Johnny Benson scored his second victory of the season in Wednesday night's O'Reilly 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway in the No. 23 Exide Batteries Tundra. Benson led twice for 84 laps to win his first race since Milwaukee (June 22) earlier this year.
Johnny Benson scored his second victory of the season in Wednesday night's O'Reilly 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway in the No. 23 Exide Batteries Tundra. Benson led twice for 84 laps to win his first race since Milwaukee (June 22) earlier this year. Tundra drivers Mike Skinner (fourth) and Jack Sprague (eighth) also finished in the top-10. Other Tundra drivers in the field included David Green (16th), AJ Allmendinger (21st), Todd Bodine (24th), Ted Musgrave (27th), Ryan Mathews (31st) and Terry Cook (32nd).
Tundras have won eight races this season. In addition to Benson's victories at Milwaukee and Bristol, Skinner (California, Atlanta, Martinsville and Kentucky), Sprague (Daytona) and Bodine (Texas) have all registered wins this year. Benson joins Skinner (2005) as the second Tundra driver to win a NCTS race at Bristol Motor Speedway. The NCTS race at Bristol was the 91st race for Toyota in the Craftsman Truck Series since the beginning of the 2004 season. Tundras have won 33 races since the beginning of the 2004 Craftsman Truck Series season. Drivers who have registered wins driving Tundras include Bodine (11), Skinner (7), Benson (7), Sprague (3), Travis Kvapil (2), David Reutimann (1), David Starr (1) and Brandon Whitt (1).
MIKE SKINNER, No. 5 Toyota Tundra, Bill Davis Racing Finished: 4th
How was your race tonight? "We didn't have much of a piece tonight. This is probably the worst truck in our stable. We tested with this truck at Iowa (Speedway) and it really ran well. We brought it here to Bristol to test with and it ran well. We decided to bring it back here for the race. Jeff (Hensley, crew chief) and I looked at each other today and said: Why did we bring this truck here?' You won't see it again this year -- I can promise you that. Our truck just wasn't very good tonight. We were living right. Things happen at Bristol. It's an exciting place."
How do you like the track? "The race track is awesome. It's Bristol. It's always going to be Bristol. It has an upper grove -- believe it or not. I ran high for awhile and then ran low for awhile. I'd get high and run hard for a little bit and then go to the bottom to pick up some speed taking the short way around. Then, I'd get the right front tire hot. I'd have to go up top and cool that tire down."
Does it bother you not to lead a lap? (Skinner had led laps in 19 consecutive NCTS races) "Heck yeah."
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