Kansas: Robert Huffman preview

HUFFMAN AIMS FOR TOP-10 FINISH AT KANSAS KANSAS CITY, Kan. (June 29, 2005) -- Robert Huffman soldiers on to Kansas Speedway after a 31st-place finish in his No. 12 Toyota Tundra at the Milwaukee Mile. "I'm glad to put Milwaukee behind us...

HUFFMAN AIMS FOR TOP-10 FINISH AT KANSAS

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (June 29, 2005) -- Robert Huffman soldiers on to Kansas Speedway after a 31st-place finish in his No. 12 Toyota Tundra at the Milwaukee Mile.

"I'm glad to put Milwaukee behind us and move on to Kansas," said Huffman. "We had some brake problems there that ultimately destroyed our efforts. Kansas should be a really good track for us. Darrell Waltrip Motorsports has always been strong on 1.5-mile tracks. Bobby Kennedy (team manager) and the guys have those type of tracks figured it out. When Bobby was a crew chief for Michael Waltrip's Busch team, they were a force to be reckoned with. They should've won every race at Kansas, but they always had something happen that was out of their control that kept them from winning there. With Bobby's knowledge of the track and how the 17 team ran there last year, hopefully we can catch a break and get a top-10 finish."

Since racing at Kansas, Huffman returned to test at the 1.5-mile tri-oval.

"We tested there at the end of last year and it went really good," said Huffman, who finished 24th (accident) at Kansas last season. "We needed to test there because we struggled the entire race. We were too loose on entry. We had a top-15 run going, but that was ended when two trucks in front of us ran into one another. We winded up tangled up in someone else's mess."

Huffman revisits Kansas with the truck he ran at Daytona and Michigan International Speedway this season.

"At Daytona, we qualified third and finished 19th with the truck we're bringing to Kansas," said Huffman. "We also ran it at Michigan and finished 19th there too. Hopefully, we'll be able to run better with it at Kansas."

With disappointing finishes lately, crew chief Glenn Funderburk is keeping everyone focused.

"I tell the guys to keep their heads up and keep working," said Funderburk. "There's not much you can do about all of the things that have happened to us. We've been keeping the trucks in one piece and that's a positive. Since we do not have to rebuild trucks, it gives us a chance to work on them and make them better for Robert. That's the biggest thing. We're taking the truck we ranat Daytona and Michigan to Kansas. We feel like it will be a lot better at Kansas. I thinkit will be a good track for us."

Live race coverage of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Kansas Speedway on Saturday, July 2nd begins ats:15 EDT on SPEED Channel. MRN Radio will broadcast the event.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Darrell Waltrip , Robert Huffman , Bobby Kennedy