Johnny Benson finished first in tonight's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) race at Kentucky Speedway. It was Benson's second NCTS win this season (Milwaukee and Kentucky), and his 11th career NCTS victory. All 11 of his wins have come in...
Johnny Benson finished first in tonight's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) race at Kentucky Speedway.
It was Benson's second NCTS win this season (Milwaukee and Kentucky), and his 11th career NCTS victory. All 11 of his wins have come in the Bill Davis Racing No. 23 Tundra.
Toyota drivers Michael Annett (second), David Starr (fifth), Mike Skinner (sixth), Kyle Busch (seventh), Terry Cook (eighth) and Marc Mitchell (ninth) also registered top-10 finishes.
Other Toyota drivers in the field included Ted Musgrave (13th), Todd Bodine (27th), Justin Marks (31st) and Chrissy Wallace (33rd).
Tundra drivers have now registered six NCTS wins in 2008. Benson (Kentucky and Milwaukee) and Busch (California and Atlanta) each have a pair of wins. Other Camry drivers with race wins this season include Todd Bodine (Daytona) and Scott Speed (Dover)
Tundra drivers have won 44 races since the beginning of the 2004 NCTS season.
Mike Skinner started from the pole at Kentucky and Kyle Busch started on the outside of row one.
Skinner picked up his third pole position this season (Dover, Michigan and Kentucky), his 31st NCTS pole in a Toyota Tundra and the 46th NCTS pole of his career.
Tundra drivers have won 57 poles since the beginning of the 2004 NCTS season.
DAVID STARR, No. 11 Red Horse Racing Tundra, Red Horse Racing
How was your race tonight? "I love Kentucky Speedway and this is a great facility for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series to race at. Tonight's race was very exciting not only for the teams and drivers but for the fans. My No. 11 Red Horse Racing team is the just awesome and gave me an amazing truck. Tom DeLoach and Jeff Hammond, my owners, have a great race team and I could not be happier. My crew chief Jamie Jones made all the right adjustments and calls on pit road tonight, and my pit crew had great stops. We started 17th and were not very good at the beginning of the race, but every adjustment that Jamie (Jones) made allowed my Toyota Tundra to come alive. I thought I was really going to be able to catch Dennis (Setzer) there at the end, but every time that I got close to him, I would just lose the nose of my truck. But, it is great to have another top-five finish and I could not be prouder of my Red Horse Racing team."
MIKE SKINNER, No. 5 Toyota Tundra, Bill Davis Racing
KYLE BUSCH, No. 51 Miccosukee Resorts Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports
TERRY COOK, No. 60 Wyler.com Tundra, Wyler Racing
MARC MITCHELL, No. 15 Hyprene Ergon Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports
TED MUSGRAVE, No. 59 Team ASE/Harris Trucking Tundra, HT Motorsports
TODD BODINE, No. 30 Lumber Liquidators Tundra, Germain Racing
JUSTIN MARKS, No. 9 Construct Corps Tundra, Germain Racing
What happened that forced you out of the race? "On that restart it got kind of crazy. The Construct Corps Tundra was having a really, really good night -- running top-five all race long. We had one of the side windows come out and I got real loose. We had to fix that on a pit stop there and that shuffled us back to the back of the pack. Down the back straightaway -- there were three, four, five rows deep -- the runs get bigger and bigger and bigger. So, when you are the back of the pack you're going 200 MPH or whatever. You're hauling the mail going in there. Somebody got into somebody and I didn't see how it started. I got loose going in the corner and checked up and I was on the brakes all I could. The thing just slid up. I tried everything I could to get out of that mess. Just hate it. I think we showed everybody that is a team as good as any out there."
CHRISSY WALLACE, No. 03 Geico/Germain Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing
What happened when you made contact with the wall? "We were battling with Jack Sprague for a while and we went into turn three. I guess we both were driving pretty aggressive. We were running inside of him and he took the air off of us and got loose and backed into the wall."
What do you do when that happens? "You're pretty much along for the ride. What it pretty much does is just makes you completely loose to where you can't do anything to correct the truck. If you turn the wheel the other way you are pretty much going to go into the wall."
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