St. Louis: Benson post race interview

JOHNNY BENSON, No. 23 Toyota Certified Used Vehicles Toyota Tundra, Bill Davis Racing Finished: 3rd Can you talk about how your pit strategy played out to give you a top-three finish? "It didn't play out that good. We ended up all right, but...

JOHNNY BENSON, No. 23 Toyota Certified Used Vehicles Toyota Tundra, Bill Davis Racing
Finished: 3rd

Can you talk about how your pit strategy played out to give you a top-three finish?

"It didn't play out that good.  We ended up all right, but you could see out there that we were getting passed, and that's going to
make it tough for the rest of the season.  Trip Bruce (crew chief) and the guys did a great job.  This thing was as good as
anybody through the corners.  We're pretty happy with what we have to work with, and we'll just deal with it."

Where do you think the other trucks had the advantage over yours?

"They kicked our (butts) down the straightaway.  There isn't any doubt about it.  Before, we were always equal to them, and
now, we're nowhere near equal to them.  We have to deal with it.  Not sure why we fall within different rules as everybody else,
but we'll do the best we can.  That's all we can do."

Do you think you had a truck capable of winning the race?

"The last 30 laps of the race, we posted some of the best laps.  I think we had a third-place truck.  Unfortunately, with the new
rules, we have to do things that no one else can do.  That's what we'll have to do for the rest of the season, and that's a shame."

What was the thinking behind the two-tire stop at the end?

"It's the only way we could get in the top-10, with the new rules package. It was a tough program today. Our Tundra was decent -- we could roll through the corner good, we just got hurt on the straightaway. Pit strategy is what got us up there. We got passed by about six trucks today, and that's how our day went."

-credit: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Truck
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