Texas: Toyota team race notes, quotes

Todd Bodine earned his record sixth win at Texas Motor Speedway in Friday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race. Bodine led three times for 106 of 169 laps at Texas. The victory was also the 70th victory for Toyota since ...

Todd Bodine earned his record sixth win at Texas Motor Speedway in Friday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race.

Bodine led three times for 106 of 169 laps at Texas.

The victory was also the 70th victory for Toyota since entering the NCWTS in 2004 and the eighth in 13 races for Toyota at the 1.5-mile oval.

Tundra drivers Mike Skinner (fourth), Timothy Peters (seventh), Nelson Piquet Jr. (eighth) and Johnny Benson (10th) also earned top-10 finishes.

Toyota drivers Aric Almirola (12th), David Starr (16th) and Justin Lofton (23rd) were also in the field.

Bodine's win increased his lead in the unofficial NCWTS point standings, now 65 points ahead of second-place Almirola. Peters (third), Skinner (sixth) and Starr (ninth) are also in the top-10 in points after eight of 25 races.

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TODD BODINE, No. 30 Valvoline Germain.com Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing
Finishing Position: 1st

How hard did you have to work for this win tonight? "They made me earn it three times tonight, four times actually. I'm not usually that good on restarts. I knew, especially with Ron (Hornaday Jr.) outside me, he's the king of restarts. I had to get a good one and that last one I got a good one, didn't spin the tires except for right before third gear. It was a good start. The Tundra ran good. We got a little tight when Ron passed me, it was a little too tight behind him once we got out in front it was good."

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MIKE SKINNER, No. 5 International Trucks/Monaco RV Toyota Tundra, Randy Moss Motorsports
Finishing Position: 4th

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TIMOTHY PETERS, No.  17 Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing

Finishing Position: 7th

Can you talk about your race? "The truck was good all night. Jeff Hensley (crew chief) and everybody did a great job on this Strutmasters.com Crescent Tools Toyota Tundra. I made a rookie mistake on that restart, that's what got us behind. We did what we had to do. It was a good point's night and we'll go on to Michigan next week." NELSON PIQUET JR., No. 15 ArcSite/Qualcomm Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports Finishing Position: 8th

How was your tonight? "It was another race where I learned a lot really. It was such a long race, it's difficult to say. The truck was good to start then in the middle part of the race, I struggled. I was loose, tight -- we were struggling during pit stops trying to fix the truck. We were hanging in there and not crashing, not getting involved in accidents and staying on the lead lap. At the end we had a really good run, a really good chance to finish in the top three and one of the green trucks, he went in the grass and it covered the front of my truck and the water temperature went all the way up. I had to pit and I had take it off the fan and we lost a few places. That was it. I lost the race over there. If it wasn't for that, I'm sure we could have finished top three, easily. For my fourth truck race against these guys who have been here for years, I think we're doing a good job. In Michigan we're going to have another good, long race to get laps to learn and another good truck like I had this weekend."

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JOHNNY BENSON, No. 18 Toyota Tundra, Kyle Busch Motorsports
Finishing Position: 10th

Was your truck hard to handle tonight? "We really didn't practice this setup. We put it in going into qualifying, so we didn't have any time on it. We just made a couple of , we just didn't know on the adjustments we made and then after we started going back the other way, it started getting good. Then twice within a quarter of a lap of grabbing the 'lucky dog' we just couldn't get it. It made for a really long day. I still have to thank Kyle (Busch, owner) and everybody for letting me come and do this. I wish I could have done a better job for him but I guess we were able to come out of here to move on to the next one. If we would have got the 'lucky dog' and one more adjustment, I think we could have ran in the top-five, we just didn't have a top-five truck at the beginning. It was no where near it. By the end, I think we had a close to a top-five truck we were just on the wrong lap."

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ARIC ALMIROLA, No. 51 Zyclara Graceway Pharmaceuticals Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports
Finishing Position: 12th

DAVID STARR, No. 81 Zachry Toyota Tundra, Randy Moss Motorsports
Finishing Position: 16th

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JUSTIN LOFTON, No. 7 VisitPit.com Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing
Finishing Position: 23rd

What happened on the race track? "Coming on the restart, everything was jumbled up at the beginning, I don't know why. Half the field was half the track back and all of a sudden we're going green. We got jumbled up and stuck behind some slower trucks that probably weren't where they supposed to be. Got behind (Ron) Hornaday and David Starr came up and we started racing hard. I was up on the high groove in Hornaday's draft going down the backstretch, pulling a little bit faster. I know it's a tough angle for the spotters up there, but some of these guys need to listen a little bit more and maybe give a little bit more than they take. All these veterans out here are always telling us to give and take and all they seem to do is take. It's just real unfortunate for everyone on the No. 7 VisitPit.com Toyota Tundra."

-source: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Todd Bodine , Mike Skinner , David Starr , Johnny Benson , Nelson Piquet Jr. , Timothy Peters , Aric Almirola , Justin Lofton , Kyle Busch
Teams Germain Racing , Kyle Busch Motorsports , Red Horse Racing