Daytona: Toyota Motorsports preview

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: In 25 NCWTS races last season, Toyota Tundra drivers combined for 14 wins, 64 top-five and 135 top-10 finishes to give Toyota its fourth consecutive NCWTS manufacturer's title ... Former Formula 1 driver Nelson Piquet Jr....

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: In 25 NCWTS races last season, Toyota Tundra drivers combined for 14 wins, 64 top-five and 135 top-10 finishes to give Toyota its fourth consecutive NCWTS manufacturer's title ... Former Formula 1 driver Nelson Piquet Jr. will make his first NASCAR start at Daytona in the No. 1 Red Horse Racing Tundra ... Justin Lofton will compete for Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year honors in the No. 7 Red Horse Racing Tundra ... Kyle Busch Motorsports will make its NCWTS debut at Daytona with Busch in the No. 18 Heluva Good Tundra and Tayler Malsam in the No. 56 Tundra ... Aric Almirola is originally from Tampa, Fla.

TODD BODINE, No. 30 Germain Racing Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing

How do you pick a draft partner at Daytona? "You chose who you want to work with on the fly. You can set a plan of who you want to work with and when the green flag drops your truck ends up in different places on the race track. You know what trucks you draft well with and what trucks push you well and you keep that in the back of your mind, and work yourself on the race track to try to get help from the other trucks. You have no friends out there, so you have to rely on yourself and get the other drivers thinking that they want to be with you."

MIKE SKINNER, No. 5 International/Monaco RV Tundra, Randy Moss Motorsports with HT

Does coming close to winning championships give you motivation to continue your racing career? "I was going to retire a couple of years ago and we won five races that year. We had the championship won, and a loose left-rear tire cost us the championship. I think that might've been the best thing that ever happened to me. I would've liked to have had that championship, but by the same token, it fueled me to go on. A lot of times when you retire, you get old. I feel like it was an opportunity for me to stay in shape and get myself mentally and physically ready to go battle for another championship."

-source: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Nelson Piquet Jr. , Aric Almirola , Justin Lofton , Kyle Busch
Teams Germain Racing , Kyle Busch Motorsports , Red Horse Racing