Kentucky: Toyota preview

THIS RACE: This will be the fifth visit to Kentucky Speedway for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS). Six Toyota Tundras are entered in the Kentucky race. LAST RACE: In the most recent NCTS race at the Kansas Speedway (July 3), several...

THIS RACE: This will be the fifth visit to Kentucky Speedway for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS). Six Toyota Tundras are entered in the Kentucky race.

LAST RACE: In the most recent NCTS race at the Kansas Speedway (July 3), several Tundra drivers ran among the race leaders, but only Travis Kvapil registered a top-10 finish. Kvapil started ninth in his No.24 Bang Racing Line-X Tundra and worked his way into third-place, before coming together with Jack Sprague while battling for second. The defending NCTS champion recovered from the contact to finish seventh. Mike Skinner, David Reutimann and Bill Lester also ran among the leaders in the first half of the event. Eventually, Skinner finished 12th, while contact forced Lester (28th) and Reutimann (29th) from the race.

POINTS PACE: After 10 races, three Toyota drivers are among the top-15 in the NCTS championship standings. Travis Kvapil is eighth in the standings with 1300 points, 227 points behind current leader Dennis Setzer. Mike Skinner, Kvapil's Bang Racing teammate, is 11th in the standings (1270 points) and rookie David Reutimann sits 14th in the standings (1163 points). Reutimann also tops the Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year standings by 11 points over Tracy Hines.

LEARNING: Lee White, group vice president of Toyota Racing Development, Inc., talked about Toyota's first NCTS season to date following the Kansas race. "We're making progress and we're learning," said White. We're learning what we can offer that's of real tangi le benefit at the racetrack, and the teams are learning more how to capitalize on the data that we can bring them."

P.M. IS RIGHT: Bang Racing teammates Travis Kvapil and Mike Skinner have had a great deal of success in the NCTS races that have taken place in the evening this season. In the four night races -- Daytona, Charlotte, Texas and Milwaukee -- Kvapil has three top-10 finishes in his Tundra and Skinner has two top-15 results. Kvapil has finished second (Daytona), fifth (Milwaukee) and eighth (Charlotte). Skinner has finished 11th (Texas) and 15th (Charlotte). In addition, Skinner has led the field in the night races at Daytona, Charlotte and Texas, and Kvapil has led the field at Daytona and Milwaukee.

KVAPIL IN KY: Travis Kvapil has recorded two top-10 finishes in three NCTS starts at Kentucky Speedway. In 2001, Kvapil finished fourth after starting 18th, and last year he finished sixth after qualifying 10th.

2 TOP-15: Bill Lester has recorded two top-15 finishes in his two NCTS starts at Kentucky Speedway. In 2003, Lester qualified ninth and finished 12th, completi g all 150 laps. Two years ago , Lester qualified third and finished 14th, completing 149 of 150 laps.

HANK'S PAST: Hank Parker Jr. has made one NCTS start and two Busch Series starts at Kentucky Speedway. In his only NCTS start at the track one year ago, Parker Jr. started 21st and finished 11th, completing all 167 laps. It was just his third career NCTS race. "I'm anxious to get to Kentucky," says Parker. "That's a great track to race on and I'm looking forward to racing my Tundra there."

MS IN KY: Mike Skinner has competed in one NCTS race at Kentucky Speedway. Last year, Skinner started 10th, led 3 laps (38-40), completed 149 of 150 laps, and crossed the finish line 13th.

SECOND BEST: The best finish by a Toyota Tundra driver this season has been second-place. Bang Racing teammates Travis Kvapil (Daytona) and Mike Skinner (Atlanta) have both finished second.

TUNDRA TOPS: Toyota drivers have recorded nine top-five finishes, and 13 top-10 finishes, in 69 combined appearances. Along with seconds by Travis Kvapil (Daytona) and Mike Skinner (Atlanta), David Reutimann finished third twice (Atlanta and Texas), and Hank Parker Jr. was third in Dover. In addition, Kvapil has been fourth (Atlanta) and fifth (Milwaukee), and Skinner has also finished fourth (Dover) and fifth (Martinsville).

LEADER: A Toyota Tundra driver has led the field in seven of the 10 NCTS races this season. Mike Skinner has been the race leader in six races (Daytona, Atlanta, Martinsville, Charlotte, Dover and Texas) for a total of 240 laps. Travis Kvapil has led three races (Daytona, Atlanta and Milwaukee) for a total of 66 laps. The races in Mansfield, Memphis and Kansas did not have a Toyota driver lead the field.

2 MORE: In addition to Mike Skinner and Travis Kvapil, two other Toyota Tundra drivers have been race leaders this season. Rookie David Reutimann has led laps at Daytona (7) and Atlanta (8 laps), and Bill Lester led 19 laps at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte.

POLE NO.1: In Atlanta, a Tundra captured the NCTS pole position for the first time. David Reutimann recorded a speed of 179.452 MPH (30.894 seconds) to earn his first NCTS pole, and Toyota's inaugural pole. He set a new NCTS mark by winning the pole in his second start.


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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Skinner , Hank Parker Jr. , Jack Sprague , Dennis Setzer , Bill Lester , Tracy Hines , David Reutimann , Travis Kvapil
Teams Toyota Racing