Chicagoland: Toyota team race notes, quotes

Kyle Busch won his second straight NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at Chicagoland Speedway on Friday night. Busch led three times for 121 (of 154) laps en route to his fifth victory of the season. It marked the 10th NCWTS...

Kyle Busch won his second straight NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at Chicagoland Speedway on Friday night.

Busch led three times for 121 (of 154) laps en route to his fifth victory of the season.

It marked the 10th NCWTS victory for a Tundra in 17 races this year, and the 75th series win for Toyota since joining the series in 2004.

Todd Bodine (second), Justin Lofton (fifth) and Aric Almirola (sixth) also scored top-10 finishes at the 1.5-mile tri-oval.

Tundra drivers Brad Sweet (16th), Steve Park (18th), Johanna Long (20th), Timothy Peters (21st) and Mike Skinner (23rd) were also in the field.

Bodine continues to lead the unofficial NCWTS standings following Chicagoland, leading Almirola by 236 points. Peters (fourth), Skinner (eighth) and Starr (ninth) are also in the top-10 in points after 17 of 25 races.


KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Traxxas Toyota Tundra, Kyle Busch Motorsports
Finishing Position: 1st

Did you enjoy racing out there tonight? "It was really fun out there tonight. This Toyota Tundra was awesome tonight. It was so fun racing Todd (Bodine) like that. He had enough to hang with us, he just didn't have enough to get by us there. It was awesome to race with those guys. Eric (Phillips, crew chief) and Rick Ren did a great job for us tonight as well. It's just real fun to drive these trucks. I love coming to Chicago. It's kind of like a second home for me. I look forward to coming back here next year."

How concerned were you when the last caution came out? "I was concerned. I remember last year it was real tough to get away from side-by-side. This year, I got clear on him (Todd Bodine) just going down the front straightaway getting into turn one there. From there on out I was worried that he would get a draft on me. These trucks, man, they draft so easy. That's how I ran him down and got to him the first time. He just didn't quite have enough to pass us. He had enough to hang with us all night and it was fun man. Really cool to be out here. I've got to thank the fans, thank Camping World and of course I don't have my Electric sunglasses on but I'd like to thank those guys too. We're going for five in Kentucky next week so watch out."


ERIC PHILLIPS, crew chief, No. 18 Traxxas Toyota Tundra, Kyle Busch Motorsports

What made you decide to take four tires on the final pit stop?

"Me and Rick (Ren) talked about it and if it stayed green that last run we may have put on two (tires). We had a big enough lead. We knew everybody was probably going to try to do what we didn't do. So, if we took four they were going to take two or if we took two they would probably take four. Todd (Bodine) was really the only one that we were racing there at the end. We had such a big lead on third and fourth. We knew they were going to do what we didn't do. Once the caution came out it was a pretty easy decision to take four tires. Our truck had been really good all night on four. We lost a little bit of track position, but knew there was enough laps left to get it back."

What happened on a previous pit stop with the gas can?

"We use a different fueling system than the Nationwide and the Cup cars do and it's a lot harder to engage. You have to be absolutely perfect when it engages. He got a little cocked and panic sets in a little bit and he just panicked a little bit and we recovered so we'll go on to next week."

TODD BODINE, No. 30 Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing
Finishing Position: 2nd

How was your race tonight? "It was a pretty good race. We would start the runs a little loose and then a little tight. Right there on that run we were really good. They adjusted the tires and got it really good. The one time I got outside of Kyle (Busch) he pinched us up in the wall and then I got under him going into three and got loose. That's just the function of the way the aero package is. We had a great Tundra. Second stinks, but we'll take it. It's another good points night and another good run. It shows how solid this team is every week and what kind of trucks that they bring to the race tracks. It was just another good night."

Did you have fun racing with Kyle Busch? "It was good racing with him. It's fun to race with a guy you can trust. Of course, he was having to trust me because I was one the behind. It was a good night. I can't complain. I built the points lead back up to where it was before Bristol. Another good run. You hate to run second, especially to Kyle (Busch), but we'll take it and we'll go to the next one."


JUSTIN LOFTON, No. 7 Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing
Finishing Position: 5th

Are you happy with your finish tonight? "I'm really excited. This is a great place to race here and I'm just really proud of all of the guys on the No. 7 Toyota Tundra. They did a great job all weekend. This is really what we needed to keep going into Kentucky and the rest of the year."

Did you have to make adjustments as the night went on to get your truck to handle better? "Not really. It really was going to play right into our hands and it really did. Very minimal changes. Mark Rette (crew chief) did a great job like he always does. I'm just really excited to be here."


ARIC ALMIROLA, No. 51 Zyclara/Graceway Pharmaceuticals Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports
Finishing Position: 6th

How was your race tonight? "We were just really loose on that long run in the middle of the race. We slipped back and we really needed a caution to come out. But, Richie (Wauters, crew chief) and the guys made some great adjustments that put us back in a great position on the final restart. We were fifth, and I felt like we had a third-place truck, or even an opportunity to pull something out for the win. On that final restart, the bottom just didn't work for me. I got pinned down there and lost speed. We got back to sixth, but I think we were actually better than that. I'm proud of the guys for sticking in there and getting this Graceway Pharmaceuticals Toyota another top-10 finish."


BRAD SWEET, No. 90 Great Clips/Intercontinental Chicago O'Hare Toyota Tundra, Stringer Motorsports
Finishing Position: 16th

STEVE PARK, No. 41 Bollegraaf Toyota Tundra, Sharp Hartman Racing
Finishing Position: 18th

JOHANNA LONG, No. 15 Panhandle Paving & Grading Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports
Finishing Position: 20th

TIMOTHY PETERS, No. 17 Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing
Finishing Position: 21st

MIKE SKINNER, No. 5 International Trucks/Monaco RV's Toyota Tundra, Randy Moss Motorsports
Finishing Position: 23rd

-source: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Todd Bodine , Steve Park , Mike Skinner , Timothy Peters , Aric Almirola , Justin Lofton , Brad Sweet , Johanna Long , Kyle Busch
Teams Germain Racing , Kyle Busch Motorsports , Red Horse Racing