Todd Bodine's win Friday night in the No. 30 Lumber Liquidators Tundra at Daytona International Speedway is the 39th win for Toyota in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) since the start of the 2004 season. Kyle Busch (second), Johnny Benson...
Todd Bodine's win Friday night in the No. 30 Lumber Liquidators Tundra at Daytona International Speedway is the 39th win for Toyota in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) since the start of the 2004 season. Kyle Busch (second), Johnny Benson (third) and David Starr (fourth) also registered top-five finishes for Toyota.
Other Tundra drivers in the field included Justin Marks (eighth), Phillip McGilton (12th), Ted Musgrave (28th), Mike Skinner (29th) and Terry Cook (30th). Bodine's victory is the 13th of his NCTS career and his first-ever NASCAR victory at Daytona.
Bodine's victory came in the same truck he won in last October at Talladega Superspeedway. This is the second-consecutive NCTS win for Toyota at Daytona. Jack Sprague won the season-opener at Daytona in 2007. Friday's race was the 101st start for Toyota in the NCTS since joining the series in 2004.
TED MUSGRAVE, No. 59 Team ASE/Harris Trucking Toyota Tundra, HT Motorsports Finished: 28th
What happened that took you out of tonight's race? "Give and take -- there was a lot of giving and everybody was just taking advantage of everybody out there. I was just trying to ride it out. I had my Toyota running decent and I was just trying to bide my time up there. It was the wrong place at the wrong time. All of the sudden everything gets smoky and there's fire. I had a few opportunities to make progress. I was just trying to give everyone a break. I never have seen so many trucks out of control, too. Maybe the rules package or the tires need to be changed on the trucks."
MIKE SKINNER, No. 5 Toyota Tundra, Bill Davis Racing Finished: 29th
What took you out of tonight's race? "I was just riding along. Our Tundra was awfully strong. Us and the No. 99 (Erik Darnell) were just clicking along -- and I don't know what happened on his pit stop, he kind of got messed up in the pits. I was just riding along and I guess somebody got a little anxious or something -- I don't really know. I haven't looked at the replay. Everything was just fine and next thing you know I was spinning."
"I guess some people were just getting anxious and ping-ponging around there. I was just riding along there. Our truck was awfully strong. My spotter was giving me good information. A couple of them were ricocheting off of us over there and I really don't know exactly what happened. Next thing you know I was spun -- and sliding and slipping. I think it was a little early for all that -- maybe with five or six laps to go you take those kind of chances. It is what it is."
How do you feel about what happened? "I'm angry inside. We had a great truck that could beat this field today and win this race. Here we are with our nice Tundra wadded up in a ball over there because somebody wanted to be an idiot. It's a tough day, but we'll rebound and go to California and have a good day in California. We had a lot of luck last year in our No. 5 and Daytona is just one of 25 races."
Do you know who hit you? "I don't think Brendan (Gaughan) hit us. I never felt Brendan (Gaughan) hit us. I just felt the 51 (Kyle Busch) hit us. It was kind of a tough deal. It was awful early in the race to be making those moves all over the race track with 19 laps on the board."
TERRY COOK, No. 60 Wyler Racing oyota Tundra, Wyler Racing Finished: T30th
What happened that took you out of tonight's race? "I don't think it was people being impatient, I think these trucks are just driving a little worse than people expect when you get a little further into a tire run -- and we were only five or 10 laps into a run from the previous caution. I'm not sure what happened. I tried to leapfrog two trucks on the backstretch - and I just about had them cleared into turn three and my spotter said I wasn't clear. So, I was up top -- running three-wide -- and next thing I know I'm in the wall hard. It was a hard hit."
Could you see anything from your viewpoint that put you in the wall? "I had a big run on Joey Clanton (No. 09) and got two-wide down the backstretch. Any time these trucks go two-wide -- being behind them can really (make you) suck up to them. I had a big run at him and went three-wide down the backstretch. I just about had the 09 cleared -- and my spotter said I didn't have him cleared -- so I stayed up top by the wall through turns three and four. Next thing I know I was in the outside wall hard. I'm sure the Nos. 09 and 71 (Bliss) got together and one of them came across the track and took me out. It's really a shame because we were just 27 laps into a 100 lap race."
DAVID STARR, No. 11 Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing Finished: 4th
JUSTIN MARKS, No. 9 Construct Corps/Crocs Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing Finished: 8th
PHILLIP McGILTON, No. 22 Toyota Tundra, Bill Davis Racing Finished: 12th
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