TOYOTA TALK: Malsam, Scott Ready to Tackle Iowa NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: In 16 NCWTS races in 2009, Toyota Tundra drivers have combined for eight wins (Todd Bodine -- Daytona and Texas; Busch -- California, Atlanta, Bristol and Chicagoland; Mike...
Malsam, Scott Ready to Tackle Iowa
NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: In 16 NCWTS races in 2009, Toyota Tundra drivers have combined for eight wins (Todd Bodine -- Daytona and Texas; Busch -- California, Atlanta, Bristol and Chicagoland; Mike Skinner -- Kansas; and Brian Scott -- Dover), 42 top-fives and 86 top-10 finishes ... Tundra drivers will be making their NCWTS debut at Iowa Speedway this weekend ... Toyota drivers in the top-10 in the championship point standings are Skinner (third), Scott (fourth), David Starr (fifth), Bodine (sixth) and Tayler Malsam (ninth) ... Cory White, a mechanic and tire carrier on the Red Horse Racing No. 11 Tundra, hails from Vinton, Iowa ... White is RHR's longest-standing employee, starting in June of 2004 ... Tundras will carry a commemorative decal for Toyota's 20 millionth vehicle produced in North America.
TAYLER MALSAM, No. 81 One Eighty Tundra, Randy Moss Motorsports
Do you have experience racing at Iowa Speedway? "We raced last year there in the ARCA car. I remember it being flat and small. I think the grooves have definitely changed since the last time I was there. We could only run one line when we were there and now you can run what seemed like three lines in the Nationwide race. It should be fun to go there because I hate tracks that are one-line tracks -- so that one will be fun for us."
BRIAN SCOTT, No. 16 Albertsons Tundra, Xpress Motorsports
How will you prepare for the truck race at Iowa Speedway? "I paid a lot of attention during the Nationwide race there. I talked to people that have been there and done the tire test. For the most part, I know how the track is going to drive, but really how I prepare is no different. Just get ready to go into that weekend like a normal race, try to get my mind in the right place and try to get focused. I will spend time with our guys and have confidence and faith in their abilities because every week they put together great Toyotas. Jeff (Hensley, crew chief) has been there and he's got laps there with (Mike) Skinner and I think he's going to have a really good starting set-up."
JEFF HENSLEY, Crew Chief, No. 16 Albertsons Tundra, Xpress Motorsports
Is Iowa Speedway similar to any other race track? "Iowa Speedway is very reminiscent of Richmond. That is how we attacked it when we went there to test, that it was just a bigger version of Richmond. Turn two has a little more room than turn two at Richmond. The things you do at Richmond, you have to be able to do at Iowa to be good, so it's a race track that you can tell has had a lot of racers' input. I am pretty excited to go there, and I think we should be good. It will provide us with a chance to bounce back from our run at Chicago."
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