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BACK IN ACTION: The Toyota Tundra returns to NCTS action Wednesday night at Bristol following a weekend off. Tundra driver Johnny Benson has been scorching hot, winning four of the last five races -- at Milwaukee in June, Kentucky and...

BACK IN ACTION: The Toyota Tundra returns to NCTS action Wednesday night at Bristol following a weekend off. Tundra driver Johnny Benson has been scorching hot, winning four of the last five races -- at Milwaukee in June, Kentucky and Indianapolis in July, and two weeks ago at Nashville Superspeedway. The Grand Rapids, Mich.-native has recorded 12 top-10 finishes in 15 races this season, and is the defending race-winner at Bristol.

TUNDRAS AT BRISTOL: This week marks the fifth race for the Toyota Tundra at Bristol Motor Speedway. Toyota has a pair of wins at the track, including Benson's victory in 2007 and Skinner's triumph at 'Thunder Valley' in 2005. Tundra drivers also have two poles at the short track, with Reutimann in 2005 and David Green one year ago.

JUNIOR'S TAKE: Tundra driver Todd Bodine has a pair of second-place finishes at Bristol -- in 2005 and 2006. The Germain Racing No. 30 Lumber Liquidators Toyota team returns to Bristol hoping to get that elusive victory. "A win at Bristol would be very special to this team," says crew chief Mike Hillman, Jr. "We know our driver can get it done at this track, and we know we've made a lot of improvements to our short track program. A win at Bristol, especially against the talented Cup drivers we will have in the field on Wednesday, it might rival our Daytona win."

BENSON ROCKS OUT IN NASHVILLE: With his win in Nashville on August 9, Benson maintained his lead in the NCTS point standings, holding a 45-point advantage over second-place Ron Hornaday, Jr. Other Tundra drivers in the top-10 in points include Bodine (fourth), Skinner (fifth), Terry Cook (ninth) and David Starr (10th).

LUCKY EIGHT: Tundra drivers have registered eight NCTS wins in 2008. Benson (four wins) and Busch (California and Atlanta) have each won multiple truck races while Tundra racers Bodine (Daytona) and Scott Speed (Dover) each have one NCTS victory in 2008.

TUNDRAS TOUGH IN TENNESSEE: In addition to the two wins and one pole that Toyota drivers have earned at Bristol, Tundra drivers have been tough at other NASCAR tracks in the 'Volunteer' state, including Nashville, Memphis and Bristol. Toyota drivers have accumulated seven wins and eight poles in the state. In 2005, Tundras swept all three Tennessee races from the pole. This year, Benson earned the pole at Memphis and won the NCTS race in Nashville.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Todd Bodine , David Starr , Johnny Benson , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Terry Cook , David Green , Scott Speed
Teams Germain Racing