Denny Hamlin (third), Todd Bodine (fourth) and Scott Speed (fifth) scored top-five finishes for Toyota in Saturday's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Speed was the highest-finishing rookie. Tundra drivers...
Denny Hamlin (third), Todd Bodine (fourth) and Scott Speed (fifth) scored top-five finishes for Toyota in Saturday's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Speed was the highest-finishing rookie.
Tundra drivers Johnny Benson (seventh), Kyle Busch (eighth) and Brian Scott (10th) also posted top-10 results on the 1.5-mile Georgia oval.
Other Toyota drivers in the field included Jack Sprague (13th), David Starr (14th), Chrissy Wallace (25th), Mike Skinner (26th) and Terry Cook (28th).
With today's finish, Benson leads Ron Hornaday, Jr. by 31 points in the unofficial NCTS point standings with three races remaining.
TODD BODINE, No. 30 Lumber Liquidators Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing
How do you think your race went this afternoon? "It was pretty darn good -- second in class. I don't know how we are supposed to run with the Chevys and Fords. It's just ridiculous how much power they have on us -- especially at a race track like Atlanta. It gets really slick. The tires are really hard, and you can only handle as good as they do. When you have horsepower, they can drive away from you, and that's what happened. Ron (Hornaday, Jr.) and Ryan (Newman) had great trucks, don't get me wrong. It's was a tough race for our Tundras."
How much do you like racing at Atlanta? "I love Atlanta. We didn't have the best truck, by any means. The truck was really balanced -- a little tight in the middle -- but the Lumber Liquidators crew did a great job. There were great pit stops all day. We made some really good adjustments because we were way off in the beginning. I could run with them in the corners, but I couldn't handle them down the straightaways. Those Chevrolets have a lot of horsepower over us right now. I don't know how they expect us to be competitive when you can only run so fast through the corner and they drive away from you on the straightaway. We had a good day, though, so I can't complain."
SCOTT SPEED, No. 22 Red Bull Toyota Tundra, Bill Davis Racing
How do you think the race went from your perspective? "It was good. The truck ran pretty decent all day. We definitely had the high side of (turns) one and two down, we got held up a little bit in traffic and everyone got away from us. It took us a while to catch them all, but at the end we were definitely really quick. We had a good battle with the 30 (Todd Bodine) at the end, and that's good for Team Red Bull. Everyone did a good job."
JOHNNY BENSON, No. 23 Toyota Certified Used Vehicles Tundra, Bill Davis Racing
How was your race today? "We definitely didn't have the week that we thought we were going to have. We always run really, really good here. We've had some mechanical issues that have taken us out of some great finishes. We just didn't run good today -- that was the bottom line. I don't understand. We were good and decent in practice -- and we thought we were going to be in the race. We started the race and we struggled with something. We had something that was amiss and we just have to try to find it."
What was the problem with your truck? "We were trying all kinds of things because it wasn't going away. We had a huge vibration somewhere and we just kept making different adjustments trying to accomplish the same thing -- the one spot that was really ill. It was really making the thing drive not very good at all. You know, we just kept working on it. Trip (Bruce, crew chief) and those guys did a great job to get it to the end. To run seventh, that was better than we ran all race, for sure. We got a little bit better in the end. We had one tire that felt like it was loose -- they weren't sure -- then we ended up putting those used tires on and we almost got a lap down. Then when we got back on equal tires, we weren't that good, but good enough to make seventh."
With all your problems -- is it satisfying coming home with a seventh-place result? We'll take that. It was on the edge of breaking -- it was right on the edge. Something was going to break before the end. With 25 laps, the vibration was getting worse and with five laps it was really, really bad. Then with three laps it kept getting worse and worse. I kept having to back pedal -- I needed to make it to the checkered flag."
KYLE BUSCH, No. 51 Miccosukee Resorts Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports
BRIAN SCOTT, No. 16 Albertsons Toyota Tundra, Xpress Motorsports
JACK SPRAGUE, No. 60 Wyler.com Toyota Tundra, Wyler Racing
DAVID STARR, No. 11 Zachry Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing
CHRISSY WALLACE, No. 9 Germain.com Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing
MIKE SKINNER, No. 5 Toyota Tundra, Bill Davis Racing
TERRY COOK, No. 59 Team ASE/Harris Trucking Toyota Tundra, HT Motorsports
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