Jack Sprague was the highest-finishing Tundra driver at Mansfield with a 2nd-place finish for Wyler Racing. A total of four Tundras finished in the top-10 Saturday as Mike Skinner finished fourth and Johnny Benson finished fifth for Bill Davis...
Jack Sprague was the highest-finishing Tundra driver at Mansfield with a 2nd-place finish for Wyler Racing.
A total of four Tundras finished in the top-10 Saturday as Mike Skinner finished fourth and Johnny Benson finished fifth for Bill Davis Racing, while Ted Musgrave finished eighth for Germain Racing. Other Tundra finishers were: Terry Cook (12th), Ryan Matthews (18th), Aaron Fike (24th), Todd Bodine (31st) and Ken Butler (36th).
The race was red-flagged due to rain three times for more than five hours, and the checkered flag flew nearly eight hours after the green flag waved. Skinner started on the pole and led the first 53 laps. He has now led 497 laps this season.
Tundras have won four of seven NCTS races this season. Skinner won three-consecutive races earlier this season (California, Atlanta and Martinsville), and Sprague won the season-opener at Daytona.
With the Mansfield pole, Skinner has started at the front in five-straight races, starting with Atlanta (March 16). He also won the pole at Martinsville, Kansas and Charlotte.
Tundras have started on the pole in six of seven races this season. Sprague won the pole at Daytona.
MIKE SKINNER, No. 5 Toyota Tundra, Bill Davis Racing Finished: 4th
How would you describe the race? "Today was a long day. (Crew chief) Jeff (Hensley) told me what to do, and he predicted a lot of cautions. I didn't think that there would be as many as there were, but he was right. Our biggest thing was to race careful and keep our nose clean, because on these short tracks, there are always trucks around you. Overall, it was a good points day for our team, and we'll go to Dover and do it again."
JOHNNY BENSON, No. 23 360 OTC Tundra, Bill Davis Racing Finished: 5th
Was it hard to stay focused during a race that took so long? "A little bit, but not really. There was some great racing out there all day, so it's hard to lose any focus. The Bill Davis team brought me a real good truck and Toyota had another great motor, so we're pretty pleased with how we finished. The race was a little odd in that we never could really get into a rhythm because of the rain, but once it cleared up and we got running again, we showed that we had a pretty good truck."
RYAN MATTHEWS, No. 36 Buffalo Wild Wings Tundra, Bill Davis Racing Finished: 18th
How do you think you did in your first NCTS start? "I think it went pretty good. I would've liked to have had a little higher finish, but we got caught on pit road there at the start. We tried to change tires with one to go, and got a lap down. We had to race pretty hard just to get the lucky dog, and I put a lot of hard laps on my tires doing that. We had to race the last half of the race on pretty used tires. The last 25 laps really showed our tire wear so I know we lost a few spots to that."
Are you looking forward to Dover? "I talked to my crew chief about Dover, and he said it was good to get pushed around a little bit here and get a feel for my truck. The Dover track is so fast and the concrete is unforgiving, so you have to have good control. You can't try to do something crazy if you start to lose your truck. I'm just going to try to do what Johnny Benson says, since he's been to all of these places and done pretty well."
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