Memphis: Toyota preview

Huffman, Toyota look for second short-track win in 2002. MEMPHIS, Tenn. (June 20, 2002) - After dominated the most recent race in Kentucky, only to finish second by 0.131 seconds, Robert Huffman looks to earn his second short-track victory of...

Huffman, Toyota look for second short-track win in 2002.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (June 20, 2002) - After dominated the most recent race in Kentucky, only to finish second by 0.131 seconds, Robert Huffman looks to earn his second short-track victory of the season as the NASCAR Goody's Dash series makes its inaugural visit to 3/4-mile Memphis Motorsports Park, Saturday, June 22.

"We had the car to beat at Kentucky, but that's the way it goes sometimes," Huffman commented as he prepared his No. 37 White House Apple Juice Toyota Celica for the 125-lap race. "Memphis is a new track to the series, but testing at a similar track went really well a couple of weeks ago. The Celica should be really strong."

Huffman, with a series leading three victories in 2002, will also try to regain the series points lead at Memphis after falling five points down overall. After leading 44 of 67 laps in Kentucky, the Claremont, N.C. native is also on top in the Gatorade Front Runner Award.

After earning his second top-10 finish of 2002 at Kentucky Speedway, Brandon Ward moved back into a tie for third place in the Mag-Clip Rookie-of-the-Year chase. The Winston-Salem, N.C., native has driven the No. 11 Ram Fabrication Toyota Celica into 12th place overall. He is also 11th in laps lead and 19th in laps completed.

Fellow rookie-of-the-year candidate Nick Pistone will be back behind the wheel of the No. 77 Big Daddy's BBQ Sauce/BI LO Toyota Celica this weekend after missing the last two super speedway events in Charlotte and Kentucky. He is currently in seventh place for the top rookie award and 21st overall. While Pistone sits in 20th place in the laps-completed standings, he has actually finished 84 percent of the laps in the three races in which he has competed. The Charlotte native is the grandson of "Tiger" Tom Pistone, who finished sixth in the 1959 NASCAR Grand National Series.

Also returning at Memphis will be rookie Reece Milton in the No. 75 Champion/Food Country Toyota Celica. Milton, of Blountville, Tenn., also sat out the two super speedway events. Milton is running a limited season with Highland Motorsports in 2002.

The NASCAR Goody's Dash Race at Memphis will be run after the Craftsman Truck Series race on Saturday at 2:30 CT. It will be broadcast tape delay on July 8 at 8 p.m. EDT on the SPEED Channel.

Toyota made its debut in the NASCAR Goody's Dash series at the Daytona International Speedway in 2000. The 27-year-old series is part of the NASCAR ladder system, designed to help promote and develop driver's skills at tracks as varied as Daytona, Charlotte and Bristol. Originally called "Baby Grands," Goody's Dash cars resemble a scaled-down version of a Winston Cup stock car, and each is equipped with a V6 powerplant. Series alumni include Michael Waltrip, Hut Stricklin, Andy Houston and Shawna Robinson.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Michael Waltrip , Andy Houston , Hut Stricklin , Robert Huffman