September 23, 2007 - Dover, DE - In Saturday night's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, race winner, Travis Kvapil battled alongside Tundra driver, Johnny Benson in the closing laps of the 146-lap race with Kvapil taking the victory by 0.718-of-a-second.
Benson, who ran within the top-five all night and led 14 laps of the event, brought his No. 23 Toyota Certified Used Vehicles Toyota Tundra home in second. It was his ninth top-five finish of the 2007 season.
"It was a great run," said Benson, after the race. "I thought when I was coming out of turn one I had the win and I didn't know where Travis was -- I thought he was off the race track. If I could have gotten through turns three and four I think I could have had the win. Travis Kvapil ran a great race. We are very happy with second.
"This track had an outside groove here last year so I expected it to come in a little more. It takes half the race for it to come in and once it did, Travis came to the front on it. I didn't know he was coming, I wish I did and I would have gotten by the 21 (of Jon Wood) earlier. In fresh air we were pretty good -- anyone was really good up there," continued Benson.
Terry Cook crossed the finish line fourth in his No. 59 Harris Trucking Toyota Tundra -- his best finish of the season.
"It feels really good to get back in the top-five," said Cook. "Our program keeps getting better and better. We are qualifying and practicing better and we were able to put it all together for a top-five racing effort. The truck was good enough to run in the top-five -- it was solid. I actually thought we had a shot at second or third when they were running there pretty aggressive for a while. We had a lot of fun racing here in Las Vegas."
Rookie Josh Wise earned his career-best finish when he took the checkered flag in the sixth position in his No. 00 Aaron's Lucky Dog Toyota Tundra. It was his seventh career NCTS start.
Mike Skinner crossed the finish line 13th and was able to regain the NCTS point lead by three points (3,064) over second-place Ron Hornaday, who suffered a blown tire toward the end of the race.
Other Tundra drivers in the race included Ted Musgrave (15th), David Green (18th), Jacques Villeneuve (21st) -- in his NASCAR debut, Todd Bodine (28th) and Jack Sprague (32nd).
The next race on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule is October 6 at Talladega Superspeedway.
In Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series (NBS) race at Dover International Speedway in Delaware, three Toyota Camrys took the green flag marking 100 starts for the Camrys in NBS competition. David Reutimann earned the best finish of the three Camrys in the field by finishing 10th. In addition to earning his 11th top-10 finish of the season, Reutimann also regained the second position in NBS point standings.
The No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Camry of Reutimann ran within the top-five and top-10 throughout the race event, but a call to pit road forced the team to put a set of tires on the car that they had hoped not to have to use.
"We had the worst set of tires that we had all day there at the end of the race and the car ran like it," said Reutimann, following the race. "We took a top-five car and ran 10th with it, which is pretty disappointing. We had a good car all day and I'm real proud of my guys, but that set of tires were a set that we knew weren't going to be real good and we had hoped that we wouldn't have to use them. But we ended up having too and it drove like a completely different car than it had all weekend. I'm just real discouraged about that, but there's another race next week."
Dave Blaney started today's race in the third position and looked to have a Camry capable of winning the race.
"This was just a tough day," said Blaney, following the race. "We were running okay most of the race, but we weren't a top-five car -- we possibly could have pulled out a fifth through eight finish or something like that. We just had trouble and had one bad pit stop that put us a little behind. Then towards the end we had a flat right-rear tire -- I had a flat left rear tire in the spring race that killed me there at the end. Just no luck -- pretty good car, but no luck."
Jason Leffler finished 30th after running within the top-five throughout the race. Leffler's No. 38 Great Clips Camry sustained significant front-end damage in an accident on lap 136.
The next race on the NASCAR Busch Series schedule is Saturday, September 29 at Kansas Speedway.
In Sunday's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series (NNCS) race at Dover International Speedway, three Toyota Camrys managed to tame the ‘Monster-Mile' earning top-20 finishes.
