Kyle Busch was victorious in Saturday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at Talladega Superspeedway. Busch led 10 of 98 laps at the 2.66-mile Alabama oval en route to victory lane. The win enabled Toyota to clinch its fourth ...
Kyle Busch was victorious in Saturday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at Talladega Superspeedway. Busch led 10 of 98 laps at the 2.66-mile Alabama oval en route to victory lane.
The win enabled Toyota to clinch its fourth consecutive NCWTS manufacturer's title (2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009).
Aric Almirola (second), Todd Bodine (third), Terry Cook (fourth) and David Starr (fifth) also recorded top-five results in Tundras, the first time since April 2006 (St. Louis) that Toyota has swept the top-five positions in an NCWTS event.
Tundra drivers Stacy Compton (seventh), Timothy Peters (11th), Mike Skinner (19th), Max Papis (22nd), Brian Scott (23rd), Tayler Malsam (27th) and T.J. Bell (29th) were also in the field.
Five Tundra drivers are among the top-10 in the unofficial NCWTS point standings -- Skinner (third), Bodine (fourth), Scott (sixth), Peters (seventh) and Starr (ninth) - with three races remaining in the 2009 season.
KYLE BUSCH, No. 51 Miccosukee Resorts Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew
Finishing Position: 1st
How did the final lap of the race feel? "That just happened - unbelievable. I owe everything to Aric Almirola today. Sticking with me from that last pit stop to the end, I told him if he just stayed with me they wouldn't be able to beat the 15 (Almirola) and 51 (Busch). Awesome job to Aric (Almirola), he can take my half of the pay after today. I don't get paid anything. I don't know what Billy Ballew will work out with him. What an awesome truck - this Miccosukee Tundra was great today. The guys did an awesome job building it. You can only go as fast as what it's built from the shop so obviously a lot of work went into this thing. Toyota clinched the manufacturer's championship - that's awesome. Thank NOS Energy Drink, thank the fans - it was a lot of fun today. There was a few moments that maybe got a hairy and a little sketchy, but overall it worked out in the end for us so that's awesome."
ARIC ALMIROLA, No. 15 Graceway Pharmaceuticals/AKawareness.com Toyota
Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports
Finishing Position: 2nd
How was your race today? "It was a good race, it was fun. We had a good truck. I'm real proud of Doug George (crew chief) and all the guys on this team. Everybody at Billy Ballew Motorsports did a great job and worked really hard. We had two awesome speedway trucks and it showed today. There were not very many people that could hang with us (Kyle Busch) when we got together and we proved that a couple times throughout the race. We tried not to show our cards too much in the beginning. It paid off and it was a one-two finish for Billy Ballew - I just wanted to be one bad."
What did it mean when Kyle Busch drove down pit road to thank you? "It meant the world. As hard as it is to win these races, he's won a lot of them and he knows that it was a team effort today. Congratulations to Billy Ballew in his 300th start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and he got a one-two finish so that's pretty awesome for him."
Was bump drafting getting out of hand for a truck race? "In the beginning of the race, Todd (Bodine) was behind me and I was behind the six (Colin Braun) and I never touched the six, Todd (Bodine) never touched me and we were just cruising around, just riding. I was riding seriously half to three- quarters throttle just to make sure that I didn't run into the back of the six (Braun). 30 laps into the race, all of the sudden I was getting slammed from the back. It was for no reason really, we weren't going anywhere. The guy in front of me wasn't going to go any faster from me slamming into him. A couple times I actually burned the brakes up, the brakes went all the way to the floor board just to keep from running over the people in front of me. If we knocked our grill and our duct work in, then we had to come in to take tape off then we surely weren't going to have a shot to win. I think people were really aggressive and didn't need to be."
TODD BODINE, No. 30 Copart Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing
Finishing Position: 3rd
Are you disappointed with a third-place finish? "We got used to winning for sure. We made the right move - we had a great truck and made the right move at the end and got the lead. We just didn't have a teammate. Kyle (Busch) had his teammate right behind him. I could have blocked him coming to the checkers, but I didn't want to be like Carl Edwards and end up in the catch fence. With Kyle (Busch), that's what would have happened - he's a racer and you can't blame him for that. It was a great day for Billy Ballew Motorsports with a one-two finish. Our Germain Copart Tundra was fast, it was again the best truck and it drove fantastic. We just ended up third. There's nothing you can do but be happy with it and we had a good day."
Was bump drafting getting out of hand for a truck race? "This is my one chance to speak so I'm going to speak a little bit here. They need to do something with the Cup cars, the Nationwide cars and the trucks with the bump drafting - everybody knows it, everybody said it. It's getting out of control with the Cup cars with guys hitting each other in the corners, spinning each other out. It's a simple solution - brace the back bumpers up as hard as you can brace them. You ought to see the back bumper in my truck - it's like a Mack Truck bumper. The next thing you do is you take the bumper out of the front so if you hit somebody, you hit them with fiberglass. I'm not going to hit somebody with fiberglass and mess my aerodynamics up so what's that do? It stops everybody from bump drafting, it's a simple solution."
TERRY COOK, No. 25 Cajun Industries Toyota Tundra, HT Motorsports
Finishing Position: 4th
What happened to your truck early in the race? "We were losing horsepower so we had to come in and work on it and every we were taping the air box and got it double- nutted so then we were able to fix that. Then we blew up the transmission with about 14 laps to go and it was spitting rear end grease out, smoking inside the truck. We had just about everything go wrong that you could and still come out with a top-five finish. This is a big day for Harris Trucking -- to have two trucks in the top-five - that's a big weekend. I wish I wouldn't have had to come from the back because we had a horse."
DAVID STARR, No. 24 Zachry Toyota Tundra, HT Motorsports
Finishing Position: 5th
What was your strategy in the closing laps? "We were trying to do the right thing, I was thinking of which way I should go and who I should go with. Going from second to fifth is a little disappointing, but a top-five for HT Motorsports and Terry Cook did a heck of a job. I should have jumped up to the high side, but you second-guess yourself and if I would have jumped up to the high side then they would have gone to the bottom. Then I would have finished a little further back. It was a great race - our Zachery Toyota Tundra was awesome. All the guys did a heck of a job and I can't thank them enough."
STACY COMPTON, No. 60 SafeAuto Insurance/Melling Engine Parts Toyota
Tundra, Wyler Racing
Finishing Position: 7th
TIMOTHY PETERS, No. 1 Strutmasters Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing
Finishing Position: 11th
MIKE SKINNER, No. 5 PC Miler Navigator Toyota Tundra, Randy Moss Motorsports @Finishing Position: 19th
MAX PAPIS, No. 13 GEICO Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing @Finishing Position: 22nd
BRIAN SCOTT, No. 16 Albertsons Toyota Tundra, Xpress Motorsports
Finishing Position: 23rd
TAYLER MALSAM, No. 81 One Eighty Toyota Tundra, Randy Moss Motorsports
Finishing Position: 27th
T.J. BELL, No. 11 Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing
Finishing Position: 29th
-credit: toyota motorsports