Three Tundras finished in the top-10 Friday night at O'Reilly Raceway Park with Johnny Benson (second), Todd Bodine (sixth) and Jack Sprague (ninth). Ted Musgrave (12th) and David Green (15th) logged top-15 runs. Other Tundras in the field...
Three Tundras finished in the top-10 Friday night at O'Reilly Raceway Park with Johnny Benson (second), Todd Bodine (sixth) and Jack Sprague (ninth). Ted Musgrave (12th) and David Green (15th) logged top-15 runs. Other Tundras in the field included: Mike Skinner (20th), Ryan Mathews (25th), Terry Cook (26th) and Justin Labonte (27th).
Tundras have won seven of 14 races this season. Skinner has four wins (California, Atlanta, Martinsville, and Kentucky), while Sprague (Daytona), Bodine (Texas) and Benson (Milwaukee) each have one victory apiece.
Skinner started first in the No. 5 Tundra and led the first 21 laps. The points leader has now led at least one lap in each of the first 14 races this season, extending his NCTS record for consecutive races led to start a season. Rain cancelled qualifying, and the starting grid was set by NCTS owner points, putting Skinner on pole. Labonte was making his first NCTS start of the season for Toyota, and second of his career (Texas, 2006).
TODD BODINE, No. 30 Lumber Liquidators Tundra, Germain Racing Finished: 6th
What happened to your truck down the stretch? "We had a brake problem. We don't know what happened there, but we had absolutely no brakes. The truck just started pushing. We're pretty lucky to finish sixth. We weren't that good in practice, and made some educated guesses for the race, and it actually wasn't that bad until the brakes ran out. It's not the best we'd like to be, but all things considered, it was a pretty good night."
JACK SPRAGUE, No. 60 Con-way Freight Tundra, Wyler Racing Finished: 9th
How was the race track after all of the rain earlier in the day? "My truck was actually the best at the beginning of the race. Once a little rubber was down on it, we didn't seem to be as good as we were early. It ended up being a pretty good points day, with a finish in the top-10, but it's not where I wanted to be."
How hard was it to pass trucks tonight? "It's always tough to pass on short tracks. I was running the bottom groove for most of the night, where nobody was, and still couldn't get around guys because this place is so tight. The Con-way Freight Toyota was pretty good tonight, but we're definitely looking for some better runs in the next few races."
DAVID GREEN, No. 1 Red Horse Racing Tundra, Red Horse Racing Finished: 15th
How would you rate your second race with the team? "We were decent tonight. A top-15 finish isn't a bad run, but I know that this team is better and we can do better. I'm still learning what type of feedback to give the crew to make the truck faster, and a place like ORP is a tough little track. I think it will take a few weeks maybe before we're completely comfortable with each other, but it's a nice start, for sure. These guys have proven that they can be a top-five, top-10 truck each week, and that's where we expect to finish."
Do you feel like the team is building some momentum for the season's final stretch? "I really think we will be. It's just a matter of time before you see this truck where it should be, because I have all the confidence in the world in these guys. We're going to head to Richmond this week to do some testing, which hopefully will give us some good feedback to get this truck that much faster. We head to Nashville in a couple of weeks, and that's a place I really like racing at. I'm looking forward to these next few races."
TED MUSGRAVE, No. 9 Team ASE Tundra, Germain Racing Finished: 12th
MIKE SKINNER, No. 5 Toyota Tundra, Bill Davis Racing Finished: 20th
RYAN MATHEWS, No. 22 ArmorWorks Tundra, Bill Davis Racing Finished: 25th
TERRY COOK, No. 59 Harris Trucking Tundra, HT Motorsports Finished: 26th
JUSTIN LABONTE, No. 00 Aaron's Lucky Dog Tundra, Darrell Waltrip Motorsports Finished: 27th
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