Charlotte: Toyota teams race quotes, notes

Kyle Busch (second) and Terry Cook (fifth) posted top-five finishes for Toyota in Friday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Tundra drivers David Starr (seventh), Tayler Malsam (eighth) and Stacy Compton ...

Kyle Busch (second) and Terry Cook (fifth) posted top-five finishes for Toyota in Friday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Tundra drivers David Starr (seventh), Tayler Malsam (eighth) and Stacy Compton (ninth) also recorded top-10 results.

Toyota drivers Brian Ickler (16th), Brian Scott (21st), Johnny Benson (23rd), Todd Bodine (25th), Mike Skinner (29th), T.J. Bell (30th) and Timothy Peters (31st) were also in the field.

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TERRY COOK, No. 25 Cajun Industries Toyota Tundra, HT Motorsports
Finishing Position: 5th

How was your race tonight? "The Cajun Industries Toyota Tundra was good all night long. We were real good at the beginning of the race. We made a couple of adjustments that we got off on and we were struggling getting into the corners -- struggling getting through the corner and just struggling overall. The last pit stop of the night -- Danny Rollins (crew chief) made some great adjustments and basically undid all those and then made a couple more small adjustments and got onto something there at the end of the race and race with Ryan Newman and these guys there at the end of the race. That was a lot of fun. I actually had to change my driving style with about 10 (laps) to go. What was working for me in the majority of the race wasn't working for me at the end and had to just search around and find some grip. Fortunately we found some and brought this Tundra home in fifth."

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DAVID STARR, No. 24 Zachry Toyota Tundra, HT Motorsports
Finishing Position: 7th

Can you talk about your race? "I'm just proud of everyone at HT Motorsports and Zachry. The guys worked so hard this week to get a good truck here at Charlotte, and we were pretty decent tonight. We had some good battles with our teammate, Terry Cook, so that was cool. It was so much fun to run up front again and mix it up with those guys. It was a solid top-10 finish for our team tonight, and we'll refocus and look to get better the next time out."

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TAYLER MALSAM, No. 81 One Eighty Toyota Tundra, Randy Moss Motorsports
Finishing Position: 8th

How was your race tonight? "This One-Eighty team did an amazing job getting me back out there after the spin when the 11 (T.J. Bell) got into us. I hate to see it for (Mike) Skinner -- to go out like that -- he had a fast truck too. It just shows that Randy Moss Motorsports is here and here to stay because we were both running up front all night."

What were you able to see of Mike Skinner's accident? "I was spinning backwards so I don't know what happened to him. I heard he flipped, but I heard he was okay -- a little sore, but glad to know he was okay."

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STACY COMPTON, No. 60 Safe Auto Insurance Toyota Tundra, Wyler Racing
Finishing Position: 9th

Can you talk about your race? "We weren't that good when we unloaded, but the guys kept working and working and got the truck a lot better. We had good calls all night. We had a pretty decent truck. We just kept getting tight. We ran about 10 laps but would just get too tight. It was a good points day. We just need to build on it. We just moved shops this week and it's been pretty busy. I'm awfully proud of the guys. Every week we get better and better. We will build on it."

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BRIAN ICKLER, No. 15 Samsung Instinct Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports
Finishing Position: 16th

BRIAN SCOTT, No. 16 Albertsons Toyota Tundra, Xpress Motorsports
Finishing Position: 21st

JOHNNY BENSON, No. 1 Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing
Finishing Position: 23rd

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TODD BODINE, No. 30 Copart Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing
Finishing Position: 25th

What happened that took you out of the race? "We weren't the best truck here by any means, but we were going to finish fourth or fifth and get a decent points night. Matt (Crafton) was going three-wide so I went through the middle and I don't even know who is driving the 7 (David Gilliland), but whoever it was didn't give me any room and just got right on me and sucked me around. These trucks are so aero- dependent now. If somebody gets down tight on you like that it sucks you around and that was the second week in a row it's happened. We're going to have to look at our aero (aerodynamic) package and figure something different out. It's been this way for a long time. We have a great race team with Germain Racing -- a great sponsor with Copart and this is just one race. We've got a lot of them to go and we'll be back. We'll get them at Dover."

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MIKE SKINNER, No. 5 Rue & Ziffra Toyota Tundra, Randy Moss Motorsports
Finishing Position: 29th

What happened that took you out of the race? "The replay that went on in my mind is that I went to pass a truck that was a lot slower than us and he run me down in the grass. We spun and ended up hitting pretty hard. That pretty much was it right there. That was pretty big. I just hate it for Rue Ziffra, Toyota -- we had a good year going here and we didn't need this hiccup right here. It was just a really, really tough deal for us tonight. I blame myself -- I knew who I was racing with right there and I probably should have let off the gas and waited another lap."

Have you ever had a hit as hard as that one? "I'm sure I have. I guess they'll get the recorder out of there and that was that impact that a few years back would have sent you off here in a helicopter with your head taped to a board. The safety equipment did a wonderful job."

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T.J. BELL, No. 11 Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing
Finishing Position: 30th

What happened in the accident with Mike Skinner? "We were coming through the field and made a few adjustments there on that stop. I am just happy that everyone was okay and I'm so proud of NASCAR for everything they've done to make this sport so much safer. Mike (Skinner) being safe after that big of a hit -- I'm just really excited about that."

Can you explain how it feels to be involved in an accident so severe? "You don't know what to do. Honestly, I was more worried about Mike (Skinner) than anything. We were totaled and we knew we weren't going to get back out there. I was just hoping Mike (Skinner) was okay because of the hit he took."

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TIMOTHY PETERS, No. 17 Strutmasters.com Toyota Tundra, Premier Racing
Finishing Position: 31st

-credit: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Todd Bodine , Mike Skinner , David Starr , Ryan Newman , Stacy Compton , Johnny Benson , Terry Cook , T.J. Bell , David Gilliland , Timothy Peters , Brian Scott , Tayler Malsam , Brian Ickler , Kyle Busch
Teams Germain Racing , Red Horse Racing