Texas II: Benson post race interview

JOHNNY BENSON , No. 23 Toyota Certified Used Vehicles Tundra, Bill Davis Racing Finish: 3rd How was your race tonight? "It wasn't horrible. It was a decent run for us. Ron (Hornaday Jr.) and those guys are in pretty good shape. I'm sure Kyle...

JOHNNY BENSON , No. 23 Toyota Certified Used Vehicles Tundra, Bill Davis Racing
Finish: 3rd

How was your race tonight?

"It wasn't horrible. It was a decent run for us. Ron (Hornaday Jr.) and those guys are in pretty good shape. I'm sure Kyle Busch probably explained the rest of it. I don't need to say anything about the obvious part. Trip Bruce (crew chief) and the guys did a great job. It's just you sit there and run wide open all the way around the track for the whole race and it makes it pretty difficult to do anything. We'll take third. We'll walk out of here and look forward to next week."

What happened on the final laps to move into third place?

"It was tough. Those guys were just starting to slow down and we just left it on the floor the whole day and we just can't really stay up. Trip Bruce (crew chief) and the guys did a great job. It's just the adjustments that we did were good. Everything was good and it's just tough right now. This style race track we're probably a little bit too far off, but I think the next two weeks will be a little bit more even or at least Phoenix will be. These guys do a tremendous job week in and week out. It was fun racing with Todd (Bodine) and them at the end. We were running high trying to get a run and Todd (Bodine) was struggling a little bit off turn two and that's where we were able to get a run on him."

Why couldn't you keep your truck up to speed with some of the others?

"I don't know what to say it's pretty tough. That engine rule hurt us pretty bad. It was pretty obvious that the only people that we could pass was our own stuff. The guys, I tell you what, they do a great job week in and week out and this is just very tough to race with the rules that they've got right at the moment."

Do you agree with Kyle Busch's assessment of the restrictor plate slowing the Toyota's down?

"Oh, absolutely. I didn't hear what he said but I have a good idea what he said. It was pretty obvious. We've just got to keep doing what we're going to do. If they switched it back we'd at least be on equal playing field. It was pretty obvious today that it was not, but I'd hate to take anything away from Ron Hornaday because he ran good. But when you sit there and run wide open all day long and they go by you like you are sitting still there's not a whole lot you can do about it. Not too often Kyle (Busch) gets upfront and loses the lead so I'm sure there's some merit there. It is what it is. The day they told us that the rule was what it is and I think that rule will be for them next year. I don't know why it wouldn't have been the same for us this year as it may for next year, but it is what it is. Our guys did a great job all day long and we came out of here in third place and that's a good run for us."

Were you driving with a sense of urgency toward the end of the race because of the points race with Ron Hornaday Jr.?

"I didn't drive any different the whole race. It was just those guys in front of us were having to lift off the gas pedal probably just a little bit and they looked tight. We were kind of in the same boat just aero-tight being behind people. They were just starting to lose the handle on their truck and ours didn't and that was really the only difference."

How much were you moving around to make those passes to find where the truck was best and where you could make the move?

"You had to use the draft a little bit and that's where I got Todd (Bodine) and ran high and just got a little bit of momentum off the corner and the same thing with the 6. He got tied up with Todd here just a little bit so I was able to get a run on the 6 and the 30 just had to go high and it all worked."

-credit: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Ron Hornaday Jr. , Kyle Busch
Teams Bill Davis Racing