In Saturday afternoon's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) race at New Hampshire International Speedway, Tundra drivers Mike Skinner (third) and Todd Bodine (fourth) recorded top-five finishes at the Loudon, N.H. one-mile oval, but neither driver was able to catch race-winner Ron Hornaday, Jr.
"Obviously, our truck was not as good as his," said Skinner, following the race. "Our truck was pretty good and it was another top-five finish for us, but Ron (Hornaday) put a whipping on us. He had the best truck and those guys are doing a good job."
"We ran the same set-up here as we did last year," added Skinner, driver of the No. 5 Toyota Tundra. "We finished second last year and third this year. The truck was good, it just wasn't as good as his truck. We were doing everything we could to catch the 33 (Ron Hornaday). We got a top-five -- they just out ran us."
Bodine, driver of the No. 30 Lumber Liquidators Tundra, battled tire problems en route to his fourth-place result.
"For where we started in practice -- to end up fourth -- we're not going to complain," said Bodine, after the race. "The last set of tires wasn't as good as the first set and the truck just didn't run as good. The last set of tires just didn't match up good. The first set (of tires) -- we were running good and running with the leaders. We didn't have anything for them, but we could run with them. The second set (of tires) just wasn't as good."
Other Tundra drivers in the field at New Hampshire included Ted Musgrave (seventh), Johnny Benson (eighth), Ryan Mathews (13th), Terry Cook (18th), David Green (19th), Donny Lia (20th), Jack Sprague (24th) and AJ Allmendinger (34th).
Hornaday controlled Saturday afternoon's NCTS event at New Hampshire -- leading 174 laps in the 200-lap event. It was Hornaday's fourth win of the season, along with his 16th top-10 finish of the year. The veteran driver, who became the first repeat race-winner in 11 Craftsman Truck Series races at New Hampshire, led the final 58 laps of the race.
Hornaday now leads Skinner by 29 points in the NCTS championship point standings.
The next race on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule is September 22 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
In Sunday afternoon's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series (NNCS) race at the one-mile New Hampshire International Speedway oval, David Reutimann had the best result among the four Toyota Camry drivers in the field.
Reutimann, driver of the No. 00 Burger King Toyota Camry, was the first Toyota to the finish line. He started 20th and ended the race in 26th-place.
"The car actually drove good and we had competitive times, but we just couldn't get anything to go our way -- we just couldn't get a break," said Reutimann, after the race. "I hate to use that as an excuse. You get the car where it's driving good, and you can run with the guys that are running really, really well -- but you just can't seem to get back on the lead lap. The car was good after we had a chance to work on it during the race. All we did was qualifying runs in practice, so we knew we'd have to just take a stab at it for the race. After a pit stop or two, we got it pretty good. I'm just disappointed because I thought we had a much better car than how we finished."
The other Camry drivers in the race were AJ Allmendinger (33rd), Dave Blaney (35th) and Brian Vickers (43rd). Toyota drivers Dale Jarrett, Jeremy Mayfield and Michael Waltrip did not qualify for the race.
Clint Bowyer dominated the 300-lap event at the Loudon, N.H. oval en route to his first career NEXTEL Cup victory. The Emporia, Kansas-native started from the pole and led the race six times for 222 laps. He crossed the finish line more than five seconds ahead of runner-up Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart (third), Kyle Busch (fourth) and Martin Truex, Jr. (fifth).
The next race on the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series schedule is Sunday, September 23 at Dover International Speedway.
Toyota NCTS Finishing Positions at NH International Speedway 3rd, MIKE SKINNER 4th, TODD BODINE 7th, TED MUSGRAVE 8th, JOHNNY BENSON 13th, RYAN MATHEWS 18th, TERRY COOK 19th, DAVID GREEN 20th, DONNY LIA 24th, JACK SPRAGUE 34th, AJ ALLMENDINGER Toyota Drivers in the NCTS Point Standings following NH International Speedway ** 2nd, MIKE SKINNER 2,935 points 4th, TODD BODINE 2,666 points 5th, JOHNNY BENSON 2,491 points 7th, TED MUSGRAVE 2,268 points 10th, JACK SPRAGUE 2,185 points 15th, TERRY COOK 1,882 points 23rd, RYAN MATHEWS 1,379 points 29th, AJ ALLMENDINGER 895 points 31st, JOSH WISE 660 points **unofficial point standings Toyota NNCS Finishing Positions at NH International Speedway 16th, DAVID REUTIMANN 33rd, AJ ALLMENDINGER 35th, DAVE BLANEY 43rd, BRIAN VICKERS DNQ, MICHAEL WALTRIP DNQ, DALE JARRETT DNQ, JEREMY MAYFIELD Toyota Drivers in the NNCS Point Standings following NH International Speedway ** 33rd, DAVE BLANEY 1,927 Points 39th, BRIAN VICKERS 1,534 Points 40th, DAVID REUTIMANN 1,287 Points 42nd, DALE JARRETT 1,079 Points 45th, AJ ALLMENDINGER 789 Points 46th, JEREMY MAYFIELD 712 Points 51st, MICHAEL WALTRIP 487 Points **Unofficial Point Standings
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