TOYOTA TAKES FIFTH STRAIGHT TRUCK SERIES MANUFACTURER'S TITLE Clinches Second NASCAR Championship of 2010 FORT WORTH, Texas (November 5, 2010) -- When Kyle Busch finished first Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway, it enabled Toyota to clinch...
TOYOTA TAKES FIFTH STRAIGHT TRUCK SERIES MANUFACTURER'S TITLE
Clinches Second NASCAR Championship of 2010
FORT WORTH, Texas (November 5, 2010) -- When Kyle Busch finished first Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway, it enabled Toyota to clinch its fifth consecutive NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) manufacturer's championship.
Toyota has won the NCWTS manufacturer's championship each year since 2006, along with a pair of driver's titles for Todd Bodine (2006) and Johnny Benson (2008). Bodine, who currently leads the NCWTS standings by 230 points, is seeking to capture Toyota's third series driver's title.
Overall, this is the eighth time Toyota has earned a NASCAR manufacturer's title since the start of the 2004 season. Toyota recently also captured its third consecutive NASCAR Nationwide Series manufacturer's crown.
The performance of five full-time teams fielding Tundras -- Billy Ballew Motorsports, Germain Racing, Kyle Busch Motorsports, Randy Moss Motorsports and Red Horse Racing -- all contributed to the NCWTS manufacturer's title. In addition, Stringer Motorsports ran a partial season utilizing Tundras in 2010. This season, Tundra drivers have combined for 14 wins, 10 poles, 54 top-five results and 111 top-10 finishes with two races remaining on the schedule.
"To earn a fifth consecutive manufacturer's championship is an accomplishment we are very proud of, and is a testament to the commitment Toyota has -- now and in the future -- to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and to our race teams participating in the series," said Ed Laukes, Toyota's corporate motorsports marketing manager. "We have been fortunate to partner ourselves with championship-caliber teams and exceptional drivers. Our Tundra teams continue to prove their excellence on the track."
Series points leader Bodine (four wins), Busch (seven wins) and Aric Almirola (two wins) have all won multiple races for Toyota this season. In addition, Timothy Peters earned his second career victory in a Tundra at Daytona to kick off the 2010 season.
"It's an honor to be associated with Toyota and to be a part of five straight manufacturer's championships," says Bodine. "Over the last seven years, Toyota and Germain Racing have formed a great partnership and we constantly work together to improve our on-track performance each and every year."
A total of 31 different drivers have participated in the Camping World Truck Series in a Tundra this year, including five -- Almirola, Bodine, Justin Lofton, Peters and Mike Skinner -- who have competed in all 23 events driving Toyotas. Skinner has raced a Tundra in every NCWTS race since Toyota joined the series in 2004 -- a total of 173 starts. Since joining NCWTS competition in 2004, Toyota has won 79 races and captured 78 poles in 173 races.
-source: toyota motorsports