Kyle Busch visited victory lane in Saturday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at Atlanta Motor Speedway after leading 33 of 130 laps, starting from the pole in Billy Ballew Motorsports' No. 51 Miccosukee Tundra. It was Busch's ...
Kyle Busch visited victory lane in Saturday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at Atlanta Motor Speedway after leading 33 of 130 laps, starting from the pole in Billy Ballew Motorsports' No. 51 Miccosukee Tundra.
It was Busch's second-consecutive NCWTS victory of 2009, also winning at California's Auto Club Speedway (Feb. 21).
Todd Bodine (third), Mike Skinner (fourth) and Terry Cook (fifth), Johnny Benson (ninth) and Brian Scott (10th) also earned top-10 results at Atlanta.
Other Tundra drivers in the race included T.J. Bell, Jr. (12th), Tayler Malsam (13th), Timothy Peters (15th), David Starr (17th), Stacy Compton (19th), Max Papis (20th), Shane Sieg (23rd) and Gabi Dicarlo (24th).
Toyota Tundra drivers have opened the 2009 season with three straight victories. In addition to Busch's two wins, Bodine won the Daytona season-opener.
Tundra drivers have now won 54 NCWTS races since the start of the 2004 season (128 races).
MIKE SKINNER, No. 5 Exide Batteries Toyota Tundra, Randy Moss Motorsports
Finishing Position: 4th
Were you surprised with a top-five finish? "We had about a ninth-place truck and we really missed it on the set-up. We knew we had done that earlier. We rode behind Terry (Cook) forever and ever and he was just a little bit better than we were, especially on long runs. We just thought that if we could finish in the top-10 it would be a good day. We had some fuel left so we got a good restart, but our Exide Tundra just wasn't very good today. We feel like we stole one getting into the top-five."
TERRY COOK, No. 25 Harris Trucking Toyota Tundra, HT Motorsports
Finishing Position: 5th
How close were you to winning the race today? "Danny Rollins (crew chief) made a hell of a call - we were trying to set up to win the race. We were just a little too high in second gear and we were spinning the tires on the restarts. On that last restart we spun the tires all the way down the front - stretch. I saw Kyle (Busch) laying back because he had trouble with third gear so I bumbled up the field coming to the start and just spun the tires on the front-stretch. Both restarts we would run out of fuel right in the middle of (turns) one and two and halfway down the backstretch. I'm happy but I'm disappointed. The Harris Trucking Toyota Tundra was solid all day long and whenever you get yourself in a position to have a shot to win a race, you're disappointed when you don't get it. A top-five finish is definitely something to go home and have an enjoyable drive back to Mooresville, North Carolina from Atlanta and be smiling all the way. There's always that, 'What could have been?' Had we not had the motor stumbling when it was low on fuel - once it got going it was fine, but we just couldn't put enough fuel in the little black box in the back of the truck that picks up fuel."
JOHNNY BENSON, No. 1 Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing
Finishing Position: 9th
BRIAN SCOTT, No. 16 Albertsons Toyota Tundra, Xpress Motorsports
Finishing Position: 10th
How exciting were the closing laps from your vantage point? "The closing laps were definitely more exciting than the first three-quarters of it. We qualified bad and worked our whole way to get up front so it was nice to finally get there at the end and it was kind of exciting. We thought we had a chance for a win, but we were way too tight. We had as good of tires as anybody, we were just empty on gas and we should have loosened it up a little bit and didn't. Ultimately that cost us because (Todd) Bodine was able to get under us in turn two and then (Kevin) Harvick made it three-wide in (turns) three and four and just kind of sucked us around and held on, road around and finished 10th.
T.J. BELL, No. 11 Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing
Finishing Position: 12th
TAYLER MALSAM, No. 81 One Eighty Toyota Tundra, Randy Moss Motorsports
Finishing Position: 13th
TIMOTHY PETERS, No. 17 Strutmasters.com/Hair of the Dog Energy Toyota Tundra, Premier Racing
Finishing Position: 15th
DAVID STARR, No. 24 Zachry/Harris Trucking Toyota Tundra, HT Motorsports
Finishing Position: 17th
STACY COMPTON, No. 60 Wyler.com/Melling Engine Parts Toyota Tundra, Wyler Racing
Finishing Position: 19th
MAX PAPIS, No. 9 GEICO Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing
Finishing Position: 20th
SHANE SIEG, No. 15 Phoenix Construction Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports
Finishing Position: 23rd
GABI DICARLO, No. 90 Great Clips Toyota Tundra, Stringer Racing
Finishing Position: 24th
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