Milwaukee: Toyota preview

THIS RACE: This will be the 10th visit to the Milwaukee Mile for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS). Seven Toyota Tundras are entered in the Black Cat Fireworks 200 in Milwaukee. LAST RACE: In the most recent NCTS race at Memphis ...

THIS RACE: This will be the 10th visit to the Milwaukee Mile for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS). Seven Toyota Tundras are entered in the Black Cat Fireworks 200 in Milwaukee.

LAST RACE: In the most recent NCTS race at Memphis Motorsports Park (June 19), four Toyotas finished among the top-20. Leading the Tundra drivers across the finish line was Hank Parker Jr., who was 12th in the No.21 Innovative Motorsports Tundra. Following Parker Jr. were Travis Kvapil (13th) in the No.24 Line-X Tundra, Robert Huffman (16th) in the No.12 Innovative Motorsports Tundra and David Reutimann (17th) in the No.17 NTN Bearings Tundra.

POINTS PACE: After eight races, three Toyota drivers are among the top-12 in the NCTS championship standings. Mike Skinner is sixth in the standings (1067 points), 202 points behind current leader Dennis Setzer. Rookie David Reutimann is 10th in the standings (1020 points) and Travis Kvapil is 12th (994 points). Reutimann also tops the Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year standings, leading second-place Tracy Hines by 26 points.

BACK HOME I: Defending NCTS champion Travis Kvapil is returning home for the Milwaukee Mile race. A Janesville, Wis.-native, Kvapil began his racing career and competed regularly at many short tracks throughout the state. He won Late Model Rookie-of-the-Year honors at Madison (WI) International Speedway in 1995, and one year later captured the Late Model championship at the same track.

BACK HOME II: "I always look forward to returning home," says Kvapil. "It's good to race in front of your family and friends. I know there'll be quite a few fans cheering for me in the Milwaukee grandstands. Milwaukee is a great track and I really enjoying race there, and the past few years I've had some success."

TK IN TOP-10: In the past three years, Kvapil has recorded three top-10 finishes at the Milwaukee Mile. The 28-year-old driver has finished third (2001), sixth (2003) and tenth (2002) at the Wisconsin one-mile oval. Kvapil has completed all but one lap (602 of 603) at the track in the three races.

MILE WIN ONE: Mike Skinner was the winner of the inaugural NCTS race at the Milwaukee Mile in 1995. He started from the pole and captured the checkered flag driving a truck for Richard Childress.

MORE MIKE: Sandwiched around finishes of 28th in the season-opening race at Daytona, and 26th in the most recent race in Memphis, Mike Skinner registered six consecutive top-15 finishes. During the streak, he recorded a runner-up finish in Atlanta, two fifths (Martinsville and Dover), a pair of 11th-place finishes (Mansfield and Texas), and a 15th in Charlotte.

NCTS DEBUT: One year ago, Hank Parker Jr. made his NCTS debut in Milwaukee. Parker Jr. started ninth, completed all 200 laps, and finished eighth. Parker Jr. also has run two Busch Series races in Milwaukee, finishing 14th (2001) and 20th (2002).

HEAR HANK: "We've had some problems this year, but we're getting better every race," says Parker Jr. "My team has stuck by me and Toyota has stood behind me. They've both worked real hard to try to make things better and make me more comfortable in the Tundra."

D.R. DEBUT: David Reutimann made his Milwaukee Mile debut in the Busch Series last year. He recorded his first career top-five in a Busch car when he finished fifth driving for Joe Nemechek.

EDUCATION: "This year, I'm learning as we go along," says Reutimann, about his rookie campaign. "But, beginning with Memphis, we're getting to more tracks I've been to before, and actually raced at before. So, I'm encouraged by the way we've started the year, and the tracks we have coming up on the schedule."

ROOKS RULE: Rookie NCTS Tundra drivers have been the top finishing newcomers in six of eight races. David Reutimann was the top newcomer in Daytona (9th), Atlanta (3rd), Martinsville (8th) and Texas (3rd). Robert Huffman was the first rookie finisher in Charlotte (16th) and Dover (11th).

SECOND BEST: The best finish by a Toyota Tundra driver this season has been second-place. Bang Racing teammates Travis Kvapil (Daytona) and Mike Skinner (Atlanta) have both finished second.

TUNDRA TOPS: Toyota drivers have recorded eight top-five finishes, and 11 top-10 finishes, in 57 combined appearances. Along with seconds by Travis Kvapil (Daytona) and Mike Skinner (Atlanta), David Reutimann was third in Atlanta and Texas, and Hank Parker Jr. was third in Dover. In addition, Kvapil has a fourth-place finish (Atlanta), and Skinner has finished fourth (Dover) and fifth (Martinsville).

3 MORE: In addition to Mike Skinner, three other Toyota Tundra drivers have been race leaders this season. Travis Kvapil led 15 laps at Daytona and one lap in Atlanta, and rookie David Reutimann also led laps at Daytona (7) and Atlanta (8 laps). In addition, Bill Lester led 19 laps at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

POLE NO.1: In Atlanta, a Tundra captured the NCTS pole position for the first time. David Reutimann recorded a speed of 179.452 MPH (30.894 seconds) to earn his first NCTS pole, and Toyota's inaugural pole. He set a new NCTS mark by winning the pole in his second start.

BUILD IT: The Toyota Racing Development R&D and production facility is located in High Point, NC. It takes seven workers ­ working between eight and nine hours a day ­ five days to build a NCTS Tundra. It takes about 20 hours ­ from start-to-finish ­ to build a production Tundra at Toyota's Princeton, Indiana facility, where 5,004 associates work and where a new Tundra rolls off the assembly line every 74 seconds. Princeton, Indiana is the only place in the world where production Tundras are built.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Skinner , Joe Nemechek , Hank Parker Jr. , Dennis Setzer , Bill Lester , Tracy Hines , David Reutimann , Robert Huffman , Travis Kvapil
Teams Toyota Racing