Phoenix: Toyota teams race notes, quotes

Kyle Busch (second) was the top finishing Toyota driver in Friday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at Phoenix International Raceway. Aric Almirola (third) also finished in the top-five at Phoenix, his seventh top-five...

Kyle Busch (second) was the top finishing Toyota driver in Friday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at Phoenix International Raceway.

Aric Almirola (third) also finished in the top-five at Phoenix, his seventh top-five result in 15 starts this season.

Mike Skinner (sixth), Mike Bliss (seventh), David Starr (ninth) and Stacy Compton (10th) also had top-10 finishes for Toyota at the one-mile race track.

Tundra drivers Brian Scott (11th), Todd Bodine (12th), T.J. Bell (13th), Timothy Peters (16th), Tayler Malsam (17th) and Brad Sweet (22nd) were also in the field.

Five Tundra drivers are among the top-10 in the unofficial NCWTS point standings -- Skinner (third), Bodine (fourth), Scott (sixth), Starr (eighth) and Peters (ninth) -- with one race remaining in the 2009 season.

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MIKE SKINNER, No. 5 Exide Batteries Toyota Tundra, Randy Moss Motorsports
Finishing Position: 6th

Were you not feeling well during tonight's race at Phoenix? "I got the creeping crud. It started a couple of days ago and my doctor has got me on all kinds of antibiotics and Prednisone and everything else to try to keep me alive so I could run this race. Our Exide Tundra was awfully, awfully loose. I don't know what happened to the truck I had yesterday. After the race, Eric (Phillips, crew chief) told me he freed it up this morning and didn't tell me about it. We need to communicate a little better on stuff like that. Once he got it tightened back up, I wish I could have started the race like I ended the race because I think we probably could have gotten a few more spots."

Did being sick tonight make this a difficult race? "Yeah, any time you're sick, your focus is off and your reactions are off. I was burning up hot one second and freezing cold the next. My nose is running all down my mouth -- it's just not pretty when you're sick. That's why drivers make more than mechanics because we have to be able to do that and we have to play hurt sometimes."

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MIKE BLISS, No. 25 Harris Trucking Toyota Tundra, HT Motorsports
Finishing Position: 7th

How was your race? "It was alright, it was kind of uneventful. We took four (tires) at first and then we took two at the end. We were kind of just sliding around at the end, but this place is always like that the last 50 laps. It never goes that long. We kind of counted on that. It was a good run. I'm really happy I got to run this Toyota Tundra and it was a good solid run for us."

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DAVID STARR, No. 24 Zachry Toyota Tundra, HT Motorsports
Finishing Position: 9th

Are you disappointed with your finish tonight? "I am. We keep working hard. We didn't have the best truck tonight. Our Zachry Toyota Tundra was just okay. We got it better towards that second practice yesterday. Jason Miller, our crew chief, found something. It just wasn't where it needed to be. We had some great pit stop strategy and with a lot of heart and hard work, we never gave up. We came out with a decent finish. Top-10s is a good thing, but we shoot for a lot better than that."

What do you think about both HT Motorsports Tundras being in the top 10? "That's a good thing. That's what we shoot for, we want both trucks in the top five and top 10. It was good to see us both right there close to each other. We just needed to be a little bit further up the pecking charts. Not bad for a seventh and ninth but we're definitely working harder to get closer to that number one spot. With the way our truck was handling and everything we had to fight against, it was almost like a win for us. You never get enough until you win these races, so we'll just keep striving and working hard to do that and that's what we're going to keep doing."

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STACY COMPTON, No. 60 SafeAuto Insurance Toyota Tundra, Wyler Racing
Finishing Position: 10th

BRIAN SCOTT, No. 16 Albertsons Toyota Tundra, Xpress Motorsports
Finishing Position: 11th

TODD BODINE, No. 30 Copart Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing
Finishing Position: 12th

T.J. BELL, No. 11 Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing
Finishing Position: 13th

TIMOTHY PETERS, No. 17 Strutmasters.com Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing
Finishing Position: 16th

TAYLER MALSAM, No. 81 One-Eighty Toyota Tundra, Randy Moss Motorsports
Finishing Position: 17th

BRAD SWEET, No. 90 Great Clips Toyota Tundra, Stringer Motorsports
Finishing Position: 22nd

-credit: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Todd Bodine , Mike Skinner , David Starr , Stacy Compton , T.J. Bell , Mike Bliss , Jason Miller , Timothy Peters , Aric Almirola , Brian Scott , Tayler Malsam , Brad Sweet , Kyle Busch
Teams Germain Racing , Red Horse Racing