MORE ATLANTA HISTORY: The Toyota Tundra will make its ninth NCTS start at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend. In eight previous starts at the track, Tundra drivers have combined for three victories -- including the spring races in 2006 (Todd ...
MORE ATLANTA HISTORY: The Toyota Tundra will make its ninth NCTS start at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend. In eight previous starts at the track, Tundra drivers have combined for three victories -- including the spring races in 2006 (Todd Bodine), 2007 (Mike Skinner) and 2008 (Busch). Earlier this year, Busch led 39 of 130 laps for the win at Atlanta, driving the No. 51 Tundra for Billy Ballew Motorsports.
RACE RECALL: Johnny Benson, driver of the No. 23 Bill Davis Racing Tundra won the NCTS race at Martinsville Saturday after passing race-leader and championship foe Ron Hornaday, Jr. with 46 laps to go. He held off all challengers to make his first victory lane visit at Martinsville's 'Paper Clip.' Busch (fourth), Bodine (fifth) and Speed (seventh) also scored top-10 finishes for Toyota.
HITTING A HALF-CENTURY: Benson's victory at Martinsville was the 50th win for Toyota in NCTS competition since joining the series in 2004 (121 races). Benson and Bodine have the most NCTS wins driving for Toyota, with 14 victories apiece. Skinner (nine), Busch (three), Jack Sprague (three) and Travis Kvapil (two) also have multiple wins in a Tundra, while Reutimann, Speed, David Starr, Ted Musgrave and Brandon Whitt each have one victory for Toyota.
BUSCH BEST AT ATLANTA: For Busch, there is something about driving in the Craftsman Truck Series at Atlanta. The 23-year-old Las Vegas-native has a flawless record in the series at the track -- three starts and three wins. Busch will look to make it four-straight this weekend in his No. 51 Toyota Tundra, and will have his JGR teammate to help him accomplish that task. Hamlin will drive the No. 15 Billy Ballew Motorsports Tundra Saturday.
TUNDRA TOTAL: Tundra drivers have registered 12 NCTS wins through 21 races in 2008. Benson (Milwaukee, Kentucky, Indianapolis, Nashville and Martinsville), Busch (California, Atlanta and Bristol) and Bodine (Daytona and Talladega) each have multiple race wins this season, while Tundra racers Speed (Dover) and Skinner (Las Vegas) each have one NCTS victory this year.
FOLLOW THE LEADER: With his victory at Martinsville, Benson catapulted into the lead in the NCTS point standings, now leading Hornaday, Jr., by 65 points after 21 of 25 races. Tundra drivers Bodine (fourth), Skinner (fifth) and Terry Cook (10th) are also in the top-10 in points with four races remaining.
ON THE BRINK: Toyota can clinch its third-straight NCTS manufacturer's title this weekend at Atlanta if the highest- finishing Tundra beats the highest-finishing Chevrolet. After 21 of 25 races in 2008, Toyota currently holds an 18-point advantage in the manufacturer point standings over Chevrolet, 151 to 133. Ford (100 points) is third, followed by Dodge (78 points).
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