Michael Waltrip earned the top finish of the Camry contingent finishing 15th in the No. 55 NAPA Camry. Waltrip made his way through the field after starting 43rd and enduring a power steering failure for much of the 400-lap race.
"We had a lot of promise early in the race -- we were really running fast," said Waltrip, following the race. "Then we had a power steering issue -- then we had handling issues. I really don't know which had to do with which -- I know the power steering was a big issue because that makes you drive the car weird and maybe I didn't adjust right for that. All in all we were competitive all day and fast early so we can take this, be positive and have a good feeling about what we did here today. We weren't very good here in the spring so this is a great improvement for us here at Dover."
Brian Vickers finished 16th with his No. 83 Red Bull Camry after starting 23rd and battling handling problems during the race. Vickers' team has battled with their Car of Tomorrow (COT) program throughout the season, but with a top-20 finish, Team Red Bull is making progress.
"We weren't nearly as good today as we needed to be, but that seems to be the case every time we race the COT," said Vickers, following the race. "Our COT program just needs so much work. We struggled with a loose car all day and no matter how many changes we made, we still couldn't get the car right and we just couldn't find the speed we needed. We didn't have a top-20 car, but we got lucky with so many cars getting knocked out because of the wrecks, that we ended up finishing 16th. But hey, we'll take it."
The No. 00 Domino's Camry was the third Toyota to finish in the top-20 as he took the checkered flag 18th. This marks the second time this season that three Camrys have finished in the top-20. Waltrip (10th), Reutimann (15th) and Dave Blaney (18th) also finished in the top-20 in June at Michigan International Speedway.
The next race on the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series schedule is Sunday, September 30 at Kansas Speedway.
Toyota NCTS Finishing Positions at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
2nd, JOHNNY BENSON
4th, TERRY COOK
6th, JOSH WISE
13th, MIKE SKINNER
15th, TED MUSGRAVE
18th, DAVID GREEN
21st, JACQUES VILLENEUVE
28th, TODD BODINE
32nd, JACK SPRAGUE
Toyota Drivers in the NCTS Point Standings following Las Vegas Motor Speedway **
1st, MIKE SKINNER 3,064 Points
4th, TODD BODINE 2,750 Points
5th, JOHNNY BENSON 2,666 Points
7th, TED MUSGRAVE 2,386 Points
10th, JACK SPRAGUE 2,252 Points
14th, TERRY COOK 2,042 Points
23rd, RYAN MATHEWS 1,379 Points
29th, AJ ALLMENDINGER 916 Points
30th, DAVID GREEN 832 Points
31st, JOSH WISE 810 Points
**Unofficial Point Standings
Toyota NBS Finishing Positions at Dover International Speedway
10th, DAVID REUTIMANN
23rd, DAVE BLANEY
30th, JASON LEFFLER
Toyota Drivers in the NBS Point Standings following Dover International Speedway **
2nd, DAVID REUTIMANN 3,399 Points
4th, JASON LEFFLER 3,245 Points
17th, DAVE BLANEY 2,346 Points
**Unofficial Point Standings
Toyota NNCS Finishing Positions at Dover International Speedway
15th, MICHAEL WALTRIP
16th, BRIAN VICKERS
18th, DAVID REUTIMANN
41st, DALE JARRETT
43rd, AJ ALLMENDINGER
DNQ, DAVE BLANEY
DNQ, JEREMY MAYFIELD
Toyota Drivers in the NNCS Point Standings following Dover International Speedway **
33rd, DAVE BLANEY 1,927 Points
36th, BRIAN VICKERS 1,649 Points
40th, DAVID REUTIMANN 1,396 Points
42nd, DALE JARRETT 1,119 Points
45th, AJ ALLMENDINGER 823 Points
47th, JEREMY MAYFIELD 712 Points
49th, MICHAEL WALTRIP 610 Points
**Unofficial Point Standings
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