Iowa: Toyota teams race notes, quotes

Randy Moss Motorsports teammates Mike Skinner (seventh) and David Starr (10th) were the highest finishing Toyota drivers in Sunday afternoon's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at Iowa Speedway. Skinner led once for 13 (of 205) laps...

Randy Moss Motorsports teammates Mike Skinner (seventh) and David Starr (10th) were the highest finishing Toyota drivers in Sunday afternoon's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at Iowa Speedway.

Skinner led once for 13 (of 205) laps at the .875-mile Iowa oval.

Tundra drivers Brian Ickler (13th), Justin Lofton (15th), Todd Bodine (17th), Timothy Peters (27th), Aric Almirola (28th) and Steve Wallace (30th) were also in the field.

Bodine continues to lead in the unofficial NCWTS point standings, and is currently 88 points ahead of second-place Almirola. Peters (fourth), Skinner (sixth) and Starr (eighth) are also in the top-10 in points after 10 of 25 races.

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MIKE SKINNER, No. 5 PC Miler Toyota Tundra, Randy Moss Motorsports
Finishing Position: 7th

How was your race? "We struggled on long runs with the truck bouncing really, really bad. I really don't know what it is. We've had issues with that in the past, but Stacy (Johnson, crew chief) did a fantastic job on the box today. We kind of got ourselves painted in the corner on tires. We stayed out there and led some laps and I can't say it was really, really negative. For a truck that qualified 15th we got up there and got us another top-10 finish."

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DAVID STARR, No. 81 Zachry Toyota Tundra, Randy Moss Motorsports
Finishing Position: 10th

How was your race? "Finishing 10th -- I don't call that very good. It's no big secret, we pretty much struggled through the whole race, but Doug Wolcott (crew chief) and all of the guys on our Randy Moss Motorsports team they never gave up. We worked on it and worked on it every pit stop and we just wasn't very good. We struggled -- too loose on entry and tight in the center and then trying to get the forward bite where you get the traction up off the corner was tough. But, we worked on it and worked on it and never could find what we needed. We finished 10th and it wasn't very pretty, but I'm glad to have another top-10. We gave it all we had. Our Zachry Toyota Tundra just couldn't find what we needed this weekend. We tried and it was a good effort by everybody, but we just didn't have what we wanted so not a bad finish just not what we expect. We'll take our Zachry Toyota Tundra to Gateway next week and have a new race and hopefully get back in the top-five or top-three where we belong and keep digging. All in all, not bad for our team after where we started at."

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BRIAN ICKLER, No. 18 Toyota Tundra, Kyle Busch Motorsports @Finishing Position: 13th

How did your truck handle during the race? "We had a good truck. It was a little free off the bat. I don't know if we had anything for the 3 (Austin Dillon) truck, but we were running pretty good and just got wrecked by the 30 (Todd Bovine) and pretty much rode out the rest of the race. These kinds of races are a little tough to bear, but we'll be back at it in five days, and that's a good thing."

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JUSTIN LOFTON, No. 7 VisitPit.com Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing
Finishing Position: 15th

What happened with your truck on the final restart? "We ran out of gas there at the end. I'm not sure how that happened. We had a great truck today. It's disappointing for sure. We'll try to get them at Gateway."

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TODD BODINE, No. 30 Germain.com Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing
Finishing Position: 17th

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TIMOTHY PETERS, No. 17 Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing
Finishing Position: 27th

What happened to take you out of the race? "The engine just let go. It started popping there about five laps before it actually let go. I can't complain. Joey Arrington and everybody at Arrington do us a great job week in and week out. That's racing. Our Toyota Tundra was okay, but we didn't unload very well. So, we'll work on it -- I've got all of the confidence in the world in Jeff (Hensley, crew chief) and everybody on this Red Horse Racing team so we'll go to St. Louis and see what we can do there."

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ARIC ALMIROLA, No. 51 Sclera/Grace way Pharmaceuticals Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports @Finishing Position: 28th

What happened to take you out of the race? "I blew a right front. It shows you how easy in this sport it is to go from the top to the bottom. We were really hoping to have a good day today. We felt like we had a really good truck in practice and it was pretty good today. We were a little bit tight, but not that tight. We missed something there on our cambers or something. I don't know. Man, the truck wasn't that bad to blow a right front like that. That was a hard hit. I'm glad all of the guys build safe trucks at Billy Ballew Motorsports. Hopefully we'll take our Grace way Pharmaceuticals Toyota Tundra to Gateway and go get them there."

Did you have camber issues yesterday in practice? "We didn't think we were that aggressive on our cambers in practice yesterday. We looked at it really good. I don't know. These are the kind of days that we were trying to hope to avoid. We weren't looking for this for our Grace way Pharmaceuticals Toyota Tundra. We had a really good truck we felt like. We needed to make a few adjustments on pit stops to get it better before we could go up there and race for the lead, but I felt like we were definitely a second or third place truck today. Man, to come out of here with a 20-something or 30-something place finish is just not what we were looking for. It hurts -- it really hurts, but we'll go and get them at Gateway."

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STEVE WALLACE, No. 15 Toyota of Des Moines Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports @Finishing Position: 30th

What happened to take you out of the race? "I've got to thank Billy Ballew and Toyota of Des Moines a lot for letting me do this deal. I had a pretty good truck just there at the start of the race the clutch started slipping really, really bad and I'd be wide open in the center of the corner all the way down the backstretch and this thing would just drive away so we were planning to bleed the clutch there the next pit stop to try to get that done. I must've run over something because our tire wear has been great all week on the right-front corner of my Toyota. The right front tire just completely blew apart and we hit the wall and destroyed this thing. Must've run over something -- I don't know."

-source: toyota motorsport

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Todd Bodine , Mike Skinner , David Starr , Timothy Peters , Aric Almirola , Justin Lofton , Brian Ickler , Steve Wallace , Austin Dillon , Kyle Busch
Teams Germain Racing , Kyle Busch Motorsports , Red Horse Racing