Today's win marks Toyota's 29th victory in NCTS competition. Skinner has earned three NCTS wins in a row -- California Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway and Martinsville Speedway. It is Toyota's fourth consecutive win this year. Jack Sprague won...
Today's win marks Toyota's 29th victory in NCTS competition. Skinner has earned three NCTS wins in a row -- California Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway and Martinsville Speedway. It is Toyota's fourth consecutive win this year. Jack Sprague won the Daytona season-opener. Skinner is only the second driver in NCTS history to earn two wins at Martinsville. Three Toyota Tundras finished in the top-three today: Skinner (first), Todd Bodine (second), and Ted Musgrave (fifth). Skinner earned his first career pole award at Martinsville Speedway today and his 34th career NCTS pole. Skinner's lap also established a new track record for the NCTS at Martinsville. Toyota Tundras earned three of the top-five starting positions for today's race with Mike Skinner (first), Ted Musgrave (third), and Jack Sprague (fifth).
Aaron Fike was the top-finishing rookie in today's race and earned his career-best NCTS finish in the seventh position. Fike was also the fastest rookie to qualify by earning an 11th place starting position in his career-first start at Martinsville Speedway. Tundra drivers hold six of the top-ten positions in NCTS points: Skinner (first), Bodine (second), Musgrave (fifth), Jack Sprague (sixth), Johnny Benson (eighth), and Fike (10th).
TED MUSGRAVE, No. 9 Team ASE Toyota undra, Germain Racing: Finished: 5th
How was the truck today? "The truck's beat up, but the driver's okay. It was a typical Martinsville race. Our truck was a top-five truck and that's where we finished. We didn't have a winning truck and I figured that out when I was following Mike (Skinner) early on in the race. We think we know what the difference was and I think when we come back here in the fall, we'll come back with something a little different again. Nothing off the wall, but something that we haven't seen in a couple years. We just have to go back and re-evaluate things, but the Team ASE Tundra was a top-five truck all day, we just had to be patient and sometimes it's hard to keep the driver patient."
How much of an effect did the numerous cautions have on you today? "This was the worst I've ever seen for lap-down trucks on the inside -- it was absolutely death-defying. You could never get a run going because every caution breeds another caution. That was the tough thing because you couldn't get your rhythm going. Once you did finally beat and bang off of them, another caution would come out and we'd have to start all over again. I think I ran into the same guys 20 times in the last 80 laps and it was the same group of guys. It's a tough deal and it's Martinsville, but I'm just glad we only have to come here twice a year."
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