Toyota drivers led a total of 96 laps of 250 in today's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) race at Martinsville Speedway. Denny Hamlin led 64 laps in a Billy Ballew Motorsports Tundra and Johnny Benson led 32 laps for Bill Davis Racing. Ken ...
Toyota drivers led a total of 96 laps of 250 in today's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) race at Martinsville Speedway. Denny Hamlin led 64 laps in a Billy Ballew Motorsports Tundra and Johnny Benson led 32 laps for Bill Davis Racing. Ken Schrader (fourth) and David Starr (sixth) scored top-10 finishes for Toyota. Other Tundra drivers in the field included Todd Bodine (12th), Terry Cook (13th), Ted Musgrave (15th), Phillip McGilton (16th), Chrissy Wallace (18th), Justin Marks (20th), Hamlin (21st), Benson (25th), Kyle Busch (26th) and Mike Skinner (29th). Busch unofficially remains the NCTS point leader by 35 points over fellow Tundra driver, Bodine. Other Tundra drivers in the top-10 in points include Starr (seventh), Benson (ninth) and Cook (10th).
DAVID STARR, No. 11 Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing Finished: 6th
Are you happy with your top-10 finish today? "It was a good points day. It was a good day for Toyota and Red Horse Racing. It's just a shame that as the same manufacturers that we don't work any better together. It's all everybody for their own, but everybody should work together. I think for the most part we all do. We all race each other clean and then we've got some people that come over here and race with us that are in our manufacturer -- teammates you would think -- that just will turn you in an instant. It's just a shame that it turned out this way because we had a bunch of Toyota's up there and a bunch of them didn't end up where they should have so I'm just disappointed."
CHRISSY WALLACE, No. 03 GEICO Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing Finished: 18th
What are your thoughts on your first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) race? "For my first truck race I was extremely excited. Coming home with an 18th place finish after starting 35th with GEICO, Mobil and Germain Racing helping us -- and especially Toyota. They put the belief in me that I could get a top-20 finish and that is exactly what we did."
What are your thoughts on how crazy it got out there coming down the stretch? "It was definitely crazy. I think we had about four wrecks in the last 50 laps. Luckily, we avoided all of them and come home 18th. The last lap had a big pileup over there on three and four and I avoided that and went to the high side. We're ready for the next race."
How was it to have your dad (Mike Wallace) up there spotting for you today? "It was awesome. He helped me and coached me the whole time. Plus we had Tony Stewart on the box helping me. If it wasn't for them, I don't think we could have got where we did today. They were both on the radio coaching me and telling me what to do. It was pretty good."
JOHNNY BENSON, No. 23 Toyota Certified Used Vehicles Tundra, Bill Davis Racing Finished: 25th
What happened on the last lap? "I just got spun out. I went into the corner as hard as I'd been all day and doing everything we needed to do. The 51 (Kyle Busch) -- you know I don't know. It's just a shame that it had to happen. It happens a lot within this series. It's just a shame that nothing ever gets done about it."
What do you think NASCAR should do about people causing accidents? "You have got to penalize people for wrecking people. That is what needs to be done."
KYLE BUSCH, No. 51 Miccosukee Resorts Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports Finished: 26th
How was your truck at the end of the race? "The truck was a little bit tight there at the end. We just kept fighting and were trying to get the thing to start on exit and never really got it the way we wanted it to. We did what we could."
What happened between you and Johnny Benson at the end of the race? "I had a couple good runs on some guys and you just can't get alongside them enough getting in the corner. I thought I could get on the inside of Johnny (Benson) far enough, before he came down, but it wasn't to be. I had a little wheel hop and it got loose and we slid up the track a little and made contact. But, you'll have that sometimes in auto racing. I'm not happy with third. I want to go up there to the top. That's what I'm here to do. To try to get the best possible finish I can for my guys and my team."
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