Monday, May 30, 2011

Toyota keeps on truckin'

Toyota has been struggling during its first season on NASCAR's Nextel Cup circuit and Busch Series, but it has been dominant during its time in NASCAR's Craftsman Truck Series, which heads to Kentucky Speedway Saturday for the Built Ford Tough 225.

When Toyota joined the Truck Series in 2004, it posted four victories. In 2005, it won nine times and finished second in the manufacturers' standings behind Chevrolet. Last year, it won a series-best 12 of 25 events and captured its first championship with driver Todd Bodine. This season, Toyota is leading the series and manufacturers' standings with six wins in 12 races.

But that success hasn't translated to Kentucky Speedway, where Toyota is 0-for-3. Chevrolet is the track leader among truckmakers with three wins, including the past two, and Dodge and Ford have won twice. How Toyota is faring on the truck series and the two stock-car series

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