Todd Bodine earned his second NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) victory of 2008 Saturday afternoon at Alabama's Talladega Superspeedway and third consecutive win on a superspeedway (Talladega - 2007, Daytona - 2008). This is the 11th win for...
Todd Bodine earned his second NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) victory of 2008 Saturday afternoon at Alabama's Talladega Superspeedway and third consecutive win on a superspeedway (Talladega - 2007, Daytona - 2008).
This is the 11th win for the Toyota Tundra this season.
Kyle Busch (third), Mike Wallace (fifth), Brian Scott (seventh) and Mike Skinner (ninth) also earned top-10 finishes in Talladega.
Other Tundras in the field included Johnny Benson (11th), John Andretti (14th), Scott Speed (15th), David Starr (19th), Terry Cook (23rd) and Joey Logano (26th).
Toyota drivers led 28 of 94 laps with Busch (14 laps), Bodine (10 laps), Andr etti (three laps) and Scott (one lap) each taking turns in front of the field.
Benson fell to the second position in the unofficial NCTS points lead after Talladega. He is now 39 points behind leader, Ron Hornaday, Jr. with five races remaining to determine the championship.
MIKE WALLACE, No. 9 Construct Corps Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing
What happened on the final lap? "Johnny (Benson) gave me just a little bit of an opening down there to get it three-wide. It was a typical plate race with the trucks. It always comes down to push, shove, this, that you know. It was pretty clean and I'm happy with a fifth place finish. Like anybody, we come to win the thing. The Toyota Tundra ran really well and I have to thank Germain and Toyota for supporting this effort here and so far the Wallace family had a ninth last night at the ARCA race and start sixth tomorrow."
How were you able to work your way to a top-five finish? "It started back at the restart and Ron (Hornaday) was in front of me and we talked and we're buddies -- he said he would go wherever and I have to get on him because he dropped his wingman out there on the back straightaway. We were running two- wide there and it was just a little bit of patience for like a micro-second and Johnny (Benson) gave me just enough of an opening to get my right-front in there and I got to his door. No disrespect to him because he is a great racer, but I knew he was points racing so I knew he would be really conservative and then everybody got jammed up. I was watching the replay and I thought it was pretty cool myself. The truck looks like it's pretty straight."
BRIAN SCOTT, No. 16 Albertsons Toyota Tundra, Xpress Motorsports
How crazy was today's race for you? "It was a good day all around. Pit stops worked out, everything worked out. We weren't always in the front, but we were always able to get there when we wanted to. We had good help out there and good pushers and we were a good pusher. It was just a lot of fun in our Albertsons Toyota today. It was exactly what you would expect at these superspeedways -- it was a lot like Daytona, just on how stuff happened. Luckily I had a good memory of the things that happened at Daytona and I just tried to capitalize on some experience and tried to get it to the front."
JOHNNY BENSON, No. 23 Toyota Certified Used Vehicles Toyota Tundra, Bill Davis Racing
What happened at the end of the race? "I messed up right there at the end. It got so crazy there at the end and I didn't stay tight enough and the 9 (Mike Wallace) started squeezing his way up there. That hurt our shot right there -- maybe not for a chance to win, but for a top-five. We fell back there at the end and went from fifth to 11th. That hurt us a little bit. Other than that it was a good run and we made it through with only having to rebuild half the truck. Sometimes we got banged up there a little bit, but outside that it is what it is. It wasn't a horrible day. I made a mistake there at the end with letting the 9 (Mike Wallace) get underneath me and I didn't know he was there. I knew he was pushing, but I didn't know he was there and he snuck in there and I couldn't do anything about it. A couple of the guys would just turn left and knock you into everybody else. I had that happen to me earlier in the race so I wasn't going to do that and end up upside down."
JOEY LOGANO, No. 59 Team ASE/Harris Trucking Toyota Tundra, HT Motorsports
What happened to you at the end of the race? "Well, my No. 59 Team ASE/Raybestos Tundra was pretty good. We had our side window come out early and it took the whole B-post with it. After that happened, we were five laps down and ran alright. We really had nothing to gain, so we just kept coming in to get the truck as good as possible. Then on the last lap, it was just a situation of wrong place, wrong time. The truck got a lot of damage and ended pretty much as junk. This was a very good learning experience for me and I would like to thank all of the folks at HT Motorsports for the opportunity to drive this Toyota."
MIKE SKINNER, No. 5 Toyota Tundra, Bill Davis Racing
JOHN ANDRETTI, No. 15 Ergon Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports
SCOTT SPEED, No. 22 Red Bull Toyota Tundra, Bill Davis Racing
DAVID STARR, No. 11 K&N Filters Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing
TERRY COOK, No. 60 Wyler.com Toyota Tundra, Wyler Racing
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