Memphis: Toyota teams race quotes, notes

Six Tundras finished in the top-10 at Memphis with Jack Sprague (second), Mike Skinner (fourth), Aaron Fike (fifth), Ryan Mathews (sixth), Johnny Benson (seventh) and Todd Bodine (eighth). Other Tundras in the field included: Brad Keselowski...

Six Tundras finished in the top-10 at Memphis with Jack Sprague (second), Mike Skinner (fourth), Aaron Fike (fifth), Ryan Mathews (sixth), Johnny Benson (seventh) and Todd Bodine (eighth). Other Tundras in the field included: Brad Keselowski (16th), Terry Cook (29th) and Ken Butler (33rd).

Keselowski started on the pole in the No. 9 Team ASE Tundra for Germain Racing, the first of his NCTS career, and led three times for 23 laps. Skinner led 16 laps, and has now led at least one lap in the season's first 12 races, tying the NCTS record for consecutive races led to start a season (Jason Leffler, 2002).


MIKE SKINNER, No. 5 Toyota Tundra, Bill Davis Racing Finished: 4th

How was the No. 5 Tundra tonight? "It was real good at times. The truck was very consistent, but each set of tires we put on it was a little different. It was a good night for us here in Memphis. It's the best run we've had here. Even if we don't win these races, we are still competitive, can lead a few laps, and bring home a good finish. Hopefully, we can keep up this momentum throughout the season, because it's been pretty good so far."


AARON FIKE, No. 1 RFMS Tundra, Red Horse Racing Finished: 5th

How was your truck tonight? "The truck was good. We were loose the whole race, but this is our first top-five of the season. I'm real proud of the guys. We struggled the last couple of races, so it's nice to come in here and get a top-five. I've been pretty confident all year. We probably should've had a couple top-fives already this year, but we caught a couple bad breaks. This means a lot. We've been in the top-10 in points all year, so it's nice to get a good finish and keep the truck up there in points."


BRAD KESELOWSKI, No. 9 Team ASE Tundra, Germain Racing Finished: 16th

Can you talk about your race tonight? "First off, I just have to thank everyone at Germain Racing for the opportunity tonight. Hopefully, I'll get more opportunities in trucks of this caliber. We had a strong truck all night, but it just didn't end how we wanted it to."

Was your truck good enough to win at the end of the race? "I used up everything I had to get to Travis and pass him. If I saved my stuff, I wasn't catching him. I had to go 100 percent. I caught a little break in traffic to get by him. We got into more traffic and couldn't get around a couple lapped trucks, and used the rear tires a little too hard and used them up. Eventually it got me where I had to slow the truck quite a bit and unfortunately, that probably led to me getting ran over."

Is this the best run you've had in a while? "As disappointed as I am about the finish, this is the certainly the best run I've had. There comes a point where that's all I care about. I just want to run well and lead some laps, and that's what we did tonight. We earned every bit of it and that was really cool. We came in and made the perfect adjustment that made the truck really take off."


RYAN MATHEWS, No. 36 Lilly Company/Toyota Industrial Equipment Tundra, Bill Davis Racing Finished: 6th

JOHNNY BENSON, No. 23 360 OTC Tundra, Bill Davis Racing Finished: 7th

TODD BODINE, No. 30 Lumber Liquidators Tundra, Germain Racing Finished: 8th TERRY COOK, No. 59 Harris Trucking Tundra, HT Motorsports Finished: 29th

KEN BUTLER, No. 00 Aaron's Lucky Dog Tundra, Darrell Waltrip Motorsports Finished: 33rd

-credit: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Darrell Waltrip , Todd Bodine , Jason Leffler , Mike Skinner , Johnny Benson , Jack Sprague , Terry Cook , Aaron Fike , Brad Keselowski , Ryan Mathews
Teams Germain Racing , Bill Davis Racing , Red Horse Racing