Scott Speed earned his career-first NCTS victory in just his sixth career start in the Friday's 200-mile race at Dover International Speedway -- giving Toyota its 42nd NCTS win. Tundra drivers David Starr (sixth), Mike Skinner (seventh) and...
Scott Speed earned his career-first NCTS victory in just his sixth career start in the Friday's 200-mile race at Dover International Speedway -- giving Toyota its 42nd NCTS win.
Tundra drivers David Starr (sixth), Mike Skinner (seventh) and Johnny Benson (10th) also scored top-10 finishes.
Speed's win in his Bill Davis Racing No. 22 Red Bull Toyota marked the first Toyota NASCAR victory at Dover.
Tundras led 164 of 200 laps in the NCTS race. Kyle Busch led a race-high 96 laps before being forced to the garage for a transmission change. Other Tundra drivers to lead laps included Speed (51 laps), Bodine (15 laps) and Terry Cook (two laps).
Skinner started on the pole for the 29th time in his career. His pole was the 52nd for Toyota since joining the NCTS in 2004 (108 races).
Toyota drivers Ted Musgrave (11th), Cook (13th), Shane Sieg (14th), Justin Marks (16th) and Bodine (29th) were also in the field.
Bodine (fourth, 1,082), Benson (fifth, 1,077), Skinner (seventh, 1,064), Starr (eighth, 1,063) and Cook (ninth, 1,049) currently rank in the top-10 in the unofficial point standings after eight of 25 races.
DAVID STARR, No. 11 Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing Finished: 6th
How much did your truck change from practice to the race today? "My hats off to Jamie Jones (crew chief) -- we fought and we never gave up in practice and fought through practice. We tried to work with a certain set-up and worked with it and the guys worked their tails off. With about 15 minutes to go in the second practice yesterday, they changed the whole truck and the whole set-up. It was an awesome call because the truck was like a night and day difference in practice. We were only able to make four laps after they made that major change to the chassis, but that paid off today. That's my team -- Red Horse Racing -- they get all the credit. Every pit stop and the changes they were making to the truck were just making it better and better. It was a little too tight when we got close to other trucks and I would get to sliding the nose off the corner, but I was just trying to do everything I could to not come off the gas off the corners because I didn't want to slide into the wall. Not a bad run for us because it looked pretty ugly when practice started yesterday. It says a lot about the adversity with this Red Horse Racing team -- they don't ever quit fighting until the end and this is a great example right here."
MIKE SKINNER, No. 5 Toyota Tundra, Bill Davis Racing Finished: 7th
Can you talk about your top-10 finish today after starting from the pole? "We didn't do a very good job. We got a top-10 finish but the strategy was really our biggest hang up." What are your thoughts on Scott Speed winning his first Craftsman Truck Series race? "I'm really excited for Scott (Speed). I think that is just awesome for him."
TERRY COOK, No. 60 Wyler.com Toyota Tundra, Wyler Racing Finished: 13th
Can you talk about your run today? "The Wyler.com Toyota Tundra just didn't have a very good weekend. Practice did not go well. Qualifying did not go well. We made some real good adjustments for the race but just not exactly where we needed to be. We were just bottoming out every time we drive it in the turns. Dover is such a unique track it takes quite a bit of a different setup here and we just missed it this weekend. To take a truck that was not good in practice and did not qualify well and to come out here with a top-15 finish I guess the trucks in one piece and we got some good points today. I'm a little disappointed that we aren't more competitive but I think we have a feel for what we need to do to make the truck better. That's half the battle of knowing what you need to do for the next race to make it better."
What are your thoughts going into Texas next week? "We're taking one of the trucks that we ran real well with at Kansas. It's proven to be a winner for us. We've had two real good races in a row and this one was just a little bit off but not catastrophic so hopefully we can turn it around and give us a Texas two-step.
TODD BODINE, No. 30 Lumber Liquidators Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing Finished: 29th
What happened to knock you out of the race today? "Our Lumber Liquidators Tundra was just way too tight. I don't know what happened. The first practice it was really loose. We just missed it bad. It was so tight we didn't put tires on that last stop and just wore it out I guess. Tire wear is really bad here. Every other tire looked fine but I think we just went too many laps on it and it just blew out. It was a rough day at the office for sure."
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