HUFFMAN COUNTS DOWN TO FRIDAY NIGHT ACTION AT TEXAS FORT WORTH, TX (June 8, 2005) -- Robert Huffman's main objective at Texas Motor Speedway this Friday night is to rebound from a disappointing finish in the most recent NASCAR Craftsman Truck...
HUFFMAN COUNTS DOWN TO FRIDAY NIGHT ACTION AT TEXAS
FORT WORTH, TX (June 8, 2005) -- Robert Huffman's main objective at Texas Motor Speedway this Friday night is to rebound from a disappointing finish in the most recent NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event.
"We've put last weekend behind us so that we can turn our focus to Texas," said Huffman, who finished 35th in the No. 12 Toyota Tundra at Dover International Speedway. "Texas is a track that I ran well at both times last season, but we had things happen that resulted in undesirable finishes. We started on the outside pole in the first Texas race as we did at Atlanta too. We had a great run going until we had a fuel line problem about aone-third of the way through. We were still in the top-five or in the sixth position when it happened. It's disappointing when something like that happens after you've qualified strong and you're running well."
Showing strength in both Texas events last year, Huffman's going for his first top-five of the season at the 1.5-mile tri-oval.
"We ran well in the second race at Texas last season too and I feel like we should have a good shot at a top-five or top-10 finish this Friday," said Huffman. "Once again, we didn't have the results to show for our effort because we were taken out of the running when we were involved in an accident. We were in the top-10 when it happened."
With 1.5-mile racetracks noted as Darrell Waltrip Motorsports strong suit, Huffman is trying to top his best finish of ninth this season.
"Darrell Waltrip Motorsports is especially strong on these type of tracks," said Huffman. "Last season, they finished third at both Atlanta and Texas. They have always showcased their capabilities at this kind of track."
Huffman favors the No. 12 Toyota Tundra truck he's running this Friday night at Texas.
"This truck has earned a top-10 finish at both California Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway this year," said Huffman. "We also ran it at Lowe's Motor Speedway. It's been a good truck for us. I think we'll do well with it at Texas."
On Friday before the race, Huffman speaks to a fourth grade class from a San Antonio school.
"Every year NASCAR and Texas Motor Speedway provide a backstage view of NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series competition to a group of students from the San Antonio area," said Huffman. "It allows the students to meet the drivers, learn about the series and what types of jobs there are to make this thing work. There will be around 45 students and teachersthat Brandon Whitt and I will be talking to."
Live race coverage of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday, June 10th begins at 9:15 p.m. EDT on SPEED Channel. MRN Radio will broadcast theevent.
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