Kansas: Toyota teams race quotes, notes

Six Tundra drivers finished in the top-10 of the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250. Pole sitter Mike Skinner led the first 58 laps of the race. Other Tundra drivers to lead a lap include Aaron Fike (six laps, 67-72) and Jack Sprague (10 laps, 73-81 and 111).

Six Tundra drivers finished in the top-10 of the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250. Pole sitter Mike Skinner led the first 58 laps of the race. Other Tundra drivers to lead a lap include Aaron Fike (six laps, 67-72) and Jack Sprague (10 laps, 73-81 and 111). Mike Skinner leads the Craftsman Truck Series point hunt following Kansas with 905 points. 2006 Champion Todd Bodine is second (-108).

Fellow Tundra races Jack Sprague (fifth, -171), Ted Musgrave (sixth, -178) and Johnny Benson (seventh, -202) place five Toyota Tundras in the top-10 in NCTS driver points. Tundras have won the first four races of the 2007 season, with Jack Sprague winning at Daytona and Mike Skinner taking winning the last three consecutive events (California, Atlanta and Martinsville).

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JOHNNY BENSON, No. 23 360 OTC Tundra, Bill Davis Racing: Finishing position: 4th

How would you rate your race today? "It was an okay day, I mean we ended up okay. I can't say it was a great day. I didn't like how we handled; we fought it a little bit. I'm not whining, I just saying that's what we had. I really felt like we were a 10th place truck and just ended up fourth. Sometimes you can run quick. It was a little inconsistent. From one set of tires to the next you didn't know what you were getting. The first set was really good, the second set was like a different make and the third set we slid around, but everyone else was sliding around, too. All in all we ended up okay."

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MIKE SKINNER, No. 5 Toyota Tundra, Bill Davis Racing: Finishing position: 5th

How was your race today? "I really don't know what happened there -- at the start our truck was awesome. We made a small little adjustment and we were 50- degrees loose after that and we had a bad pit stop back there and we never recovered. With this deal you just have to stay on top of your game. It's a little bit disappointing because I thought we had the truck to beat. We got out of wack a little bit, got a weird set of tires. I'm real proud of Jeff Hensley (Crew Chief) and this race team. We came here to run in the top-10 and we got a top-five."

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TODD BODINE, No. 30 Lumber Liquidators Tundra, Germain Racing: Finishing position: 7th

How would you rate your race today? "We were just too loose. We needed that second practice because we made some adjustments in between those two practices. We didn't get to run them but we went with them and the truck was just too loose. We got better as the race went and at the end we were actually the fastest truck out there, we just needed more time. It was perseverance, that's our motto – never give up."

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AARON FIKE, No. 1 Red Horse Racing Tundra, Red Horse Racing: Finishing position: 8th

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TERRY COOK, No. 59 HT Motorsports undra, HT Motorsports: Finishing Tposition: 9th

How would you characterize your race today? "It was a total team effort. To bring a brand new truck here, we had some small issues in practice. When we started the race we only had seven laps total on the truck but we were able to come out of here with a top-10 finish. Crew Chief Danny Rollins made a great call with some pit strategy. We weren't as good at the drop of the green as we would have liked to have been so we pitted on that first caution at lap 20. That allowed us to stay out and catch a lot of the trucks a lap down. Some good race strategy and we kept working on the truck to get it competitive with the rest of the pack."

Is your team on an upward swing this season? "The key was when we started talking during the off-season to get this HT Motorsports team to get it where we needed to be a work in progress. When we got in Daytona we had a great run going there with a great qualifying effort and got involved in a wreck. I won't give you a replay of the first four races, but there is a little bit of a progression each and every week. Hopefully this is the first of many top-10s to come. We are coming into a lot of the tracks I like and traditionally in my past have run well at and Danny Rollins, my crew chief the same. When you have the resources of TRD behind you we can't help but move this HT Motorsports to the front."

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TED MUSGRAVE, No. 9 Team ASE Tundra, Germain Racing: Finishing position: 12th

JOSH WISE, No. 00 Aaron's Lucky Dog Tundra, Darryl Waltrip Motorsports: Finishing position: 17th

TYLER WALKER, No. 36 360 OTC Tundra, Bill Davis Racing: Finishing position: 23rd

-credit: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Todd Bodine , Mike Skinner , Johnny Benson , Ted Musgrave , Jack Sprague , Aaron Fike
Teams Germain Racing , Bill Davis Racing , Red Horse Racing