Mansfield: Robert Huffman preview

HUFFMAN UP FOR THE CHALLENGE AT MANSFIELD MANSFIELD, Ohio (May 12, 2005) -- After a strong run at Martinsville Speedway last month, Robert Huffman takes the same No. 12 Toyota Tundra to Mansfield Motorsports Speedway in hopes of his ...

HUFFMAN UP FOR THE CHALLENGE AT MANSFIELD

MANSFIELD, Ohio (May 12, 2005) -- After a strong run at Martinsville Speedway last month, Robert Huffman takes the same No. 12 Toyota Tundra to Mansfield Motorsports Speedway in hopes of his first career top-five finish in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. "We're taking the same truck we raced at Martinsville to Mansfield," said Huffman, who is currently 17th in the points standings. "It's a really good short track truck. With the run we had at Martinsville, I feel confident about our efforts at Mansfield. It would be nice to come away with a solid finish for Toyota and White House."

Inclement weather last season at Mansfield ruined Huffman's chances to compete at the .44-mile oval.

"Qualifying was washed out and because we were a new team, we didn't have any points," said Huffman. "We had to load up and go home. We were at least able to practice on Friday. I really enjoyed turning laps at that track. I think we were in the top-15 during practice. I'm looking forward to Mansfield because I favor short tracks."

Growing up, short tracks were Huffman's forte.

"Mansfield is the kind of racetrack that I grew up racing on," said Huffman. "I really enjoy those kind of places. The only difference at Mansfield is that you are racing in front of 25,000 fans. The crowd is phenomenal. It's nice that the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is going back to Ohio especially since NASCAR doesn't have another premier division that races in the state."

In preparation of the Ohio 250, Huffman tested his No. 12 Toyota Tundra at South Boston Speedway last week. "I think we learned a lot during our test at South Boston that we can apply to Mansfield," said Huffman. "Both David and I were able to test, which will help us continue to improve our short track program. I'm eager to get to Mansfield to see if what we learned last week will help. If it does, it will be big for us."

Before racing Sunday afternoon, Huffman will participate in Mansfield's downtown race festival Friday night.

"Craftsman and Mansfield have done a tremendous job coordinating this event," said Huffman. "Last season, they had all of the drivers out at the Sears store signing autographs. A ton of fans showed up. We were amazed how many people turned out for the event. This year it's downtown, but I hear it's even bigger and better. David Reutimann and I along with numerous other drivers will be there to meet the fans. Then the No. 12 Toyota Tundra and No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota transporters along with many more will parade from the event to the track. We're excited to be a part of it."

Live coverage of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Mansfield on Sunday, May 15th begins at 2 p.m. EDT on SPEED Channel. MRN Radio will broadcast the event.

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Series NASCAR Truck
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