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Mike Skinner earned his first victory of 2008, which was his 25th NCTS career win and ninth in a Tundra. This is the 10th win for the Toyota Tundra this season. John Andretti (fourth) and Todd Bodine (ninth) also earned top-10 finishes in Las...

Mike Skinner earned his first victory of 2008, which was his 25th NCTS career win and ninth in a Tundra.

This is the 10th win for the Toyota Tundra this season.

John Andretti (fourth) and Todd Bodine (ninth) also earned top-10 finishes in Las Vegas.

Toyota drivers led 89 of 147 laps with Skinner (38 laps), Johnny Benson (26 laps), Bodine (20 laps) and Andretti (five laps) each taking turns in front of the field

Benson maintains the unofficial NCTS points lead after Vegas with a one point advantage over Ron Hornaday, Jr.


JOHN ANDRETTI, No. 15 Ergon Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports
Finished: 4th

Are you pleased with your finish tonight? "The first half of the race we were pitting and working on the truck. I think we got it most of the way there at the end. We had older tires than everyone else because we stayed out. On the short little runs it was kind of fun racing with Ron (Hornaday, Jr.) and Matt (Crafton) and all those guys. I think if it would have gone longer than their tires would have been more of a benefit for them but when you're only doing two or three corners and then the yellow coming out, I think it helped us a lot. It's a great finish for us."

What's your impression of the number of cautions tonight? "I think it's great. I needed to cool my tires down every time because that was better for me. Every time a caution came out I thought 'okay, rack up more laps and bring it down.' We could run the dash -- we were good in the trophy dash but we weren't going to be good in the feature. It was a lot of fun."


TODD BODINE, No. 30 Lumber Liquidators Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing
Finished: 9th

What happened when you spun while racing for third? "I got aero loose underneath Colin (Braun). He got me loose off of two and someone ran into me. I had to run back under him and he pinched me down and that's what happens when someone pinches you -- you get aero loose, it's one of those racing deals. We had a pretty good truck until then."


BRIAN SCOTT, No. 16 Albertsons Toyota Tundra, Xpress Motorsports
Finished: 14th

How did your Tundra handle during the race? "It was long and interesting. We just fought a loose race truck all night. My hats off to the guys, they used great pit strategy all night and they believed in me. We looked like we were going to have a top-10 and got a little high early in the run in turns three and four with a bunch of trucks all packed around and lost the air around. There I went and couldn't hang on to it, shuffled us in the back pretty late in the race and we just tried to work for it from there. Unfortunately we were only able to get up to 14th. I'm real proud of all the guys on this Albertson's Toyota Tundra."


SHANE SIEG, No. 51 Miccosukee Resorts Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports
Finished: 19th

SCOTT SPEED, No. 22 Red Bull Toyota Tundra, Bill Davis Racing
Finished: 21st


DAVID STARR, No. 11 K&N Filters Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing
Finished: 22nd

"It was a handful out there tonight as (truck) was very free when I tried to run on the outside. Rick Gay (crew chief) made some great pit calls and adjustments throughout the race that really helped the handling of our Toyota which allowed me to stay in the gas longer and get off the corners -- we found that happy medium. Once we got our truck handling we were able to move up through the field and I think we had a top-ten truck there at the end. I believe we were running just outside that top-ten spot with about five laps to go and it was getting a little crazy out there. I was going down the backstretch and just got spun out from someone behind us and we hit the inside wall pretty hard. It is just a shame for this Red Horse Racing team as we worked hard all night on our K&N Filters truck and were poised for a solid top-ten finish when for no reason we got wrecked. I am very proud of Rick Gay and my team and we will recover from this and head to Talladega here in a few weeks."


TERRY COOK, No. 60 Toyota Tundra, Wyler Racing
Finished: 23rd


JOHNNY BENSON, No. 23 Exide Batteries Toyota Tundra, Bill Davis Racing
Finished: 27th

Did you have any warning before your tire went down? "Not at all -- the truck was perfect. Trip Bruce (crew chief) and those guys every week give me great things to race. There was zero warning, it was just a little free and not bad at all. We were cruising right along and it came out and we went straight into the fence. I think we're pretty much done for the day."

Are you alright? "I'm fine. It was a hard hit though, I can guarantee you that. I'll probably be sore tomorrow. It was a pretty good hit." How will this affect your championship efforts this season? "It doesn't matter right now. We're done for today and we'll have to pick up the pieces for later. There's no doubt that we had a fast truck -- it was flawless. I'm still real surprised that happened because there was zero indication and it drove just incredible. We were out there biding our time and wasn't even running as hard as it probably could have. I was backing off early and it would run wide open all the way around here."

How does the team deal with the loss of points from a finish like this? "All we've got is fast trucks and that's all that matters. We're doing what we can and to do the things we need to do. That's outside of our control. We can't fix that problem."


STACY COMPTON, No. 59 Team ASE/Harris Trucking Toyota Tundra, HT Motorsports
Finished: 28th

JUSTIN MARKS, No. 9 Construct Corps Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing
Finished: 29th

-credit: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers John Andretti , Todd Bodine , Mike Skinner , Johnny Benson , Ron Hornaday Jr.
Teams Germain Racing , Bill Davis Racing , Red Horse Racing