Kyle Busch (second) was the top-finishing Tundra driver Friday night, enabling Toyota to clinch its third consecutive NCTS manufacturer's championship (2006-2008). In addition to Busch, Johnny Benson (third), Todd Bodine (fourth), Terry Cook ...
Kyle Busch (second) was the top-finishing Tundra driver Friday night, enabling Toyota to clinch its third consecutive NCTS manufacturer's championship (2006-2008).
In addition to Busch, Johnny Benson (third), Todd Bodine (fourth), Terry Cook (sixth), Mike Skinner (eighth), Brian Scott (ninth) and Scott Speed (10th) scored top-10 finishes for Toyota at Texas Motor Speedway.
Other Toyota drivers in the field included Texas-resident David Starr (12th), Jack Sprague (15th), Paul Tracy (20th), Texas-native Ryan Lawler (22nd) and Max Papis (29th).
With today's finish, Benson leads Ron Hornaday, Jr. by six points in the unofficial NCTS point standings with two races remaining.
KYLE BUSCH, No. 51 Miccosukee Resorts Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports
How was your run tonight?
"Overall, our run tonight was good especially with everything that's gone on this week. It's just frustrating that the NASCAR rule book is the way it is with the restrictors and all of that. It's hard to battle with those Chevrolets and those Fords with the way that we have so much drag in our Toyota's and less front down force and all of that stuff. Yeah, I'm complaining. I'm going to do it. I'm not going to going to sugar coat it. I'm tired of it. Running second every week isn't any fun. So we've got some work to do, we know, but not as much as we do for down the straight-aways."
JOHNNY BENSON, No. 23 Toyota Certified Used Vehicles Tundra, Bill Davis Racing
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."
TODD BODINE, No. 30 Lumber Liquidators Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing
How was your race for you tonight? "It was a great comeback for sure. We got the nose bashed in early and we knew we had to fix it. It was going to push terrible if it didn't. We took the time to fix it and NASCAR called me for pulling up to pass but it was two guys that were 20 car lengths back. What are you supposed to do? We got a lap down and got the lucky dog.' We came from the back. The Lumber Liquidators Tundra was the best it was at the end of the race and that's what you have to have. We lost third there to Johnny (Benson) there on the last lap but he's in it for the points and I wasn't going to race him if he got under me."
How is it to race with someone like Johnny? "It's fun to do. The guys with the Tundras have to drive their rear ends off just to stay with the Fords and the Chevys. It's another unfair advantage because they have horsepower and not as much drag. We'll take it, another good points night."
TERRY COOK, No. 59 Team ASE/Harris Trucking Toyota Tundra, HT Motorsports
Was this the finish your team was looking for tonight? "The Team ASE/Harris Trucking Toyota Tundra was good all night long. We were good in practice and in race trim this thing was really good and I told the guys it's doing everything I needed it to do. The green flag dropped and we ran on the bottom just digging. I have never had a truck that good at Texas Motor Speedway. That was an exceptionally good truck tonight. Unfortunately, by not qualifying well we got back there and had a pit stall selection. We slowed up a little bit on that last stop trying to leave the box and lost a couple of spots and ultimately that hurt our top-three effort because I definitely had a third-place truck but track position there at the end bit us a little bit."
MIKE SKINNER, No. 5 Toyota Tundra, Bill Davis Racing
BRIAN SCOTT, No. 16 Albertsons Toyota Tundra, Xpress Motorsports
SCOTT SPEED, No. 22 Red Bull Toyota Tundra, Bill Davis Racing
DAVID STARR, No. 11 Zachry Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing
Were you satisfied with your race tonight in your home state? "Rick Gay (crew chief) and this Red Horse Racing team did a great job fixing our truck yesterday after the incident with the lead off another truck going through our nose. We lost most of the second practice session but this team repaired the truck and it really had no effect on us. Our Zachry Toyota was a little 'loose in' most of the night and that hurt me a little. It got a little crazy out there a little tonight with a lot of three-wide action but that is typical exciting racing we have here in this series and at this track. This is my home track and we had a large group of Zachry folks here all day so we wanted a better finish than what we got. But this is the second week in a row that we feel that we've made progress with what we're doing and that is a very good feeling going into the last two races of the season."
JACK SPRAGUE, No. 60 Wyler.com Toyota Tundra, Wyler Racing
What are your thoughts on tonight's race? "Tonight's race was definitely interesting. Our No. 60 Wyler.com Toyota Tundra started off tight but was getting better with the adjustments that we were making. Then all of sudden halfway through the last green flag run, I got really, really loose and I honestly don't know what happened. I was using the fans (bead blowers) in the truck to help me not lose any more positions but I just kept working through the conditions even though they weren't getting better. It's frustrating to be running near the top ten and suddenly lose five positions, but we'll just head to Phoenix next week and see if we can break into the top-ten."
PAUL TRACY, No. 9 Bombadier Learjet/Sport Clips Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing
RYAN LAWLER, No. 15 Hyprene-Ergon Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports
MAX PAPIS, No. 07 GEICO/Construct Corps Toyota Tundra, Green Light Racing
What happened to take you out of the race? "I'm not exactly sure what happened. I was minding my own. I was on the outside trying to stay out of trouble and not bother too many people's races and trying to understand what this truck was doing. I felt a bump in the middle of turn one and two and the truck went a little bit sideways and after that I thought it was alright and then all of a sudden the truck just went sideways. I tried to catch it but I was in the wall. It was a huge disappointment because I was trying to stay out there and out of trouble. We have a wrecked truck and we didn't need that."
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