the straight-aways. It's easy to get caught up in someone else's mess at PIR, but it actually gives you more time to react there than the other short tracks on the series. I have a lot of fun racing in Phoenix so I am looking forward to racing there for HT Motorsports."
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