Kentucky: Robert Huffman preview

SPARTA, Ky. (July 6, 2005) -- Robert Huffman returns to Kentucky Speedway where he delivered Toyota's first-ever NASCAR victory four years ago in what was then called the Goody's Dash Series. "It was the first time the Dash Series had ever been...

SPARTA, Ky. (July 6, 2005) -- Robert Huffman returns to Kentucky Speedway where he delivered Toyota's first-ever NASCAR victory four years ago in what was then called the Goody's Dash Series.

"It was the first time the Dash Series had ever been to Kentucky and it was exciting for Toyota to get their first NASCAR win there," said Huffman. "We had many opportunities to win before that, but we weren't able to. During that race, we led some laps early on. We actually won the race on the last lap by about six inches over Cam Strader."

Huffman collected another Dash Series winat the 1.5-mile tri-oval in 2003.

"That was the last time I was there in a Dash car and we dominated the race for the biggest part," said Huffman. "I think we won that race in a similar way on the last lap. Kentucky is a track I've always ran well at. We had a good run there last year during the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race."

Last season, Huffman finished tenth in the No. 12 Toyota Tundra.

"We were able to finish in the top-10 at Kentucky," said Huffman. "Unfortunately, qualifying was rained out and we had to start by points. We started far back in the field. We kept working on our stuff all night. I think the race ended up being a green-white-checker situation. We were 12th or so and we were able to pass a couple trucks right there at the end to finish tenth."

With his history of success at Kentucky, Huffman looks to top his season-best finish of ninth-place this weekend.

"Our best finish of this season is ninth and we've had some good opportunities to run better than that, but we haven't been able to capitalize," said Huffman. "Hopefully, we can go to Kentucky and pretty much turn that around. We need to run in the top-10 all night long and try to come away with a top-five finish."

After an 18th-place finish at Kansas Speedway last Saturday, Huffman is still trying to turn things around.

"It's been up and down and it gets discouraging for not only me, but for the guys," said Huffman. "I wish I knew what it was going to take to turn it around. We've had good runs and we've been in the right situation to finish well at times. For instance, at Kansas, we got our lap back at a good time and we had a good truck, but we had a truck spin up in front of us. I don't know how you can control things like that. Hopefully, we can keep qualifying well and get the finishes we need."

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