St. Louis: Robert Huffman preview

HUFFMAN STRATEGIZES TO REJOIN TOP-10 RANK AT GATEWAY ST. LOUIS (April 25, 2005) -- Robert Huffman's focus at Gateway International Raceway is to reposition his No. 12 Toyota Tundra team in the top-10 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points ...

HUFFMAN STRATEGIZES TO REJOIN TOP-10 RANK AT GATEWAY

ST. LOUIS (April 25, 2005) -- Robert Huffman's focus at Gateway International Raceway is to reposition his No. 12 Toyota Tundra team in the top-10 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points standings Saturday night.

"I would like to get us back into the top-10 in points because we're not that many points outside of that," said Huffman. "Coming off the run we had at Martinsville, we're eager to go to Gateway because we feel like we have a good shot at winning or coming away with a top-five finish. I had a good run going there last year in the No. 12 Toyota Tundra until I had some trouble."

Huffman fell victim to one of four green-white-checker attempts last season.

"We got involved in one of those multiple green-white-checker wrecks, which ultimately ended our night," said Huffman, who finished 27th in the event. "At one time, we were running seventh or eighth and another truck ran us up into the guard rail. Then the truck became really tight. I'm looking forward to going back there because I was able to quickly adjust to the track last season. It was the first time that I had actually ever shifted on an oval. With the gear rule this year, we won't shift."

After four NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series starts, Huffman has a pair of top-10 finishes and is currently 13th in the points standings.

"We're running strong and have a couple top-10 finishes so far," said Huffman. "We were involved in an accident at Daytona and our engine expired at Martinsville, but it happens. There's going to be bad weeks, but when you have a bad week you need to strive to finish in the top-15 and on the lead lap to stay in the hunt because every point seems to matter. This series has a history of determining a champion down to the wire."

Before racing the No. 12 Toyota Tundra atGateway, Huffman is slated to throw out the first pitch during a Charlotte Knights game at Knights Stadium in Fort Mill (S.C.) on April 27th. The Charlotte Knights are a Triple-A affiliate of the White Sox.

"It'sneat to be able to go out to a Charlotte Knights game and throw out the first pitch," said Huffman. "Hopefully, the ball will at least make it over the plate. I hear they boo you if you don't make it over.It won't be the first time. I'll have a lot of fun with it."

Live coverage of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event scheduled Saturday, April 30 begins at 8 p.m. EDT on SPEED Channel and MRN Radio.

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