Tundra drivers Terry Cook (sixth), Kyle Busch (eighth) and Mike Skinner (10th) had top-10 finishes in tonight's 201-mile NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) race at Charlotte's Lowe's Motor Speedway. Other Tundra drivers in the field included...
Tundra drivers Terry Cook (sixth), Kyle Busch (eighth) and Mike Skinner (10th) had top-10 finishes in tonight's 201-mile NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) race at Charlotte's Lowe's Motor Speedway.
Other Tundra drivers in the field included Johnny Benson (11th), Todd Bodine (12th), Ken Schrader (13th), Ted Musgrave (22nd), Marc Mitchell (24th), Justin Marks (32nd) and Scott Speed (33rd).
Tundra drivers led 98 of the race's 138 laps. Busch led three times for a race-high 86 laps, while Bodine (five), Musgrave (five) and Cook (two) also spent time in front of the field.
Busch started first in the No. 51 Tundra for Billy Ballew Motorsports. It was the 50th pole for a Toyota Tundra in NCTS competition since joining the series at the beginning of the 2004 season (106 races).
TERRY COOK, No. 60 Wyler.com Toyota Tundra, Wyler Racing
How was your race tonight, and how do you think your backup truck handled? "We weren't real good here tonight, but we came out of here with a sixth-place finish after going to a backup truck. The backup truck wasn't quite what we needed tonight as far as setup. The thing would run up top really well but I had to run up against the fence all the way around the track and there were a lot of guys running the same line I was. The tire combination here just isn't quite where we need to be at. Goodyear brought a good tire here but it's not the tire we need to put on a great show for the fans. It was really hard to run side-by-side. We saw a lot of accidents because of it. I'm just happy to bring it home in one piece with a solid finish after the way our day started."
KYLE BUSCH, No. 51 Miccosukee Resorts/NOS Energy Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports
Can you talk about the incident you had with Ron Hornaday? "I've learned in these things, that when you get to the outside of someone you tend to make them loose. I tried giving him room by getting up the race track. I heard him gas up, and when he did, he drove up the race track a little bit and got right on my door. It took his air away and sucked him around. My truck, I guess, was glued to the race track way better than his, and I could hold it down on the bottom on the white line better. I was able to make passes all night. It's just unfortunate. I hate it most for these guys at Billy Ballew Motorsports. The guys that work on them and put these things together. We don't have many of them. It's good, hard racing, going out there and getting after it, but we still had 30-something laps to go. It wasn't like it was three laps to go door-to-door for the win. We still had plenty of time to duke it out. I was trying to get to the front, and get up to see those boys and try to race with the rest of the guys when we got behind on track position. Man, that thing was strong tonight. That Toyota Tundra was just awesome."
MIKE SKINNER, No. 5 Toyota Tundra/Banner Sales Event Toyota Tundra, Bill Davis Racing
How was your race tonight, and how was the action from your standpoint? "We started out awesome. I don't know what happened to our truck, but we started out awesome. We were great, then we came down pit road and put four tires on it. I didn't even want any adjustments on it, the truck was great. The truck got extremely loose and everything they did to it after that just made it worse. It was a horrible night. I guess it wasn't as bad as some of the others. We weren't fast enough to jack anybody up, spin them out or wreck them, so we just rode around and finished where we could."
JOHNNY BENSON, No. 23 Exide Batteries Toyota Tundra, Bill Davis Racing
Can you talk about the pass on Erik Darnell for the lead, and the penalty from NASCAR? "He spun the wheels and we got by. I'm a little confused over the penalty. I'm confused. I did everything that the rulebook tells you to do. It's a judgment call on their side, and I don't know why they judged it that way because it wasn't even close."
What was your first thought after they issued the penalty? "My first thought was that they had the wrong number. There was no way. We've seen guys pass three or four trucks. If he just decided to not go, why did he pull to the left? He pulled to the left because he spun the wheels. He got loose and spun the wheels, and I went around him. That's a classic great start. He spun the wheels. I don't know if they want us to run into the back of him. I don't know what they want us to do. I was told by one of officials that I can't go until he goes. That's not the rule. The rule is that when the green comes up, you pass to the right before the line, and that's what I did."
Will you go to NASCAR to ask for an explanation? "The damage is already is done. They don't seem to give a really good explanation of some things. Sometimes they do. I got into a slight argument with them on the Martinsville deal. There are a lot of things that I don't understand. They can't fix it. They can't say that they're going to put us back in second where we belong. That's not going to happen. What are you going to do? The damage is done."
TODD BODINE, No. 30 Lumber Liquidators Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing
What happened when your truck connected with Ron Hornaday? "The sad thing is I was honestly trying to help Ron (Hornaday). I was trying to push him up the mat and the last shot I gave him at the start-finish line turned him sideways and turned him in the infield. I didn't try to wreck him. I was trying to help the guy. We were friends. I hope we still are friends. I don't blame him for being mad at me, but I was trying to help. I wasn't trying to wreck him."
DAVID STARR, No. 11 Pit Corporate Training/Pit-Now.com Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing Finished: 17th
How was your race tonight? "We are just disappointed. We had a lot better truck than where we finished. For some reason, when we ran on the bottom , the truck wouldn't run up off the bottom. It seemed like we'd get jammed up top and every time I'd try to go to the bottom they'd just freight train me on the outside. Never really could get to the outside when I needed to. We got the truck where we needed it right there about halfway to go but we had already lost a lap and just never could really recover. This is disappointing because our Red Horse Toyota Tundra was a lot better than what we finished so I'm disappointed with that, but we'll keep working hard and see if we can't get our season turned around next week. It is just very disappointing for our team."
KEN SCHRADER, No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Toyota Tundra
TED MUSGRAVE, No. 59 Team ASE/Harris Trucking Toyota Tundra, HT Motorsports
MARC MITCHELL, No. 15 Hyprene Ergon Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports
JUSTIN MARKS, No. 9 crocs Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing
SCOTT SPEED, No. 22 Red Bull Toyota Tundra, Bill Davis Racing
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