Darlington: Toyota teams race notes, quotes

Todd Bodine won his second-straight race -- and third of the 2010 season -- in Saturday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Darlington Raceway. Bodine, who won last week at Nashville and at Texas Motor Speedway in June, led once...

Todd Bodine won his second-straight race -- and third of the 2010 season -- in Saturday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Darlington Raceway.

Bodine, who won last week at Nashville and at Texas Motor Speedway in June, led once for the final 47 (of 147) laps at the 1.366-mile South Carolina oval en route to victory lane.

It was Bodine's 20th career victory in a Toyota, and the 73rd for the manufacturer since 2004.

Tundra drivers Timothy Peters (second) and Aric Almirola (ninth) also recorded top-10 finishes, while David Starr (12th), Justin Lofton (20th), Brian Ickler (21st) and Mike Skinner (22nd) were also in the field.

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TODD BODINE, No. 30 Germain.com Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing
Finishing Position: 1st

How does it feel to win at Darlington? "It's awesome. The history behind Darlington and the great drivers that have raced here. I walked the garage area and got the Darlington stripes. The list of drivers of incredible and to be part of that and to be able to be in victory lane -- I was fortunate to get one in Nationwide -- and now we got one in trucks. It's incredible. It's a great feeling to be able to win at Darlington, for sure."

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MIKE HILLMAN JR., crew chief, No. 30 Germain.com Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing

Do you think this win carries your momentum? "We talk about momentum all the time. Our guys don't need momentum. If we finish first or last, they'll be at home in the morning just as hard as every week. That's why we can preserve and it's paying off for these guys. They can work day in, day out, night and day and never ask, 'Hey, can we have tomorrow off? What's next? What do we need to do to get to the point of winning races and being ready to go to the race track?' These guys work so hard and I'm just proud to be part of the team. I'm just the guy that gets called the crew chief."

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TIMOTHY PETERS, No. 17 WISS/Cleco Lufkin Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing
Finishing Position: 2nd

Did the tire test help your second-place finish tonight? "Definitely running the tire test here in March helped me as a driver get up to speed when we came back when it counted. We ran a different truck when we tire tested, but we brought a different one back -- which is my favorite truck -- so it gave me more confidence going into it. With that said, I already knew what the track would do. Obviously, it was probably 20 degrees cooler, but it did the same characteristics as it did today in practice. I'm very fortunate we were able to sit on the pole. I wish we could've capped it off. We got a little behind. We took scuffs on the first stop and just got way too loose. Finally made our last adjustment, we took stickers, but we were back in the dirty air and kind of had to use it up a little early to get back to the clean air up to the front. By that time, I created a push in my truck. All in all, it was a good night for our Apex Tool Group Family Toyota Tundra."

Did the slower traffic impede your progress at the end? "I had a good run on Todd (Bodine) and the 57 (Norm Benning) was right in the middle of the racing groove and I had to let off it. With these things already 'draggy' as it is and with the plates, once you roll of the gas it just kills your momentum. I learned all night that as long as we kept it off (turn) two down the hill, I could get a really good run down the backstretch. I wished it could be policed just a little bit better. Nashville was bad, but here is here."

Can you talk about your recent success after struggling earlier in the season? "When we went to Kansas, we had a strong run there and our alternator went out. Then we went to Dover and I just flat screwed up and took us out of the race. We got back on track and then we go to Iowa. We didn't have a good truck, but after the outcome that happened, the guys that we needed to have trouble in front of me in the points, had trouble. We were already sitting behind the wall because of a blown engine. The Truck Series is just so competitive and everybody is pretty close to equal, you just have to do your homework a little bit more to try to catch these guys. We've been working hard. We've been testing. Tom DeLoach (team owner) is a great man that gives us all the resources we need. Toyota has been helping us. Jeff Hensley (crew chief), can't say enough about him. There hasn't been a time where we've been to the race track and unloaded slow. We've unloaded really good. We've just had some mistakes. It builds character. Hopefully we'll be back on that momentum streak again."

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ARIC ALMIROLA, No. 51 Zyclara/Graceway Pharmaceuticals Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports
Finishing Position: 9th

DAVID STARR, No. 81 Zachry Toyota Tundra, Randy Moss Motorsports
Finishing Position: 12th

JUSTIN LOFTON, No. 7 VisitPit.com Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing
Finishing Position: 20th

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BRIAN ICKLER, No. 18 Toyota Tundra, Kyle Busch Motorsports
Finishing Position: 21st

What happened to take you out of the race? "I got into the wall, there, racing Hornaday. It flat-sided the right side of the truck and we ended up having a fender rub and that ended up cutting a tire heading into (turn) one and just killed it. It was definitely my fault and not how we wanted to run at Darlington. We had a pretty good night going. We're going to pay the price in points for that one."

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MIKE SKINNER, No. 5 International Trucks Toyota Tundra, Randy Moss Motorsports
Finishing Position: 22nd

What happened to take you out of the race? "I think somebody wrecked the 7 truck (Justin Lofton) and the 7 truck came across us and got us. He was already wrecked and we had nowhere to go. Hate it for our International Trucks/Monaco RV Tundra. Struggled a little bit but kept on working on it. Looked like we maybe would (get) a top-five finish out of this thing, but I guess it wasn't meant to be for us tonight. Somebody caused a wreck and we got collected up in it."

-source: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Todd Bodine , Mike Skinner , David Starr , Norm Benning , Timothy Peters , Aric Almirola , Justin Lofton , Brian Ickler , Kyle Busch
Teams Germain Racing , Kyle Busch Motorsports , Red Horse Racing