Indy ORP: Toyota teams race notes, quotes

Kyle Busch (second) was the highest finishing Tundra driver in Friday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at O'Reilly Raceway Park near Indianapolis. Todd Bodine (seventh), Brad Sweet (eighth), David Starr (ninth) and Timothy...

Kyle Busch (second) was the highest finishing Tundra driver in Friday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at O'Reilly Raceway Park near Indianapolis.

Todd Bodine (seventh), Brad Sweet (eighth), David Starr (ninth) and Timothy Peters (10th) also recorded top-10 finishes for Toyota at the 0.686-mile Indiana oval.

Peters earned the pole and led twice for 71 (of 200) laps in Friday night's event.

Tundra drivers Mike Skinner (15th), Johanna Long (17th), Justin Lofton (29th) and Aric Almirola (31st) were also in the field.

Bodine continues to lead in the unofficial NCWTS point standings, and is currently 177 points ahead of second-place Almirola. Peters (fifth), Skinner (eighth) and Starr (ninth) are also in the top-10 in points after 12 of 25 races.


KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 KBM Toyota Tundra, Kyle Busch Motorsports
Finishing Position: 2nd

How was your run tonight? "We were alright. The guys made awesome calls there and did a great job making calls to get the thing way better and to get it to a second place truck and that's what we were. I can't thank the guys enough. They did a great job. All of the guys at KBM (Kyle Busch Motorsports) Chassis, Triad engines -- I can't thank Toyota, M&M's, Flexco and Toyota of Warsaw (Ind.) enough for giving us the opportunity to come out here. We knew earlier in practice today that we didn't have enough for the 33 (Ron Hornaday Jr.), but man, when you're that close you're fighting that hard for it you wish you could be there and banging a couple doors with him but we just couldn't get there in the finals laps. We just didn't have enough grip in the car. I burned the right-front and the right-rear off it trying to keep up with him (Hornaday) so we just didn't have anything left."

Did you think your Tundra had anything for Ron Hornaday tonight? "It is a hot night -- that's for sure, but we made it through the evening pretty well and thought we had a shot to win there and battle with (Ron) Hornaday a little bit and felt like if maybe I could've stayed in front of him results might have been a little different. But we knew going into practice that he was a little bit better than we were and unfortunately there we just didn't have enough tonight for him. The Toyota of Warsaw Toyota Tundra was awesome and I can't thank all of the guys at the shop at KBM (Kyle Busch Motorsports), KBM Chassis -- they gave me a great piece tonight, just came up a little bit short. Wish we had a little bit more for him because I gave it all I had. I burned both fronts and both rears off that thing so there was nothing left of her -- of tire wear. It was a good night to finish second."

Would you have been able to pass Ron Hornaday and Timothy Peters with the same move Hornaday made to take the lead? "We got pinned a little bit behind (Timothy) Peters. I was trying to get to his outside and he would never leave me enough room on the exits. My nose was there a couple times, but he just kept coming up the race track. Instead of wrecking him, I would just fall in line and just try to figure out another way around him. I forgot all about that move here at ORP and (Ron) Hornaday did it and that's just one of the things you've got to remember about this place is you can dive-bomb the bottom really fast and pull a slide job on somebody and he did it so well that I was still stuck behind the 17 (Timothy Peters). So I couldn't even try to turn back underneath him and get a run and do it back to him (Hornaday) in the next corner. It was unfortunate that I didn't think about it first because I got to the 17 first and kind of got held up behind him. It's just racing and unfortunately I didn't think of it and he (Ron Hornaday) did and he won the race with it."


TODD BODINE, No. 30 Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing
Finishing Position: 7th

How was your race? "Well, we missed it. We kind of were afraid of it after practice and how it was in practice is exactly how it was in the race. The last stop, we actually over adjusted it and got it too tight. To take a bad truck and finish seventh, that's how you win points. We pulled away from Aric (Almirola) a little bit. Johnny (Sauter) finished a couple in front of us so he gained a little bit. We can't complain having a seventh with a bad truck."

How are you feeling after the race? "I'm good, the truck is just hot again. We have to insulate that better. I think I'm still suffering a little bit from last week and am dehydrated and all that. I'm okay."


BRAD SWEET, No. 90 Great Clips Toyota Tundra, Turner Motorsports
Finishing Position: 8th

What are your thoughts on your first top-10 finish in the series? "We were good, we were about a 12th-place truck for the short run and the long run we could really make up some ground. There were some long runs there. It was tough -- track position was tough so we went for two tires there at the end and that was a good call on Trip Bruce's (crew chief) part. Here we are with our first top-10 and it feels really good."


DAVID STARR, No. 81 PC Miler Toyota Tundra, Randy Moss Motorsports
Finishing Position: 9th

How was your truck? "We were great. Our PC Miler Navigator Toyota Tundra wasn't very good at practice. Doug Wolcott (crew chief) and the team, everyone on our Randy Moss Motorsports team, they never gave up. They worked hard. We threw everything at it -- we changed everything. We tried Mike Skinner's setup in the second practice, it wasn't very good and we couldn't get off the corners. Forward bite was a big issue. Right before the second practice was over, my crew chief Doug Wolcott did an awesome job and put it back to what we had on our initial setup and worked on it a little bit. It wasn't anything magical. We went out there and qualified the best we've done all year. We had a great truck tonight, it was awesome. We got up to fifth and then the 13 (Johnny Sauter) got into me a little and pushed the splitter in on the right front. That was pretty much the end of our night. We were on defense because we didn't have the downforce and with out that it wouldn't turn in the center. We were fortunate to get ninth."


TIMOTHY PETERS, No. 17 Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing
Finishing Position: 10th

How was your truck in tonight's race? "We started off really good and then when the night came, we just got too tight. Everybody did a great job on our Toyota Tundra. It's still a great night. We sat on the pole and came home with a top-10 finish, that's what we needed to do. We'll just go on to Pocono."


MIKE SKINNER, No. 5 International Trucks Toyota Tundra, Randy Moss Motorsports
Finishing Position: 15th


JOHANNA LONG, No. 15 Panhandle/Race for Riley Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports
Finishing Position: 17th

How was your first NCWTS race? "Our truck was really good tonight. On our first run, I was trying to learn the truck and get a feel for the track. I made a lot of mistakes that put us back in the field. I felt a lot more comfortable as the race went on, though. I wish we could have restarted it at lap 100. My crew did an awesome job and I'm really glad that I get to work with them. I can't wait to hit the track in Nashville."


JUSTIN LOFTON, No. 7 Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing
Finishing Position: 29th


ARIC ALMIROLA, No. 51 Zyclara/Graceway Pharmaceuticals Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports
Finishing Position: 31st

What happened to take you out of the race? "We were struggling, we were racing for 20th. I don't know what spot we were racing for, but it was bad. We were a lap down just trying to work on our truck and get it competitive with 100 laps to go. The 60 (Narain Karthikeyan) kept running into me every time. This place is as wide as they come for short tracks. Just pick a lane."

-source: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Todd Bodine , Mike Skinner , David Starr , Narain Karthikeyan , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Timothy Peters , Aric Almirola , Justin Lofton , Brad Sweet , Johanna Long , Kyle Busch
Teams Germain Racing , Turner Motorsport , Kyle Busch Motorsports , Red Horse Racing