Kansas: Toyota Motorsports preview

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Tundra drivers have combined for two wins, 12 top-five results, 19 top-10 finishes and one pole after the first four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) races ... Kyle Busch won the most recent NCWTS race at...

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Tundra drivers have combined for two wins, 12 top-five results, 19 top-10 finishes and one pole after the first four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) races ... Kyle Busch won the most recent NCWTS race at Nashville (April 2) and Timothy Peters was victorious at the Daytona season-opener ... Peters currently leads the NCWTS point standings with a 82-point advantage over fellow Tundra driver Aric Almirola ... Todd Bodine (third), Tayler Malsam (ninth) and Busch (10th) are also in the top-10 in points ... Toyota currently holds a three-point advantage (30-27) in the NCWTS manufacturer point standings ... 2008 series champion Johnny Benson will race for Billy Ballew Motorsports this weekend

ARIC ALMIROLA, No. 51 Graceway Pharmaceuticals Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports

What track do you see similar to Kansas? "As far as Kansas goes, it's your typical mile-and-a-half, cookie-cutter race track. It's a lot like Chicago, a lot of similarities there. We're really looking forward to Kansas. We ran really well at Chicago last year. We're taking the same truck, so hopefully we'll unload fast off the truck. It's a fun track to race at and it should be a good race."

When do you start focusing on the championship? "It's never too early to start thinking about (a championship). Everybody goes into Daytona thinking about it. At the same time, we've got to focus week-in and week-out on running as good as we can and trying to win races. There's no better way to secure a championship than to win races and finish in the top-five. I'm looking forward to Kansas. That's our next focus. We want to go there and run as good as we can and try to win."

MIKE SKINNER, No. 5 International Trucks/Monaco RV Toyota Tundra, Randy Moss Motorsports

Are you excited to get back to racing this weekend? "I can't wait for the Camping World Truck Series to get back to Kansas Speedway this weekend. Last year's race meant so much for the entire Randy Moss Motorsports organization. For me, it was exciting to win with a new group of guys and to be in a position where we were capable of winning races after being at another organization for such a long time. It was also my first trip to victory lane at Kansas, despite sitting on the pole for two of my six starts at the track. For the team, it was their first trip to victory lane in a couple seasons and the energy and excitement that the win generated for our organization was awesome. The International Truck/Monaco RV Toyota team built me a brand new Tundra for the race this weekend. I'm certain that they did an excellent job preparing the Tundra and I'm pretty excited about our chances this weekend. We've had some really great trucks this season, but unfortunately we haven't been able to get the finishes to back up our performances. Hopefully, we can turn that around this weekend and become the first two-time winner at Kansas."

-source: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Todd Bodine , Johnny Benson , Timothy Peters , Aric Almirola , Tayler Malsam , Kyle Busch