Texas: Toyota teams qualifying quotes

BRIAN ICKLER, No. 51 Miccosukee Resort Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports Starting Position: 4th How was your qualifying run? "It's pretty good, we obviously wanted to be top of the board but I think we have a good race truck. It has a...

BRIAN ICKLER, No. 51 Miccosukee Resort Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports
Starting Position: 4th

How was your qualifying run? "It's pretty good, we obviously wanted to be top of the board but I think we have a good race truck. It has a lot of downforce in it so it should race good. I know (Ron) Hornaday will be good, but I don't know how good the other ones will be in front of us. I'm pretty optimistic that tomorrow's going to go pretty good for us."

Are you getting comfortable in the trucks? "I'm learning a lot about air -- it's the biggest thing so far. Just the air around the trucks and how they drive in practice. We run around here pretty much wide-open so it's a balance between the least amount of drag you can have with still having enough downforce in the thing so it drives decent. I think we're more on the downforce side, so it'll race a lot better than a lot of these other guys."

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TODD BODINE, No. 30 Copart.com Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing
Starting Position: 9th

How was your qualifying run? "It was really good. The truck is neutral, wide-open and drove good. It wasn't tight and I think that's all we're going to get out of a Toyota in qualifying because there's so much drag involved. I think we have a truck that is going to race really good."

What's your strategy in tomorrow's race? "We're going to start up near the front here and ride for a while to let the tires heat up. We'll start picking them off one at a time. I know Ron (Hornaday, Jr.) is going to take off and be a jack rabbit like always but hopefully in the long run we can have something to deal with him."

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TIMOTHY PETERS, No. 17 Strutmasters.com Toyota Tundra, Premier Racing
Starting Position: 10th

How was your qualifying lap? "It was really good. We made some changes during practice and our Dickies BBQ Strutmasters.com Tundra came to life and we made a qualifying run and it was great at the end. It carried over and actually picked up two-tenths. I'm just tickled to death, tickled to be in Texas and hopefully we'll get us a top-10 spot and who knows, maybe we can play the hat dance tomorrow night."

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MIKE SKINNER, No. 5 Exide Batteries Toyota Tundra, Randy Moss Motorsports
Starting Position: 11th

How is your truck? "It drove perfect, it's just really slow. It's like half of a second slow - that's way slow. But, our truck drove excellent and we hope that it races good."

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ARIC ALMIROLA, No. 15 Samsung Instinct Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports
Starting Position: 12th

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DAVID STARR, No. 24 Zachry Toyota Tundra, HT Motorsports
Starting Position: 13th

How is your truck today? "It's great to be back home at this awesome race track. My Toyota Tundra was pretty awesome today in practice. I'm a little disappointed in qualifying, we ran two laps wide-open. I was telling my guys, I was kind of like Fred Flinstone pedaling trying to get it to go, go. Our Zachry Toyota Tundra was great and we ran wide-open for two laps and that was all it had. We're looking forward to the race tomorrow night. We always put on a great show here, these trucks do. It's great to be back here at Texas Motor Speedway - my favorite track."

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JOHNNY BENSON, No. 1 Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing
Starting Position: 15th

How is your truck here at Texas? "I think it's doing good. It drives perfect and everything is good. We're not that quick in qualifying for whatever reason, but there are no complaints. I think it's going to be nice in race gear."

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TJ BELL, No. 11 Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing
Starting Position: 16th

How's your truck handling here at Texas? "Actually, that was probably the easiest lap we've turned so far. These guys at Red Horse Racing have done an unbelievable job on this Toyota Tundra. We'll go racing tomorrow night."

What do you think about the warm weather compared to recent races? "The suns out, the rain delays haven't been good to the 11 team so hopefully we can get the race off on time and get back to how we were running at the beginning of the year. These guys deserve it, Toyota deserves it so we're looking forward to it."

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BRIAN SCOTT, No. 16 Albertsons Toyota Tundra, Xpress Motorsports
Starting Position: 17th

STACY COMPTON, No. 60 Safe Auto Insurance Toyota Tundra, Wyler Racing
Starting Position: 19th

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TERRY COOK, No. 25 Cajun Industries/Harris Trucking Toyota Tundra, HT Motorsports
Starting Position: 22nd

What are all the names on the bed of your Tundra? "Our Toyota Tundra didn't quite qualify as well as we would have liked to have today but we think it's going to race good. On the way here, the entire race team brought the actual primary truck - not a show truck - but the actual race truck that's racing this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway to Cajun Industries in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. We had a company picnic and let everybody there sign the deck lid of the truck. We're going to carry a lot of names this weekend here at Texas."

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TAYLER MALSAM, No. 81 One-Eighty Toyota Tundra, Randy Moss Motorsports
Starting Position: 24th

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Series NASCAR Truck
Teams Germain Racing , Red Horse Racing