NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Tundra drivers have combined for six wins, 27 top-five results, 60 top-10 finishes and four poles after the first 12 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) races ... Cup regulars Denny Hamlin (Billy Ballew ...
NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Tundra drivers have combined for six wins, 27 top-five results, 60 top-10 finishes and four poles after the first 12 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) races ... Cup regulars Denny Hamlin (Billy Ballew Motorsports) and Kasey Kahne (Kyle Busch Motorsports) will race Tundras at Pocono ... Todd and Janet Bodine will host the first-ever 'Onion Slice Open' charity golf tournament at Blue Ridge Trail Golf Course in Mountaintop, Pa., on Thurs., July 29 ... Toyota drivers have won the two most recent inaugural races added to the NCWTS schedule at Chicagoland (Kyle Busch) and Iowa (Mike Skinner) ... Tundra drivers Bodine (first), Aric Almirola (second), Timothy Peters (fifth), Skinner (eighth) and David Starr (ninth) are in the top-10 in the NCWTS point standings.
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 15 Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports
How did you end up with a ride in the NCWTS race at Pocono? "Billy Ballew has always been really good to me and we've had a few good runs together in the Truck series. I only run about one truck race a year and this year I chose Pocono. I can't wait to get there. It's just a 50-lap shootout, multiple-truck qualifying -- it's something I couldn't miss. I'd like to be part of the names that win in all three top series. I think Pocono is a good opportunity to maybe get that done."
What do you think of the NCWTS qualifying format for Pocono? "I'm looking forward to it. I think it's a good thing. They could do stuff like that over here on the Cup side. I think it will be good because they're going to group you based off your practice speeds. You know you're not going to run up on a guy or a guy is not going to catch you. It's well-thought out."
TODD BODINE, No. 30 Germain.com Tundra, Germain Racing
Are you looking forward to hosting your first-ever charity golf tournament? "I've been racing for 19 years and it's finally time to give back. I had no way of doing anything like this before. Janet (wife) is from up there and she has all the means and connections -- she's put the whole thing together and done a great job. We'll have a golf tournament on Thursday and we hope to raise a lot of money. The tournament will benefit pediatric patients suffering from brain trauma and brain disease at John Heinz Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre Township, Pa. There are 800 children that go to the clinic who don't have insurance and funds we raise will help them with their care. We have a few drivers coming to play in the golf tournament, including Ricky Carmichael, Ron Hornaday Jr., Justin Lofton and Austin Dillon."
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