Talladega: Benson post race interview

JOHNNY BENSON, No. 23 TCUV Toyota Tundra, Bill Davis Racing Finished: 3rd Can you talk about your race today? "As things got rolling, things were pretty good. My only concern was when Jack (Sprague) had his problems. I ran into him pretty...

JOHNNY BENSON, No. 23 TCUV Toyota Tundra, Bill Davis Racing Finished: 3rd

Can you talk about your race today?

"As things got rolling, things were pretty good. My only concern was when Jack (Sprague) had his problems. I ran into him pretty hard and knocked my grill out. We tried to stay out, but got lucky that a caution came out. We needed to fix it. By fixing it, it allowed us to get back to the front with an opportunity to win the race."

How concerned were you following Jack Sprague when his truck was smoking?

"At first, the smoke came out pretty bad and I thought he was blowing up and I pulled out. I didn't want to pull out -- I wanted to stay with him but I thought he was breaking. It came out pretty sudden so I got out of the way, but he kept going. I knew it was going to be short-lived. I pushed him back up to the front and then he broke. I couldn't do anything because I had a guy beside me."

How similar was this race to the season-opener at Daytona?

"In Daytona, I had to push Jack by somebody to win. This time, I wasn't trying to help Rick win because I need to help the Toyota win. The minute I cut across and got a good run I tried to get him there on the inside. It was a heck of a race for the fans."

-credit: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Jack Sprague
Teams Bill Davis Racing