October 21, 2007 - Martinsville, VA - In Saturday afternoon's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) race at Martinsville Speedway, Mike Skinner earned his fifth victory of the season and swept both race wins at the half-mile Virginia short track this season.
Skinner's win marked the 11th win by a Tundra this season and enabled Toyota to clinch its second consecutive NCTS manufacturers' championship. Skinner also regained the NCTS point lead by 11 points over second-place, Ron Hornaday.
"For us to sweep both races at Martinsville with Jeff (Hensley-crew chief) living just a couple miles through the woods over here -- that's pretty good," said Skinner, following the race. "It's great that Bill Davis Racing was a part of Toyota winning their second consecutive manufacturer championship and I think they clinched that today."
Skinner's crew chief, Jeff Hensley, is from nearby Ridgeway, Virginia and was excited to sweep both races at his home track.
"We had a pretty good truck today," said Hensley, following today's race. "But not nearly as good as we had in the spring. I kept thinking with about five laps to go that I wanted to carry this truck to Phoenix and I was starting to worry. Mike did a heck of a job -- it's unbelievable that we swept both races at Martinsville."
Tundra driver, Jack Sprague, finished second to Skinner after starting the race from the pole and leading the first 26 laps of the race.
"It was a good race and our truck was really good," said Sprague, following the race. "We didn't want to take a chance of gambling on fuel and I don't know how many caution flags there were, but I don't think we would have made it if we tried. I got into Terry (Cook) a little bit and I didn't mean to. He got on his brakes getting into the corner a lot earlier than I thought he was going to and I guess he thought I did. Then he tried killing me getting into the corner and that allowed Skinner to get by me and that was pretty much the end of it."
Tundras led all 200 laps of today's Kroger 200 among three drivers with Sprague leading 26 laps, Terry Cook leading the most laps at 108 and Skinner leading the final 66 laps.
Other Tundras in today's race included Ted Musgrave (eighth), Johnny Benson (ninth), Justin Labonte (12th), Todd Bodine (20th), Jason Leffler (23rd), Terry Cook (29th), Michael McDowell (30th) and Jacques Villeneuve (32nd).
The next race on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule is Saturday, October 27, at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
In Sunday afternoon's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway, two Toyota Camrys earned top-20 finishes on the Virginia half-mile.
Five Toyota Camrys started today's race and two Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR) Camrys earned top-20 finishes. David Reutimann (17th) and his team owner, Michael Waltrip (18th) focused on surviving the 21 caution flags to get solid finishes -- the third MWR car of Dale Jarrett (30th) spun early in the race, but was able to continue to the finish.
"This was just a long, drawn out day," said Reutimann, following the race. "Our car was never very good -- we kept working on it, but we were just never very good. We tried to make the car as good as we could with some adjustments and we got it back to position to get our lap back. We just tried to survive today -- that's about all we could do. The race wasn't too crazy out there today even with all the cautions, but it got pretty wild there at the end."
AJ Allmendinger suffered alternator problems twice during the race, but Team Red Bull made the necessary changes to keep him in the race to finish 35th.
"We should have gained enough points on the No. 36 (Jeremy Mayfield) to be locked in the race at Atlanta next weekend if it rains," said Allmendinger, following the race. "If we got that spot then that is the only positive thing that came out of today. We gained a lot of notes from the race today that should help us when we come back, but on these short tracks we still have a lot of work to do."
Dave Blaney (36th) spent 67 laps in the garage changing the rear-end gear and transmission early in the race, but the No. 22 Camry remains 35th in owner points -- guaranteeing him a starting position next weekend in Atlanta.
Jimmie Johnson survived the caution-filled, 500-lap race to earn his 30th career NNCS win, seventh of 2007 and fourth at Martinsville. Johnson battled his Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Jeff Gordon, in the closing laps to earn the win.
Johnson was followed to the checkered flag by Ryan Newman (second), Jeff Gordon (third), Kyle Busch (fourth) and Matt Kenseth (fifth).
The next NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series on the schedule is at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday, October 28.
The next race on the schedule for the NASCAR Busch Series will be at Memphis Motorsports Park on Saturday, October 27.
Toyota NCTS Finishing Positions at Martinsville Speedway
1st, MIKE SKINNER 2nd, JACK SPRAGUE 8th, TED MUSGRAVE 9th, JOHNNY BENSON 12th, JUSTIN LABONTE 20th, TODD BODINE 23rd, JASON LEFFLER 29th, TERRY COOK 30th, MICHAEL MCDOWELL 32nd, JACQUES VILLENEUVE Toyota Drivers in the NCTS Point Standings following Martinsville Speedway ** 1st, MIKE SKINNER 3,383 Points 4th, TODD BODINE 3,048 Points 5th, JOHNNY BENSON 2,969 Points 7th, TED MUSGRAVE 2,616 Points 10th, JACK SPRAGUE 2,514 Points 14th, TERRY COOK 2,207 Points 30th, AJ ALLMENDINGER 916 Points 32nd, JOSH WISE 904 Points **Unofficial Point Standings
Toyota NNCS Finishing Positions at Martinsville Speedway 17th, DAVID REUTIMANN 18th, MICHAEL WALTRIP 30th, DALE JARRETT 35th, AJ ALLMENDINGER 36th, DAVE BLANEY DNQ, BRIAN VICKERS DNQ, JEREMY MAYFIELD
Toyota Drivers in the NNCS Point Standings following Martinsville Speedway ** 32nd, DAVE BLANEY 2,430 Points 38th, DAVID REUTIMANN 1,756 Points 39th, BRIAN VICKERS 1,700 Points 41st, DALE JARRETT 1,317 Points 44th, MICHAEL WALTRIP 1,019 Points 45th, AJ ALLMENDINGER 999 Points 48th, JEREMY MAYFIELD 855 Points **Unofficial Point Standings
All materials on this site are for editorial use only. The use of these materials for advertising, marketing or any other commercial purpose is prohibited. They may be cropped but not otherwise modified. To download these materials, you must agree to abide by these terms.